MIKE GIANCARLO
HEAD COACH; BLACK SQUAD LEADER

Coach Mike has been involved with competitive swimming in some capacity for the majority of his life. His swimming career began at age 9 with the YMCA. He swam for the varsity team at Amherst High School from 8th grade until graduation. He went on to swim for SUNY Buffalo State, where he majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Coaching.

Mike began his coaching career in 2006 when he returned to his childhood YMCA team and coached for seven seasons. Mike sent several swimmers to YMCA championships in each of his seasons as an assistant. Many of those swimmers won state titles and set team records. In 2007, he began coaching the Amherst Boys Varsity team as an intern and took over as head coach in 2009. In 2014, he took on the role of head coach of the Girls Varsity team at Amherst

Mike currently coaches both teams and has enjoyed seeing great success in dual meets with both the boys and girls. Mike has coached several ECIC champions, Sectional champions, and New York State qualifiers. When it comes to coaching philosophy, Mike is a strong believer in hard work. A desire to improve paired with a great work ethic will allow every swimmer the opportunity to succeed. 


BILL NIBLOCK
ASSISTANT HEAD COACH; ORANGE & WHITE SQUAD LEADER

Coach Bill has enjoyed many years of coaching experience.

As a youth in Buffalo, he swam locally under the leadership of his father, John Niblock. Coach Bill has been through extensive swim training and coaching courses, including Total Immersion and USA Swimming.

Bill is an active US Masters swimmer and also coaches a masters team.


MATTHEW KOEPPEL
ASSISTANT COACH; TEAL SQUAD LEADER

Coach Matthew was a member of the Amherst Varsity swim team for four years, from 1998 to 2002. He returned in 2005 as an assistant coach and took over as head coach of the boys’ team the following year. For four years, Matthew worked alongside Coach Mike to build Amherst into one of the more competitive programs in the ECIC division.

In 2011, Matthew left to become the coach of a co-ed program in the Oakfield-Alabama school district, where he was a chemistry teacher for five years. He inherited a program that finished last in the league the previous year. He quickly turned around the program and won a division championship in 2013, for which he was voted Coach of the Year in the Genesee region.

Throughout his career, Matthew has coached multiple league and sectional champions, as well as helping student athletes set more than 10 school records. As he started both his swimming and coaching careers at the Amherst pool, returning to coach the TigerSharks is a homecoming for Matthew. He hopes to use his knowledge of the sport and strong coaching background to help the TigerSharks swimmers excel to their highest potential.


MARIAH GLASS
ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Mariah is happy watching her swimmers have fun and succeed, whether they make a goal time, or master a technique they’ve been working hard at.

Mariah enjoyed a long career as a competitive swimmer. She began swimming as a youth at the Oswego YMCA, where she stayed all the way through high school. Mariah helped her high school win three league titles and a 34-4 record over her four years on the team. She went on to swim at Niagara University, where she swam on the relay teams that set school records in the 200 and 400 freestyle.

Mariah spent four years coaching at the YMCA, including one year as head coach. She has also served as Assistant to the Aquatics Director at Bucknell University and as Recreation Assistant for the Town of Orchard Park.


TESS MINIGELL
ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Tess is glad to pass on her love of the sport in which she competed for a dozen years. She enjoys seeing the excitement of her young swimmers when they come to practice every day, ready to swim!

Tess began her career at age 10 in USA Swimming. In her best season there, she made it to Sectionals, where her team finished in 3rd place overall. Tess also swam at Amherst High School, for four years. As team captain her senior year, she won ECIC Swimmer of the Meet and helped break the 200 freestyle relay record. She went on to swim at the University of Rochester, where she was named Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Swimmer, and team captain during her senior year. She also set the school record for the 500 freestyle.

Before joining the TigerSharks, Tess taught swim lessons to beginners of all ages.

 


LIZ SCHIFFHAUER
ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Liz is excited to work with and mentor our young swimmers. A competitive swimmer for nine years, Liz swam for West Seneca East for five years, while also competing as a member of USA Swimming. She went on to swim at Alfred University. Her high school and college records still stand.