Wisconsin Swimming
Level 2

YMCA at Pabst Farms 

Swim Team

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Guy Gniotczynski Head Coach
Coach Guy Gniotczynski, CSCS, SSDC, is ASCA Level 5 certified.  He started his coaching career in 1999  at the West Suburban YMCA, where he served as an assistant until 2005.  Guy took over as the head coach and produced the team's first YMCA National Qualifier in 2006.  While serving as the head coach of the West Suburban YMCA, he also served simultaneously as the head coach of the Thomas Moore/St. Francis girls' high school team and an assistant at the Schroeder YMCA.     
In 2008 he took a position as a graduate assistant at Carthage College in Wisconsin.  While at Carthage, the men's team won two back-to-back conference titles, the women placed in the top ten teams in the country and had their first NCAA D III national champion in school history.
In 2010 he moved to Salem, Oregon as an assistant coach for the Willamette University Bearcats and the Bearcat Swim Club (now Midvalley Aquatics).   While at Willamette, he served as the primary recruiter; he doubled the size of the men's team in just one season and assisted them in moving up three spots in the conference standings.  He also increased the size of the women's team by 50%.  At Bearcat, Guy served as the senior prep squad's lead coach, coaching the club's top 11-14-year-old swimmers to prepare them for senior-level swimming.  Coach Guy earned an ASCA level 3 age group certification at Bearcat Swim Club for the national rank of one of his 12-year-old male swimmers.   
After two years in Salem, Guy moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, to take on the head coach position of the Rapid City Racers.  While there, Guy over doubled the individual qualifiers at the Central Zone sectional meet, regularly placed multiple swimmers on the Zone team, coached a world champion triathlete, and produced the team's first NCSA Junior national qualifiers in over five years.  Guy was also selected to serve as the senior vice chair on the South Dakota LCS board and served as an all-star coach for two years.  Guy Spent one year in DeKalb, IL, with the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, where he grew the national team from 8 to 13 and produced 9 YMCA All-Americans. 
Guy swam at Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Wisconsin, earning a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in biochemistry.  He completed his master's degree at Carthage College in education with a focus on guidance and counseling.  
  • American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)
    • ASCA Level 5 Swim Coach
    • ASCA Level 3 Disability Swim Coach
    • ASCA Level 2 Open Water Swim Coach
    • Certified Stroke Technician
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
    • NASM- Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
    • NASM-Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
    • NASM-Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)
    • NASM-Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Ritter Sports Performance
    • Surge Strength Dryland Certified (SSDC)
  • Nutrition 
    • Renaissance Periodization certified nutrition coach Level 1
    • Precision Nutrition Level 1 
  • Other
    • Road Race Club of America Level 1 (RRCA)
    • Functional Movement Screen Level 1 (FMS Level 1)
    • Functional Movement Screen Level 2 (FMS Level 2)
    • Fundamental Capacity Screen (FCS)
Allison Gernhardt Lead Bronze Coach
Ally began competitive swimming at the age of 6 and continued through college. She swam for Blue Devil Swim Club and Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Illinois. She then went on to swim Division 1 for two years at Western Illinois University. 
Ally has been the head coach of Pewaukee High School's girls swim team for five years. She is also a French teacher at PHS and has a Master's degree in Education. She is also a sprints and hurdles coach for the middle school track team.
In her free time, Ally trains and competes in Olympic Weightlifting. She is a USAW certified Sports Performance Coach, and with this training, she successfully implemented a weight-training program for the PHS girls swim team. She highly enjoys helping the Gold group with their strength training. 
Ally specializes in backstroke and sprint freestyle, but she is enthusiastic about working with all types of swimmers through the YMCA. 
Martha O'Brien Lead Orange Coach
Coach Martha has been with the Piranhas swim team since 2017.  She is from Wisconsin and swam during high school and college.  She started coaching her former high school girl’s swim team during college and has coached ever since.  While attending UW Madison for her graduate degree in Population Health Sciences – Epidemiology she coached both Oregon Community Swim Club and Stoughton boy’s high school.  During her three seasons with Stoughton the team went from barely having enough kids to compete to making it to state for the first time in ~20 years and breaking multiple school records.  After graduating she moved to Watertown with her husband and started coaching the Piranha’s after she started back swimming herself.  You may catch her in the pool from time to time testing out drills or training for her own meets.
She loves the pool and the sport.  Her philosophy is to create a fun and safe environment for kids to learn valuable skills they will need later in life and in the process make them better swimmers too.
Brennen McClay Assistant Coach
Stan Sakalowski Assistant Coach
Fallyn Duque Assistant Coach
Emily Wong Assistant Coach
Nicole Johnson Assistant Coach
Nicole swam been competitively swimming for seven years. Nicole swam all four years of high school for Waukesha North Kettle Moraine swim team. There she was captain for her senior year and helped rebuild the JV swim team. Nicole continued to swim three years Collegially for Carroll University. There she was nominated as freshman of the year in a female sport, awarded most improved by the team for her freshman and senior year, and first round academics all-district senior year. Nicole swam sprint and mid-distance. Primary strokes include fly, freestyle, and IM. Nicole graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2023. Currently continuing her education at Laboure College of health care in EEG studies. She enjoys working with the younger levels and encourages all at practice. 
Fred Russell Masters Coach
Board of Directors