Coaching Staff

Jerry Foley
 
Senior Director of Competitive Swimming
 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-719-9606
 
For over three decades, Jerry Foley has been a successful “teacher-coach” who strives to point out what individuals do well.  He has a passion for swim coaching and developing youth.  His teams and individuals have achieved success by creating collaborative environments in which all feel their contribution matter. He values each individual as someone who contributes to the team success through a supportive and inclusive environment.  Jerry has developed national-caliber athletes and has won team championships at every level.

Prior to joining YOTA, Jerry was the Susquehanna University Men’s and Women’s Head Swimming and Diving coach from June 2009 – June 2019. In addition to his duties as Head Coach, Jerry was named the Assistant Director of Athletics in 2016. In 2019, the Susquehanna women captured an unprecedented ninth-straight Landmark Conference team title and the men finished a strong second for the eighth time in nine years under Foley.  During his tenure at Susquehanna his teams achieved multiple individual Academic All-Americans, Landmark scholar-athletes awards, the school’s first ever swimming All-American in 2013, and the Universities Valedictorian in 2016.  He and his staff were honored on five occasion as the Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year. He attributes his success on his ability to focus on individual skill development and inspire his athletes to achieve their best for the team. 

He also led Bucknell University men and women swimmers and divers to an array of athletic and academic successes from 1998 – 2006.  Some team highlights include winning five Patriot League titles including a span of four in a row for the women from 2003 to 2006.  Five individuals also achieved NCAA standards during his tenure.  He was recognized as Patriot League Coach of the Year on five occasions. He was the head assistant coach at the United States Military Academy, West Point from 1994 – 1998.

 Along with coaching at the collegiate level, from 2006 – 2019 he was the Head Coach for the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA swim team (former called Sunbury Branch YMCA) developing state and national qualifiers and champions.  In 2013 his women placed 6th and men placed 8th in 2009.  While at GSVY, Jerry developed five individuals to earn national titles during his tenure.  His swimmers have been recruited by all divisions within NCAA swimming.

Foley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and a Master of Arts degree in physical education and health. Jerry and his wife Beth are lifelong activist of fitness, health and wellness.  In 2008, Jerry started a health and wellness camp for youth, called Camp ENERGY. During 2017 – 2018 he attended the Thrivent Fellowship leadership program and developed the “RISE UP” leadership curriculum. He has two daughters, Emily a graduate of Gettysburg College ’16 and Caitlin a graduate of Kenyon College’19.

 

Jamie Bloom

Head Senior Coach

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-582-9302

Jamie Bloom is honored to be named the Head National Team Coach in her 3rd season with YOTA. Prior to coming to YOTA, Jamie was at the YMCA of Greater Westfield in Massachusetts, where she had been the Head Coach of that program since 2005. Previously, she was the top assistant for the women’s swimming and diving team at the University of Tennessee (2000 – 2005). Before her job at Tennessee Jamie was the Head Coach of James Buchanan High School and the Mercersburg Area Swim Club in Pennsylvania (1982 – 2000). Jamie got her start in coaching with the Slippery Rock Eels in Slippery Rock Pennsylvania (1980-1982).

Jamie is a proponent of learning the “process” of swimming and long-term athlete development. Jamie believes in placing the individual over the athlete and helping develop character, especially through the lessons of the YMCA’s core values. She sees competitive swimming as a vehicle to teaching life lessons.

Jamie has been extremely active in the New England Zone, USA Swimming, and YMCA Swimming communities – serving on various committees and administrative positions throughout the country. She is currently the secretary of the North Carolina Swimming Board of Directors. Jamie serves as a national team manager for USA Swimming and in addition to working at several Select camps, she was part of Team USA as a manager at the 2013 Duel in the Pool in Glasgow, Scotland; as well as the World Junior Championships in Singapore in 2015 and Indianapolis in 2017.

Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts. Jamie earned her undergraduate degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University in 1982 and her master’s degree in physical education and athletic administration from Western Maryland College in 1989. At Slippery Rock, she was the women’s swim team manager for three years and was a member of the school’s nationally-ranked women’s water polo team.

Jamie and her wife Magdalene have 2 teenaged daughters. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys watching her daughter play soccer, playing golf, and cooking.  She is a life-long Boston Red Sox fan as well as a big fan of many other sports.

 

Tom Hazelett

Senior 1 Coach- West

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919- 818-8626

Coach Tom Hazelett has been with YOTA since 2006. Tom is originally from Danville, Indiana where he was a successful swimming instructor and high school/summer coach for the town of Danville. Tom has a history of growing successful programs both in Indiana and with YOTA, starting the Downtown Durham Site. Tom is the Lead Senior 1 coach for the West groups (Durham/Chapel Hill) as well as a Paralympic coach for Team USA.  

In his time at the Durham Site, Coach Tom was blessed to work with and coach many very talented athletes including several YOTA team record holders, multiple NC State champions and state record holders.

He has been a US Paralympic Trip Coach since 2012 and had the great honors of representing YOTA on the Paralympic stage serving on the coaching staff for Can-Am in Montreal and Toronto Canada as well as the Head Coach of the 2017 Can-Am in Charlotte. In addition, Tom served as Head Coach for the US Coaching Staff at multiple World Para Series events. With YOTA, he coached Lucas McCrory (S7) from 2012-2016 where he became a Can-AM Champion in multiple events and a YMCA National Qualifier.  He also had the honor of working closely with YOTA swimmer and Paralympian Hannah Aspden (S9) from 2012-2016 where she broke multiple American records, earned several International medals, and became part of the US National teams. Hannah earned a 2 Bronze Medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio as the youngest American medalist in swimming at both the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. His time with US Paralympic swimming along with the success of the athletes that he has coached forwarded him the honors of receiving USA Swimming's Jimi Flowers Disability Coach of the Year Award in 2016 as well as a membership into the Olympic Committee’s Order of Ikkos (given to him by Hannah). Although he does not currently have para athletes that he coaches directly, he still works with US Paralympics as a lead coach in their developmental process with clinics and meets throughout the year. 

In addition to coaching, he continues to be an integral part of the very successful WBP Annual Campaign and has led individual teams with YOTA that have raised more than $500,000 for the community between 2008-2019.  

When not coaching, Tom loves to be with his family. Once an avid golfer, enjoys playing anytime he can. He is a loyal Purdue Boilermaker, Indiana Pacers, and Indianapolis Colts fan. Tom has a bachelor's degree in History from Purdue University. Tom is a 2-palm Eagle Scout, an ASCA Level 3 certified coach and recipient of the ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) 2010 Doc Counsilman Creative Coaching Award. Tom lives in Mebane with his wife of 11 years, Nicole, his daughter Emily (6 years old) and his 14 year old cat Zoey.

 

John Newell

Assistant Senior Coach

Email: J[email protected]
Phone:  919-582-9341

Coach John comes back to the YOTA Swim team after a 2 season absence while he was coaching at East Carolina University. While coaching at ECU, John was the primary coach of the middle distance group with a focus in the fly, back, and IM swimmers. Coach John had a successful career at his short tenure with ECU including an AAC Conference champion, multiple NCAA B qualifying standard cuts, and multiple AAC Finalist and honorable mentions.

Coach John spent 2 years with YOTA Swim Team as the Kerr YMCA Site Director. During his time at Kerr YMCA, he brought an high energy and help grow the the site in the North Raleigh/Wake Forest area. John began his coaching career assisting Chad Onken with the Raleigh Platinum Group. 

Coach John grew up in Charlotte, NC and swam with NSS. While swimming with NSS he ranked top 10 in the country for the 200 butterfly for his age group and achieved a 2012 Olympic trial cut and finished top 50 in the nation. After high school, John moved to NC State where he swam four years with the Wolfpack. John was named Captain his Senior year, and lead his team to an ACC Championship Title. That same year he was named an alternate for the 2015 NCAA team and became an All-American as a member of the 400 medley relay.