Coaching Staff

Jerry Foley
 
Association's 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 contributions matter. He values each individual as someone who contributes to the team's 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 occasions as the Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year. He attributes his success to 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 (formerly 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 activists 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 the head senior coach 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 volunteers on several national level committees for USA Swimming as well as YMCA Swimming. She is currently the vice chair of the Coaches Advisory Committee, is a member of the YMCA National Competitive Aquatics Advisory committee and was recently named to the USA Swimming HOD working committee. Jamie also serves as the DEI Chair for the North Carolina Swimming Board of Directors. She is also the women's leadership director for Streamline Teams. Additionally she is a national team manager for USA Swimming. Most recently she was the Head Coach of the National Diversity Select Camp. Additionally 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, as well as serving as a manager at several select, zone and LSC camps. 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 daughters in college. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys walking her dog, 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

West Senior 1 Coach

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

Coach Tom Hazelett has been with YOTA since 2006. Tom is originally from Danville, Indiana. Tom started and built the Downtown Durham Site for YOTA in 2007, he began coaching the West Senior 1 group (Durham/Chapel Hill) in 2019. Tom is also on staff as a Paralympic coach for Team USA.  

In his time at the Durham Site and Senior 1, Coach Tom has been blessed to work with and coach many very talented athletes including several YOTA team record holders, multiple NC State champions and YMCA National qualifiers, Junior National qualifiers, 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. While working with Hannah, she broke multiple American records, earned several international medals, and became part of the US National teams. Hannah earned 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. 

Tom is a 2-palm Eagle Scout, an ASCA Level 3 certified coach, and recipient of the ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) 2010 Doc Counselman Creative Coaching Award. In addition, he was the recipient of USA Swimming's Jimi Flowers Disability Coach of the Year Award in 2016 and is a member of the Olympic Committee’s Order of Ikkos (given to him by Hannah).

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 $700,000 for the community between 2008-2021.  

When not coaching, Tom loves to be with his family and friends and is an active member of his church. Once a very avid golfer, enjoys playing anytime he can. He is a loyal Boilermaker with a bachelor's degree in History from Purdue University. Tom lives in Mebane with his wife Nicole (of 13 years), his daughter Emily (8 years old), and his 16-year-old cat Zoey.

 

George Vlahos

West Age group Select and Senior II Coach

Email: [email protected] 

George is a 2019 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, minored in Biology, and was a member of the varsity swim team.  During his four years at UNCW, he was named team captain his senior year, was named most improved swimmer his freshman year, and was awarded the Valterri Halonen Seahawk Award for exemplifying leadership, sportsmanship, and community service throughout UNCW and the surrounding Wilmington community.  After graduating, he was in the top 10 performers of all time at UNCW in the 400 IM, 1000 free and the 1650 free.
 
Prior to joining YOTA, George was the Head Senior coach for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina (TYDE) where he was also their strength and conditioning coordinator.  While at TYDE, he coached numerous Age Group championship qualifiers, YMCA national qualifiers, and Junior national qualifiers.  Swimmers that George coached scored at each of those respective meets.  He was also the Assistant Coach for the West Forsyth High School Swim team based out of Clemmons, North Carolina where he helped lead the men's team to 3 consecutive conference championships, 3 consecutive top 5 finishes at the regional championships and 3 consecutive top 10 finishes at the 4A state championships.  That led him to being named Co-Men's coach of the year for the Central Piedmont Conference.  George's coaching philosophy is wanting to create leaders both in and out of the pool while emphasizing the YMCA core values into everyday life.
 
George grew up down the road in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he grew up swimming for TYDE from 2008-2015.  He was a YMCA national finalist his junior and senior years at both the Short Course and Long Course YMCA National championships and had multiple team records after graduating high school.  He has 2 brothers, Michael, who graduated from Wake Forest in 2021 and currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and Luke, who is attending UNC-Chapel Hill.  George likes to talk about all kinds of sports and is a huge fan of the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, New York Yankees, and all UNC Tarheel sports teams.  When George is not coaching, he likes to play basketball, watch movies/tv shows and hang out with friends.