Coaches Corner

Mark Grello

Head Coach

I grew up in Gloucester City New Jersey.  It is a small town connected to Philadelphia, PA via the Walt Wittman bridge.  Every summer, my family spent most of their time at the local swim club.  That is where I learned to swim and that is where I started my swimming career.  Our team was called The Gloucester Stingrays!  I quickly learned that I had an extraordinary talent for swimming.  I loved to compete, win and break records.

In the summer time, I always swam and dove for the Stingrays, played baseball and played tennis.  My winters were a little different.  I swam and dove for the Woodbury YMCA and Saint Peter Celestine teams simultaneously.  We were up at 4am for morning practices at the YMCA and after school we practiced with the Jersey Wahoos, where the annual USA coach’s clinic is still held to this day.  My high school career was wonderful.  I got to swim with some world class athletes, such as Sean Killion (world record 800m freestyle).  I set most of the records on my high school team, went to state championships and was named All South Jersey 2 years in a row.

After school, I started coaching with the Stingrays.  I found that I had a knack for teaching stroke mechanics.  I truly enjoyed helping swimmers achieve their goals.  I continued with the team until balancing work with coaching became too difficult.

After moving to Connecticut for work, and traveling the world for a few years, I settled down with my wife, Julie, in New Milford, CT.  We joined the local dive shop, where I could continue to swim.  I conducted private lessons and ran swim clinics for a few years before deciding to get back into coaching full time.  For the past 4 years I have been coaching the New Milford Parks and Rec team as well as the USA team in New Milford.  I also coach the high school girls’ team from August to November.

I have been fortunate enough to have some fantastic athletes swim for me these past four years.  Many high school swimmers have gone to states, Parks swimmers won their division for the first time in 30 years as well as setting nearly every record in the book, and many of our USA swimmers have gone on to Age Group and Zone Championships.

I now live with my wife and 2 children, Audrey (16) and Lauren (14).  Both of my girls swim competitively and while Audrey prefers sprint races, Lauren excels at distance freestyle and backstroke.  We are looking forward to our move to the beautiful Bellefonte area and to a very successful swim season!

Lynette Grieb

Assistant Coach

Lynette Grieb has been coaching with the Bellefonte Stingrays since 2010 and has served as an assistant coach and head coach. She began swimming with the Bellefonte YMCA in swim lessons and joined the team at 8 years old and continued to swim through high school. Following high school, Lynette was offered an assistant coaching job with her childhood team and coach. She served as an interim head coach Summer 2013 and has now accepted the head coaching position beginning Spring 2015. Her favorite events are the 200 Individual Medley, 100 Breaststroke, and 100 Butterfly.

Lynette has a degree in Elementary and Special Education from Lock Haven University. She has a focus on team development and fun in her practices and believes that swimmers need to enjoy what they are doing in order for them to succeed. Lynette also works at the Bellefonte YMCA as a swim lesson instructor and lifeguard. Outside of the pool, Lynette enjoys kayaking, hiking, quilting, and going on international adventures.