I grew up in Gloucester City New Jersey. It is a small town connected to Philadelphia, PA via the Walt Whitman bridge. In the summer time, I always swam and dove for the Gloucester Stingrays, played baseball and played tennis. During wintertime I swam and dove for the Woodbury YMCA and Saint Peter Celestine teams simultaneously. 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.
For the past 4 years I have coached the New Milford Parks and Rec team, the USA team in New Milford, CT and the high school girls’ swimming and diving teams.
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.
As a coach, I focus on helping swimmers to develop themselves through goal setting, positive reinforcement and encouragement, improving technique and celebrating accomplishments and hard work.
I now live with my wife and 2 children, Audrey and Lauren, in Boalsburg. Both of my girls swim competitively and while Audrey prefers sprint races, Lauren excels at distance freestyle and backstroke.
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.