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Meet the SSYS Coaches
Coaching Staff

Bernardine A Dickman

Director of Competitive Swimming

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A Native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bernie is a graduate of Xavier University where she earned a degree in Elementary Education and was captain of the women’s swim team, earning Swimmer of the Year three consecutive seasons.

Bernie began her coaching career in 1985 as head coach of Madeira Swim and Tennis Club in Cincinnati, where she coached the team to two PPSL Silver Division Rec League titles. In 1991 Bernie joined the coaching staff of the CAC Seahawks, a USA club team.  Bernie worked with the leadership of the program to help grow the age group program.  During her tenure with CAC, the team saw its first Junior National qualifiers.  In 1993 the Dickman family relocated to Indiana where Bernie went on to be the founder and head coach of the SIYMCA/Batesville YMCA Stingrays.  In addition to setting up the team, parent advisory committee and coaching staff and securing funding, Bernie coached the Stingrays to 4 consecutive undefeated SEISA Conference seasons and titles. The team also produced several IHSAA state finalists, USA JO Age group qualifiers and Champions, YMCA National qualifiers, and a Junior National qualifier under her leadership. 

Bernie became Head Age Group Coach for the Countryside YMCA Torpedoes in Lebanon, Ohio in 2005 and over the course of her career with the Torpedoes she coached many first-time YMCA National Qualifiers, OSHAA state qualifiers, including an OSHAA state champion in the women’s 100yd Fly, and her groups won age group high point at the SWOYSL AA Championships from 2009-2015. In 2013 Bernie served as part of the Long Course YMCA National Championship team coaching staff.   In 2016 Bernie joined the coaching staff at Coffman Family YMCA as the Head Age Group Coach.  At the SWOYSL championships her groups posted over 90% on best times, and had 4 new Great Lakes Zone qualifiers.  She also had the pleasure of working with the team’s head coach in the coaching of the team’s Olympic Time Trial qualifier.

Recently, Bernie was selected to be part of the 2017 American Swim Coach Association’s(ASCA) Fellows class.  She, along with 4 other coaches, has been tasked with the project of looking at “The American Swim Team” and doing a SWOT analysis of the health of competitive swimming in America.  She will be working with, and mentored by, many of the country’s current and former coaching greats, including this year’s Olympic coaches Bob Bowman and David Marsh.   

Bernie is a certified by YMCA, USA, NISCA and OHSAA Swimming.   She is also ASCA Level 4 certified. Her philosophy on competitive swimming is simple: Practice cannot make perfect as no one is perfect. Practice makes habits… PRACTICE the CORRECT HABITS!

Tim Anderson

Associate Head Coach

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Education: University of New Haven; 2007; BA Music and Sound Recording

Coach Tim Anderson grew up in Middletown, Rhode Island where he swam competitively from ages 7-18 for
the Newport County YMCA Wahoos.  In college, Anderson pursued his other passion, studying music
and sound recording while performing in New York, Boston, and New Haven, CT.
Coach Tim returned to his hometown after college and took a position with his high school alma
mater, Middletown High School. In his 4 years with the high school team, participation doubled and the team rose to a
top 10 state ranking in 2012.  Anderson also coached with his former club team, the Newport YMCA Wahoos, and a masters group at a private health club. There, he coached long distance open water swimmers in 5k, 6k, 8k, and 10k races for New England Masters, put together clinics for adult swimmers and coached competitive masters swimmers, an American record and National Champion title in the breaststroke. 

Following his time coaching in Rhode Island, Coach Tim was hired by SwimMAC Carolina in
Charlotte, North Carolina.  While at SwimMAC Carolina, where Coach Tim spent 5 years, he learned from U.S. Olympic Head Coach David Marsh as well as Coach Pam Swander and Coach Sarah Holman. Coach Tim’s primary focus at SwimMAC was developing 11-12 age group swimmers as well as 13-14 swimmers. During this time, Coach Tim partook in the development of numerous Jr. National, Futures, Zones and Sectional level athletes. Coach Tim’s other main focus at SwimMAC was putting together an open water swim program for the club. Through SwimMAC and North Carolina Swimming LSC, he participated with the NC Open Water Zones Team in 2016 which took place in Ft. Myers Florida.  

Coach Tim has learned and has been mentored by some of the most accomplished swimming Coaches in the sport of swimming and has observed and been on deck with some of the most accomplished athletes in the world including Ryan Lochte, Katie Meili, Kathleen Baker, Anthony Ervin, Micah Lawrence, Alex Meyer, Ashley Twichell, Kelsi Worrel and Cammile Adams.  

Coach Tim is a  YMCA and ASCA Certified Coach as well as a member of NISCA.  His focus as a Coach is teaching skills and is a very strong believer in long term development of young athletes by developing correct technique so they're ready for high performance at the senior level.

In addition to assisting Coach Bernie with the curriculum for the age group program for the Stypers, Coach Tim will be Lead Coach of both Bronze and Gold groups.  

Coach Tim loves music and making music, windsurfing, and traveling when he's not coaching.

Suzanne Hughes

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Suzanne coaches both the Age Jr. and Gold Squads at Mill Pond.  She graduated from The University of Vermont where she worked as a lifeguard and taught swimming lessons during the summers. Her interest in swimming was renewed when the oldest of her two children joined the Strypers.  She eventually left a career as a Software Engineer to spend more time with her family and began working as a lifeguard at the Mill Pond YMCA. More recently she has taken on the role of Swim Team Administrator at Mill Pond.  A regular swimmer in the Masters Program as well as a certified USA Swimming Official, she is excited to continue her involvement with The Strypers.

Andy Noble

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Coach Andy primarily coaches the Silver group out of the Quincy YMCA Branch.  

Candace Angle

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Candy was brought to the SSYMC to coach the master’s team.  She was then brought on board with the Strypers, to develop the young swimmers.  Candy spent over 10 years racing Triathlon professionally. She was the 2002 Xterra World Champion.  Sponsors included Speedo, Saucony, PowerBar, Oakley, Aquaman and Fuji Bikes. 

Susan Shoff

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Susan does an amazing job with our Mini Strypers program at Emilson YMCA Branch.

Tripp Kelly

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Tripp currently coaches Age Jr and Age Group at Emilson and has also worked with our spring stroke clinic. Tripp is currently a student at Masssasoit Community college where he studies Media Communications with a focus in TV, Film and Radio. Tripp works as a lifeguard, Swim instructor, and a supervisor on top of coaching at the Y. Tripp is one of the only coaches with a TV Credit on a show that he worked on last spring/summer.

Elizabeth E Belmonte

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Lizy coachs the gold group in hanover and this is her first year coaching. She also coached summer strypers. Lizy has been working at the YMCA for 5 years as a lifeguard and a swim instuctor. She is the best person you'll ever meet!! She pushes her kids to their full potential and always has fun in the process. You can almost always hear her yelling across the pool deck to someone or something. Lizy is full of tons of postive energy and makes for a pleasant atmosphere on the pool deck. Lizy also designed the new swim team logo.

Rophe Mason

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Coach Rophe has 14 years of professional swim coaching experience. Over that time she has worked primarily with swimmers at the local to state level and produced champions at the Junior Olympic level and beyond. She started her swimming career as a young age grouper, competed in college, and is well aware of the mental, technical, and physical requirements needed to achieve swimming excellence. As an adult, Rophe competes in triathlons, including Ironman distance races. Coach Rophe attended Fairmont State University in West Virginia, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development. Her husband is Paul, and they have two children Elias (2.5) and Celeste (baby).

Jonathan Ingraham

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Jonathan began swimming in 2005, competing on the Weymouth Waves throughout middle and high school.  He also swam during his time at Northeastern University.  In addition, he was a high school cross country runner, participating in school meets and local races.  In the latter, he achieved first place in his age category on several occasions.  He is an avid skier who likes to hit the slopes whenever possible.  Mathematics is a passion he likes to share, tutoring students and helping them achieve success.  He coaches the Mini Strypers and Platinum Squad.  He lives in Milton, MA with his family.

Anny Wargana

Administrative Assitant

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Larissa Brewster

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Learning to swim at the age of two in the Hall of Fame pool in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Larissa has been surrounded by swimming her entire life. Larissa grew up on Cape Cod where she captained and swam for the YMCA Mako Swim Team and Barnstable High School Swim Team.  She went to college and grad school at Bentley University where she swam for and captained Bentley's varsity swim team.  Larissa has experience competing in USA Swimming, YMCA Swimming, Division I High School Swimming, Division II College Swimming, and the New England Triathlon Tour.  

 

In the summers throughout high school and college, Larissa worked for the Town of Barnstable Recreation Department as a Head Lifeguard and Swim Instructor.  She also spent summers in college as a long course season age group coach for the Makos.  In the winters, she coached and taught lessons for the Gator Swim Club in Waltham.  During her grad school year, Larissa served as an Assistant Swim Coach for Bentley University specializing in Individual Medley and Stroke swimmers.  Upon entering Suffolk Law School, she took over as the Swim Program Director for the Town of Barnstable for four years where she managed over forty swim instructors and 600 swimmers across seven waterfront swim lesson sites.  For the past several years, she has been a Manager for the BAIT Swim Lesson Program where she works with swimmers on building technique and endurance to prepare pre-swim team groups for the swim team.  

 

Larissa is the Assistant Director of Career Services at New England Law | Boston where she counsels and advises lawyers and law students on their career paths.  In her spare time, she competes in marathons and triathlons and is currently attempting to complete one marathon in each of the 50 states!