Tom Delauro, Paul DeStefano, Luke Hess, Libby Callahan, and Brianna Jeremiah will be joining us on deck.
Hello! I am Thomas DeLauro. I am 18 years old and will be graduating Bridgewater-Raritan High Regional High School this spring. I have been a part of this swim team for 10 years now, and I’m excited to finally be able to coach for this team. I have been a competitive swimmer since the age of 11 for SVY, and have swam varsity for the High School team for all four years I have been on the team. Next fall, I will be attending Carnegie Mellon University, where I will hopefully continue to swim varsity and most likely study Mechanical Engineering. As a coach, I’m really looking to have younger swimmers develop important skills necessary for them to succeed when they grow older. By learning and mastering certain skills at a young age, I believe that it sets up the swimmer to have a very successful swimming career, whether they are a year round or summer only swimmer. Most important to me, however, is that the SHSC swim team is a fun atmosphere for all swimmers and parents. I’m really looking forward to having another successful and enjoyable summer on the team, as both a swimmer and coach. Go Dolphins!
I have been a swimmer since the summer of 2007, since then I have participated in the NJ Junior Olympics, New Jersey YMCA state championships, and countless other meets of valor. I have swam for the Somerset Valley YMCA from the time I was 8 years old until I was 13 years old. Unfortunately, the high level training came with some physical taxes. My swimming career was halted due to injury. In the fall of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the first members on Streamline Aquatics Club where I was able to set a few records before my swimming abilities were cut off due to my injuries. This past year I was lucky enough to coach with STAC and get some experience with teaching perfect technique.
As for my coaching philosophy, I intend to coach with most of the practice time spent teaching perfect technique while working on speed and performance coming once technique is perfected. With all that in mind I want to be as fun and easy going for the younger athletes as possible while still teaching them what they need to learn to improve.
Luke began his swimming career with the Somerset Hills swim team when he was 8. Since then, he has become a year-round swimmer, joining both the Somerset Valley YMCA and the Bridgewater High School swim teams. He has been afforded the opportunity to work with many great coaches over the years, working on stroke technique, and developing specialties in freestyle and butterfly.
For the last two years, Luke has volunteered as a coach for the Somerset Hills swim team, promoting exercise with the kids as well as a healthy team environment, He enjoys this work and helping the kids improve, not only because of dedication to the sport, but because of his desire to provide the kids with a positive role model. When he was younger, he would look up to the older swimmers on the team, and hope to be them when he got older. Now that he has grown, he can see that his wish has indeed come true, and hopes that the same will be true for the younger swimmers today. Luke will be entering his senior year as an honors student at BRHS. He hopes to continue swimming in college while pursuing a career in the medical field.
Libby Callahan (coming soon)
Brianna Jeremiah (coming soon)
Our swim team would not be successful without our volunteers. Assisting on deck will be Sophie Callahan, Julia Hess, Anna DeLauro, Jonathan Engler, Alyssa Cahill, as well as others.