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Adult Masters Swim Team
At this time, Adult Masters Swim Team is not practicing.
Meet the Sea Dragons Swim Team Coaches
Sea Dragons Swim Coach, Paula Kwalick
Paula Kwalick has had a life-long love of swimming. She swam competitively for 10 years and has coached swimming for 14 years at the Sewickley Y where she is also the Aquatic Coordinator. She coaches all levels from beginner to college and is now in her 2nd year as the Sea Dragons’ Head Coach. She began her coaching career as a USA Swimming age group coach for the Montour Marlins Swim Club where she coached for two seasons.
Paula is a certified swimming coach through USA Swimming and attends yearly Coaches Clinics as part of her on-going training. She holds trainer level certifications for Swim Instructor and Lifeguard and is a certified Water Exercise Instructor for the Y. She has additional training in Swimmer Nutrition and Water Therapy for Knee and Hip Injuries.
“My goal is to instill a love of the sport by helping each swimmer set and work toward goals while having fun and building lasting friendships. Swim team reaches far beyond the pool, teaching kids time management, good sportsmanship, and teamwork.”
Sea Dragons Coach, Bill White
Bill White was born in Minnesota where he started his swimming career with the South East Metro Sharks in the St. Paul area. To this day he holds every 8 & under team record of the USA club swim team. His former swimming career also included setting national age-group records in breaststroke while living in Mexico.
After being an Indiana High School State runner-up breaststroker, Bill attended the University of Louisville to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. At Louisville, he was a team-record holder in breaststroke and IM events as well as a three-time team MVP.
Bill took up master's swimming in 2000 shortly after moving to the Pittsburgh area. He soon transitioned to be a master's swimming coach as well as a swimmer and has coached several Masters National Champions. He has been the Sewickley YMCA master's coach for over a decade and has been involved with the Sewickley Y’s youth team for almost as long. He is also a coach for the Team Pitt USMS swim team.
Sea Dragons Coach, Amber Miller
Amber Miller began swimming at the age of 8 for the Woodland Swim Club and soon began swimming year-round for teams including the Sewickley YMCA Sea Dragons and Pine-Richland Aquatics. A four-year WPIAL qualifier at Quaker Valley High School, Amber went on to swim for NCAA Division III Washington & Jefferson College. For the Presidents, Amber was a team captain and an 11-time conference finalist specializing in butterfly and distance freestyle events. Although “retired” from competitive swimming, Amber still swims several miles per week and recently raced an open water 5K.
In terms of coaching experience, Amber returns for a third year to the Sea Dragons as an assistant coach. Additionally, she has served as an assistant coach for Quaker Valley High School and was the head coach at Woodland Swim Club. Amber also teaches group and private swim lessons to kids of all ages and abilities at the Y.
Outside of swimming and coaching, Amber has always been passionate about mental health and helping others. Amber achieved a Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2018 and currently works as a mental health counselor at UPMC.
Sea Dragons Assistant Coach, Chad Bateson
Chad Bateson was born in Myrtle Beach, SC. He started his swimming career at the age of 4 and swam competitively until the age of 19. He spent his last year of swimming as a freshman at Mars Hill University in Asheville, NC. Chad has been teaching swimming lessons at the YMCA for the last 18 months and this will be his 2nd season coaching the Sea Dragons.
As a junior in High-School, Chad achieved 10 USA Sectional cuts and was less than a second short of two Jr. National cuts in the 200 breaststroke and 400 Individual Medley. The passion that Chad has for swimming still runs through his veins and is a big part of his life.
“My goal for this year is to ensure everyone that we can all achieve some sort of goal with the correct mindset of a champion. I also want to continue to be an example for our swimmers in and outside of coaching. I’m super excited to see what this season has in store for us. GO SEA DRAGONS!”
Sea Dragons Assistant Coach, Mike Dubinski
Mike Dubinski was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and began his swimming career at the age of seven. He competed with his local club team in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Age Group Swim League (NEPAGSL) and continued on into high school where he was a district and state qualifier in multiple events each year. While in college, Mike began coaching in the NEPAGSL with the Dallas Mountaineers Aquatic Club where he was an assistant coach for four years.
Outside of swimming, Mike is passionate about community and government affairs, and he is a full-time graduate student in the MSW-MPA dual degree program at Pitt where he is an active member of the community.
Sea Dragons Assistant Coach, Shannon Gallagher
Shannon Gallagher has been competitively swimming since she was eleven years old. She started on her local YMCA team and joined the Cold Spring Harbor High School team in seventh grade where she became a distance swimmer and eventually captain during her senior year. After high school, Shannon moved from Long Island, New York, where she grew up, to Pittsburgh where she currently attends Duquesne University and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education and Spanish.
This is Shannon's second year coaching and she is thrilled to be back coaching at the Sewickley Y this season! Shannon also works as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Y.
Sea Dragons Parent Resources
Communication / Conferencing with Coaches
In efforts to go green, our communications are now paperless. Please make sure that you have confirmed your email address to when you register so that you receive all swim team communications. Often we will also hand out hard copies of flyers to the children during practice. We also will post flyers on our bulletin boards.
Please do not communicate with coaches during practice sessions, unless it is an emergency. The coaches are responsible for the safety of our children and need to devote their full attention to the swimmers during practice sessions. Coaches will be available for short conferences after practices.