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Ed Steinnagel - Head Coach/ Head Age Group Coach

Since 1993, Coach Ed has kept LEHY recognized as a top competitive YMCA and USA swim team in the state. He began his coaching career as a parent coach for the team when his daughter showed an interest in the sport of swimming. Since becoming head coach the number of swimmers has grown from 40 to 120, with some of the top swimmers in the state. His expertise in stroke technique and development of age group swimmers prepares children to compete at his/her highest ability. Multiple times Coach Ed has helped the team to finish among the top three teams in the state at Age Group Championships. He has coached swimmers who have gone on to achieve National Top 16 times (swimmers who have placed nationally within his/her age group), and YMCA National Top 16 times. He has had multiple swimmers qualify for the CT Zone Team and in 2000 he was named CT Age Group Coach of the Year.

Coach Ed continues to enjoy working with youth and brings over thirty years of teaching experience onto the pool deck.
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Kaeley Steinnagel - Head Senior Coach

Kaeley has been coaching with LEHY since 1997 and is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach. She began with 8&unders and has moved through the team to work with all the different age groups. She is currently the Head Senior Coach for the club. In her time with LEHY she has had swimmers rank on the National Top 16 list, and rank on the YMCA National Top 16. She has had swimmers qualify for and place at spring and summer YMCA National and Speedo Sectionals. She has also coach swimmers to Junior National qualifying times.

Multiple swimmers have been named as Academic All-Americans, and as CT Scholar Athletes. Prior to coaching for LEHY she attended St. Michael's College where she held records in swimming over her four years. Kaeley is also an alumnus of LEHY. She began her swimming career with the club when she was seven and swam with the club through her senior year in college. She is thrilled to give back to the club that she feels gave her so much. Outside the club, Kaeley is a school counselor at DePaolo Middle School in Southington, CT. This allows her to help her swimmers with the college process as they prepare to graduate high school.
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Marcy MacDonald – 8 and under Coach/Age Group Coach

Marcy has been right along Coach Ed’s side since 1993. She helped to build up the senior program which sent swimmers to spring and summer YMCA Nationals. She is an avid swimmer herself and in the summer of 2001 became the first American woman to complete a double-crossing of the English Channel. In 2014, she became the solo American record holder for English Channel crossings (15 crossings) and in the summer of 2015 became the first American (and only the fifth person ever) to swim Loch Ness in Scotland. Marcy has been coaching the 8 and under swimmers for the past seven years. She instills in her swimmer a passion for the sport and keeps them wanting more.
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Jake Greene- Assistant Age Group Coach

Jake joined the coaching staff in the fall of 2015 after graduating from Lehigh University….fate that he ended up coaching LEHY! Jake is no stranger to YMCA swimming, as he grew up swimming for the Darien YMCA Piranhas where he qualified for YMCA Nationals and Speedo Sectionals. At Lehigh University he specialized in the IM and consistently represented his team in finals at Patriot League Conference Championships, qualifying for USA Swimming Senior Nationals. His knowledge and passion for swimming is a welcomed addition and we know he is a great addition to the LEHY family.
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Chris Curtin- Assistant Senior Coach

Chris is a LEHY Alum and happy to be coaching for the team that was his home away from home for so many years. As a member of LEHY, Chris represented the team at all levels, including YMCA Nationals, where he was a finalist. After high school, Chris was a four year member of the SCSU Men’s Swim Team. The team won the NE-10 Conference all four years, and Chris was a multiple conference champion specializing in the IMs and 200 breaststroke. Chris began his swimming career in the developmental program at LEHY and is a true testament to what hard work can accomplish. We are so happy to have him back and sharing his expertise with younger swimmers.
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Laura McLaughlin- Assistant Age Group/8 and under Coach

Laura is another LEHY Alum. She swam with LEHY until going off to college, whwere she swam for the SCSU Owls. She has been coach for many years, and has a lot of technical knowledge. Not only does she coach with LEHY, but she is a high school coach. LEHY is lucky to have her experience.