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The Jammin' Jellyfish are staffed by a team of talented and dedicated coaches. Each swimmer's abilities, personalities and maturity are taken into consideration as our coaches work to develop them to their full potentials.


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Nick Deck Head Coach

Nick Deck has 24 years of swimming experience and is currently a Level 3 USA swim coach. Throughout the last decade, Coach Nick has been the head coach of five swim programs and acquired accredited certifications from USA Swimming, ASCA, YMCA USA, Special Olympics, USWFA and ARC. He was an assistant coach for the 2015-16 Section 2 boys swimming/diving champions at Shaker High School and head coach of the 2017 & 2018 Eastern States Championship swim team. 

Coach Nick founded the Jammin’ Jellyfish in May 2017 and took the newly found team to win the 2018 Eastern State Championship. He has used his experience and training to develop a one-of-a-kind unified program for swimmers of all ages and abilities, bringing a unique set of skills and personal attributes to the sport. Nick develops a personal connection with each and every swimmer and continues to push them to be the best person that they can be, both in and out of the water. Nick takes pride in being an active role model and leader to the children and families within his program. 

Coach Nick’s Motto: “You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try.”

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Sarah Bowman Assistant Coach

Coach Sarah brings 22 years of swimming experience to the program.

A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, she has a combined knowledge of swimming and engineering to help athletes develop technically and mechanically. She began as a developmental and age group swim coach in 2014 and received her USA Level 1 Certification in 2016.

Coach Sarah joined Coach Nick to guide swimmers to the 2017 & 2018 Eastern States Championship. Coach Sarah was also a USA Masters swimmer under Coach Nick in 2013 before joining him as a coach.

Coach Sarah’s dedication, commitment, integrity and love for the team is a key component to the success of the Jammin' Jellyfish Swim Club.

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Andrea Wilcox Head Coach, Special Olympics Athletes

A competitive swim coach for over 12 years throughout the Capital Region, Coach Andrea has worked with special needs kids for more than 17 years.

Coach Andrea has an outstanding reputation in special needs aquatics. A desire to bring her special needs experience to the team environment led her to become a Special Olympics coach in 2015.

Together, alongside Coach Nick, they created the first unified swim team in New York. Their unified teams have competed in our area for the past 4 years.

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"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
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