Jun 22, 2020
Greetings! My name is Nicholas Gaggiano and I began my coaching career in 2000 as a summer swim coach at the Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, NY. After 2 summers of coaching, I began coaching with the Gael Aquatic Club in New Rochelle. I instantly felt drawn towards to idea of helping guide athletes towards their goals both in and out of the pool. I loved that the swimmers could use skills and lessons that they learned in the pool and apply them to their everyday lives outside of the pool.
In 2007 I moved home to Chicago to work as a coach and swim lesson director for the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club. CWAC allowed me to develop as a coach and the ability to work with many swimmers of different ages and different stages of their careers. From the swim lesson programmed I developed necessary skills to help swimmers develop stroke fundamentals and a love of the sport of swimming. With the 8 and under group I was able to see the progression from learning how to swim, to learning how to be a competitive swimmer. Seeing the kids get stronger as the season progressed and developing terminology and understanding between coaches and swimmers was a great lesson I learned from those swimmers. With the senior group, I was able to develop season plans, goal setting, season training phases and see the competitiveness of the swimmers. This group allowed me to experience championship level swimming (Sectionals, State Champions, Futures, Jr. Nationals, Nationals) and what it takes from both the swimmers and the coaches to achieve a high level of swimming success. I was also introduced to the recruiting process and how it affects not only the swimmers and their parents, but also the coaches and the club overall.
With the Boys & Girls Club I was able to do more club development and administration. I learned more about meet manager and team manager and team unify. I was able to develop more communication skills and see the teamwork that is involved in being successful. Building a team from 12 swimmers to 62 swimmers in a six year span taught me skills and tools needed to not only build a program up, but to continue to strive for improvement. Working at the Boys & Girls Club allowed me to push myself to get creative with training and how I though about age group swimming in the sense that not all of the swimmers could afford their own equipment or even bathing suits. It forced me to use my social skills and relationships to develop fundraising for the program in order to keep the program moving forward.
My short time at the Boise YMCA allowed me to view a program that has produced many collegiate level swimmers and allowed me to work within a program that operated out of multiple facilities. I was able to develop relationships with the kids in a short time and it exposed me to how another LSC operates. I was introduced to new drills, training techniques and meet planning. The Age Group program saw great improvement in the 6 months before the shutdown and we had multiple age group swimmers with top 30 times in USA Swimming times search. It also allowed me to work within a club with a parent board and introduced me to the different aspects of working within a team that is run by not only it's parent board, but also a non profit organization like the YMCA.
I am looking to move on to a Head Age Group/Associate Head Coach position with the goals of coaching competitive swimmers committed to the goals of reaching their highest potential.
Age Group Coach/Head Coach
Chicago, IL, USA