I am excited to announce that we will be welcoming a new member to our coaching staff!
Coach Jon's bio can be found below. He will be joining the Cougar Family as Head Age Group Coach in charge of overseeing the Age Group Programs (AG1, AG2 and Senior Prep). He will also take charge of such things as running our CAT-hosted meets and will potentially help us explore expansion opportunities to develop new groups or programs.
During the Spring/Summer of 2023, he will be helping across the different groups to familiarize himself with our program. When we start back up again in the Fall, he will begin his role as Head Age Group Coach.
Coach Rich will focus his efforts as Head Senior Coach in charge of overseeing the Senior Programs (Senior A & B). Coach Rich and I have worked closely together in bringing Jon on board. The three of us will partner as the administrative staff for the program.
We are excited to bring in another strong leader in NJ Swimming to continue to grow our program!
Please be sure to introduce yourself and welcome Jon to the Family when you see him at your practice!
Jon Siegel comes to Cougar direct from the Madison Area YMCA, where he served as Senior Director of Competitive Aquatics. Over 9 years he grew the team from 80 to 180 pre-pandemic and 260 curently. During his tenure he helped design and oversee the construction of their new Aquatic Center, directed outdoor programming during the pandemic and acted as Senior Aquatic Director to bring the aquatic department back online. Before that, he spent nine-and-a-half-years with the Montclair YMCA Dolphins as their Director of Competitive Aquatics. Prior to Montclair YMCA, Jon spent eight years as Head Coach at the Madison Area YMCA and three years at the West Essex YMCA. He was also an Assistant Coach at the Summit Y for one season. Jon has coaches in the Northern NJ area for the last 30+ years between the Livingston Aquajets, Berkelely Heights Streamliners, Mnisink Manta Rays and Morristown Beard High School. Jon is an ASCA Level 5 Swim Coach and had served on the New Jersey YMCA Swim League Executive Committee. He has sat on the New Jersey Swimming Board of Directors as both Junior and Senior Coaches Representative and on the USA Swimming National Communications Committee. Jon has been the Head Coach of the NJ Swimming All Star Zone Team in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2008 and has been an assistant coach at Zones in 2000 and 2003. Jon also coached USA Swimming's Eastern Zone Select Camp in 2006. Jon has coached athletes at all levels of swimming including Olympic Trials and an alumni to the Olympics.