Coaches

Red Tide is proud to be affiliated with a dynamic group of swim coaches who bring loads of swimming experience and expertise on to the deck each and every practice session. Our coaches come from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions and they all share a love for the sport and for teaching swimmers of all levels the finer points of swimming smart and swimming for fun. Each coach brings a unique perspective to his or her practice session(s) so make sure to check every one out!

Tyrone Hutchinson / Head Coach

Tyrone is a New York City native. He started swimming competitively at age seven at the local YMCA in the Bronx. At age twelve he joined the West Side Y Marlins. There he became a 2-time YMCA State Champion in the 100 fly, YMCA National qualifier, and Junior National qualifier. Tyrone graduated from Saint Bonaventure University in 1997 where he won two A-10 championships and was a perennial finalist in the 100 and 200 fly.

He joined Red Tide in November 2005 as a swimmer and began coaching in September 2006. He believes that technique and the nuances of swimming make a faster and smarter swimmer. Tyrone coaches Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and the Saturday morning 9:30 practice.

Abigail Fairman / Coach

Abby returned to competitive swimming in 2008 following a brief 13-year hiatus from the sport. After joining Red Tide, she fell in with the long distance crowd and is now an active participant in the NYC open water community. She regularly competes in races of 15+ miles and, has completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS), and the Catalina Channel Swim, two of the three legs of the Swimming Triple Crown.

When not on deck or in the pool, Abby is the Director of Marketing for a boutique financial services law firm. Her daily exposure to chaos heavily influences the calming order and patterns in her favorite long sets. Abby is a Level 3 Certified USMS Coach and coaches Red Tide workouts on Monday and Friday mornings at John Jay.

Muneki Kamata / Coach

Hi my name is Muneki Kamata. I've been in the water since I was 1. Started off in a YMCA lesson program at the age of 4 and then joined the USA team NYCAC at the age of 7. Swam under Bob Bowman at his Michigan University Summer Swim Program. Graduated from Dalton High School and then swam for the Div. 1 Syracuse Orange as a Breaststroker and IMer in the Big East Conference. I currently coach the Baruch College Swim Team, NYCAC swim team, the Bearcat Masters and of course Redtide. My coaching specialties are based off of the way I swim, and that is generally lots of technique work. I believe that taking an hour to learn something new will greatly increase your speed in a short amount of time. Muneki coaches Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings at Baruch.

Megan Happ / Coach

Megan began competitive swimming at age 7 within the YMCA community in Pennsylvania. She finished her high school career at the Upper Main Line YMCA and went on to swim for four years at Boston University, swimming countless laps in the distance lane and captaining her senior year. After graduating from BU in 2013, Megan quickly realized her life was not complete without a pool. And so began her time in the world of Masters swimming.

Megan prides herself in having no fast-twitch muscles. Outside of the pool, she has an affinity for all things Disney and is loving life in Manhattan. You can catch Megan each week at the Chinatown Thursday morning practice.

JUGURTHA (GINO) AIT / Coach

Gino is a former Olympian. He began swimming at the age of 4 and competing at the National Level by 14. Gino won numerous medals in the individual 100M & 200M breaststroke event and championship medals as a member of the Algerian National Swim and Water Polo Team. Gino’s coaching career began 25 years ago when he lead the Algerian National Swim Team in the African Championships. Gino is an ASCA Level 3 Swimming Coach and holds 2 FINA Swimming Coach Certificates. Gino was a coach at the Brigantine Aquatic Center and the FasTracKids School in Queens. Gino enjoys working with students at all levels and is passionate about helping every student surpass their swimming goal.

Chad Schmidt / Coach

Chad began swimming at the age of 8 in his hometown of Mechanicsburg, PA with the Cumberland Valley Aquatic Club. Chad both swam and played water polo competitively throughout high school, and competed at junior nationals in both sports. He then continued to swim in college at Drexel University and played club water polo in the offseason. A breaststroker through and through, he was a perennial conference finalist in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Chad also competed at Winter Senior Nationals and served as captain his senior year.

After being away from the sport for a year, Chad found that he still had an itch that could only be satisfied by a pool. He joined Red Tide in April 2016 and can be found both in the pool and coaching on deck. You can catch Chad at practices on Wednesday mornings.

Rachel Flinn / Substitute Coach

Rachel has been swimming competitively since the age of 6 in her hometown on Nashua, NH. She went to boarding school at Peddie in New Jersey and went on to swim at Kenyon College, earning 7 All-American titles and a NCAA championship. She continues to swim with NYAC. Rachel has coached for various summer league teams, and has many years’ experience giving swim lessons (which she continues to do). Rachel loves the intricacies of swim technique and believes that with the correct technique anyone can swim and be efficient whether it is for competition or just fitness. She enjoys helping swimmers improve technique and also loves to watch swimmers race.

Outside of the pool, Rachel works at Macy’s as an inventory planner, and in her free time loves traveling (usually includes finding the nearest pool!) and anything involving desserts! You can join Rachel’s workout on Wednesday mornings at John Jay.

Jeremy Fain / Substitute Coach

Jeremy Fain began competitive swimming at the age of 6 during the summers for Daleview Swimming Pool in Silver Spring, MD. At 12 he began year round USS competition with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC). At 15 he made his first Junior Nationals qualifying times in the 50 and 100 free.

He has always been, and always will be, a sprinter. Jeremy swam all four years in college at Yale University and started as a Red Tide swimmer in the fall of 2003. He began coaching for the team in 2004 and looks forward to another great season for Red Tide. Jeremy does not like doing open water swims but encourages and appreciates all others that do them.

Nicholas Hernandez / Substitute Coach

Nick began swimming in high school and moved on to compete at Saddleback College and the University of Southern California under Dave Salo. While prepping at USC, Nick began coaching with Southern California Aquatics (SCAQ), the largest masters program in the country. Upon graduation, Nick came to New York City to study law at Fordham University.

You can currently find Nick around his Lincoln Center apartment or in the pool. Nick brings to the pool deck an array of mantras that either empower his swimmers or annoy the heck out of them. Regardless, as a swimmer himself, he constantly pushes his swimmers to master their goals and achieve the impossible.

Robert Frawley / Coach

Rob began swimming in the suburbs of New York when he was 11 and quickly realized that freestyle was far superior to the other three strokes. A New York State High School Champion, Rob attended Columbia University, swimming for 4 years. After graduating, Rob continued swimming while completing his doctorate in Biology, but he only found Red Tide in 2016. He has been coaching since the summer of 2016, and the hardest part of practices might be the puzzles he writes on the board. Rob also coaches with the New York Athletic Club and as a volunteer with Columbia University.

Outside of the pool, Rob enjoys bar trivia nights and teaching science. Come give Rob's practice a try at 8 am Saturdays at John Jay