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!

Abigail Fairman / Head 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 completes swims of 20+ miles, including the 120 mile 8 Bridges Hudson River swim, a 57 mile double circumnavigation of Manhattan and the 21 mile Catalina Channel.

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 Tuesday mornings at Baruch, as well as group workouts at Riverbank on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Robert Frawley / Head Coach 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 swam at Columbia University. After graduation, Rob continued swimming while completing his doctorate in Biology.

Rob has been coaching Red Tide since the summer of 2016, and enjoys giving sets he would like to swim: a variety of middle distance, technique and speed work. Outside of the pool, Rob enjoys bar trivia nights and teaching science. Rob coaches Friday mornings at Sacred Heart and Sunday mornings 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.

Muneki Kamata / Coach

Muneki started in a YMCA lesson program at the age of 4 and joined the NYCAC USA team at the age of 7. He swam under Bob Bowman at his Michigan University Summer Swim Program and graduated from Dalton High School. Muneki swam at Syracuse University, focusing on breastroke and IM events. In addition to Red Tide, Muneki also coaches the Baruch College Swim Team and the NYCAC swim team.

Muneki’s coaching philosophy is based on his own swimming experience and includes lots of technique work. He believes that taking an hour to learn and master a skill will greatly increase your speed in a short amount of time. Muneki coaches the Wednesday evening practice at Baruch.

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.

Chad joined Red Tide in April 2016. When he's not in the pool or coaching on deck, Chad is a consultant at a communications firm. Chad coaches the Monday evening practice at Chinatown YMCA.

Joan Weaver / Coach

Joan’s swimming career began at age 12 with Islip Aquatics, a small team with a big heart out east on Long Island. After claiming the State Champion title in the 500 freestyle in 12th grade, she went on to swim for Yale University as a freestyler of all distances, attending several Nationals meets and captaining the Bulldogs her senior year.

Nowadays you can find Joan training for her token open water races every summer, or (slowly) training for marathons on land. She works in advertising by day and is a self-proclaimed Games of Thrones fanatic by night. Joan coaches the Tuesday and Thursday evening practices at Sacred Heart.

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.

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.

Brian Woo / Substitute Coach

Brian Woo grew up in the small town of Cranford, New Jersey. Swimming has been a part of his life since the 5th grade. Brian competitively swam through high school School at the Division I program at Drexel University, where he specialized in breaststroke, IM and sprint Freestyle. While swimming for Drexel, Brian accomplished two Top 5 times in the 100 Breaststroke and the 100 IM and was also awarded the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award from 2014 - 2016. After graduation, Brian stayed active in the sport by joining USMS. When he moved to NYC, former Drexel teammate and Red Tide coach Chad Schmidt invited him to join the team. Brian is excited for what the future holds with Red Tide!