Nolan Silbernagel enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Gill St. Bernard’s boys' and girls' swim team. His extensive knowledge of the sport and commitment to providing a rewarding and fun experience to each swimmer has led to immediate results for the program. 

The 2018-2019 season marked the first season of separate boys' and girls' varsity swim teams. Both teams responded well to this challenge as the girls' squad went 6-3, qualified for the Non-Public B State tournament, and won their opening round match against Gloucester Catholic. Two individual swimmers and two relays were named to all-conference teams.

The boys' team also had a great showing as they too qualified for the Non-Public B State tournament while also having a relay earn all-conference honors for the first time in program history. 

Prior to joining Gill, Silbernagel served as the assistant swim coach at his high school alma mater, Jefferson Township High School. While a student at Jefferson, Silbernagel was a three-time captain, three-time All-County honoree, and two-time school record holder. In 2009 his Medley Relay placed 13th in the state at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. He also helped lead his team to an 8-0 record and the school’s first ever NJAC-North title his senior year.

Silbernagel also swam club with the Lakeland Hills YMCA. While there, he was on three YMCA National Top-16 relays and was a two-time YMCA Nationals qualifier. He concluded his swimming career at Fordham University where he was named to the Atlantic-10 Commissioners Honor Roll in 2011.

“The thing that excites me so much about the swim program here at Gill is that the sky is truly the limit,” says Silbernagel. “We now have a great foundation with excellent, hard-working kids and we are just going to keep getting better and faster every year.”

You can also see Silbernagel around campus as he serves as a Communications Specialist here at the school.

Coach Silbernagel

The boys’ swim team has grown rapidly in competitiveness in recent years and are coming off a season in which the Knights qualified for the Non-Public B State tournament in their first year of eligibility. The squad also had two relays finish 8th at the Somerset County championships while one relay earned all-conference honors. The team also had one of the top swimmers in the state in 2014 when Julien Esposito placed sixth at the Meet of Champions in the 500 Freestyle.
Levels: Varsity
Coaches: Nolan Silbernagel (Head), Donna Bednarsky (Assistant)
Conference/Affiliations/TournamentsMountain Division of Skyland Conference, NJISAA- Prep B Championships, and Somerset County Interscholastic Athletic Association
Starting Date: Monday before Thanksgiving
Approximate ending date: Mid-February 
Game Sites: Dependent on opponent and pool availability

Middle School

This year marks the inaugural season for the Middle School swim team. This program allows students to develop skills in all four strokes while preparing them for the varsity level in the Upper School. This will serve as an important program as the varsity swim team continues to grow.

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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.