Nolan Silbernagel enters his fifthth 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 2019-2020 season was especially memorable for the boys' squad, as the Knights earned two wins in their first season of competing within the Skyland Conference. The program qualified for the Non-Public B State Tournament for the second year in a row, and five more school records were broken last winter as well.
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 the Sports Information Coordinator and an Upper School Advisor here at the 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.
The boys’ swim team has grown rapidly in competitiveness in recent years and have qualified for the Non-Public B State tournament in their first two years of eligibility. The squad also boasts strong relays at championship meets while garnering all-conference consideration. 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.
Nolan Silbernagel (Head), Donna Bednarsky (Assistant)
Mountain Division of Skyland Conference, NJISAA- Prep B Championships, and Somerset County Interscholastic Athletic Association
Monday before Thanksgiving
Approximate ending date:
Dependent on opponent and pool availability