Mike Schaefer of Tobyhanna, PA, will join the GSB community as the swim team head coach. A long-time competitive swimmer, he looks forward to his new role and his upcoming move to New Jersey.
"This is my first head coaching opportunity, and I'm excited to be climbing up the ranks," said Mr. Schaefer. "My goal is to continue to grow Gill's program. We have a young team, and I want to tap into the potential this year as we move forward into the future."
A swimmer since age 7, he started competing for the Pocono Farms Country Club. At Pocono Mountain West High School, he was a three-time member of the district team, participating in the 500 freestyle, 200 meters individual medley, and 100 breaststroke. For two years, he served as team captain.
Mr. Schaefer graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in health and physical education. His coaching credits include assistant swim team coach, swim instructor, and youth sports director at the Pocono Family YMCA in Stroudsburg, PA, from 2016-2020. For two years, he also coached varsity swimming as an assistant at Stroudsburg High School.
"We're excited to have Mike take over our swim program, and we're thrilled he will be local to Gill," said Athletic Director Will Taylor.
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 girls’ swim team has grown rapidly in recent years and is now one of the largest sports programs at Gill. The Knights have gone 12-4 over the past two years, including back-to-back Non-Public B State Tournament appearances, advancing to the state semifinals in 2020. Individually, Rebecca Michaels '20 qualified for the Meet of Champions for the unprecedented third year in a row, and also won GSB's first-ever championship title by claiming gold in the 50 freestyle at the Somerset County Championships.
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