Nolan Silbernagel enters his third 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 team recorded its first ever multi-win season during his first year at the helm and the program experienced its first winning season in school history the following year.

The team’s improvement in the pool has also led to a significant increase in roster size, and the program will undergo its first season of separate -gender varsity teams after having been co-ed since its inception.

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

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
The girls’ swim team has grown rapidly in recent years and is now one of the larger sports programs at Gill. Due to this increase in size and popularity, the girls will be competing at the varsity level for this first time this winter. Last year, the team had its first-ever Top-10 finish at the Somerset County Championships, and junior Rebecca Michaels became the first female swimmer at the school to qualify for the Meet of Champions.

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.