Swimming Coaches

Mike Uchrin (Head Coach)


I am proud to introduce myself as the head coach of YOUR Community Park Bluefish! Prior to arriving at Community Park, my passion for swimming goes back many years to training at a local YMCA. Like many of ourswimmers, the sport turned into a life-long dedication which took me on a path to aquatics leadership and coaching. I joined the Princeton Recreation Department  team in 2011 as a pool manager and assistant swim coach for the 13 and 14 age group. In 2013, I moved up to coach the 15 & over agegroup and became the Aquatics Director for Community Park Pool. In the months that I am not at Community Park I am a teacher at Hamilton Township Public Schools, and I coach for the NJ Stingrays USA Swimming team out of the Lawrenceville School. 

Over the years working with the Bluefish team, I've come to understand the deep history this team possesses. I've seen swimmers graduate after swimming with our team every single summer for 12 years. I've had swimmers who have graduated, left for college, then come back to express how something is missing from their summers without Bluefish. I've heard the stories of past Bluefish swimmers who have achieved legendary status for their sharks and minnows skills. I understand the tradition thisteam has and I am very excited to continue it and help the team achieve even more.

Matt Shanahan

Age group 13 - 14

I am beyond excited to return to coach the 13-14 age group this summer! I am currently a rising Junior at Georgetown University, studying Computer Science. At school I am practice captain of the Georgetown Club Swim Team, where I have been continuing to train and compete. My love of swimming started when I was 12 years old with the Princeton Piranhas Swim Team, and over the years, I’ve spent the summers swimming with Bluefish and the winters with the Princeton High School swim team, serving as captain of the boys team my senior year. This summer I’m looking forward to another fantastic season at the BEST place in Princeton, the Community Park Pool. LET’S GO BLUEFISH!

Hannah Ash

Age group 11 - 12 (Head)

I am a rising sophomore at Occidental College, studying Economics and Psychology. I began my swimming career when I was four at Nassau Swim Club, and have been swimming ever since. Throughout my swim career I have swam at various PASDA and club teams, including the Community Park Bluefish. I was a four year varsity swimmer at Princeton High School and captain my senior year. I also currently swim Division III at Occidental. This is my fifth summer working at Community Park as a lifeguard and swim instructor and my first summer coaching. I am so excited for this season and to be a part of the coaching staff!

Madeleine Deardorff

Age group 11 - 12 (Assistant)

I’m a rising sophomore at Williams College, studying Political Science with a concentration in Justice and Law. I began swimming when I was four at Nassau Swim Club and was a Bluefish for three years after that. I started club swimming on X-Cel when I was seven. I was on the swim team at Princeton High School for all four years, and was captain my senior year. I now swim for Williams. I am so excited to begin my first summer as a Bluefish coach!

Nicky Kratzer

Age group 9 - 10

Coaching for Bluefish has always been one of my favorite jobs, and I am so excited to be back! I started swimming when I was 12 with Bluefish, and then progressed to swimming year-round with the Stingrays, Eastern Express, and Princeton High School swimming throughout high school. In college, I was part of the swim club team at Elon University, located in North Carolina. I hope to share my love of the sport and Bluefish team with all our swimmers this season! I am so happy to have the opportunity to coach so many wonderful swimmers this summer and cannot wait to meet all of them!

Stephanie Tam

Age group 7 - 10 (Assistant)

I’m so happy and excited to be returning for my third year coaching Bluefish!  I just completed my sophomore year studying Neuroscience at American University in Washington, D.C. I started swimming on a PASDA team at the age of 6 and continued on to swim competitively year-round with the Peddie Aquatics Association for 8 years. I was also a four year varsity swimmer and captain at PHS.  Swimming has and always will play a significant role in my life and my hope is that I can share the joy and great memories swimming has given me with all the swimmers this summer! I can’t wait to meet and work with everyone!

Lydia Buckley

Age group 7-8 (Head)

This is my second summer coaching the Bluefish and I couldn’t be more excited! I was the assistant coach for the 8 and under age group last season and am thrilled to be the head coach for this coming summer. This is my 12th summer with the Bluefish swim team. I started swimming with this team when I was 7 years old and fell in love with the sport and the community here at CP. I just finished my senior year at the Hun School of Princeton and will be attending Cornell University next fall. I can’t wait to start this Bluefish season and am excited to see lots of old and new faces this summer! 

Emily Becker

Age group 7-8 (Assistant)

After swimming as a Bluefish for the past five summers, I am thrilled to begin my first season as an assistant coach. During the school year,  I swim for the Stingrays and for the Princeton High School varsity team. I am looking forward to a great summer!

Deb Cherry

Age group 6 and under

Stephen Kratzer

Stroke and Turn Coach