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.

Kara Lydzinski

Age group 13 - 14

I am super excited to begin coaching Bluefish this summer! I am a rising sophomore at Boston University, studying Physical Therapy. I began swimming competitively when I was 11 for XCel Swimming, and later for the Somerset Valley YMCA. I swam varsity all four years at Montgomery High School and have continued my swimming career at Boston University. I am very passionate about the sport of swimming and I can't wait to share my love for the sport with such an awesome community at CP.

Matt Tam

Age group 11 - 12 (Head)

I am currently a sophomore at Rowan University and am majoring in Computer Science! I've been swimming ever since I was 6 years old, starting first with Peddie Aquatics Association club team. I stayed with Peddie for 7 years as a year-round swimmer, and over those summers also participated with the Cranbury Catfish. I joined the Princeton High School swim team my freshman year in high school and in my sophomore year I had the honor of swimming as a member of the PHS 2012 Boy's State Championship team. My senior year, I became a team captain. My freshman year in college, I taught swim lessons at the Peddie Aquatics Association as an assistant swim instructor where I mainly taught with kids ranging from ages 4 to 5. I had the honor of being an assistant coach for the Princeton Bluefish in the summer of 2015 and 2016 when we won PASDA championships! Words simply cannot express how excited I am to be returning to such a fantastic team! Go Bluefish!

Stephen Kratzer

Age group 11 - 12 (Assistant)

I’m very excited to start my second year as a Bluefish coach! Having swam on the team since I was 8, I hope to bring the positive attitude and fun environment for the kids that I had while on the team. I was a member of Princeton High School’s varsity swim team all four years being a captain my senior year. I will be entering my junior year at Stevenson University where I am studying Criminal Justice. I can’t wait for the season to begin! Let’s go Bluefish!

Charlie Yandrisevits

Age group 9 - 10 (Co-Head)

I am beyond excited to start my first season coaching as a co-coach for the 10 and under age group! I just finished my senior year at Princeton High School and will be a freshman next year at Loyola University Maryland. I have been swimming on the Princeton Piranhas Swim Team the past 8 years and Bluefish for the past 7 summers, and I plan on continuing my career on the club swim team at Loyola. Swimming has and always will play a significant role in my life and my hope is that I can share that with all of the swimmers. I’m looking forward to a fantastic season with all of the kids and can’t wait for some great swimming! Go Bluefish!

Abby Wilson

Age group 9 - 10 (Co-Head)

I have been a competitive swimmer for about 7 years, and since then she have stayed involved with swimming in many ways. I have been teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding for 2 years. I also have helped to coach a summer PASDA team for the past 3 years outside of Community Park. I am very excited to be coaching the 9 - 10 year old swimmers!

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

Maddie Schwimmer

Stroke and Turn Coach

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!