Our Swim & Dive Coaches

Swim Coaches


 Kelly Blacker

Kelly will be entering her 16th year on the Willowbrook Swim and Dive Team in 2018. With three children of her own who have all been members of the Willowbrook Swim and Diving Team, Kelly is a fixture at the pool. When she is not coaching, she is teaching children, especially young ones, how to swim. Her patience and love of teaching is evident to swimmers of all ages.

Kelly is a certified water safety instructor (WSI), has received accreditation with the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and has her USA Swim Official certification.  She has served as the Vice President, is currently the Treasurer, and has been on the Board of Directors of  Willowbrook for 19 years.  Kelly is also a USA Swimming Age Group coach during the winter months for the Saw Mill Club, Storm Aquatics in Mount Kisco, and is a professor of Accounting at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry.  Previously she coached for the Boys and Girls Club, Marlins in Mount Kisco.

Kelly is dedicated to swimmers of all levels and abilities. She believes that swimming is an important skill for children and adults of all ages, and that it is never too late to learn. Regardless of whether your child is a novice or hopes to swim at the highest level, Kelly will provide the support and guidance that they need to succeed and to meet their goals.


Chris Jankowski

2018 will be Chris’ eighth summer at Willowbrook.  He brings with him a wealth of experience.

Chris is the Head Swim Coach of the Saw Mill Club Storm Aquatics team in Mount Kisco.  Prior to the Saw Mill Club, Chris had 12 seasons with the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester Marlins Swim Team, where he was the Associate Head Coach.  In addition to coaching the Marlins Swim Team, Chris was the Assistant Coach to the Men’s & Women’s Division II Swim Team at Pace University. During his time away from the pool, Chris works as a personal trainer at Saw Mill Club East.  Chris was also formerly the Head Coach at Birchwood Swim & Tennis Club from 2008 until 2010.

After graduating from Ossining High School in 2003, Chris attended Pace University in Pleasantville. Chris graduated from Pace University in 2007 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a criminal justice minor. In 2009 he graduated from Pace University’s graduate program with his Masters in Counseling Psychology.

Chris enjoys helping swimmers recognize their full potential and work towards their personal goals.


Dive Coach

Maria Abrams

Maria will be entering her first season as part of the Willowbrook team. A graduate of Fox Lane High School in 2015, she is continuing her academic career at Boston College where she is a sophomore studying Applied Psychology and Human Development with a Sociology and Psychoanalytic Studies double minor.

Prior to Willowbrook, she coached Bedford Village for 5 summers, the team where she swam and dove for 14 years. Maria’s swim background began on Storm Aquatics where she developed her passion for swimming. Her diving background began with her involvement in gymnastics, where she brought these skills to the boards in summer and high school diving. Maria swam and dove all four years for Fox Lane and is continuing her athletic career as a swimmer for BC Varsity Swim & Dive where she specializes in sprints.

At school, Maria works as a swim instructor for children ages 4-15, as well as a masters coach for college students and adults. She is looking forward to sharing her love for the sport with Willowbrook in the 2017 season.

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