LRSC Coaching Staff

D. Jay Morissette (Head Coach)

Jay Morissette, Long Reach Swim Coach

Jay has been the head coach of the team since the 1985-86 swim season and is Maine’s only American Swim Coaches Association Level 5 certified coach.

A graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, he swam for Allan Switzer and held 2 University swim team records (50 + 100 freestyles) for 30 years. Prior to college he swam at the Kennebec Valley YMCA in Augusta under coach Ann Palozzi and held 3 team (50, 100, + 200 freestyles) for 35 years.  And held the state record for those events for 30 years.

An on again off again master’s swimmer over the years, his best seasons involved a 2nd place finish at the 1989 Masters U.S. nationals in the 50 free (20.97) and at the 1996 Masters world championships three 4th place finishes. While coach at the Bath YMCA he has coached five individual and one relay National Champion with a combined 16 Nationals titles, two National records, over 60 YMCA All Americans and over 100 YMCA top 16 swimmers. He has also coached several senior national level swimmers and has coached seven swimmers to making the Olympic trials cut times.

His teams have won 36 YMCA state titles 34 of them in a row with 3-runner up positions and 16 out of the last 21 U.S. league winter state championship team titles, finishing 2nd in four, as well as nine summer combined championship titles. He was named YMCA coach of the year in 2005 and U.S coach of the year in 2007 and 2009.  He is currently on the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of fame committee.  He has held many positions on the Maine Swimming Inc. board of directors.

Suzi Boccanfuso
Aquatics Program Director

Suzi swam most of her age group years for PPSC in the ’90s as a butterflyer, backstroker, and mid-distance freestyler. After graduating from Freeport High School, she attended the University of Maine in Orono, completing a degree in Kinesiology & Physical Education. She also swam on the UMO team for two years.

After completing her degree she left for Anchorage, Alaska. In Alaska, she worked for the Anchorage Community YMCA, teaching lesson, running a master’s swim group, and was an assistant swim coach for Bartlett High School.

After living in Alaska for 13 years, Suzi and her family moved back to Maine. She signed on with the Y in Freeport and started coaching with the Casco Bay Stripers. She became the head coach for CBS in 2015. Suzi is very excited to join the LRSC crew for the 2021-2022 season!

Brian “Sponge” Savage
Bath Y Senior Program Director/LRSC technical director

Brian began his career as a swimmer at the Bath YMCA as a high school freshman. He has been coaching at the Long Reach Swim Club since the 2001-2002 season up to the end of the first Covid-season. Since 2023 his role has been as assistant on call as well as handling most of the technical aspects of running a swim team.

He was on the Board of Directors with the Maine Swimming U.S. Swimming League for several years. He has been the Maine YMCA League’s technical advisor and taken on the duties of webmaster for this league and former LRSC web master for many years.  He is currently the Bath Y senior program director.

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