Leighann Marcelliano Day
__ Leighann Marcelliano Day is the owner of North Jersey Aquatics. She was an age group swimmer in NJ, specializing in butterfly and individual medley events. She swam for The Pennsylvania State University and the College of Saint Elizabeth, where she was named MVP for 3 seasons and still holds school records in multiple events.
Leighann has been coaching swimming for the past 18 years. During college, she was the Head Age Group Coach at the Madison Area YMCA. In 2003 she joined the Elite Swim Club, where she was named Head Age Group Coach. During her tenure there, the 12-under program placed 1st at NJ Junior Olympics in 2009, and the team improved from 22nd to 4th at Junior Olympics in 7 years. The success of the age group program led to her nomination for NJ Age Group Coach of the Year in 2009.
Leighann opened her first swim school in 2007. She developed all levels of athletes, including many sectional level swimmers from 2007-2009. In 2009, she moved to Birmingham, Alabama. While there she reopened her swim school as a learn to swim program with the mission to help decrease childhood drowning in Alabama. Within two years, this program enrolled over 100 swimmers ages 2-10.
In 2009, Leighann was named to the Auburn University Swim Camp Coaching Staff, where she worked under Auburn Head Coach Brett Hawke and Olympian Rowdy Gaines. While at Auburn, she was the only assistant coach appointed as a stroke technique session leader. In this role, she planned and led sessions for all 400 campers, coaching alongside Rowdy Gaines.
Leighann is a certified K-8 teacher. From 2002-2007 she held positions in Kindergarten, 4th grade, middle school, elementary computers, gifted and talented, and basic skills. In 2007, she became the Assistant Athletic Director for the Morristown Beard School. While at Morristown Beard Leighann was also the Head Varsity Swim Coach for 4 years and Pool Director. As head coach, she improved the NJSIAA team record from 1-9 to 10-1 in 4 seasons.
Today, Leighann and her husband reside in Morris County and she is the proud mother of a baby girl. She is an avid runner and triathlete, competing in sprint triathlons and running races from 5k to half marathon.
_ Mike began his coaching career in 1997 at Glacier Hills Summer Swim Team. He then took his competitive talents to the collegiate level at Rowan University. At Rowan he competed in sprint freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly and was a main component of their relays.
After college, Mike began coaching full time with the Elite Swim Club. At Elite, Mike was able to bring numerous improvements to the program including the use of various technique systems, an organized system for underwater filming and analysis, as well as a focused method of technique instruction in group and individual settings. Utilizing underwater cameras, he refined a system of analysis and review in order to diagnose stroke mechanic problems that are often impossible to view from above the water. These methods are crucial to technique instruction for high achievement swimmers.
Under Mike's technique and mechanics instruction many of his swimmers went on to earn USA Swimming Sectional and National cut times. One of Mike’s students, Chris Dart, qualified for both the US and British Olympic Trials as a high schooler, as well as winning events at the ACC Championships while at Clemson University. Learning to recognize and correct mistakes in the pool translates to the classroom as well. Recent graduates have gone on to institutions such as Princeton, Harvard, Bryant, Bates, Washington and Lee, as well as numerous other impressive schools.
Over the years, Mike has fine tuned his coaching philosophy. Mike believes that the best type of coach places the emphasis on teaching techniques and not routine lap swimming. Pool time is critical for success but having a better knowledge of each aspect of racing will allow for self-assessment in the water. Being able to instill an understanding of the "hows and whys" of swimming technique is a skill Mike works towards mastering every time he steps on a pool deck. This passion for improvement is transfered to his swimmers. He currently has the privilege of coaching at the Lakeland Hills YMCA, one of the premier swimming teams in the country.
Outside of the pool, Mike is employed full time at the Morris County Sheriff’s Officer. His hobbies include technology, reading, and astronomy. Mike currently resides in Morris County with his wife, Patty.