Stan’s swimming background dates back to his days at Queens College during the mid 1980’s where he was a competitive swimmer and water polo player. After graduating, he followed his passion for swimming and love of the outdoors by joining the growing ranks of local triathlete’s around Long Island competing in numerous events throughout the years. In 1994, he turned his sights to coaching by starting the first Masters Swim Team at Connetquot H.S. which endures today through OWS. As the years moved forward, he expanded his love of the outdoors with cycling and mountain biking locally and throughout Colorado and Utah. In addition, in 2002, he successfully climbed Mt. Rainier and has recently participated in numerous adventure races and local triathlons. Stan has been married for over 20 years to his “very supportive” wife Ellen. They have two daughters, Sophia age 13 and Natalia age 10, who are active age group swimmers and triathletes. Stan owns a highly regarded employee benefits consulting firm, Comprehensive Financial, and is a Certified Financial Planner with three offices on Long Island and in NYC.
Billy Swezey has more than 6 years lifeguard experience with over 3 years experience as an ocean lifeguard. He is certified in CPR, AED, First Aid, and holds a NYS boaters safety certificate. Billy has grown up on the south shore of Long Island and has been boating in the Great South Bay, surfing, and playing in the ocean on Fire Island since he was a young child. He has years of experience exploring and navigating the bay on his boat, kayak, and standup paddle board. Billy started kiteboarding 6 years ago and has been an IKO certified instructor for over 3 years.
Richie Caiazza, after battling weight loss, has a unique perspective that most elites and top age groupers don’t. This perspective of building from the ground up and knowing the dedication and will power it takes to go from being overweight to a top age group competitor gives Rich an edge on most other entry level coaches. He understands what entry level athletes are going through, and has developed ways to overcome many obstacles. He is being taught under the watchful eye of two of long islands top coaches and athletes. A few of his recent accomplishments include top age group finisher and top 10 overall finisher at most every local event entered. He qualified for and competed at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 world championships in Las Vegas, and finished at the 2013 Ironman 140.6 in Los Cabos.