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Coaching Staff

Sara Johnston
Lead Swim Coach
Sara Johnston was a competitive swimmer in high school and has always kept up with swimming for fitness. She coached at the Scotch Plains JCC for two seasons, 2000/1 - 2001/2 and took a hiatus when her fourth boy was born in '02. In 2008, Sara began teaching at the Scotch Plains Fanwood YMCA.

Currently she teaches Parent/Child, Perch and special needs swimming and is an Assistant Swim Coach for the FSPY Swim Team's 8/under swimmers.

Sara also keeps up with the adult swimming community as Editor/Designer of the NJ Masters newsletter The Fastlane and is a NJ Masters Swimming Board member. She is also a US Masters Swimming Certified Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor and USMS Levels 1/2 Certified Swim Coach.

Sara and her family are former members of Highland and three of her four boys swam for the Sharks!

Sara lives in Fanwood with her husband Charles, 3 of her boys (the oldest is on his own!), and two dogs.

Hannah Crisafulli
Swim Coach
Hannah returns as for a third year coaching at Highland. She started swimming at the age of five for the Highland Sharks. Ever since then, competing has been a huge part of her life. Today, she swims for the Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA and Union Catholic High School. Some of Hannah's favorite events to swim are the 500 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke. Hannah is looking forward to having an amazing season with the Highland Sharks and will be attending Kean University this fall.
Will Barnett
Swim Coach 
Will Barnett has swam for the Highland Sharks since 2013. Since that time, he has also swam for the JCC Barracudas where he currently holds five records. Will also swims for his high school, St. Joe's Metuchen where he earned his varsity letter as a freshman. Will will be a junior in high school this fall and is thrilled to be returning as a Highland coach this summer.
Jackie Coyne
Swim Coach
Jackie joined the Highland swim team when she was six years old. She also swims on the JCC Barracudas and the Union Catholic High School swim teams. Her favorite events to swim include the 100 Breaststroke and the 200 I.M. Jackie enjoyed assistant coaching at the JCC this year and loves swimming. She will starting her senior year this fall and is excited to be back on the Sharks as a coach. 
Aidan Trenery
Swim Coach 

Aidan has been a member of the Highland Sharks since he was eight years old. He swims for the Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA and swam at his first YMCA National in April 2019. He also swims for the Scotch Plains Fanwood High School which won the North Section B Group 2 finals this past winter. His favorite races are the 200 I.M. and 400 I.M. and backstroke is his favorite stroke. Aidan will be a sophomore in the fall and is looking forward to having a great season with the Sharks both as a coach and a swimmer.