Head Coach & CEO Senior team
Aronberg is in his 11th
year with the STAR program. Fast
swimming is an understatement thoughout his tenure at STAR. STAR
won both the short course and long course Niagara LSC Championships
once again and consistently develops many of the area's top level
In the summer of 2012,STAR Swimming had 5 swimmers compete at the
2012 Olympic Trials.
came from Rochester, NY where he started the Greater Rochester
Racing Raiders back in the summer of 1996. At the end of
2003, one of Coach Aronberg’s swimmers, Jon Roberts, finished
number one in the World in the 100 breast for all 15-16 year old
swimmers. Coach Aronberg had two swimmers final at the
2004 Senior National Championships, one swimming fast enough to
qualify for the 2008 Olympic Trials.
In December 2010, Coach Rick was named the Head USA Coach that took
a team to Australia for 13 days. One of his swimmers came
back winning 7 Golds. In April of 2010, Coach Rick was an
Assistant Coach for TEAM USA that competed in Ireland. Two of
STAR's swimmers were also on that team (Phil Aronica and Courtney
Otto). In the summer of 2001, Aronberg was the assistant
coach for the USA National Swim team that competed in Israel. Among
the athletes he coached was three-time Olympic champion Lenny
Krayzelburg in addition to 15 other national
swimmers. In the summer of 1999, Aronberg was
the head coach for the United States Team that competed in Mexico
City at the Pan American Maccabi Games. His swimmers brought back
92 medals, including 42 gold, in four days of competition,
outdistancing second-place Mexico by 40 medals.
A native of Fairport, Aronberg is well known in the Western New
York. Rick was a seven-time high school All-American at Fairport.
He went on to become a four-time Division I All-American at Clemson
University in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles. He was a six-time
Atlantic Coast Conference champion and still holds Clemson records
in the 500-, 1,000-, and 1,650-yard freestyles. He was named
Clemson’s swimming MVP in each of his four seasons
In 2002, Aronberg was inducted into the
Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the
ACC 50th Anniversary team as one of the best swimmers in conference
history. He also was selected to Frontier Field's Walk of Fame in
2003 and the Section 5 High school Swimming Hall of Fame in
A member of the Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame, Aronberg
participated in the United States Olympic Trials in 1988 in the
200, 400, and 1500 freestyles and was chosen to compete with
the United States team in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1985 and
1989. He won 11 medals, including 9 gold, and was named the
captain of the United States men’s team in 1989. He was also
ranked first in the world that year in the 400-meter
Coach Aronberg resides in Hamburg along with
his wife Laurie.
Assistant Coach Senior team
Coach Phil is
entering his second season with STAR Swimming. He is coming off
working primarily with the Senior team where he helped produce many
swimmers to national and speedo qualifying times. Phil also leads
the dryland program with the senior team.
Phil had an outsanding
swimming career. He was a 2012 Olympic Trial swimmer in the 100
backstroke. He was also a member of the USA team that competed in
Ireland in 2010 and captured the GOLD medal in two events. He was
also a Junior National finalist in the backstroke events in 2009
In college, Phil was a
conference record holder for the University of Buffalo. He broke
the 100 back Mid-American record going a 48.08 helping his team win
their only conference title in history. He was also a first team
In high school, Phil
was a two time NYS Champion in the 50 free and the 100 back. He
broke seven school records at Orchard Park High school over his
career and still holds all of them today.
Phil is also currently
the assistant coach at Buffalo State and lives in Hamburg with his
three dogs named Mario, Dolce and Charlie.
Assistant Coach Senior Prep team
Coach VanRemmen is the coach of the Senior
Prep team. Mark has coached with STAR since 1987. Since
that time, he has worked with many groups including (Red, Blue, and
Senior Prep teams). He has coached well over 20 National
age group TOP 16 swimmers, as well as Junior National
swimmers. Mark is an ASCA level 3 age group coach. His
past coaching includes: Head Coach of the Stingray Wreckers
swi m club (1981-1987); Orchard Park Coutnry Club (1983-1987),
Southtowns YMCA (1980-1983); and the West Seneca West JV Coach
He was recentley awarded the Niagara Age Group Coach of the year
for 2009-2010. Mark came to STAR when the Singray Wreckers
merged with STAR. He is a fully certified instructor trainer
of American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, CPR, and First Aid.
Mark's greatest assets, beside stroke instruction, are his ability
to motivate swimmers!
Mark teaches at Holland Central Schools as a Special Education
teacher and is a husband and father of
Assistant Coach Blue team
Steger returns to STAR now as a coach after having been with
STAR swimming for 14 years. Nate was instrumental in helping
this program reach great heights in the past decade. While at
STAR, Nate placed in the TOP 15 all time in many events and was a
part of the USA Speedo Championship team in his last two
years. Nate was the receipient of the STAR Swimmer of the
year for 2005-2006.
Nate went on to attend UNC Wilmington for two
years before transferring home last year. While at UNCW, Nate
was a apart of the 2007 and 2008 Championships team. He was
also a 2 time CAA conference qualifier and placed in the top 16 in
three events each year.
While at Frontier High school, Nate won the
leadership award during his sophomore year. Nate also
dominated the Section 6 scene throughout his career helping the
Frontier Falcons to many great wins. Nate also captured
the team's MVP award in his Sophomore and Junior
Assistant Coach Blue team
Coach Smith is coming to STAR Swimming with over 15 years of
swimming experience. He still holds many of STAR's team records.
Coach Smith won the NYS boys state title in the 100 breast in 1996
and qualified for Nationals in many events. Derek was also an
All-American for Lake Shore High School and was awarded a
scholarship to attend West Virginia Wesleyan.
He also attended the Pine Crest Swim Camp which in that time was
one of the nation’s top camps that attracted many of best
swimmers from around the country. While there, he took on the
responsibility of becoming a coach for the first time. He
participated in the World University Games which was the inaugural
swim meet held at ECC back in 1993. Coach Smith is a retired
veteran and is the father of 5 STAR swimmers named Joelle, Tyler,
Zachary, Jayden and Aleczander.
Assistant Coach Red team
Coach Waz comes to STAR with
extensive experience in working with young children and swimming
instruction. He also currently works for the City of Buffalo.
Coach Brandon was a standout student at Buffalo State College
where he earned Dean's list honors.
Coach Waz started working for STAR
Swimming in the Spring of 2013 and has already gained the respect
of his swimmers.