Phil J Aronica
Senior Coach at ECC
Coach Phil is
entering his fourth season with STAR Swimming. He works
primarily with the Senior team where he has
helped produce many swimmers to national and speedo qualifying
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 and
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 ALL-MAC
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 Head
Swim Coach for the Frontier Girls High School team and the Orchard
Park Boys High School team. He lives in Hamburg with his
two dogs named Dolce and Charlie.
Senior Prep Coach at ECC
Blue Coach ECC and Frontier
Coach Steger is in his 8th year with STAR Swimming as a coach after having been with STAR swimming for 14 years as an athlete. 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 has been the Head Coach at Buffalo State as well as an assistant coach there for three years.
Nate went on to attend UNC Wilmington for two years.. 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 seasons.
Blue Coach at ECC
Ali is in her first year of coaching at STAR where she will primarily work with the Blue team.
Ali started her swimming career at the age of 5 for the BGNW Marlins in Mt. Kisco, NY. Throughout her swimming career she progressed through the ranks eventually becoming a national team member at the age of 14. In the next couple of years she went on to qualify for Senior Nationals in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 100 backstroke as well as Junior Nationals in 8 events, swimming the 100 in all four strokes at the meet. Her best finish at Junior Nationals was in the 100-meter butterfly where she placed 5th with a time of 1:02.68.
Her senior year of high school she became a three-time NYS champion in the 100 fly, 100 back and 200-medley relay. Her 400-freestyle relay also placed second where she anchored in a 50.68, the fastest freestyle split in the NYS history at that time.
Highly recruited out of high school Ali took her talents to Clemson University in South Carolina. There she was a member of the Academic All-ACC Second Team in 2011. At conference championships her performances boosted her to 4th on the Clemson All-Time List in the 100 fly- 54.83 and 6thin the 100 back- 55.80. Once Clemson phased out their program she was recruited to TCU in Fort Worth, TX where she competed in the Big 12 her final two years of eligibility. She was a school record holder in both the 200-medley and 400-medley relays and was member of the All-Big 12 First Team her junior and senior years.
Ali is currently perusing her doctorate in Physical Therapy at D’Youville and will bring her understanding of human anatomy and injury prevention in addition to her extensive knowledge of swimming to STAR.
Red Coach at ECC
Coach Phil is in his first year coaching as he returns to STAR Swimming. He has a Bachelors of science in Physical Education, as well as a Masters of science in Education from SUNY Brockport.
Coach Phil started swimming at a young age, just like most swimmers. He swam under Coach Aronberg at E.C.C. before transferring to SUNY Brockport to finish his collegiate career. He qualified for the National Championships in 2008 in the 100 yard butterfly and placed 9th.
While swimming at Frontier high school, Phil also swam with fellow STAR coach, Nate Steger. Together, they were part of a unique dominant force. Phil captured the MVP award his senior season.
Coach Phil is also the Heach Coach of the Erie Community College swim team. Seeing his swimmers excell in the water, from hard work and dedication is what drives him to success. Coach Phil resides in Amherst, N.Y. with his cat, Vinnie.
Red Coach at ECC
Red and Blue coach at Frontier
Steve Tothero previously coached for STAR from 1997 – 2005 and worked with all groups including coaching the Junior Team (age 13 – 14) from 1999-2004.
Prior to STAR Swimming, Steve spent three summers coaching at the University of Texas Longhorn Swimming Camp under the direction of Eddie Reese and Mark Shubert who were the 1992 head Olympic Men’s and Women’s swimming coaches. While at the University of Texas Steve also taught college-level conditioning swimming courses.
As a competitor, Steve swam for the Decatur Swim Club in Decatur IL where he qualified for Junior Nationals four times in 1987 and 1988. Steve was a 4-year letter winner at the University of Illinois. He also still swims with the Nickel City Splash masters team and competes in Masters meets on occasion.
Steve works with the Hamburg Red and Blue Teams and really enjoys sharing his love of swimming with our newest team members!