Matt Williams: Morning and Sunday Coach
Matt is a former age group swimmer who swam for Anchorage's Knik Swim Club for six years. He began his coaching career with Knik and worked will all levels of swimmers --- from Learn to Swim, to the Bronze group, to the highest group, the Gold swimmers. After mentoring with Knik's Head Coach, he served as interim Head Coach for three months when the Head Coach left the team on short notice.
Mat says he wants to inspire us to stay fit and enjoy swimming. That manifests itself in his ever cheerful and encouraging demeanor on deck. He makes a tough challenge fun!
Matt is currently pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Alaska Anchorage. In his off time, Matt likes to ice dance, run, do triathlons, and hang out with his friends.
Signe Pignalberi: Evening Coach
A western Washington native, Signe has lived in Alaska since 2009. She spent her youth as a competitive swimmer at regional and national levels. Once at University of Washington, however, she changed courses, rowing at the DI varsity level all four years. Signe's coaching and teaching experience include leading a high school men's team and teaching swim lessons at the YMCA. Other interests include the application of nutrition and weight training to building efficiency and endurance in sports. She has recently begun competing in triathlons. Signe knows the joy of returning to swimming after years away and she welcomes athletes from different sports who come to recognize the benefits of using swimming as cross training.
SWAM is always looking for qualified individuals to work as substitute coaches.
Requirements of US Masters coaches are:
- Registration with USMS
- And if coaching at APU:
- Red Cross Safety Training for Swim Coaches or
- Lifeguard Certification
- Plus First Aid and CPR - if those are not part of Coach Safety or Lifeguard Certification
In addition, SWAM also has Coaching Guidelines for all of its coaches.
If you would like to join our bank of substitute coaches, please contact a Board Member.