Meet Our Coaches

BAKI BAYKAL – HEAD COACH

After leading the Lakers to the 2018 Central Bergen Swim Championship in his first year with the team, Coach Baki returns to the Lakers. Baki began competitive swimming in high school and continued through college. He has been coaching since 1995 for both private and YMCA swim teams. He even once coached Olympic gold medalist, Cullen Jones at the Newark Swim Team almost 20 years ago! Baki is USA Swim Coach certified and is currently a USA Master swimmer, racing in several recent ocean mile swims.

Baki is married to his wife Pam, and has three children, Belinda, age 9 and 8 year old twin boys, Bryce and Brody,  His family enjoys outdoor activities such as swimming, biking and hiking. He is looking forward to another successful season with the Lakers and is excited to challenge the swimmers to have fun and beat their own personal records!

KATELYN HALL – ASSISTANT COACH

Also returning after last years championship season, we are excited to have Katelyn promoted to Assistant Swim Coach for the Lakers.  Katelyn has just finished up her first year of college.  While in high school where she was on the Varsity Swim Team for the all four years.  She has been swimming competitively since the age of 5. She is currently a member of both the Phoenix Aquatic Club Team for the past three years and a member of the West Nyack Swim Team since 2006.

Katelyn’s highlights include All League Honors- Section 1 New York Swimming 2016- 10M Breast, 50M Free. Rockland County Honorable Mention 2016.  She is American Red Cross Lifeguard Certified/AED Certified.  Katelyn is also a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and was a Youth Swim Instructor in the North Rockland Learn to Swim Program. We are very excited to have Katelyn returning as part of our team this summer and know she will again be a great asset!!

Please join me in welcoming back this championship coaching duo!!  Lets  Go Lakers in 2019!!

JOHNNY MAYO – JUNIOR ASSISTANT COACH

Johnny is new to our coaching staff for 2019.  However, he has been part of our team as an exceptional swimmer for the past three years.  This year Johnny will be doing double duty, helping out with coaching responsibilities, while swimming for our team.  Johnny just finished up his junior year where he was on the Pascack Hills High School Swim Team.  We are very excited to have Johnny joining our great team this summer and know he will be a great asset!!

Please join me in welcoming Johnny to our coaching group!!  Lets Go Lakers in 2019!!