Central Maryland YMCA Masters Swim Team: Coaches

Head Coach Mike Jacobson
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Coach Mike has been the head Coach of the CMYM (formerly HCYM) team since 1999. He also enjoys teaching and coaching swimmers of all ages and has been doing so at various levels since 1984.  In the last few years he has been targeting Open Water swimming over the Spring and Summer months.  Coach Mike is a ASCA certified swim coach.  In addition to swimming he is also a PSIA Ski Instructor at Liberty Mountain where he can be found on many weekends from December to March.

Mike started competitively swimming when he was 7 years old for the Vienna Aquatic Club, which is part of the Northern Virgina Swim League. Shortly thereafter he started swimming year round for the AAU team Starlit Aquatic Club.  He excelled at backstroke, mainly because it did not require him to put his face in the water.  Eventually he stuck his face in the water and started to excel at free and fly as well.  While at Starlit, he had the fortune to be coached by Melisa Belote (4 gold medals in 1972 Olympics) and Greg York (now Head Coach of the York Swim Club).  After the Starlit team lost its facility and disbanded, he swam for Tom Healey (Auburn Staff) at Solitar and Burke (now Curl-Burke).  As an age group swimmer, he was nationally ranked in Backstroke and Middle Distance Freestyle. For College, Mike went to North Carolina State University where he swam for the famous Don Easterling (ASCA Hall of Fame).

Locally, Mike has been swimming and coaching the Masters program at the Ellicott City and Catonsville YMCAs since 1999.  He is also active in United State Masters Swimming (USMS) at the local level and was the Maryland Chairman for 4 years.  In the Spring, he also runs open water clinics and practices with the goal of completing the Bay Swim (1 or 4 miles).  This also includes a weekly practice in the Severn River starting in the early Spring.

Coach Ray Toy
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Coach Ray Toy started swimming with the CMYM team in the fall of 2000, and became a coach soon thereafter. He is from the Philadelphia area where he was an age group swimmer with the North Penn Aquatic Club and Tri-Captain of the North Penn High School Swim Team. As a first year student at the University of Virginia, he swam for the Charlottesville Area Swim Team. Coach Ray is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, and he currently holds a Level 2: Masters Certification. He handles the maintenance of the team records and he organizes the team relays at meets. In addition, he has also served as Secretary for USMS in Maryland.