BGC GAVIATAS

COACHING TEAM

Yvonne Hartman - Head Coach

Coach Hartman has an extensive background in music. She marched with the Mello-Dears Drum and Bugle Corps from 13-18 years of age. She traveled the USA every summer in competition and at the end of each summer,  competed on an international level at DCI. The last 4 years in the corps she played lead snare drum. As such she was responsible for keeping time or "the beat" for the corps.  Little did she know, Drum Corps was a perfect precursor for Synchro. The Drum corps played music, which included counting  music, moved in synchronized formation to music, relied on the others in the corps, and had to use the entire field during their show. Coach Hartman entered the synchro scene in 2006. She became a coach in 2007 and took to it like a duck to water. The music, timing, synchronized formation, choreography, and working with children were all in her wheel house. (Coach also attended BCC for Early Childhood Education and was an aid in the classroom at Tioga Hills Elm. school for 2 years) She currently holds a USA Synchro level 3 coaching certificate. Since she started coaching she has worked with all levels of swimmers: novice, intermediate, 11-12 age group, 13-15 age group, 16-17 age group, 18-19 age group and Jr/Sr swimmers.

For the last 21 years, Coach Hartman has owned and operated a family type daycare from her home. She has cared for over 40 children from infancy through age 12. From learning colors and ABC's to coughing on your elbow and washing your hands, she uses her teaching skills to get the children ready for Kindergarten and beyond. 

Coach Hartman has lived in Apalachin her whole life. She met her husband at BCC and was  married in 1988. She has 3 children. Her youngest, Rebeka, was a synchro swimmer, and swam for the Gaviatas for 10 years. In Coach Hartman's spare time, she books Disney vacations,  sings for the elderly, listens to music, watches Survivor, reads and coaches!





BGC GAVIATAS
Danielle Hickin - Assistant Coach

Rebeka Hartman - Assistant Coach

Dirk Olds - Assistant Coach

(Bios to come)  

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