Head Coach, has been at the helm of the Dolphins since 1977. The 2012-2013 season will be his 36th year at the YWCA. Under his direction, the team has enjoyed tremendous success including YWCA National Championships in 1982 (West Point), 1984 (Penn State) and 1985 (James Madison U.) and a dozen runner-up finishes, including 2012.
Cavataro is an energetic organizer who is concerned with the needs of swimmers. Regularly scheduled meetings are held with swimmers and their parents. In addition to weekly email updates, Cavataro publishes a bi-annual newsletter.
A distance freestyle and butterfly specialist at lona Prep, Manhattan College and with the Gotham Aquatic Association (USS), Cavataro was a three-time AlI-Metro Collegiate selection. In addition to the Dolphins, he is the Head Men’s and Women’s coach and Director of Aquatics at lona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. Cavataro has had extensive experience working with youngsters ages 5-18, and is also the swim coach at Westchester Country Club, where his summer teams have won six Westchester League titles and another dozen top five finishes. Cavataro is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA-Level 4); the College Swim Coaches Association and United States Swimming. In 1984,1986,1988 and 1990 he was a panel speaker at the American and College Swim Coaches Associations World Clinics. He is married to the former Susan Follansbee, an exercise physiologist. The Cavataro’s have six children: Stephanie, age 24; Lauren, 22; Matthew, 21; Kristi, 19; Jamey, 14 and Kathryn, 12.