• Peter Kiernan, Head Coach
  • Freddy Sanchez, Assistant Coach

    Head Coach
    Peter Kiernan
    23rd Season

    Pete Kiernan begins his twenty-third season with the Lehman College Swimming and Diving teams. In Oct. 1983, he was named the swimming coach of the Lancers (now The Lehman Lightning). He is the fifth swim coach at the helm of the program in its 34-year history.

    A 1980 graduate of Lehman, Kiernan was a three time Captain and four-year letter-winner in men’s swimming, establishing school records in the IM while winning the Metropolitan Conference Championships in the 200 and 400 Individual Medley and the 100 Butterfly Events, He was also a two-year member of the Track & Field Team winning silver medals at CUNY’s in Pole Vault and Decathlon setting a school record in the 1980 CUNY Outdoor Championships. He’s studied exercise physiology at Queens College, and earned a Masters Degree in Education from Lehman College in 1989.

    Kiernan began his coaching career locally as the head coach of the St Nicholas of Tolentine High School Swimming Team. From 1978 - 1980, six of his swimmers qualified and represented the school at The Catholic Nationals at Villanova University in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He coached the Bronx Science HS Girls Team to a third place showing in the 1981 City Championships and from 1987 to 1992 coached the Evander Childs Boys Team to a 45-5 record and perennial top 5 placement in New York City. One of his swimmers still holds the New York City 50 Freestyle sprint record since 1989. The Lehman Men’s team won the CUNY Swimming & Diving Championship in 1986, in his third year as coach. Since the reintroduction of the men’s championship program in 2001, the Lightning have placed third and been runners-up the last two years. He also helped reestablish the women’s swimming program in 1997, and presently serves as their head coach.

    During his tenure at Lehman, Kiernan has been instrumental in all facets of the aquatics program. Since it’s inception in 1994 he has been the Aquatics Director of the APEX (Athletic and Physical Education Complex), the head coach of the APEX Swim Club, a USS Age Group Swim Team, as well as head coach of men’s & women’s swimming.

    A native of New York City, Kiernan resides in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.


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     Assistant Coach
    Freddy Sanchez
    5th Season

    As a swimmer, Freddy Sanchez has represented Lehman College (graduating in 2000), at various local and regional events. He has been a finalist at ECAC Championships in each of his four seasons at Lehman. A 5-time school record holder specializing in Backstroke and IM; an all-conference collegiate swimmer in the Metropolitan Collegiate Swimming Conference, he has medaled at USS Senior Mets and also represented NYC at the Empire State Games, medaling numerous times and wining gold in 1998.

    Freddy Sanchez joined the Lehman staff after graduation and quickly established himself as a master stroke technician with the ability to effectively communicate complex movement patterns to athletes. His hard work developing young swimmers has brought much improvement and success to the men’s team, and will undoubtedly reflect positively on the many women swimmers recently under his tutelage.

    Event management is another responsibility of the busy Coach Sanchez. The APEX Aquatic Center is the premier facility in the metropolitan area, hosting championship meets almost every weekend during the competition season. Freddy Sanchez sets up the electronic timing system, monitors its function during the competition, and resolves any problems immediately while the meet is in progress, usually without the participants’ awareness.

    A Lehman College Hall of Fame candidate, Freddy Sanchez is an integral part of the success of the “Lightning” men’s and women’s swimming program.