Coach Gerry changed my life. When I first met Gerry, I was overweight and never swam in my life. Not only that, I have a body like an anchor, I am not buoyant at all. He has the patience of a saint. He worked with me and made the workouts fun. He never made me feel out of place or inferior to anyone. I have been involved in athletics my whole life and Gerry is certainly one of the best coaches I have ever had. He prepared me for one of the greatest challenges of my life, escaping from “Alcatraz”.