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Our Story

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Jason Kilderry

1982-2017, Founder

ETA Coach was the brainchild of its founder, Jason Kilderry. Through his science-based training method, fighting Irish attitude, and love for teaching, Jason touched many lives. After coaching and owning ETA for 11 years, Jason was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer in 2017. Up until his last day, Jason continued to work hard for ETA and his athletes. Most importantly, he was an amazing and dedicated father to his young son, Finn (pictured). He passed away on December 18th, 2017 at the age of 35.

Meg Smith

Owner, Head Coach

Jason left ETA in the hands of Meg Smith, his trainee at the time. Meg currently lives in Colorado where she is pursuing her PhD at Colorado State University. Meg's research focuses on the biology of human aging, and she recently earned her master's degree in Health and Exercise Science. Meg runs ETA and coaches from afar as she chases a career in research. She is passionate about helping others achieve their goals. Her main objective is to create a training plan that fits your unique lifestyle- whether you are a student, parent, beginner, or professional athlete.

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Matt Ciociola


Matt is our CLO (Chief of Lake Operations) and is one of our Assistant Coaches.  At his day job, Matt is a high school administrator and lives in Swedesboro with his wife Michelle, their dogs Luna & Jake, and cat Guinness. They are also expecting a son this fall!  During open water swim season, you'll find Matt at the lake making sure everything runs smoothly and welcoming new swimmers.

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