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Meet the Kilpatrick Staff

Led by some of the Berkshire’s most knowledgeable and committed staff, the Kilpatrick doesn’t just give you the tools to get fit—our staff helps you get there.

In addition to the full-time staff listed here, classes are taught by the Kilpatrick’s extensive regional network of highly-qualified yoga teachers, fitness professionals, and aerobics instructors. With decades of experience, they’re committed to the Kilpatrick community.

Dave Collopy

Dave Collopy

Director of Athletics and Facilities

Originally from Methuen, MA, Dave’s first full-time fitness management job was in 1988 as the fitness director at Route 1 Racket & Fitness Center in Saugus, MA. Since then, Dave has traveled across the United States acquiring over 20 years of experience in personnel and facility management. Dave holds a B.A. in Political Science from Merrimack College and a master of science in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University. He is certified by the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) and licensed as a Massachusetts Youth Soccer coach. As an avid soccer player and coach, Dave brings over a decade of experience at the youth, high school, and collegiate level where he continues to foster development of life skills including perseverance, teamwork, responsibility, ethics, and communication.

Bill Meier

Bill Meier

Director of Outreach Programs

A native of New York, Bill moved to the Berkshires in 1994 and started the South County Falcons Swim Team at the Eden Hill pool in Stockbridge. In two years, he grew the team from 14 swimmers to 57 swimmers. Bill started SwimAmerica of Western Massachusetts a year later, and began utilizing pools throughout the Southern Berkshires. As the director of outreach programs, he heads up the SwimAmerica swim lesson program and teaches the SwimAmerica instructor training courses. He also serves as the head coach for both the Pace/Makers Masters Swim Team and the Simon’s Rock Llama’s swim team. His most current endeavor is the development and oversight of the Global Youth Initiative, which will make its debut in the summer of 2018. Bill is an avid surfer and cyclist, a certified pool operator, program director of SwimAmerica of Western Massachusetts, and holds a B.A in English Education from SUNY Albany.

Paul Pitman

Paul Pitman

Facility Maintenance Director

Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Paul has been a staff member at the Kilpatrick Athletic Center since the opening of the facility in 1999. With a background in visual arts, Paul first came to Simon’s Rock in 1994 as a part-time photography and darkroom assistant after spending a number of years in Manhattan working for various galleries and artist’s studios. He soon migrated over to the Athletic Center where he continues to enjoy the busy atmosphere of the community.

Jim Hennessey

Jim Hennessey

Aquatic Administrator/Snapper Head Coach

A competitive swimmer since 1988, Jim has worked with summer recreation leagues, the YMCA, and with USA Swimming. He started coaching in 2000 with the South County YMCA in Peacedale, RI. In 2003 Jim moved to Killington, VT where he started a weekly winter training program for the local summer swim teams and served first as assistant then as head coach of the Town of Killington Sharks (summer rec-league team). In 2010 Jim started coaching with the Middlebury Aquatic Club (USA swimming member club), based at Middlebury College, as an age group coach and continued to coach the Sharks in the summer. In the fall of 2013 he helped establish a USA Swimming club for the Killington/Rutland area, called the Killington Aquatic Club (USA swimming member club) for which he served as head coach. Jim joins the Simon's Rock staff as the head coach of the Snapper Swim Club and serves as the Aquatic Administrator for the Kilpatrick Athletic Center. He holds a bachelors degree from Johnson State College in Business Management, a Level 2 certification from the American Swim Coaches of America, and he has been a certified lifeguard for over 23 years.