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  • Head Coach

    A long time Western New York native, Mr. Szafnicki grew up in nearby Orchard Park. He graduated from the University of Buffalo where he played college tennis. He still competes in tennis and has been ranked in WNY's top ten in tennis several times. He has also competed in National competitions and serves on the board of the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame committee. In addition to coaching and playing tennis, Mr. Szafnicki is an avid skier. In his career at Gow, he has taken students on over twenty ski trips to Vermont, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. In the summer, Mr. Szafnicki enjoys boating and the shores of beautiful Lake Erie. Mr. Szafnicki twice served as president of the East Aurora Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

    Mr. Szafnicki lives in Howard House with his wife Darcy. Together, they have three children, Kendall, Chase and Tanner. Kendall is in graduate school at Medaille for Education and teaches in the GSSP. Chase attends SUNY Buffalo and Tanner attends Erie Community College.

  • Assitant Coach

    Mr. John D. Simms III is an alumnus of The Gow School. After graduating in 2002, he traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin to attend St. Norbert College. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a minor in Religion in 2007, and he returned to work in his hometown of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In 2009, Mr. Simms enrolled in a Master’s Program for Elementary/Middle School education. He graduated from Aurora University in 2011 with his Master’s Degree.

    Mr. John Simms instructs Reconstructive language at The Gow School. According to Mr. Simms, "It is wonderful to give back to the school that saved his life. I find it rewarding daily to teach young adults, and help them become the best version of themselves.

    Mr. Simms lives on campus with his wife Elizabeth in Ellis house, they are expecting their first child in early April

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