Jim Cooney Street Co-Naming of Nahant Street

Jim Cooney Street Co-Naming of Nahant Street

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The Great Kills Swim Club, located at 27 Nahant Street, is petitioning to co-name Nahant Street in honor of Firefighter James Cooney. In order to do so, we ask that members of the club and community join us in signing this petition. We are required to obtain 150 signatures to move forward with the co-naming.

Jim was an integral part of the swimming and diving community on Staten Island. Most notably, he was the Swimming and Diving Coach of Great Kills Swim Club from 1980 to 2011. Over his 31 years at GKSC, he made an impact on over 3,000 athletes.

Great Kills Swim Club was by no means a power house in the Staten Island Interclub league, but Jim had a way of making it feel like it did. Every practice, race, meet and most importantly, child, mattered. When he was coach, each and every child on the team was proud to be a part of it. He had a away of remembering every child and having a fun nickname for them. He never missed a race or a dive. In fact, before a race, you could always hear him shouting from the sidelines and during your race you could find him pacing the sides of the pool. After a dive, you could look to him for a subtle nod of approval that would motivate you through the rest of your list. 

There is no doubt that his 31 year reign as coach has a lasting legacy at GKSC. Every coach that has worked with him or after him has channeled his energy and motivation. His presence is still very much alive at Great Kills Swim Club and in Staten Island Interclub. Last year in 2020, an award was started in his name. The Jim Cooney Memorial Award is given to a swimmer or diver from one of the five Staten Island Interclubs that has a true passion for the sport, just like Jim did. The recipient is someone who will continue to participate in the sport as either an athlete, coach or volunteer. Jim introduced so many children to the sport of Swimming and Diving and it made an impact on so many people. The recipient of his award is someone who has been impacted in the same way and that also strives to impact others through the sport.

Even though Jim only coached most of his athletes in the summer, he has impacted and started so many successful swimming, diving and coaching careers. Through the pictures and posts in this document, you will see the outpouring of love and support shown for Jim. There are countless numbers of collegiate athletes that credit Jim with motivating them to continue swimming and diving through the years. Jim was sure to stay in touch with his former swimmers and divers and followed their collegiate careers. When you saw him, he always knew how your season went and had words of congratulations and motivation.


Jim was a hero to so many swimmers and divers through the years but outside of the pool, Jim was also a hero as a fireman with the F.D.N.Y. and was a first responder at ground zero on 9/11/2001.

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