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Coaching Staff

Dan Taylor

Co-Head Coach

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Dan began coaching with the Woodland Hills Aquatic Team in 1990 as an assistant coach and held this position for 5 seasons before becoming the Head Coach of the Franklin Area Swim Team in Murrysville. In the three years as Head Coach of FAST, the team grew to over 180 swimmers. In 1998, Dan founded the Greater Pittsburgh Aquatic Club. During his 8 years at GPAC, Dan coached swimmers to over 40 Top 16 reportable times and had several swimmers ranked in the Top 16 in the nation. Dan has coached over 40 swimmers to Sectional, Junior National, and Senior National qualifying times. Dan has been the Head Coach for the Allegheny Mountain Eastern Zone Team three times and numerous swimmers who have trained under him have qualified for the Allegheny Mountain Zone team. In 1998, Dan was awarded the Allegheny Mountain Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. Since taking a position as an assistant coach at Fox Chapel, Dan has helped the program emerge as one of the top age group swimming programs in the area. Dan is a graduate of both the University of Pittsburgh and Gannon University. He has a B.A. in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to coaching, Dan is a fourth grade teacher in the Franklin Regional School District, a position he has held for 13 years. Dan resides in Plum Borough with his wife Susan and his daughters Devan and McKaley.

Cindy Woods

Co-Head Coach

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Sue Marinzel

Assistant Coach

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Sue has been a developmental coach with the Killer Whales since 2004, working mainly with the Silver group. She was the head coach of the Fox Chapel Racquet Club swim team for ten years and was an assistant coach with the Fox Chapel Area High School team. For seven years, prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Sue was an assistant coach with the Annapolis Swim Club and was the head coach of the 150 member Davidsonville summer team.

Sue continues to compete as a master's swimmer. She is the current national record holder in the 100 yd freestyle and butterfly for the National Senior Games. She is a former YMCA master's national record holder in the 200 yd. butterfly and holds numerous Maryland state masters' records. Coach Sue also still holds the WPIAL record (though it wasn't known as the WPIAL at the time) for the 25 yd freestyle with a time of 11.7.

Erin K Bruni

Assistant Coach

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Coach Erin is entering her 3rd season with the Killer Whales and 2nd as the Head Coach of the FC varsity swim teams. Growing up, she swam for the Meadville YMCA swim team and then moved on to swim in college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During the season she has the opportunity to work with all levels of the Killer Whales on a limited basis but her primary group is Silver/Super Silver. Coach Erin's swimmers work on stroke technique and her group does a lot of IM work to develop them into well-rounded swimmers. Coach Erin works full time for the City of Pittsburgh's Office of Municipal Investigations as a civilian investigator in Internal Affairs.

Gail J Erickson

Assistant Coach

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Gail began coaching with the Fox Chapel Killer Whales in the fall of 2012, and works mainly with the Bronze and Silver groups of swimmers.

During the summer, Gail coaches the Sylvan Pool swim team, which competes against other outdoor pools in their local league.  She coached their 8 & under team for two years, and has been head coach since 2009.  In addition to her involvement with the swim team, she has taught swim lessons to children of all ages since 2004.

Gail was a member of the Freeport Area High School swim team, the Allegheny Valley Y swim team, and the Sylvan Pool swim team (which she now coaches).  A recent graduate of Clarion University, Gail teaches in the math department in Fox Chapel Area High School.

After many years of participating in swimming, Gail wishes to continue to share the excitement and fun that she experienced while swimming with the members of the Killer Whales Swim Team.

Andrew David Kraus

Assistant Coach

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Katie McCue Stack

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Maegan Filo

President

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Adrian Roe

Vice President

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Scott Resek

Treasurer

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Stephanie Hackwelder

Secretary

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Scott Ross

Technology / Registration

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Mindy Eshelman

Team Gear

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George Grune

Board Member

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Scott Pauley

Board Member

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