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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 has been the head coach of the Fox Chapel Racquet Club swim team and an assistant with the Fox Chapel Area High School swim team since 2003. 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 holds numerous Maryland state records and is a former YMCA master’s national record holder in the 200 yd. butterfly.  She held the national senior olympic records in the 50 and 100 yd. freestyle and the 50 yd. butterfly.  Coach Sue also still has 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 seconds.  

Erin K Bruni

Assistant Coach

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Coach Erin began her first season with the Killer Whales this year after 12 years at North Hills Aquatics, where she was the Head Coach of that program since 2004.  While at NHA, she instituted many changes to their program which promoted participation at AMS meets.  She has trained swimmers at all levels from Developmental through Junior Nationals.  Erin is originally from Guys Mills, Pennsylvania; swimming for both the Allegheny Swim Club of the Meadville YMCA (ASCMY) and independently for Maplewood High School.  She went on to swim at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she specialized in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.  Erin went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law where she graduated in 2002 with a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Public Administration.  Erin lives in Mt. Washington and is currently employed at the City of Pittsburgh's Office of Muncipial Investigations.  She is a stepmom with two stepdaughters, Madison and Morgan.

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, holding a degree in Early Childhood/Special Education/Middle Level Math, and she is currently substitute teaching in schools in the area.

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.

Denise M Speer

Assistant Coach

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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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Nichole R Heasley

Executive Director

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Linda Arel

Treasurer

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Dorothy Fox Dean

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Stephanie Hackwelder

Secretary

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Scott Ross

Technology / Registration

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Shauna Zukowski

Board Member

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Mindy Eshelman

Board Member

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