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.
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.
Gail J Erickson
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
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.