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Dan Taylor

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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 20 swimmers ranked in the Top 16 in the nation, including two #1 rankings. Dan has coached over 50 swimmers to Sectional, Junior National, Senior National, and Olympic Trial 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. In 2007 Dan became the lead age group coach with the club and helped the program emerge to one of the top age group swimming programs in the Pittsburgh area. In 2014 Dan was named Head Coach of the Fox Chapel Killer Whales.  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 fifth grade teacher in the Franklin Regional School District, a position he has held for 21 years. Dan resides in Plum Borough with his wife Susan and  daughters Devan and McKaley.

 

Q & A with Coach Dan: 

When did you start with Killer Whales: I was hired in August of 2006.

What groups do you coach for KW: As the head coach of the team, I am responsible for overseeing all groups. However, my primary group is the senior group.

What is your coaching background: I began volunteering as a club coach when I was a senior in high school. Beginning in the the fall of 1990, I was hired as an assistant coach with the Woodland Hills Aquatic Team. In the summer of 1995 I was hired as the head coach for the Franklin Area Swim Team (FAST). In the summer of 1998, I started the Greater Pittsburgh Aquatic Club (GPAC). Over the past 27 years I have had the good fortune working with kids of all ages and helping them achieve their goals. Some of the swimmers I have coached have been age group champions, zone champions, sectional champions, wpial champions, Pennsylvania state champions, USA Swimming Top 100 ranked, junior national qualifiers, senior national qualifiers, and most recently an Olympic Trials qualifier.

What is your swimming background: I began swimming when I was 5 years old at my summer club. I was a club swimmer through High School, swimming for the Churchill Area Swim Club (which is now the Woodland Hills Aquatic Club). 

What do you enjoy about coaching: What I enjoy about coaching is watching swimmers achieve a goal that they have been working toward.

What one tip can you give universally to your swimmers: The best tip I can give swimmers is to try and have a positive mental attitude as much of the time in your life as possible. Quite often your attitude dictates your performance both in practice and in a meet.

Cindy Woods

Assistant Coach

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Your Name: Cynthia Woods

When did you start with Killer Whales: October of 2012

What groups do you coach for KW: developmental 2,3, add junior, all groups for dryland

What is your coaching background: I have coached for 22 years, producing top performing athletes at every level; zones swimmers, sectional qualifiers, wpial and piaa champions and record holders, junior national qualifiers and an Olympic trials qualifier

What is your swimming background: I swam competitively for 11 years, through high school and college. In college I was a four year academic all American and 2 year captain and MVP.

What do you enjoy about coaching: I love impacting young athletes. It means the world to me to have adults come back to say what an influence I have had on their lives.

What one tip can you give universally to your swimmers: the moment right before you want to quit is where every single improvement is made.

Tim O'Toole

Assistant Coach

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Your Name: Tim O'Toole

What groups do you coach for KW: I coach the Senior group and D1 & 3 groups as well.

What is your coaching background: I started coaching about 20 years ago after attending clinics and watching my son Patrick and daughter Stephanie begin their swimming careers. My first coaching job was Knoch High School as they started their swimming program. I moved to Blackhawk for 6 seasons until the school district took over the club program. I have also coached at Butler YMCA and Slippery Rock.

What is your swimming background:  I have traveled extensively throughout the US and Canada was a National Champion roller skater and bought my own rink when I was 25. I was drawn to swimming through my kids participation and love the team and individual components that swimming and skating provide.

 

What do you enjoy about coaching: My biggest enjoyment is empowering the swimmers to do things in the water they never thought they could do. I have encouraged my swimmers to always DREAM BIG DREAMS!!!
 

What one tip can you give universally to your swimmers: There are so many life lessons swimmers can attain from being on a swim team. Come to practice, be on time, do your best and persevere when the going gets tough. These lessons will stay with them for the balance of their life!

Andrew Kraus

Assistant Coach

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Your Name: Andrew Kraus

When did you start with Killer Whales: August 2011 

What groups do you coach for KW: I consider myself a "Floater" and see almost every group every week. Primarily this year I will be working with Pre-Comp and D2.

What is your swimming background: Assistant for DLAC during High School,Richland Swim Club Summer team for one year and Hampton Dolphins for 3 years while in college.

Swam from 6th grade through High school. Currently Swim masters for FFH.

What do you enjoy about coaching: Making Kids work hard to accomplish their goals.

What is one tip can you give universally to your swimmers: Trust your Training.

Katie McCue Stack

Assistant Coach

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Your Name: Katie Stack

When did you start with Killer Whales: Fall of 2013

What groups do you coach for KW: Pre-competitive and Swim Lessons

What is your coaching background: I started coaching when I was 15 with swim lessons. Then moved on to coach the 8 and under team and finally the entire 8-18 Sylvan swim team until I was 22. After college, I was the assistant coach for Allegheny Valley YMCA swim team for about 4 years. During that time, I was also the assistant and head coach for the Highlands Varsity swim team.

What is your swimming background: I started swimming for my local summer league at the age of 4 (those are awesome pictures!) and swam competitively until I completed high school.

What do you enjoy about coaching: I love seeing the sense of accomplishment when a swimmer completed a task he/she has never done before.

What one tip can you give universally to your swimmers: Enjoy the little moments each swimming day offers. One day you will realize swimming presents the best challenges, friends, and memories sports can offer.

Lauren Weisser

Assistant Coach

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Your Name: Lauren Weisser

When did you start with Killer Whales: November 2015

What groups do you coach for KW: Developmental 1 and 2

What is your coaching background: I started coaching a summer team at a local country club 12 years ago. I am still coaching in the Country Club league in the summer, now at the Longue Vue Club. Also, before coming to the Killer Whales, I worked for the Woodland Hills Aquatics Team for three years. I started a free swim lesson program for underprivileged students in the Woodland Hills School District that is still in place.

What is your swimming background: I began swimming when I was 5, after taking lessons at Plum Aqua (and following in the footsteps of my two older brothers, who were great swimmers). When I was 8, I began swimming AMS for Kiski School Aquatics and then swam in high school at Franklin Regional.

What do you enjoy about coaching: I love watching the progress that each swimmer makes over a short course of time. It is so fun to watch someone that maybe wasn't legal in a stroke or couldn't dive, master that skill!

What one tip can you give universally to your swimmers: Really listen to your coaches as they give technique instruction. If you think about what your body is doing long enough, it will become habit! Oh, and kick hard!

Matt Mauclair

Assistant Coach

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Your Name: Matt "Matty Mo" Mauclair

When did you start with Killer Whales: Oct. '16

What groups do you coach for KW: The group I work with the most is the senior group, Club Team - (this team is made up of current Fox Chapel swimmers and swimmers from other school districts.) In addition, I also coach the Flying Fish Heads Master's Team Fox Chapel - (this team is made up of wonderful, eccentric, compassionate, unique, fabulous, sometimes confused, immensely intelligent, sometimes very opinionated group of local adult swimmers.)

What is your coaching background: After 15 years training and racing at a high level in the sport of triathlon - swim, bike and run - and crossing all the finish lines - short course triathlon to Ironman distance racing - I set goals for, I decided to start my own coaching business "Trust The Plan Coaching" to guide others to their goal start and finish line(s).

What is your swimming background: Until I learned that triathlon included swimming, I had a mean doggie paddle stroke:) With my interest in multisport, I took a beginner swim class at a local YMCA back in 2003, joined the Master's Swim Program at Pitt a year later and studied technique and form throughout the years from some of the best coaches and athletes in the country.

Aside from 2.4 mile swim legs in Ironman racing, I've completed the Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Endurance Swim.

What do you enjoy about coaching: It's the journey I love to talk with kids about. So much young people are hurried to make grown-up decisions about where to take their life at this age. I talk with them about enjoying the journey, i.e., the training sessions with your peers that challenge and build character the most ... those are the times you'll remember the most.

What one tip can you give universally to your swimmers: What I try to speak into the swimmers minds the most is to stay in the moment. Each day they see a 5k workout written out and the moans and groans sweep across the pool deck. Instead of looking at the 20 x 100 on 1:10 min. or the 15 x 200 desc. by group's of three ... OR ... the 1200 IM at the end of practice, concentrate on getting through the warm-up then focus on the next set and the next ... stay in the moment so your best effort can be maximized for that set.

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Scott Resek - BoD VP

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Heather Wygonik - BoD Sect

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George Grune - BoD

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Margaret Haas - BoD

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Cory Jacques Siri - BoD

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Dan Taylor - BoD

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