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 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
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
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, 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.