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Meet the Coaches

All of our coaches are required to be registered USA Swimming coaches.  To become a registered USA Swimming coach, you must pass a background screen, possess certain safety certifications, and meet educational requirements. Information on all of these requirements is listed below:

  • Background Screening - Since 2007, all coaches are required to successfully complete a Background Screening through the USA Swimming background screen provider.  Coaches are responsible for renewing their Background Screenings every two years.
  • Safety Certification Requirements - Prior to registering for the first year of coaching, a coach must have current acceptable safety certifications in the following courses: CPR, First Aid, and Safety Training for Swim Coaches.
  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches - A coach takes the Safety Training for Swim Coaches written test online and then proceeds to a Red Cross certified instructor to demonstrate the required water skills.
  • Foundations of Coaching - Before the coach registers for the second year, the coach must successfully complete the Foundations of Coaching test.  This test includes basic swimming coaching knowledge as well as the rules and regulations of USA Swimming.

To learn more visit USA Swimming - Coaches.

Coaching Staff

Dave Schraven

Head Coach

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Senior, Junior, Age Group 2, Age Group 1, Novice
USC High School, Head Coach
 
USC Swim Club and High School Head Coach Fall 2012 - present • Head Senior and High School Coach, Mt. Lebanon 2008-2012, Assistant Coach 2002-2008 • Developed numerous USA Swimming top 10 swimmers, AMS Record holders, Sectionals finalists and Jr. National qualifiers • Coached 6 WPIAL individual event champions and 2 WPIAL meet record holders • 7 High School All-Americans (21 total events) as well as numerous relay All-Americans • 9 PIAA individual event finalists and 1 state champion; had swimmers make the finals or consolation finals in 11 of 12 events at PIAA Championships • In first year at USC, the boys were WPIAL runner-up and 5th at PIAA Championships. Girls were 3rd at WPIAL Championships and 10th at PIAA Championships  • USC swimmers won 4 individual events at 2013 WPIALs and made finals in 4 individual events and 2 relays at 2013 PIAA Championships • Competitive swimming accomplishments: 18th place finish in 200 IM at 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials • Member of Stanford University National Champion teams in 1986 and 1987 • PAC-10 finalist 100 and 200 fly, 200 IM • Jr. National Champion 200 IM 1983 and 1984 • 6-time New York State High School Champion, high school state Swimmer of the Meet 1983-85 • State record holder 200 IM (1983-1997) and 100 fly (1985-2001)

Paul Riesmeyer

Assistant Coach

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USC High School, Senior

Coach Riesmeyer is a seasoned coaching veteran who has over 15 years experience coaching age group swimmers. He has coached at Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon, and is also a staff assistant for the Grove City and Kenyon College summer swim camps. Paul has extensive knowledge about the sport of swimming and a great demeanor in providing instruction to the swimmers. He will work with all groups of the club and will be on deck most days of the week.


Chris Ogden

Assistant Coach

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 Junior, Age Group 2, Age Group 1
 
USC Swim Club, January 2013-present • Head Coach for Moon Aqua Club, 2007-09 • Seneca Valley Swim Club Assistant Coach, 2005-06 • Founder and Head Coach of Bluff City Barracudas (Mississippi), 1999-2004 • Competitive swimming accomplishments: 1995 CCCAN Medalist • 1994-95 Panamanian World Team Member • 24-time All-American specializing in 100 and 200 Butterfly and 200 and 400 IM • 3-time NCAA Division II Finalist • NJCAA Swimmer of the Year • Senior National Qualifier • 6-time Junior National Medalist  

Janis Batanian

Assistant Coach

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Age Group 1, Novice & Pre-Comp
 
USC Swim Club, Fall 2012 - present • Head life guard and coach of fitness swimming for adults at USC’s Community & Recreation Center • Certified Water Safety Instructor • Member of Indiana University swim team • State champion in 100 and 200 breaststroke in 1975 and 1976 • University of Evansville Aces club swimmer of the year in 1976 • Competed in 200 breaststroke at Junior Nationals in Ithica, NY, in 1976 • Assistant Swimming Age Group Coach in Newburgh, Indiana • Greatest reward is teaching adults to swim!

 

Shannon Poleski

Assistant Coach

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Age Group 2, Age Group 1

USC Swim Club, September 2015-present • Asst. Coach for IUP Aqua Club, 2004-08 • Developed 2 Age Group swimmers into National competitors Awarded ASCA Level 2 coaching status.• Experienced at coaching both NCAA Division II swimmers and USA Swimming Age Group swimmers. Coach Poleski swam at Ohio University, where she was the MAC Conference "Swimmer of the Year" in 2002 and the Conference "Senior Swimmer of the Year" in 2004.


Sarah Manning

Assistant Coach

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Age Group 1, Novice & Pre-Comp
 
USC Swim Club, January 2014-present
 
2007 graduate from Peters Township High School. I started swimming at the age of 7 for the Huntington Otters swim club in Huntington Indiana.  I also swam for Marion Aquatics club from the age of 9-13 and participated and was captain of Justice Middle school swim team where I broke records in the freestyle and medley relay.  I also was a four year letter swimmer for Peters Township High School.  I was the head coach for the Hunting ridge Sting Rays for the 2013 summer season.  I am a 3 year private and group swim lesson instructor at the USC rec center and also nanny for a family that resides in Upper St. Clair. I am a senior at California University of Pennsylvania studying Finance and I am also studying to prepare for the Actuarial exams for after I graduate in the hopes of becoming a certified Actuary.

Steve Palombine

Assistant Coach

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Dryland Training, Senior
 
USC High School and USC Swim Club Strenght & Conditioning Coach 2012-present • Friendship Academy Varsity Basketball Head Coach 2007-2011 • Bethel Park Swim Club age group coach 2005-2009 • Upper St. Clair Swim Club age group coach 2002-2005 • Pittsburgh Public Schools, Friendship Academy, and Cornell Abraxa Pittsburgh School social studies teacher 2003-2012 • Unversity of Akron: Elementary Education • California University of Pennsylvania: BS in Education • NCAA Baseball Umpire • Bethel Park HS swimmer, baseball player