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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)

Charles D Lersch

Head Age Group Coach

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Senior, Junior, Age Group 2, Age Group 1 & Novice
USC High School, Assistant Coach
Ft. Couch Middle School, Head Coach
 
ASCA Level 1 Certified
 
USC Swim Club, 2009-present • AMS Age Group Vice Chair, present • AMS Age Group Committee, 2011-2013 • AMS Eastern Zone Long Course Championships, Assistant Coach, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 • AMS Eastern Zone Short Course Championships, Assistant Coach, 2011, 2012 & 2013 • St. Clair Country Club Swim Team, Head Coach, 2012 & 2013 • Valley Brook Country Club Swim Team, Head Coach, 2010 & 2011 • Rams Aquatic Club (Michigan), Co-Head Coach, 2008-2009 • Rams Aquatic Club (Michigan), Assistant Coach, 2005-2008 • University of Pittsburgh, Assistant Coach, 1988-1989 • Golden Meadows Swim Center, Co-Head Coach, 1985 • University of Pittsburgh, Swim Team, 1984-1988 (Two Time Big East Champion, 100 & 500 Freestyle)

Janis Batanian

Assistant Coach

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Age Group 2 & Novice
 
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!

 

Chris Ogden

Assistant Coach

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 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  

Courtney Choura

Assistant Coach

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Age Group 2
 
USC Swim Club, Fall 2011-present • Assistant Coach, Saint Patrick High School and Saint Ignatius College Prep (Chicago, IL) • DePaul University, Masters in Education, Secondary Education, Mathematics • University of Notre Dame, Bachelors of Business Administration, Marketing • University of Notre Dame, Swim Team, 2002-2006; Captain (’05-’06), member of four consecutive Big East Championship Teams (’03-’06), five-time all-BIG EAST selection, including as runner-up in 200 breast in '03 & 100 breast in '04, NCAA B-cut qualifier (100 Breast, 200 Breast, & 200 IM) • Recipient of the Beeler-Hipp Award & Golden Dumbbell Award
High School & Personal Data
Oakland Catholic High School, Swim Team, 2000-2002 • Three-time All-American in each 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley • State champion in the 200 medley relay & 400 free relay • State runner-up in 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley for three years • Team won state in ’01 and ’02 after being runner-up in ’00 • Ten-time WPIAL champion and twice runner up • Nationally ranked freshman and sophomore years • Junior National Champion in 100 breaststroke and Junior National runner-up in 200 breaststroke • USA scholastic All-American • National Select Camp participant, Olympic Training Center (’97, 100 breaststroke)

Steve Palombine

Assistant Coach

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Senior, Age Group 2 & Novice
 
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

 

Sarah Marie Manning

Assistant Coach

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Novice, Age Group 1
 
USC Swim Club, January 2014-present

Board of Directors

Doug Shaffer

President, Executive & Swim Meet Chair

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Kristin Matheny

Vice President & Programs Chair

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Barb McCurrie

Secretary & Communications Chair

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Rich Novak

Treasurer & Finance Chair

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Paula Frauen

Social Chair

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Linda Dudzinski

Registration Chair

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Mike Mudry

Fundraising Chair

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