Ryan Patrick Sprang
Ryan grew up in South Jersey and began swimming with a local summer club at the age of 4 and then year-round at the age of 8. He eventually went on to swim 4 for years in college at St. Bonaventure University and was a 3 year All Atlantic 10 Conference selection, Atlantic 10 Champion, and team captain as a Senior.
He began his coaching career immediately after college and over 13 years has coached hunderds of swimmers of all ages and ability levels from the novice to the nationally ranked in several different locations. From 2002-2006 Ryan served as a Senior Coach and Head Age Group Coach with the Gloucester County Institute of Technology Swim Team (now GPAC) in southern New Jersey. During this time Ryan coached at least 1 swimmer each year to a USA Swimming Top 10 ranking. In addition, during this time Ryan also served as Head Coach of the Greenwood Park Swim Team (summer swim team), the St. Augustine Prep School Swim Team, the Our Lady of Mercy Academy Swim Team, and also served as a teacher of World History and Algebra at St. Augustine Prep. As coach of St. Augustine Prep, Ryan guided the program to back to back NJ State Team Championships in 2004 and 2005 while also winning numerous Coach of the Year honors.
In August 2006, Ryan began a 3 year term as the Head Coach with the Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club (SMAC) in Waynesboro, VA and during his tenure the team more than doubled in size. Ryan guided SMAC swimmers to break over 150 team records, 6 Virginia Swimming LSC records, and 12 Virginia Swimming Age Group Championship Meet records while they collected over 30 gold medals at the Virginia Swimming Age Group Championships and had swimmers achieve over 20 USA Swimming top 10 times, including 4 USA Swimming All Time top 100 times. In addition, Ryan coached 2 swimmers to Virginia Swimming Age Group Swimmer of the Year Awards. After his 2nd season with the club, Ryan was named the 2008 Virginia Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year and in 2009 was named the American Swim Coaches Association Age Group Coach of the Year for Virginia. In addition, Ryan started a Masters Swim program in which his swimmers achieved over 50 national rankings and 13 Virginia State Masters Records. During this time, Ryan also completed a degree from James Madison University in Athletic Performance and Administration.
After spending a year with the West Shore YMCA in Mechanicsburg, PA, in September of 2010 Ryan began his tenure as Head Coach of the Nittany Lion Aquatic Club. During this time NLAC has experienced some tremendous progress. Some of the more notable achievements under Ryan's guidance are the following:
- Achieving Level 1 and 2 of the Club Recognition Program
- Improving team standings in the USA Swimming Virtual Club Championships by over 120%.
- Going from 1 Speedo Sectional qualifier to over 50 in 5 years.
- Going from 0 Jr. National Qualifiers to over 20 in 5 years.
- Establishing over 350 new team records.
- Consistently having NLAC swimmers ranked in the Middle Atlantic top 10 including this past 2016 long course season in which 20 swimmers were ranked in 65 different events.
- Having swimmers achieve national top 10 rankings.
- Annually placing graduating seniors in college swim programs around the country including the 14 swimmers currently competing for the collegiate teams.
In addition to his role as NLAC Head Coach, Ryan is also the Head Coach of the State College Area High School Swimming and Diving program, beginning his 3rd year in that role.
Ryan's wife Andrea completed her doctoral degree from James Madison University and is currently a Staff Psychologist at Penn State. They have two sons, Ryan, who is 5 years old, and Brayden, who is 3.
Lead Junior and Jr Blue Coach
Adam has been a
member of the NLAC coaching staff since May of 2010. He will be the
lead coach for the Junior Blue group this year. His passion for the
sport of swimming and enthusiasm for working with kids has already
made a big impact on the NLAC program.
Adam grew up in
the Philadelphia area and swam competitively for Bensalem Aquatic
Club (1986 - 1991) and 4 years for Bensalem High School graduating
in 1991. He began his coaching career in 1996 as an assistant coach
of the Council Rock Swim Club (CRSC) in Pennsylvania. He was
promoted to Head Coach of the girls' team in 2004 and Head Coach of
the entire program in 2006.
When Adam started
with CRSC, the team had won only 1 meet in 3 years. This quickly
changed as the team won 1 meet per year during Adam's first 3 years
and eventually by the end of his tenure, Adam lead the team to a
complete turnaround in which the girls team finished 6-3 and in 6th
place in a 22 team league, while the boys finished 5-4 and in 10th
place. This marked the highest finish for the team in over 20
Adam now resides
in State College and is completing his Bachelors Degree from Penn
State. He has 23 years of experience in swimming as both an athlete
and a coach. We feel extremely fortunate to have someone of Adam's
knowledge and enthusiasm as part of our NLAC coaching
Novice Blue/Novice Coach
Sue was part of
the group of people that formed the original NLAC in 1998 and began
coaching with the club that became Big Cat and now NLAC again. Her
primary coaching responsibilities are with the Novice group which
she enjoys most.
Sue grew up in
Montreal, Canada and received her Bachelors degree from McGill
University. At the time, there were no competitive swim programs
for girls at her high school or college so Sue was active in the
intramural programs. Sue and her husband have 3 children who all
swam competitive growing up in State College and in college.
Michael swam for the University of Vermont, Debby swam for Ithaca
College, and Sharon swam for PSU.
teaching swim lessons at the age of 15. She became very active in
the swim programs in State College with her 3 children and as an
official for many years. In 1995, Sue began coaching with the State
College YMCA, and then moved to NLAC in 1998 where she has been
active ever since.
Sue has extensive
experience volunteering in the community. She served on the State
College Area School Board for 12 years, 7 as President. Currently,
she serves on the Board of Directors for 7 different
In addition to
her 3 children, Sue also has 4 grandchildren, 2 sets of twins who
are 7 and 4. Both sets of twins are active in swim programs in the
Kathryn M Bateman
Novice Blue Coach
Katie Bateman begins her first year with NLAC and will be
working primarily with our Novice Blue Group but will also assist
with Novice. Katie has just began a PhD program at PSU in
Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education on a Research
Assistantship. She acquired her M.Ed. from Holy Family University
in Elementary Education and her BS in Marine Science from Rider
University where she was a member of the MAAC Conference
Championship swim team from Rider in 2001 and was named
Katie has been coaching since 2004 with NRG Swimming in the
Philadelphia area with the last 5 years serving as the Head Age
Group Coach. There she worked with the very beginners from age 4 up
to the JO qualifiers at ages 11 and 12. Katie also served on the
coaching staff of several Middle Atlantic Eastern Zone Teams
starting in 2011 and this past summer served as the Head Coach of
the Zone Team.
Katie still enjoys competing in Open Water swimming events and
this past July won the Women's Open Division at the Brigatine Open
We are very fortunate and excited to have a coach of Katie's
knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm as a member of the NLAC coach
staff. She will a fantastic mentor to our young swimmers and an
overall asset to our club moving foward.