Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Ryan Sprang

Head Coach


Ryan is in his 5th year as Head Coach of the Nittany Lion Aquatic Club. During his tenure 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 standing in the USA Swimming Virtual Club Championships from a score of 55,274 points for the 2009-2010 short course season which was ranked 38th in Middle Atlantic and 858th in the country to two consecutive short course seasons of over 121,000 points and rankings as high as 17th in Middle Atlantic and 329th in the country.
  • Going from 1 Speedo Sectional qualifier to over 40 in 4 years.
  • Going from 0 Jr. National Qualifiers to 14 in 4 years.
  • Establishing over 350 new team records.
  • Consistently having NLAC swimmers conclude a swim season ranked in the Middle Atlantic top 10 for their age including this past 2014 long course season in which 17 swimmers were ranked in 50 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.
  • Creating 2 new team hosted meets including the Winter Splash meet that has filled to capacity the past two years prior to the entry deadline.
  • Initiating an annual Swim-a-thon fundraiser that has grown in 4 years from $2,500 raised to over $13,000.

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.

Prior to coming to State College after spending 1 year as a coach with the West Shore YMCA and prior to that, 3 years as the Head Coach/Director of Competitive Swimming with the Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club with the Waynesboro Family YMCA in Waynesboro, VA.

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.

Ryan began coaching immediately after college in the summer with the Greenwood Park Swim Club, a member of the Tri-County Swim League, a 36 team league with over 4000 swimmers. He served as assistant coach for 2 years and as Head Coach for 3 years. In his first season as Head Coach, he lead the team to its first ever 5-0 record in "A" Division and overall Tri-County Championship title.

Ryan was also the Head Coach of the St. Augustine Prep School Swim Team, an all boys team, for 4 years. During this time, the team compiled a record of 53-3 and advanced to 4 consecutive NJ State Team Championship Meets capturing the titles in 2004 and 2005. In 2005, the team won the NJ State Team Title, was ranked #1 in the state of NJ, and #4 in the country for non-public schools. Ryan was named South Jersey Coach of the Year 9 times by 5 different publications and was named the South Jersey Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2005.

In addition to his coaching duties with St. Augustine Prep and Greenwood Park, Ryan also served as Head Coach of Our Lady of Mercy Academy, an all-girls high school, a coach with the Gloucester County Institute of Technology USA Swim Team (now GPAC) as the lead Senior 1 Coach and then Head Age Group Coach, and was teacher at St. Augustine Prep School.

In August 2006, Ryan began a 3 year term as the Head Coach with the Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club (SMAC), 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.

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.

Adam Schwartz

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 years.

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 staff.

Sue Werner

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.

Sue began 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 organizations.

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 Pittsburgh area.


Kevin Wynosky

Associate Senior Level Coach


Kevin is currently serving as the Associate Senior Level Coach at Nittany Lion Aquatic Club, where he assists the Head Coach in the development and execution of a comprehensive annual training plan for the National Team, Senior, and National Prep training groups, which are composed of athletes in middle school, high school, and even some college studnets.  Kevin also serves as the Team Manager for Penn State’s varsity program, through which he's been fortunate enough to represent Penn State at some of the fastest meets in the world, including NCAA Championships and Olympic Trials. Over time, he's had a distinct contribution in every aspect of the Penn State program, through which he's been able to learn a great deal from working alongside some of the leading coaches in collegiate swimming.
Prior to moving to State College, Kevin served as the 9&10 Division Director at Parkland Aquatic Club (PAAC), a Silver Medal club within USA Swimming and, during his time on staff, the highest ranked club in Pennsylvania. At PAAC, Kevin was the lead coach of every 9&10-year old athlete, as well as helping out with the 8&Under and 11&12-year old divisions. During the summers, Kevin was also the head coach of a local summer league team. Competitively, he swam for PAAC in addition to representing Parkland High School in PIAA competition.
As a coach, Kevin believes in the “quality over quantity” mentality with an emphasis on technical development, in addition to both academic and personal development outside the pool. On a larger scale, Kevin's goal as a coach is to have an impact in helping others have the same rewarding experiences that he feels he had over the course of his competitive career, and in that way, giving back to a sport he feels gave him so much.
Outside the pool, Kevin is a senior in Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College, majoring in Economics, Political Science and History. He also completed a Spanish minor while studying abroad in Seville, Spain during the summer of 2013. Kevin is currently applying to law school, where he hopes to continue his education after graduating this May.

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 Scholar-Athlete.

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 Mile swim.

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.

John Pasquale Baxter

Assistant Junior and Jr. Blue Coach


John Baxter is in his first year coaching with NLAC primarily assisting with the Junior and Jr. Blue levels. He is also a Junior at Penn State University majoring in Kinesiology. Growing up he swam competitively for many years with the Tri Hampton YMCA (THY) Swim Team. On THY John qualified for YMCA Districts, YMCA States and YMCA Nationals. He also swam for the Council Rock
South Swim team where he was a four year varsity swimmer and PIAA district qualifier
as well as serving as captain of his team during his senior year.

After his high school career John swam for Canisius College for one season before transferring to Penn State. John has previous coaching experience with a variety of different swim clubs at the USA, YMCA, and Summer League level. Some of the coaching positions John has had are the following:

  • Assistant with the Tri Hampton YMCA Swim Team, both as a volunteer and paid assistant
  • Assistant with Spirit Swimming, a USA Swimming program
  • Assistant with the Lower Makefield Township summer swim team
  • Head Coach of the Somerton Summer Swim Team

John is eager to share his knowledge and passion for the sport of swimming with the young swimmers at NLAC and also looks forward to the opportunity to learn and develop in his role as a coach and mentor to young people.

Board of Directors

Scott Etter



Eric Friberg



Stephanie Blake



Chris Finton



Bridget Donnellly