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
- 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.
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
- 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
- Creating 2 new
team hosted meets including the Winter Splash meet that has filled
to capacity the past two years prior to the entry
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.