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Ryan Sprang

Head Coach

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Ryan begins his second year as Head Coach of the Nittany Lion Aquatic Club. He comes 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 a 3 years old, and Brayden, who is 1.

Nathan Depenbusch

Novice Blue Coach

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Nate is entering his fifth year of coaching with the program, and his second year with the Senior training group, having previously worked with the Junior and Junior Blue training groups. He is a USS credentialed coach and holds an American Swim Coaches Association designation of Level 2.

Nate grew up swimming in the Middle Atlantic LSC for various teams from Delaware . He swam through high school with Team Delaware , and was captain of two consecutive state championship runner-up teams.  Nate graduated from the Schreyer Honors College in August 2009, and is currently completing his masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from PSU.


 

 
 

Adam Schwartz

Junior Blue Coach

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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

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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

Novice and Junior Coach

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Mackenzie Powers

Assistant Coach

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Alex Raup

Novice Coach, Assistant Senior Coach

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Alex began coaching with NLAC in April of 2013.  He is a State College native and began swimming at the age of 4 for Science Park Recreation Association and then year-round at the age of 8.  His family was actually one of the founding members of Nittany Lion Aquatic Club when Alex was in elementary school.  After graduating from State High where he was a four-year member of the varsity swim team and team captain his senior year, Alex went on to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA to compete for the Diplomats.  There Alex was a part of four straight Centennial Conference Championship teams and President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.  He graduated in 2009 with a degree in English and a teaching certificate from Millersville University.
 
Alex began coaching for SPRA as an Assistant Coach in 2005 and continued in this role through the summer of 2008.  Upon graduating, Alex took over as head coach for the team and led SPRA to its first CPSL Championship Title since 2003.  In 2010, the team repeated as champions with another undefeated season.  In the fall of 2009, Alex was hired as an English Teacher in the State College Area School District.  After teaching one year at State High, Alex moved to Park Forest Middle School and is currently teaching 8th Grade English.  In addition to his teaching duties, Alex is also an Assistant Coach for the varsity swim team at State High.
Board of Directors

Scott Etter

President

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Eric Friberg

Vice-President

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Ron Carper

Treasurer

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Stephanie Blake

At-Large

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Chris Finton

Secretary

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