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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative matters, such as dues, safety, or policy issues- please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Richard C Stover

Head Coach

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"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're always 100% right." ~ Greg Hickman

Coach Rick believes that it is just as important to learn to compete as it is to learn stroke technique.  In competition, swimmers will find that their biggest competitor is not the swimmer in the next lane, but it is themselves that they need to conquer.  Even if a swimmer comes in last place, if they have a Personal Best time, then it has been a good day.

Coach Rick grew up in the swimming pool.  He started as an 8&Under and swam through High School in the Fox Chapel School District.  He experienced all the emotions from loving the sport to disliking it and back to loving the sport with the support of swim friends and parents.

Prior to coaching at DLAC, Coach Rick was the Head Coach at Valley Points Family YMCA for 4 years.  He is American Swim Coaches Association Certified Level 2.

In addition, he has 2 children who are involved in competitive swimming.

Lisa Twidwell

Assistant Coach & Learn-To-Swim

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Tori Maze

Assistant Coach

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"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard"

Tori started competitive swimming for DLAC at 8 years old.  At the age of 12, she was the BB champs 1st place winner in the 50 free.  She swam varsity for Deer Lakes and qualified for WPIAL's three times while she was there.  She graduated from Deer Lakes in 2007. 
 
From a young age, competitive swimming was my calling. Otherwise I am a fish out of water. 
I excelled at putting the pressure on myself and working hard. 
 My coaches instilled a "no excuse" attitude in me that led me to my best times and achievements. 
I bring my swimming knowledge and personal experiences to the pool deck during every practice and meet. 
I coach to impact young swimmers, encourage them to do their best, work hard and to never quit. 
Board of Directors

Gina Hlavenka

Treasurer

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