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Kathy Bernardi

Head Coach

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Coach Kathy has been a part of the Marlins for a long time - she swam for the Marlins when she was a kid! Now, Kathy is a high school English teacher and has been the head coach for the Marlins for three years. 

Kathy first began coaching in 2004 when she became the varsity coach for Churchland High School swim team. Under her 3 year stint as head coach, the Churchland Truckers had their most successful seasons in school history. After leaving Virginia, Kathy continued her coaching as an assistant coach in Indianapolis with the Pike Red Devils club team and as the varsity girls' head coach at Arsenal Technical High School. After a few years away from the deck, she returned as an assistant coach and then as head coach for the Marlins. Kathy has recently achieved ASCA Level 2 coaching certification.

Kathy's three kids all swim competitively - including her youngest, Morgan, who is currently in the National Group with the Marlins. Kathy is excited to continue to build the Monroeville Marlins swim team and hopes that all swimmers develop a love of the sport, a foundation of skills, and friendships that last for years.  

Alex Catprara

Assistant Coach

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Alex Caprara is entering his fourth year of coaching with the Marlins. Alex swam for 15 years, starting at the age of 5, for teams around the Pittsburgh area including FAST, JCC Sailfish, and the Gateway Gators. He graduated from Denison University in 2018, where he swam for one year before retiring. He currently works at Carnegie Mellon as an administrator. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, playing the guitar, and taking pictures of his pet cat (she can be found on Instagram @icy_from_theburgh).

Samantha Estremera

Assistant Coach

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Samantha Estremera has been in the education field, teaching persons with hearing loss, for 22 years and coaching for 7 years.  As an athlete, while growing up, she participated in multiple sports including soccer, swimming, basketball, tennis, softball, and volleyball.  All grown up, she continues to participate in sports as a coach. She started coaching in 2013 as the St. Bernadette's girls volleyball coach for 4th-8th graders. Additionally, she was the Bel-aire Barrucuda's head coach for 5 years (2014-2019). With the closing of Bel-aire pool, she became the head coach for the Haymaker Hammerheads (2020). This is her second year coaching for the Monroeville Marlin's Swim Club. You can find her most practices in the water teaching technique and keeping swim fun!

Brian Susko

Assistant Coach

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My name is Brian Susko and I coach the Developmental Swim Group (Bronze and Silver).  I live with my wife Theresa and my two daughters, Caitlin (9) and Cara (6), both Monroeville Marlins' swimmers.  I graduated from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School and received my degree in Computer Science from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA where I played college baseball.  I have been in the Software Engineering field for my entire career and am currently the Director of Engineering at UPMC Enterprises, a software innovation wing of UPMC. I proudly serve on the board of the Never Retreat Foundation, which is a non-profit focused on raising money for the care and support of patients and families battling cancer.  I also coach Monroeville youth soccer.  I was never a competitive swimmer, but know the sport very well and am a certified AMS Official which allows me to focus on the details of each stroke while teaching.  I really enjoy working with the younger swimmers to teach the basics and make sure they are having fun while doing it. 

Marisa Stover

Assistant Coach

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Marisa is a recent graduate from the University of Mount Union and has returned to the Pittsburgh area working full time for PNC Bank as a Technology Development Program Associate. Her swimming career started in 2008 on the Bouquet Barracudas in Springdale. She then swam year round for Valley Points Family YMCA and moved to the Deer Lakes Aquatics Club during her high school year. In addition to club swimming she also swam on the Springdale High School Swim Team and was a WPIAL qualifier during those years. During her 10 years of swimming experience, she also volunteered as a swim instructor working with younger kids. Marisa is excited for the start of the season and is looking forward to working with all of the kids!

Mitchell Reynolds

Assistant Coach

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Mitchell was raised in Frederick, Maryland where he began his swimming journey for the Monocacy Aquatic Club. He attended Frederick High School where he won 3 MPSSAA 3a/2a/1a state titles in the 500y Freestyle. Mitchell holds the FHS 500 freestyle record. 

Mitchell graduated from Dickinson College in May 2018 with degrees in political science and religion. While there, he was a four year letter earner for the Dickinson swim program, competing in distance freestyle and IM. He received all centennial conference honors as a First Year in 2015. Reynolds was a twelve-time individual conference A-finalist, held 4 school records, and earned an NCAA Championship B cut in the 1650 freestyle in 2016 and 2017. He was also the captain for the 17-18 season. 

Reynolds coached for Fox Swim Club and served as the head coach of the Hood College Hammerheads Swim Team from 2015 to 2018. 

Mitchell coached the men’s and women’s swimming team at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA from 2018 to 2021. He helped lead the Falcon women to Middle Atlantic Conference Champions in 2019 and 2021. Mitchell specialized in coaching the long-distance group, which included the 2019 MAC women’s 500 champion, and the 2021 women’s 1650 champion. 

Currently, Reynolds is working toward a Masters in Education at The University of Pittsburgh. 

Mitchell’s coaching mentors include Andrew Brabson (Cal Tech), Don Feinberg (Thomas University), Rob Fox (Fox Swim Club), Katie McComb (Messiah University), and Paul Richards (Dickinson College), among many others!

Devon Korhammer

Assistant Coach

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Devon is originally from Easton, PA. She went to Moravian Academy where she was a 4 year varsity swimmer and holds the team record in the 100 backstroke. Devon qualified for the PIAA State Championships in the 100 backstroke 3 out of her 4 years of high school. She was also a 4 year varsity soccer player at Moravian Academy and team captain her junior and senior years. Devon coached the Saucon Valley Country Club swim team from 2014-2018. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology. While at Dickinson, she was a 4 year varsity swimmer and team captain for the 2017-2018 season. After graduating from Dickinson, she served as a college adviser at Biglerville High School for 2 years with the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps. Currently, Devon is pursuing a Master’s in Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She is looking forward to coaching swimming again and helping swimmers achieve their goals! 

Jessica Elizabeth Stroh

Assistant Coach

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Jessica is a sophomore at Slippery Rock University where she is studying business. She was a four-year member of the Gateway High School swim team where she was a WPIAL and PIAA State Qualifier. Aside from high school swimming, she also swam for Monroeville Marlins, Garden City Swim Club,

Aaron Gibson

Dryland Coach

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Aaron Gibson has dedicated the bulk of his professional career to serving the community – under-resourced communities to be exact. As District Executive Director of the Greater Pittsburgh YMCA, his primary responsibilities include fund development and expansion of services, board development, and community collaboration within the service areas of the Greater Pittsburgh YMCA. He is also known for his Spin Classes throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Aaron is very passionate about helping others. In the past three years, he has made a commitment to the Marlins Swim Team to facilitate all dryland exercises. His unique coaching style has enabled our swimmers to perform at a competitive level. He is best known for keeping our swimmers focused, motivated and competitive. He encourages our swimmers to do their best and feel good about their results.