Coaches & Directors
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, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.
Coaching Staff

Brian D Blackwell

Head Coach & Senior Coach


Entering his 8th season with SVSC, Coach Brian Blackwell hopes to continue the tremendous success he has experienced over the previous seasons. Coach Blackwell holds a Level 3 coaching status with the American Swimming Coaches Association, and prior to accepting his position with SVSC was the Head Coach of Freedom Aqua Club for four seasons.

Coach Blackwell has produced multple USA Swimming Junior and Senior National qualifiers, Future, Sectional, Zone Level Qualifiers, as well as Zone Qualifiers, and numerous Age Group Champions. Since joining SVSC Coach Blackwell’s swimmers have broken 150+ SVSC Age Group records. Coach Blackwell severed as Head Zone Coach for Allegheny Mountain for the 2015 & 2016 SCY & LCM Seasons and was voted 2016 Coach of the Year for having the most improved team in AMS.

In addition to coaching SVSC, Coach Blackwell is also the Head Varsity Swim & Dive Coach of Seneca Valley High School.  In his previous 5 seasons at the varsity helm, Coach Blackwell has produced 70+ District Qualifiers/ 34 Medalists and 24 PIAA State Qualifiers with 8 Finalists, 6 SV Varsity Team records. 

During Brian's swimming career, he was a Eastern Zone and Sectional Qualifier, the 2001 WPIAL AA 200 IM Champion, multiple PIAA State Finalist and earned All American consideration. Upon graduating high school, Brian attended Washington & Jefferson College where he swam competitively and earned All PAC Conference honors.  Brian was a Dean’s List Scholar at W&J and earned a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Management. Brian also has over a decade of experience as a Sr. Business Analyst in the Healthcare Industry, currently employed with Meritain Healthcare.

Coach Blackwell’s philosophy about swimming is finding the proper balance between technique, endurance and strength.  He believes educating his swimmers about the methods and science of swimming is just as important as the execution.

Jeff Michael Gavin

Associate Head Coach


Coach Jeff Gavin begins his 7th year with SVSC where he made a dramatic impact on the program and AMS. Over the past years, Jeff was selected as a 6-Time Eastern Zone All-Star Assistant Coach and 2-Time Head Coach, coached multiple swimmers who've reached the AMS Top 10 list, developed numerous Eastern Zone qualifiers, and his swimmers continue to break a multitude of club records. Jeff also played a significant role in coaching a number WPIAL and Sectional qualifiers with the Senior group and Seneca Valley Varsity teams.

Jeff spent many years developing himself as an accomplished swimmer and developmental coach.  Prior to his employment at the YMCA, Jeff spent time coaching at Oxford Athletic Club, and was Pool Manager of Seven Fields Borough Pool. Jeff grew up in Western PA and began swimming at the age of ten for local summer teams. His passion for the sport was ignited immediately which led to him joining Pine-Richland Aquatics. Later, Jeff was a star on the Mars Varsity Swim Team where he was Captain his senior year.  Jeff set multiple team records whille at Mars and rewrote the Pine-Richland Pool record board as well as qualifying for 3 WPIAL and PIAA Championships.  His senior year he had his best finish at the state meet and collected a third place finish in the 500 yard Freestyle.

Jeff attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania on a swimming scholarship where he competed for two and a half years before an injury to his ear drum forced him out of the pool.  During that time he earned a NCAA National Qualifying B-cut, was selected to the All-PSAC team, and was a podium finisher in a number of events at his conference championship.

Currently, Jeff works at the Butler Country Club as Pool Manager and acts as Head Coach for the swim team.  In his 4 seasons with the club, Jeff has managed to win back-to-back Country Club Swimming Championships.  He also works at the Rose E. Schneider YMCA during the winter as a lifeguard and lifeguard instructor.

Lisa Wilson

Assistant Coach


Nicole Rogos

Dryland Coach


Board of Directors

Tammy Blazer

President--Term expires 8/2020


Gary Dietz

Treasurer--Term expires 8/2019


Trent J Wilson

Registrar--Term expires 8/2019


Robert R Kling

Secretary--Term expires 8/2020


Thomas E Donaldson

Vice President -Term expires 8/2020


John Stefanowicz

Board Member--Term expires 8/2019


Brock Seeley

Board member - Term expires 8/2021