Walter O Reamer
Head Coach Walt
Reamer comes to WHAT with over 15 years of experience in the
swimming community. Coach Walt served 7 years as the
President of the Titan Swim Team and 11 years as the Assistant Head
Coach for West Mifflin High School under the tutelage of his good
friend and mentor Steve Larkin. During his time at West
Mifflin High School he assisted in instructing children from
beginner to advanced level athletes, including multiple WPIAL and
PIAA qualifiers and a three-time WPIAL Champion. He is honored to
have many of his swimmers, including his daughter Brittany, go on
to compete in the NCAA. The Titans were four-time section
champions from 2012-2016 and his daughter holds the 100
Breaststroke record at West Mifflin High
Assistant Coach Anna
Lepsch, came to WHAT with over 20 years of both competitive and
recreational swimming experience. In addition to a passion for
all things swimming, Coach Anna is a certified special education
teacher currently working for Agora Cyber Charter
School. She and her husband have lived in the area for
many years. Both of Coach Anna's children swam competitively
along with enjoying several other sports and graduated from the
Woodland Hills School District.
Coach Anna was a swim
instructor and life guard at the Wilmerding YMCA for over 24 years.
During that time she taught both children and adults from beginner
to competitive level swimming skills. Many of her students
have gone on to become lifeguards, swim instructors and swim team
participants at local swim clubs, high schools, and
colleges. Her experiences in competitive swimming began when
her son started swimming for the YMCA at age 5.
Coach Anna became a deck
official and then a meet manager for the YMCA team along with
serving on the swim team board for several years. Coach Anna
was involved with the YMCA team for 15 years when both of her
children competed. During that time she was also involved with
the White Oak swim team for several summer seasons. In 2006,
Coach Anna became the manager of the Blackridge Swim Club located
in Churchill, PA. She took over as head coach of their swim team in
2007 and held the position until 2011.
Coach Anna’s focus
when coaching and teaching is to help swimmers to see and reach
their potential, encourage a positive work ethic and foster a love
of swimming that will last a lifetime!
Assistant Coach Hosea
Holder, comes to WHAT with over 50 years of coaching competitive
and recreational swimming experience. He is the oldest
African American coach registered with USA Swimming and is the
2nd oldest coach associated with AMS
Coach Holder moved to
Pittsburgh from Birmingham, Alabama when he was 9 years old and
fell in love with swimming. He learned to swim at Ammon Pool
in the Hill District and that’s where his passion for
swimming started. He became a lifeguard and his passion for
swimming evolved into a coaching position in 1965. Coach Holder has
always wanted to coach children from various socioeconomic backgrounds.
Coach Holder is a
“stroke enhancement specialist” whose strong philosophy
of dedication, hard work, and perseverance has produced champion
swimmers for more than 45 years.
Coach Holder continues to
live his passion for swimming and he knows the value of the sport. He believes that swimmers show
their greatness not when they find success, but when they fail to
achieve their goal. He sees good in everyone and he uses
that insight to inspire his swimmers to overcome adversity in
the moment and to be their best.
began swimming at 8 years old, and has been involved with the sport
in some capacity ever since. She swam for the Monroeville Marlins
& Gateway Heights Swim Club as a kid, and also swam for the
varsity team at Gateway High School. After graduating high
school, Kristen began coaching for Gateway Heights. She spent 6
summers (2009-2015) coaching for the Gators. She also spent 3 years
as an assistant coach for the Monroeville Marlins
(2012-2015). In the fall of 2015, Kristen moved to central PA
for a job, but continued coaching for 2 years as an assistant coach
for the Bellefonte YMCA.
addition to coaching, Kristen spends the rest of her time working
as a teacher. She has her Bachelors from Slippery Rock University
in Elementary Education and just completed her Masters in Reading
Education from Pitt. She currently is working as a Reading
Specialist at Ellwood City Area School District.
Kristina Lewis started coaching for WHAT in 2018. She is an
alumni of Woodland Hills graduating in 2014. Her competitive
swimming career began at 9 years old with WHAT. She competed on the
high school team and was a 3x WPIAL qualifier in the 200 freestyle
and 200 medley relay. During high school and summers in college she
taught swim lessons with the WHAT swim school. Kristina also
coached the Garden City Dolphins (2015-2016) with a 3rd and 2nd
place finish in the ESA championship.
Coach Kristina received her bachelors degree from Michigan State
University in Athletic Training. She was a part of the Army ROTC
program as well and is now an Officer in the Army Nation Guard. In
addition to WHAT, Kristina is also the head Volleyball coach at
Woodland Hills Hills High school and plans on pursuing a physical
therapy degree. Kristina is excited to be back at her alma mater to
continue developing swimmers.
Assistant Coach Derek Robinson comes to WHAT with 10 years of
coaching competitive and recreational swimming experience. Coach
Derek currently works for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in the
student services department. He has also coached basketball and
swimming in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He currently coaches at
the Pittsburgh Obama Academy middle school swim team.
Coach Derek found his passion for swimming at the age of 6, at
the St Clair Village community pool, when a lifeguard by the name
of Roger had to save him from drowning in a public pool.
Roger, who rescued Coach Derek, taught him how to swim. From
there, Coach Derek went on to swim competitively at Gladstone
Middle School and Taylor Allderdice High School. Coach Derek worked
as a lifeguard for the Pittsburgh Citiparks division, where he has
taught swimming lessons to hundreds of kids who didn't know how to