Tim M Ryan
Dir. of Competitive Aquatics CBFY & THY
Tim joined the Central
Bucks Family YMCA in April of 2014. He is Responsible for the
Central Bucks and Lower Bucks Family YMCA competitive swim
programs. Tim is dedicated to coaching young athletes and
helping them grow and develop, not just in the pool but out of it
as well. My goal is to produce great swimmers and great
people through the YMCA mission and culture.
Tim has over 17
years’ experience in competitive swim coaching. Tim started
his coaching experience in 2000 with the Hatboro Area YMCA and
continued coaching with the Ambler YMCA through 2007. Tim
came to the Central Bucks & Lower Bucks Family YMCA from Upper
Main Line YMCA (UMLY) where he coached alongside Glenn Neufeld who
is currently the Head Coach and of the Mercersburg
Tim graduated from
Springfield College in 2001 with a Bachelors (B.S.) Degree in
Sports and Business Management. Tim is currently YMCA and USA
certified swim coach with an American Swim Coaches Association
(ASCA) level III certification.
Intramural Head Coach
Betsy was the coach of the Dolphin Swim Team for numerous years before taking a break to pursue other opportunities. She's thrilled to be back on the YMCA deck with these young swimmers, many of whom she taught to swim when they were preschoolers!
Mary Catherine Capizzi
Orange Level Lead Coach
I don't really remember a time not being in the water. At a young age my mother had myself and my siblings in swim lessons which then turned into swim team. Her logic was we were all tired out and cleaned on a regular basis! Growing up in North Carolina we belonged to the AAU swimming organization, swimming full winter seasons. Carpooling was the way to go. Tumbling down the driveway in the early morning hours, pop-tart in hand, we met our friend's mom who took us to AM workout. My mom picked up and drove us to school. On the way we ate the breakfast she had prepared for us. Summers we joined an outdoor swim club, swimming and competing with friends from the winter program. We basically lived at the pool, starting with the chilly early morning practice then playing all day in and out of the pool followed by afternoon practice then home. With NC heat being what it is, it was the best place to be and besides, what kid doesn't want to hang out all day with their friends?! Along the way I also studied dance and gymnastics, but swimming always remained a constant. In high school I swam for our high school team.
Upon entering the University of NC, I took a break from swimming. However, having always been an active person and one who enjoyed group activities, I searched for something to fill that void. It was there I had the opportunity to explore the Korean martial art of TaeKwonDo. The self-discipline and perseverance I learned from swimming lent itself to my martial art study. TaeKwonDo I found also ev
oked the same life lessons I had learned by being part of a swim team. Both disciplines allowed me to grow and challenge myself on an individual level as well as on a communal level. Both stressed the importance of attention to the process –that it was from the journey that we learned, not the medal at the end. It also brought about my passion for teaching and working with children. As a second degree black belt, I worked with both children and adults for 7 years – each age group bringing their own set of challenges and opportunities for me to grow from as a person.
With the many twists and turns life has brought, I am happy to once again have the opportunity to work with children in a sport I love. I always tell people swimming is the one sport you will always be able to come back too, no matter how old you are or what condition your body is in. I feel fortunate to be a part of this coaching team here at CBFYMCA and am dedicated to developing a healthy and comprehensive swimming program for your children.
I am also an ASCA Level 1 certified coach.
Green and Blue Level Lead Coach
I grew up in Massachusetts and I have
always loved being in the water. I did not have a chance to swim
competitively until high school, where I swam for a small program
in Maine and then in college for the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst. I have always appreciated the personal dedication, the mix
between team work and individual effort, required by
I enjoyed working with all age groups at
the George School Aquatics Program last winter and I am looking
forward to helping the Dolphins reach their goals and have fun this
winter. I have two children in high school and I live in Northwest
Swimming has been a large
part of my life for the majority of the last 30 years. Growing up
in Southern California, I started swimming competitively at 4 years
old. We moved around a bit and joining a new swim team (including
Naperville, IL and Hamilton, NJ YMCA) was always an instant way to
meet new friends. Slowly I transitioned from swimmer to coach,
although I have participated in some masters swimming and still get
in in for a workout every so often. My coaching started with the
PASDA summer league in Mercer County, NJ and continued to the
assistant coach at Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, NJ.
I earned my BS in Elementary Education from Salisbury University
and shortly after graduation became a 4th grade teacher in
Lawrenceville, NJ, a position I held for 12 years. I recently left
teaching to stay at home with my twin girls.
I have never been able to stay away from the pool for very long, an
I'm excited to continue my involvement in the swimming world with
I have always loved working with children of all ages and abilities
and have a great fondness for the sport of competitive swimming, so
the two have gone hand in hand for me for most of my life.
I started competitive swimming at age 8 for a summer team and loved
it so much that I began year round swimming right after that.
I swam competitively throughout high school and then at Penn
State. However after swimming briefly in college, I turned my
love of the water to water polo. During summers in between
college, I had the honor of coaching alongside my legendary high
school coach at Hideaway Swim Club.
After college, I was an assistant coach for an AAU/USS program
called Spirit, which is run at the George School and many years
later I coached at SWAC, when the program was fairly new.
After a few years of a hiatus while raising my three sons, I was
given the privilege of being asked to join the coaching staff here
at the YMCA.
I am passionate about the sport of swimming but even more so, I
thoroughly enjoy working with children, motivating and guiding
them, both in and out of the pool. Every time I step on the
deck I learn something from them and hopefully they learn something
from me. My main goal is for the swimmers to have fun, while
learning discipline, the meaning of hard work and relish the
camaraderie that goes hand in hand with a team sport such as
swimming. I look forward to a great season ahead!
Orange and Seniors Coach
As a child, I had swim
lessons at the Y and used to watch the swim team practice at
the Baker Park Pool in Phoenixville. When the swim team finished
their practice, I would get in and try to emulate their strokes in
order to improve my swimming skills. When at West Chester
University, I chose Swimming Styles and Life Saving as my 2
required Physical Education classes.
Shortly after I moved to
Doylestown in 1994, I signed my 2 daughters up for swim lessons at
the Y. While they were in their lessons, I took advantage of the
opportunity to improve my swimming skills. it was during this time
that David Harrison, a long-time Masters Swimmer, began giving me
pointers and suggested that I join Masters. With the overwhelming
support of the Masters Team, swimming soon became my passion. A few
years ago, Gretchen Booth, also a Master swimmer and coach, taught
me how to do flip turns and encouraged me to swim in my very first
swim meet (3 so far).
In 2011, when the need and
opportunity presented itself, I became a swim instructor at the
CBFYMCA, teaching the 3-5 year old beginner levels at first. I
enjoyed helping fearful Pikes gain confidence and learn how to be
safe in the water. I then took the 24-hour class over 2 weekends to
become a Y Certified Swim Instructor. Soon after that, I
wanted to challenge myself even further by shadowing the swim team
so that I can teach the advanced swimmers. I recognized the
importance of teaching swim skills correctly from the start. Now I
get excited to see so many familiar faces on the Intramural Team. I
am thrilled to be a part of the Dolphins Team.