Coach Doug comes to EMAC with a strong history of building
successful aquatic programs.
During his 16-year career, he has created a system for
developing swimmers called "The Efficiency Model." Under The
Efficiency Model, swimmers, parents, and coaches take a patient
technique-first approach in which elite skills form the foundation
of a long, successful, and healthy swimming career. In 2016,
under this model, BLUE Eagle boasted an insane 8.0 percent
improvement rate. The USA Swimming national average was 5.3
It all started in Greensboro, NC.
From 2002-2010, as Head Coach and Partner, Coach Doug helped
build STAR Aquatics into one of the best teams in the Southeast.
STAR Aquatics went from unranked to 2nd at NC Age Group
Champs, while the girls won NC Senior Champs in 2010. From
2008 to 2010, STAR Aquatics amassed over 15 NC State Records.
In his final year, the team qualified 10 swimmers for Junior
Nationals, while the team earned its first USA Swimming Bronze
Medal Status. STAR Aquatics earned Silver Medal status the
A Pennsylvania native, Coach Doug, his wife Chrissy, and their
son, Dougie, relocated to Lower Macungie in 2010 to raise their
family closer to home. They've since added two children,
Addie and Owen.
From 2010-2012, as the Head Coach of LVA, Coach Doug improved
the team performance significantly. The team improved from
26th to 6th at MA Senior Champs. Two swimmers earned their
Junior National cuts, while two other age-group swimmers earned USA
top-5 rankings in individual events.
Over the last 3.5 years, Coach Doug helped BLUE Eagle improve
from a relatively obscure team to one of the leaders in Middle
Atlantic. During that time, BLUE improved their VCC score
from 81,742 to 137,743, jumping from 35th in MA to 16th.
Fifty-four percent of BLUE athletes earned an IMX score,
compared to the national average of 13%. During his tenure,
with the assistance of an outstanding volunteer base, BLUE
established themselves as one of Middle Atlantic's most trusted
meet hosts, hosting 2016 and 2017 LC Silver Champs, 2016 Bronze
Champs, and 2016 MA Mid-Winter Classic.
Coach Doug also serves as the Chair of the Technical Planning
Committee for Middle Atlantic Swimming. As an East Penn
resident, he is excited to ignite the base of EMAC, restore
traditions, and forge new paths.
Michael Jack Owens
Head Age Group Coach
This is Mike's 6th year with Emmaus Aquatic Club. Originally
from Berks county, Mike attended Albright College and served as a 4
year varsity swim team member. After graduating, he
transitioned his swimming career to coaching and served as an
assistant coach at Albright Aquatic Club for 2 years before joining
EMAC in 2012. Mike enjoys being around the pool, teaching,
training, and helping the kids develop a passion for
swimming. He likes to have fun and also has a
competitive side that he brings to EMAC. Mike resides in
Coopersburg, with his wife Jackie, and two sons, Jack and
Head Senior Coach
Tim is entering his 22nd year of teaching in the East Penn
School District. This year, though, will be his first year
teaching at Emmaus High School, where he plans to be even more
involved with the swimmers on a daily basis.
He began at EMAC in September of 1996 and was named Head Age
Group Coach in October of that year.
During his tenure at EMAC Tim was part of the expansion in
purchasing the Emmaus High School Team's second home in Millbrook
Farms, which was a year-round training facility. At this time, EMAC
went through not just the physical growth of a training facility,
but a team growth as well. Progressively, EMAC's Age Group
Program grew, as did their lessons and Senior Group through the
idea of providing a foundation for all athletes to be prepared to
swim all events, but also to compete against other teams and even
against their own teammates.
Coach O was appointed to the USA Swimming Age Group Coaches
Association Coaches Clinic at the USA Training Center in Colorado
Springs, Colorado in 1998 and then he was named an Assistant Coach
for the Middle Atlantic Zone Swim Team Championships for both the
winter and summer teams of 1999. He was then named Head Coach for
both Zone Team events in 2000. The Middle Atlantic Team won the
winter championship. During his tenure at EMAC our swimmers
qualified and competed annually for this team.
He stepped down from head coaching duties after the 2007 season
but since 2010 he has progressively been showing up more and more
at EMAC to assist in a variety of ways. This summer he has been
helping to run our Long Course training program at Emmaus Community
Tim's high school teams have a combined record of 397-53-2 and
he has led his team to 7 State Championships. He was elected into
the Pennsylvania Aquatics Hall of Fame in 2015 and he is active
with the PA High School Swim Coaches Association.
Tim is married to his wife, Tracie, who is a teacher at Eyer
Middle School. They have two children - Molly (7th grade) and
Bailey (11th grade).
Greg H Vogler
This is Greg's first year coaching with EMAC. Originally from
Bethlehem, he has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven
with the following organizations: Hanover Stingrays (Suburban Swim
League), Bethlehem YMCA, and Liberty High School. At Liberty
High School, Greg was coached by Reik Foust and was a four-year
District 11 qualifier in multiple events. Additionally, Greg
has two years of coaching experience with the Hanover
Stingrays. He was also the pool manager at the Hanover
Township Community Center for four years where he managed the Red
Cross certified swim lesson program and provided instruction to the
top level group. Greg has a Bachelors of Science in Education form
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Dec. 2011) and his Masters
from Louisiana State University (Aug. 2015).
Brooke's first year with EMAC. She has 17 years’ of
competitive swimming experience with various programs such as
Bethlehem and Easton YMCA, LVA, PAAC, Freedom High School, and Nova
Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Brooke
competed for Freedom High School at Districts and PIAA States.
A 2017 graduate of NSU with a BS in Biology with a minor in
Spanish, she competed and placed at NCAA DII Championships, earned
Athletic All-American Status, and with her work in the classroom,
attained Academic All-American status. She attributes her success
in the pool to her technique development. Brooke's
message to the team: "I can’t
wait to teach the team what I’ve learned to help them go
This is Lauren's third season coaching with EMAC. Originally from
Erie, PA, she has been swimming since she was three years old. She
swam for MIST (Millcreek Intermediate Swim Team) from 4th grade
until she graduated high school. She attended McDowell High
School and went on to swim for Clarion University. In college,
Lauren specialized in distance freestyle (500, 1,000 and
1,650). She graduated in May 2015 with a bachelor's of science
in communication. She has been coaching swimming since high
school. In college, she taught both individualized lessons, ages
ranging from 1-15, as well as helping coach the Brookville
Riversharks YMCA team and swim camps during the summers at the
university. Lauren recently moved to the area for her career,
but wanted to stay around the chlorine during her free
time. She loves to work on technique and looks forward to
helping kids become the best swimmers they can be.
Chris joins us with an extensive swimming background. It started
with the renowned USA Swimming club Jersey Wahoos as an age
grouper. He went on to become a high school state champion in the
100 Fly and 100 Backstroke. He continued his swimming career in
college, swimming for Southern Illinois University, where he served
as a 9 time Division 1 All American. After graduating with a BS in
Food & Nutrition he went on to join the USA National Team,
which culminated into a 2 time Olympic Trials qualifier. Chris has
enjoyed giving back to the sport that has given him so much. He has
coached at all levels of swimming, including age group, college,
and even at a masters level. He coaches with a deep level of
respect and passion for swimming, and having been to an elite
level, he looks forward to helping the younger swimming generation
of today. He resides in Kutztown with his wife Abbe, and two
daughters Annika & Rhiannon.
Currently, Coach Pat is coaching the Salisbury H.S. Varsity Boys
and Girls Swimming Teams. He is in his third year at Salisbury.
Since taking over at Salisbury, he has produced numerous District
Champions on both the Boys and Girls side as well as 4 Boys
Individual State Championships and 2 runner-ups. Prior to
Salisbury, Pat was an Asst. Coach at Emmaus H.S. where he worked
closely with his brother Tim to continue the great swimming
traditions among their Boys and Girls teams.
Pat has also coached at the Collegiate level, (2004-2006) at
Misericordia University and the H.S. level as far back as 1990 at
Wyoming Seminary Prep. He has worked as a volunteer coach at the
world renowned Stanford Swim Camp under the leadership of the
legendary College and Olympic Coach, Richard Quick. In addition,
and prior to his positions here in the Lehigh Valley, Pat worked,
trained and coached in New Zealand from 2008 to 2013 under former
Triathlon New Zealand Olympic Coach (Athens) Stephen Farrell at the
renowned North Harbor Triathlon Club. Pat started out as a swim and
technique coach and ended his stint as Director of Aquatics and
Director of the Jr. Tri Club at North Harbor prior to returning
home in April 2013.
“I believes that technique is the cornerstone of successful
and consistent swimming and hard work, alone, will not get our
swimmers where they want to be. I look forward to working with all
groups to share my experiences and expertise to enable all EMAC
swimmers to achieve their goals. Last, I look forward to offering a
youth triathlon program heading into the summer months!! Keep an
eye out for correspondence in the near future.”