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 listed below.

Coaching Staff

Doug Cornish

Head Coach/CEO


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 percent.

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 following year.  

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 Joey. 

Tim O'Connor

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 Pool.

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). 

Lauren Dunleavy


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.

Greg H Vogler

Assistant Coach


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 Munion

Assistant Coach


This is 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 FAST!"


Chris Gally

Assistant Coach


Pat O'Connor

Assistant Coach



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.”

Board of Directors

John Kline



Tina Luey

Vice President


Laura Nelson



Rick Beuttel



Sally O'Donnell



Dave Pappentick