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COACHING STAFF

THE COACHING STAFF MAKES ALL DECISIONS RELATED TO SWIMMING AND COACHING.
PLEASE CONTACT COACH  MCNEAR (KRMCNEAR@GMAIL.COM)
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS RELATED TO SWIMMING AND/OR COACHING.

"Our Coaching Staff has been involved in most aspects of this terrific sport most of our entire lives. We consistently support and guide each student-athlete to achieve his or her personal goals socially, academically, and athletically. Enthusiastically, through planned and organized practices, we properly develop and educate swimmers of all levels and abilities. Consistent discipline  and dedication are constantly encouraged. We promote swimmers to perfect the most efficient stroke mechanics (in all strokes), maximizing technical ability for starts and turns, and educating all swimmers in an understanding of training methodologies. We continue to ensure that each swimmer is participating in our great sport because they love the experience and discipline of training and competing. We provide a goal-oriented environment where swimmers are taught to be realistic, yet set challenging goals for meets and relate these goals to every practice. We encourage our swimmers, whatever their level of ability, to strive to become the best swimmers and people they can be. Each of our swimmers remain inspired to pursue excellence- both in and out of the pool. From teaching individuals how to swim, helping our remarkable swimmers to achieve lifetime best times, always educating and promoting dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment, to coaching swimmers to become top-level athletes as well as outstanding people- we take great pride in what we do. Swimming is a lifelong, lifesaving activity that has taken place for thousands of years throughout the world- we should continue to embrace and cherish it!" - Coach McNear

Our mission remains to consistently offer a quality year-round swim program to the entire community, which continues to be competitive locally, regionally, and nationally. We guide every individual swimmer to achieve proper growth and development – in and out of the pool.

The Coaching Staff is here to support the swimmers' needs. If questions are related to safety, development, goal setting, practices, meets, seasonal plans, and other swim-related needs, please feel free to contact the Director or any of our coaching staff. For all questions related to administration, such as dues or policy issues, please contact one of the Board Members.

2018-2019 Coaching Staff
Coach McNear- Primary Group(s): National, Senior, Black II (USAS & SAL Boys)
Coach Will- Primary Group(s): Black I & Gold II (USAS & SAL Girls)
Coach Jake- Primary Group(s): Black II & Gold II (USAS & SAL Boys) 
Coach Alyse- Primary Group(s): Gold II & Gold I (SAL Home)
Coach Elizabeth- Primary Group(s): Gold I (USAS & SAL Girls)
Coach Marikate- Primary Group(s): Gold I (USAS & SAL Girls)
Coach Jess- Primary Group(s): White (USAS & SAL Girls)
Coach Colleen-  Primary Group(s): White (USAS & SAL Boys)
Coach Horton- Volunteer Coach
Coaching Staff

Karney McNear

Head Coach, Head SAL- Boys

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PRIMARY TRAINING GROUPS- NATIONAL/SENIOR/BLACK II
Background:
With over twenty-five years of successful coaching experience, Coach McNear has helped swimmers of all levels and abilities to achieve both their athletic and academic goals. Coach is a second generation swim coach who has helped to produce qualifiers of Junior Olympics, Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, U.S. Open, Summer/Winter/Open Water Nationals, Junior Worlds, and numerous All-Americans.
Since taking over at Lower Moreland (LMOR), Coach McNear has helped to produce qualifiers of Junior Olympics, Age Group Zones, Senior Champs, PIAA States, Senior Zones, Sectionals,  Open Water Nationals,  TYR/Dolfin/NCSA Junior Nationals, Futures, US Open, Winter Juinor Nationals and Winter/Summer Nationals and guided Lower Moreland High School swimmers to become a top nationally ranked program, Team State Champions, earn  All-American awards, I ndividual and Relay State titles, a  National Scholar Team Award, numerous State finalists, All-State honors, and own numerous Team, Individual, and Relay District Championships. Coach McNear was the 2018 Pennsylvania High School Coach of the Year.
As the Director and Head Coach of Northwest Georgia Aquatics (NWGA) and Calhoun High School (CHS) Swim teams, his squad enjoyed rapid growth and achievement. Within the first year of starting the NWGA program and leading CHS, McNear guided a multitude of qualifiers of Sectionals and Georgia Senior and Age Group States, GHSAA States, as well as developed Georgia Summer Recreation League State Champions and finalists. 
During his time as  Director and Head Coach of Titan Aquatics (TA) and  Nova High School (NHS) Swim & Dive and Water Polo teams,  Coach McNear produced twelve All-Americans, fifteen National Scholar Team Awards, thirty-seven FHSAA state finalists, qualifiers and finalists for Junior World Championships, Sectionals, Zones, Senior Champs, and Junior Olympics. He also guided nationally ranked USMS swimmers and helped to improve the swimming careers of hundreds of swimmers. Coach McNear was the 2014 Broward County Coach of the Year.
Coach McNear has been involved in competitive swimming for over forty years and has been a part of USA Swimming since 1979. He began year-round swimming in 1974, then enjoyed a lengthy and successful swimming career becoming, most notably, a United States Olympic Trials qualifier, a full scholarship, All-Conference swimmer for West Virginia University, a two-time US National Champion, and a four-time All-American.
Outside of swimming, McNear was a certified teacher for twelve years (Advanced Placement United States History) and remains a devoted and loving father of eight year old twin boys and a six year old girl.

USA Swimming Coaching Experience:
  • Lower Moreland Swimming (PA- MA) 
  • Nortwest Georgia Aquatics (GA- GA) 
  • Titan Aquatics (FL- FGC) 
  • Fort Lauderdale Aquatics (FL- FGC) 
  • Fort Lauderdale Swim Team (FL- FGC) 
  • Patriot Aquatics (FL- FL)
  • Cadet Swimmers (PA- MA)
High School Career Coaching Records (15 Years):  96-27-1 .780 (Girls Swim & Dive), 113-22 .837 (Boys Swim & Dive)                           
Education:
  • M.Ed.- Frostburg State University (MD)
  • B.A.- West Virginia University 
  • High School- Downingtown (PA)
Certifications/Organizations:                                                          
  • Swim Coach- USA Swimming  (Since 1988)  
  • American Swimming Coaches Association - Level 4
  • National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association  
  • Lifeguard Instructor,  Water Safety Instructor,  Lifeguard,  Swim Coaches Safety Training, First Aid, AED, & CPR-   American Red Cross              
Military:
  • Veteran of Foreign Wars-  United States Navy

Will Gallagher

Assistant Coach, Head SAL- Girls

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PRIMARY TRAINING GROUP(S)-BLACK I & GOLD II

For the past two years Coach Will was LMOR's Strength and Conditioning Coach and the Head Coach at the Ambler Area YMCA. Before that, Will graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in aquatics, coached for the Slippery Rock Eels and  was the club president for the Slippery Rock  Swim  Club . Will also participated as a camp counselor at the Longhorn  Swim  Camp for three years.

USA Swimming Coaching Experience:
Lower Moreland Swimming
 
Education:
  • B.A.- Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • High School- Upper Dublin (PA)
Certifications/Organizations:                                                            
  • Swim Coach- USA Swimming
  • Lifeguard, Swim Coaches Safety Training, First Aid, AED, & CPR-  American Red Cross

Jake Hollis Harner

Age Group Coach, SAL- Boys

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Alyse Gleason

Assistant Age Group Coach, SAL Home

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PRIMARY TRAINING GROUPS- GOLD II & GOLD I
Alyse Gleason has been involved with swimming since the first grade. Alyse was an Assistant Coach the St. Cecilia's swim team and has been a Swim Instructor and Lifeguard for many years. She  graduated from L ittle Fl ower Catholic School  in 2011 and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology with a Concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology. Alyse brings a nurturing and positive spirit to the team. She aims to continue to make all young swimmers feel like they are an important piece of something truly great and wonderful and is dedicated to each swimmer reaching their goals and achieving their fullest potential.
 
USA Swimming Coaching Experience:
            
Education:
  • B.S.- Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • High School- Little Flower (PA)
Certifications/Organizations:                                                          
  • Lifeguard,  Swim Coaches Safety Training, First Aid, AED, & CPR-  American Red Cross

Elizabeth Bonnell

Assistant Age Group Coach, SAL- Girls

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PRIMARY TRAINING GROUP- GOLD I

Elizabeth has always been in the water, and as a child swam competitively for seven years. She has been working with kids for many years, and working as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past three years.
 
Education: 
High School- PA Virtual
Temple University (PA) -  Junior
 
USA Swimming Coaching Experience:
 
Certifications:
Lifeguard/CPR/AED, Water parks/Emergency Oxygen- American Red Cross

Marikate Kidd

Assistant Age Group Coach, SAL- Girls

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PRIMARY TRAINING GROUPS- GOLD I

Marikate has been involved with swimming since 7 years old when she joined St. Christopher’s Swim Team. Along with St. Christopher, Marikate swam for the Somerton Sharks Swim Team in the summertime until she was 18 years old. She attended Archbishop Ryan High School where she swam and was captain her senior year. During her time at Ryan, the girls’ swim team won 3 Catholic League Championships and Marikate was awarded All-Catholic honors. She has coached for St. Christopher’s Swim Team from 2010 to 2014 and Somerton Sharks from 2014 to 2018. 

Marikate is a 2018 graduate of Temple University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She holds Pennsylvania Teaching Certification for grades PreK to 4thgrade and Special Education kindergarten to 8thgrade. She will be teaching 3rdgrade at St. Cecilia’s School this year. Marikate is very excited to be coaching at Lower Moreland and help swimmers reach their goals! 

USA Swimming Coaching Experience:
            
Education:
  • B.A.- Temple University (PA)
  • High School- Archbishop Ryan  (PA)
Certifications/Organizations:                                                           
  • Swim Coach- USA Swimming
  • Lifeguard,   Swim Coaches Safety Training, First Aid, AED, & CPR-    American Red Cross

Jessica Rios

Assistant Age Group Coach, SAL- Girls

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Coach Jessica has competitively swam from the age of 6 years old all the way into her college years. She first started swimming for St Albert the Great and was a part of the first winning season, which is still continuing today. During the summer, she belonged to the Buselton Swim Club where she swam for them as well until the age of 18. In 1996 she joined the Lower Moreland. Jessica went to Archbishop Wood where she swam for all four years and was the team captain her senior year. Swimming was a real passion for her and she continued swimming competitively through her college career. Coach Jess went to Widener University where she swam until the end of her junior year, where she suffered a career ending injury to both of her shoulders. After graduating from Widener University in 2010, she became an assistant coach for Archbishop Wood for 3 years. Jessica is very excited to be back at her old stomping grounds and to help continue the success of Lower Moreland Swimming,

USA Swimming Coaching Experience:
            
Education:
  • B.A.- Widener University (PA)
  • High School- Archbishop Wood   (PA)
Certifications/Organizations:                                                            
  • Swim Coach- USA Swimming
  • Lifeguard,    Swim Coaches Safety Training, First Aid, AED, & CPR-  American Red Cross

Colleen R Kirlin

Assistant Age Group Coach/SAL Boys

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Chuck Horton

Volunteer Coach

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VOLUNTEER COACH

Coach Horton is a former Head Coach for Villanova University (four-time Big East Coach of the Year) and The University of Alabama.

Ashley Gardner

Yoga Instructor

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Ashley has been teaching yoga for over 4 years. Mrs. Gardner is  also a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for 7 years as well as a CrossFit coach.
Board of Directors

Janet Lutter

President

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Tracie Shipp

Vice President

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Eleanor Hwan

USA Swimming Rep

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Marie Ramalho

USA Swimming Rep

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Cheryl Gioia

Recording Secretary

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Aimee Smith

SAL Boys Rep

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Kate Meehan

Treasurer

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Jill Blumhardt

SAL Diving Rep

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Garyn Kobryn

SAL Boys Rep

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Greta Swanson

SAL Girls Rep

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Karney McNear

Coach Rep

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Anna Ferker

Board Member

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Noreen McIntyre

SAL Girls Rep

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