Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Kathryn M Bateman

Head Age Group Coach


Katie Bateman begins her 4th year with NLAC and will be the Head Age Group coach. Katie is in her 4th year of a PhD program at PSU in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education and is a Research Assistant with the department. She acquired her M.Ed. from Holy Family University in Elementary Education and taught for 7 years in the Philadelphia area before moving to State College. For her undergraduate career, Katie majored in Marine Science at Rider University where she was a member of the MAAC Conference Championship swim team from Rider in 2001 and was named Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to NLAC, Katie began her coaching career in 2004 with NRG Swimming in the Philadelphia area, serving five years as their Head Age Group Coach. There she worked with the very beginners from age 4 up to age 14, including many JO and Zone qualifiers. Katie also served on the coaching staff of several Middle Atlantic Eastern Zone Teams, including serving as the Head Coach of the Middle Atlantic Eastern Zone teams. Katie was also previously a member of the Middle Atlantic Age Group Committee.
Katie still enjoys competing in Open Water swimming events, is particularly proud of having won the Women's Open Division at the Brigatine Open Mile swim in 2014, among other races. She also is an avid competitor in 5K races and recently completed her first triathlon this summer.
We are very fortunate and excited to have a coach of Katie's knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm as a member of the NLAC coach staff. She is a fantastic mentor to our young swimmers and an overall asset to our club.

David Lawrence Rue

Senior Coach


David is beginning his 3rd year as a coach at NLAC. He recently earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and currently works as a Designer for Stahl Sheaffer Engineering in State College. He hopes to bring the technical attention to detail that he uses as an engineer to his coaching. David grew up in Bucks County, PA and started swimming>

At NLAC, David will be working primarily with the Senior Groups along with Lead Senior Coach Aaron Workman. He has had the opportunity to coach a multitude of ages and abilities in his time at NLAC, ranging from young 8 and under swimmers to qualifiers and medalists for the Pittsburgh Christmas Meet, Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics, and Eastern Zones.

Outside of the pool, David enjoys the many outdoor activities that Central Pennsylvania has to offer, as well as taking the opportunity to travel and experience different parts of the world.

David’s favorite part of coaching swimming is the positive relationships and impact he can have.

Mason E Blake

Junior Blue Coach


Macy Blake is the coach of the Junior Blue group. This will be her third year of coaching, and her eighth year with the club. Macy was a swimmer with NLAC as part of the National Team for five years. She was a Speedo Sectional Qualifier and a NLAC team record holder in numerous events. Macy was also a member of the State College High School Swim Team where she was a PIAA district 6 champion and meet record holder, as well as a PIAA State Championship Meet Qualifier. After ending her thirteen-year swimming career, she now studies bio-behavioral health at Penn State University. She hopes to go to Physician's Assistant school after her time at Penn State. Her favorite part of coaching is watching the young swimmers fall in love with the sport. She hopes to help the swimmers develop a passion for swimming that will last their whole lives.

Matthew Lawrence Horner

Junior Coach


Matthew Horner is beginning his 1st year coaching with NLAC and will primarily be working with the Junior group.  He has spent the last two years swimming for NLAC in the senior group. Matthew swam for Bellefonte High and the YMCA in high school where he was a PIAA All-State swimmer and a 2-Time YMCA National Qualifier. After graduating from Bellefonte, he has spent the last three years as an volunteer assistant coach for the Bellefonte High School team. Matthew is currently a sophomore at Lock Haven University studying Sports Administration with a minor in Coaching. While coaching at NLAC he looks forward to his swimmers continuing to improve and develop a love for the sport.

Jaime L Workman

Novice/Novice Blue Coach


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