Coaches & Directors
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Coaching Staff

Ryan P Sprang

Head Coach/Swim Team Director

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Ryan began his coaching career with GCIT/GPAC as an assistant age group and senior coach in 2002. Since that time he has coached club, high school, and summer league in New Jersey; club/YMCA in Virginia; and Club/YMCA and high school in Pennsylvania. Some of Ryan's coaching stops include:
GCIT/GPAC: 2002-2006
Greenwood Park Summer Club: 2002-2005 (Tri-County Champions in 2004)
St. Augustine Prep High School: 2002-2006 (NJ State Champions in 2004 & 2005)
Shenendoah Marlins Aquatic Club: 2006-2009 (Virginia Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in 2008)
West Short YMCA: 2009-2010
Nittany Lion Aquatic Club: 2010-2017
State College Area High School: 2012-2017

Throughout his career, Ryan has coached numerous USA Swimming sectional, Junior National, and Senior National qualifiers. He has also coached several swimmers as age groupers who went> 

 

Adam G Ritchie

Platinum A/Dryland Coordinator

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Adam started his coaching career in 2008 at Sunnybrook Summer Swim Club in Moorestown NJ where he was the head coach for 7 seasons.  Adam also began coaching at the South Jersey Aquatic Club (SJAC) in 2011.  After one year as an assistant coach, Adam spent the last 8 years as the head coach for the National Team.  During his time at SJAC, Adam has coached numerous swimmers to NCSA and USA Swimming Junior National cuts.  He also has coached many USA Swimming Scholar-Athlete recipients as well as a NJ High School State Champion.  Adam graduated from, and swam for, Lehigh University.  He is currently employed as a school psychologist, is a big CrossFit enthusiast, and loves pretty much any type of physical activity.

Stephanie Maria Wyzykowski

Head Coach Silver & Intro

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Stephanie joins us for her 5th season coaching at GPAC. Over the last four years, she was the head coach of  Mini group, has taught swim lessons and assisted with Platinum A & Gold 1-2. For the third year, she will be the Silver team's head coach and for the 2nd year,  she will be the head coach of Intro to GPAC .  Stephanie has been coaching for 13 years, including summer league in Bethlehem PA for 6 years, one year at Widener University & Suburban Swim Club, coaching all ages 5-21 years old.

Stephanie was recruited to attend Kutztown University where her swimming career took off. She qualified for the NCAA Championships her junior & senior year, finishing 2nd in the 200 Breaststroke both years; earning All-American status in four events and honorable mention in three events. She currently holds 12 team & pool records at Kutztown which includes being apart of 4 out of 5 relays, 100, 200 Breaststroke & 200, 400 IM. She was also named Kutztown's Athlete of the Year & Senior Athlete of the Year in 2010; she was  inducted into the Hall of Fame of Athletics in November 2017.   After graduating from Kutztown with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management & a minor in Coaching, she continued her swimming career by trying out for Denmark’s National Team. Being that Stephanie & her family are from Denmark, she was recruited to try out for the 2012 Olympic Team. At Denmark's 2012 Olympic Trials, Stephanie finished 4th overall in the 100, 200 Breaststroke & 200 IM, only narrowly missing their Olympic team cutoff. 

Stephanie continues to swim when she has time and she's hoping to return to competing in Traithlons next year. Her & her husband, Kevin, currently live in Deptford, with their baby girl named Brynn, who will be 2 years old in January! They enjoy spending time with their families and pretty much anything else health & fitness related!

David W Wakeley

Head Coach Bronze

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David Wakeley has been coaching for the past 15 years in the Middle Atlantic Swimming LSC.  In addition, he did some summer coaching in State College, PA while in college.  He brings great excitement and enthusiasm to pool deck … and his engineering background.  He encourages his swimmers to achieve their highest level possible and not be satisfied with average performance.  Many of the swimmers have achieved levels of participation in the following events:  Mini Champs (including high point winners and record holders), Junior Olympics (including individual and are group high point winners and record holders), MA Zone Team (including top 8 finishers), USA Swimming Top Sixteen, Sectionals (including top 8 and 16 finishers), Junior Nationals, Nationals, US Open and Olympic Trials (2012).  He has also served 3 years as a MA Zone coach and 1 summer as Head MA Zone coach.  He has earned a reputation as a stickler for stroke mechanic detail and is a true student of the coaching profession.  He will leave no stone unturned to encourage our swimmers improve at every level of their development.  He enjoys seeing his swimmers continue to improve at college level and beyond.

Coach Dave and his wife have six children: Jonathan (Liberty University), Joshua (Penn State University), Bethany (Liberty University), Hannah (Liberty University), and Peter and Laura.  He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University and brings his scientific, technical bent to his coaching.  He competed on the colleges swimming and water polo teams and set the 200 Butterfly school record and swam the butterfly leg in the 400 Medley Relay team which set the freshman school record.

Gregory Fondacaro

Head Coach Minis

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Coach Nick started swimming competitively at age 9 for the Greenwood Park swim team, and swam with the team from 2006 until he graduated in 2015. In addition to Greenwood Park, Nick swam with GCIT Swimming/GPAC from 2007-2013, and swam for most of the coaches he currently works with. From 2011-2015, he swam on the St. Augustine Prep swim team, serving as a captain his senior year. His specialty stroke was butterfly, and he qualified for the state championships his senior year in the 100-yard butterfly.  After his swimming career ended in high school, Nick wanted to pass the knowledge he learned, as well as love for the sport, on to others, and he found coaching was the perfect avenue. Nick began coaching for Greenwood Park Frogs in 2016 and has served as 1st assistant for the past 2 summers, and continues to coach for the team in the summer. He was an assistant at TNT Swimming at Rowan University, working with his former coach, Tony Lisa, from 2016-2017. Currently, Nick is in his senior year at St. Joseph’s University, where he is majoring in Sports Marketing. The Hawk will never die! Nick began coaching at GPAC in as an assistant for the Bronze, Gold 1, and Gold 2 groups this past fall. This is his second season with the team, and his goals are to help the swimmers he coaches have a better understanding of the sport, foster their love for swimming, and to enjoy themselves in the process. Most of all, he hopes to continue to learn from the fantastic coaching staff he works with. Go GPAC!

Justin T Harvie

Platinum B

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Justin started his coaching career in 2014 at Whitman Square Swim Club in Washington Township NJ. He spent his first few seasons with the team as an assistant coach until he was named Head Coach in 2017. This is Justin's first year coaching for GPAC, but he's no stranger to the GPAC family. He started swimming for GPAC when he was just 8 years old, and he continued to grow with the team until he graduated in 2013. After graduating high school, Justin was recruited to swim for Towson University. In 2017, Justin graduated from Towson with a degree in Elementary Education.

Nicholas R Marks

Head Coach Gold 1

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Nick began his coaching career in the fall of 2017 as an assistant at Rowan University.  Nick joined our staff in 2018 as an assistant on several groups.  Nick is a former GPAC swimmer and was the NJSIAA high school state champion in the 100 butterfly his senior year. While a member of the GPAC National group, Nick was a Junior National qualifier and sectional finalist. Nick attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY for two years before transferring to Rowan for his junior and senior years. While at Rowan, Nick was a two time NCAA qualifier and a multiple NCAA All-American. Nick graduated from Rowan in 2018 with a degree in Law and Justice and a minor in Psychology.

Linda DuBois

Head Coach Technique & Fitness

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Shannon McKinnon

Assistant Coach

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Coach Shannon McKinnon has a love for the sport of swimming. She has been a part of the sport since 1985. For thirteen years, she swam for the Tri-County team of Greenwood Park and was an assistant  with the youngest groups during her last two years there. Coach Shannon participated in four years  of high school swimming, and continued to swim at Division I Towson University. Throughout her  swimming career, Coach Shannon received many medals and awards swimming the sprint and middle  distance freestyles, IM, fly, and backstroke events. 

Coach Shannon started coaching again as an assistant for the Ocean City High School Raiders back in  2006 and was the head coach of their diving team. From there, she moved back up this way and in 2007  became and currently continues to be the head coach of the Gloucester City High School Lions, where  she also teaches Biology to sophomores and seniors. In 2008, she became the head assistant coach  at Greenwood Park until 2013, when she became the head coach for a summer. She has aided in the  TNT program over at Rowan University until 2010. The fall of 2009, she joined the Greater Philadelphia  Aquatics Club coaching staff, and has worked with the Mini, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Senior 1 groups as  an assistant. She has been the head coach for the Fall and Spring Warm ups. This past summer of 2014,  she was the head coach of the Riverton Waves. 

Coach Shannon currently lives in Glendora with her husband, daughter and two dogs. She enjoys  football, especially watching the Giants. She has played soccer for eight years and was a dancer for 15  years. She currently still surfs and snowboards when the opportunity comes around.

Matthew R Simmermon

Assistant Coach

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Stephen Tucker

Assistant Coach

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Stephen Tucker is entering his 12th year of coaching and 2nd year with GPAC coaching Bronze and Platinum  Level Groups.  Stephen began his swimming career at Vineland YMCA and Elmer Swim Team, where he swam since the age of 6.  He went to Sacred Heart High School where he was a four year varsity letter winner, holding numerous team records and was a  3-time State Qualifier as well as team captain his senior year.  He continued his education and swimming career at Rowan University under Longtime Former Head Coach Tony Lisa. He was selected captain his junior and senior year and also earned multiple All Conference and All-Academic honors including Philadelphia Inquirer All Academic Team his senior year.  He graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Health and Physical Education. He was also Head Coach at Sterling High School from 2011-2013 where he led the team to back to back division championships and was selected SJISA South Jersey Coach of the year in 2012.  Tucker is currently the Head Coach at Elmer Swim Club since 2014. He has guided the team to an extensive list of team championships and numerous club and league records. He currently teaches in the Bridgeton Public School District as a Health and Physical Education Teacher. 

Olivia N Cann

Assistant Coach

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Sean F McCall

Head Coach Fall Warm-up

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Sean has been part of the GPAC (formerly GCIT Swimming) family since he was 8 years old when the McCall family joined the team in September of 2000.  Sean has swum in every group GPAC has provided from Minis to Elite. In high school, as a member of the Elite group, Sean won the 2009 NJ High School Individual State Championships in the 500 free and was a Junior National qualifier in all Freestyle, Fly, and 400 IM events.

Sean continued his swimming career in college locally in Philadelphia at La Salle University where he studied Pre-Law and received a degree in Criminal Justice in May 2014. In college, Sean was team captain on the La Salle Men’s Swimming and Diving team where he was an Atlantic 10 Conference Finalist all 4 years of his college career. Sean now works as a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual locally in the Philadelphia area and is more than happy to still be a part of our GPAC community.

Michael V Gadzinski

Head Masters Coach, Asst Silver Coach

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Coach Mike has been running the Masters Group since 2013. Mike has worked with Silver and other AG groups throughout the year.  He has coached in both Tri County and Suburban summer swim leagues and is also a USA Triathlon Level 1 certified coach.  

Coach Mike began his swimming career as a summer swimmer at Greenwood Park in Turnersville NJ in the early 80s. He went on to swim at Jersey Wahoos, Gloucester Cathlolic, Clemson University and Widener University.  Coach Mike was primarily a 100, 200 Breaststroke and 200, 400 IM speacilist.  

Coach Mike currently lives in Washington Twp with his wife Kim, daughter Kacie and son Andrew.  He has been racing Triathlon since 2006 and has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 in the US every season since 2007.  One of his biggest achievements was racing in Kona at the Ironman World Championships in 2012. He also enjoys ice hockey and regulartly plays in the over 40 mens league at Hollydell.  He also enjoy surfing and watching his kids swim and play hockey.  

Matthew Sprang

President/CEO/CFO

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Matthew has been with GCIT/GPAC since 1998 and has served as an assistant coach, Head Age Group Coach, and Head Coach. He became owner of the program, changing the name to Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club, in September, 2008. Matthew has been a USA Swimming National Team Coach twice (2015 & 2016); Head Coach for the East Women at the 2007 NCSA All-American team in Honolulu, Hawaii; and Head Coach of the Central Zone Select Camp (2014). He has also served as a USA Swimming National Team Manager for the World University Games (2013 in Kazan, Russia) and World Junior Championships (2015 in Singapore). Matthew has served on the Middle Atlantic Swimming Board of Directors since 2006 and is currently the Chair of the Performance Division. 

Matthew holds a Masters degree from Temple University in Sports and Recreation Administration. He lives in Gloucester County with his wife, Tjitske, and two children, Keegan and Marley. He enjoys spending time with his family, books on American history, rooting for Philadelphia sports teams, and Crossfit.