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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> 

 

Robert Smith

Head Age Group Coach/Head Coach Gold 2

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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.  

David W Wakeley

Head Coach Bronze/Assistant Jr Elite

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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.

Chris Dalsey

Head Coach of Gold 1

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Chris began coaching with GPAC in 2006 and is currently the Head Coach for the Gold 1 group.  Chris has, in the past, worked with the Mini, Bronze, Silver, and Senior 1 groups.

Chris has been coaching competitive swimming since 2001. Prior to accepting his position as Head Coach at Wenonah Swim Club in 2011 he served nine years as an assistant at Green-Fields Swim Club.  Chris has also spent four seasons as an assistant coach at West Deptford High School and Pitman High School and one year as the Boys & Girls Head Swim Coach at Clearview Regional High School.  He also serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Rowan University Men’s and Women’s Teams.

Chris graduated from Rowan University in 2008 with a degree in Health and Exercise Science with a Teachers Certification.  While at Rowan he swam 2 seasons, where he was an All-American in Butterfly during his Senior year.

Chris currently resides in West Deptford and is a teacher in the Mantua School District.

Gordon Thomas

Assistant Coach Senior 1/Silver

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Currently, Coach Gordon is returning as an Assistant Coach for Senior 1 and Silver after being the Head Coach for Stroke, Start & Turn clinics over the summer.  Prior to this position he has been the Head Coach for the Silver, Bronze & Mini teams and an Assistant Coach for the Gold teams as well. 

 
Prior to joining GPAC, Gordon held coaching positions at the USA Swimming Hurricanes, the successor program to the Voyager Swim Club of Voorhees, NJ.  He has been coaching Age Group swimming for 30+ years and has prided himself on providing a solid foundation for many Age Group swimmers.  He has coached many Junior Olympic champions and Sectional qualifiers as well as some who became college conference champions and Olympic Trial qualifiers.

Gordon is a proud graduate of the Hokie Nation of Virginia Tech where he played college lacrosse for 4 years and was named Captain and Midfielder of Year his Senior season.  Currently he is a Government Banker by day and coach by night and weekends.  At many a practice you will hear Coach Gordon encourage his swimmers to focus by saying, “It’s the little things that make the Big Difference”!

Shannon McKinnon

Assistant Coach Mini/Bronze/Senior 1

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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.

Sean F McCall

Head Coach Tech & Fitness/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.

Stephanie Maria Wyzykowski

Mini Group Head Coach

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Stephanie joins us for her 3rd season coaching at GPAC. Over the last two years, she was the head coach of  Mini's and has assisted with Elite, Silver, Bronze & Gold teams as well as teaching swim lessons. This year, s he’s very excited to be the Silver team's head coach, while also still helping anywhere else an assistant coach is needed. She has been coaching since 2006, including summer league in Bethlehem PA for 5 years, 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 just recently  inducted into the Hall of Fame of Athletics  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 Olympic Trials, Stephanie finished 4th overall in the 100, 200 Breaststroke & 200 IM, only narrowly missing their Olympic team cutoff. 

Stephanie continues to swim with GPACs Master’s team & training for triathlons. Her & her husband, Kevin, currently live in Deptford, are enjoying their new home and are expecting their first child in January - a girl! They also enjoy spending time with their families and pretty much anything else health & fitness related!

Michelle M Wesh

Assistant Coach

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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>

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.

Timothy G Rowe

Head Coach Senior 1

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