LAC Coaches

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Coaching Staff

P. Casey Coble

Head Coach, Senior Coach


Casey is an alumni of LAC who has returned to coach the team. As Head Coach, he oversees the entire LAC competitive swim program, working directly with the Senior and Senior Prep training groups.

Casey took over as the Head Coach of LAC in August of 2008. In the time he has been Head Coach the team has broken over 80 team records including multiple relay records.  The LAC boys have won the Spring Sectional meet in 2015 and 2016, were runners up in 2017, and the girls have placed in the top 5 3 different years. He has also coached a 3x PIAA state record holder, swimmers who have won a combined 11 PIAA titles, multiple individual and relay Sectional Champions, a USA Junior National finalist, 8 USA Summer Junior National individual qualifiers, 2 National Select Camp qualifiers, a Diversity Select Camp qualifier, and a member of the USA Swimming National Youth Team and Jr. Pan Pac team.  In 2012 Casey was chosen to be an assistant coach for the USA Swimming National Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Prior to becoming the Head Coach Casey came back to LAC to coach under, then Head Coach, Charlie Fry. Casey worked mostly with the Age Group A (now Senior Prep) and the Age Group B (now Advanced Age Group and Age Group). While coaching in this capacity he had swimmers place Top 16 nationally in their age group, broke multiple LAC club records, and coached the 13-14 girls to winning Junior Olympics in 2007.

Before coaching at LAC, Casey was the assistant coach for Durham Academy in Durham, NC from 2004-2005.

As a swimmer at LAC, Casey was a 3 time Jr National Champion, qualified and swam both the 200 and 400IM at the 2000 Olympic Trials and placed 20th in the 200IM at the 2001 Summer Nationals. Casey still holds several LAC team records. A graduate of  North Carolina where he attended>

Casey is ASCA Level 4.

Margaret Kieffer

Novice Coach


Coach Margaret is excited to be coaching on deck again with LAC and Coach Casey. After taking a year off to spend quality time with her family, Margaret is ready to hop back in the saddle. 

Coach Margaret began her coaching career in Delaware County, Pa. coaching summer teams, as well as at private high schools and colleges. 

Upon graduation from Widener University, where she also swam, Margaret joined the work force as an Aquatic director at a local YMCA, special needs instructor, and swim coach. After the move to Lancaster, Margaret continued her coaching career at LAC as well as being an aide at local private schools. Margaret and family currently live in Manheim where she also teaches toddler and preschool classes. 

Margaret is a level 3 ASCA instructor. 

Amanda Donato

Age Group Coach


Coach Amanda joined LAC in September of 2015.

She started swimming when she was 10 years old in a summer league in Coatesville, PA.  After her first season, she started winter swimming for a very small club, Mary McNear's Cadet Swimmers (what do you mean you've never heard of it?!), in West Chester, PA.  Around the age of 14 she joined Suburban Swim Club and continued to swim there until she graduated from high school.  From there, she went to Drexel University where she considers herself fortunate to be able to on a scholarship for swimming.

Coach Amanda began her coaching careerby teaching swim lessons to younger kids at the pool she lifeguarded at as a teenager.  During her senior year in high school, she was an Assistant Coach for Wagontown Swim Club for one season and then Coatesville Country Club for two seasons.  She continued to give private and small group lessons.  Coach Amanda loves coaching and is excited to be back in the saddle again!  Coach Amanda enjoys watching the kids accomplish their goals, whether it's just being able to swim one lap without stopping or getting a faster time.  Most importantly, she enjoys seeing the kids have fun in the process :)

Coach Amanda works full time at Highmark as a financial analyst (numbers, numbers, numbers all day long).  She is married to a pretty awesome guy named Chad who works for UPS.  She has a daughter named Natalie is 2 years old in December of 2015.

Erin Kury

Advanced Age Group Coach


Coach Erin began swimming at age 9 for Golden Meadows Swim team. After liking summer swimming so much, she began to swim year round for Lancaster Aquatic Club. Erin swam for LAC for nine years before swimming for two more years at Lock Haven University. During her swimming career she was awarded the LAC sportsmanship award as well as holding four high school records. During college she was a PSAC qualifier in the 200 fly and 100 fly. Her favorite strokes are butterfly, backstroke, IM and underwater kicking.

Erin began coaching by volunteering for Golden Meadows swim team at the age of 15. When she was 19 she began assistant coaching SECA swim team for two summers and is now an assistant coach at Bent Creek swim team. Erin has been teaching swim lessons for five years. Erin is very excited to start coaching LAC saying: “I look forward to coaching at LAC and hopes to be as great as Margaret and Casey were during my years as a swimmer.”

Erin graduated in 2015 from Lock Haven University with a degree in advertising and public relations. She is currently enrolled at PA college of Health Sciences where she hopes to get a masters degree in nursing to pursue a career in cardiac rehabilitation. In her free time she enjoys baking, going to the gym and spending time with her two dogs, Harleigh and Willie.

Aaron Eckman

Senior Prep Coach


My name is Aaron Eckman and I am from the small town of New Holland. I started swimming when I was 4 years old on the New Holland Dolphins swim team and have never stopped to this day. I started swimming with LAC at 10 years old in 2003 which was close to the same year our head coach Casey Coble started assistant coaching. Freestyle is my favorite stroke and I prefer to do distances more than a 200, along with an occasional open water race. A race I will always remember would be my first 1650 freestyle because at the end of that race, Casey came up to me and said, “I hope you liked that event because you get to swim it again at JO’s!” Ever since this moment, I have enjoyed distance events and anything that would test my endurance. When I’m not coaching, I am working at Well-Span Ephrata Community Hospital as a night shift security officer. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outside, and swimming on my own to keep up with the young swimmers on the team. I recently graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice while swimming on the Messiah College swim team for 4 seasons. My favorite quote was on the back of an old LAC t-shirt “Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there!”

Reeves Connolly

Assistant Coach


Katie Schick

Assistant Coach


Coach Katie began coaching when she was 14 on her summer swim team. Since then, she has volunteer coached for Roslyn Swim Team, led her own swim summer camp at Westtown School, and has given many private lessons.

Coach Katie began her swim career at the age of 6 on Roslyn Swim Team where she soon after fell in love with the sport. She quickly joined the local swim club Golden Ram Aquatics in West Chester, PA. She swam competitively through high school, setting many of the school records. Coach Katie was recruited to swim for Loyola University, but transferred to Franklin and Marshall 
College after her freshman year, where she continued her swimming career through her junior year.

Coach Katie will graduate from Franklin and Marshall college in the spring of 2018 with a joint degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. In her free time, Katie enjoys training for triathlon, competing in races, cooking, and spending time outside.

Hope Weber

Assistant Coach


Coach Hope is an LAC alumni who is very excited to join the club again!

She graduated from Penn Manor high school in 2009 and went off to Lycoming College where she earned a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She also swam for the warriors all 4 years and was part of their winning MAC championship team in 2010. She primarily swam the 200 fly and 400 IM in college. She graduated in 2013 and went off to Lock Haven University to receive her Masters in Health Science degree. Hope has now returned to Lancaster where she works as a Physician Assistant with Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster.

When not working, Hope enjoys football games, hiking, spending time with friends & family and hanging out with her Portuguese water dog, Baloo (yes, he loves to swim too!).

Cat Wilson

Assistant Coach


Coach Cat began swimming at the age of 5 with Coatesville Country Club Summer Swim Team. After relocating to Lancaster County, Cat and her brother, Todd, joined LAC in 2007 under Coach Casey Coble. Cat attended Conestoga Valley High School where she was a co-captain in her junior and senior year, as well as a three-time school record holder in the 100 fly, 200 IM, and 500 freestyle. Cat continued her academic and swimming career at Ursinus College under Coach Mark Feinberg. While at Ursinus, Cat studied Communications and Business Management, was a Resident Advisor, and helped the Lady Bear’s capture 4 Centennial Conference Championship titles and complete 4 undefeated seasons. Her primary events included: 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and 400 IM.
When Cat is not on the pool deck, she enjoys supporting her brother, Todd, a member of the Men’s Swim Team at the U.S. Naval Academy, hanging with friends, going on runs, and spending time with her two cats.
Cat will be mostly assisting with the Age Group group