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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Louis R Petto

Director of Competitive Aquatics

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A nationally recognized coach in YMCA, USA Swimming and the USA Paralympic communities, Lou Petto enters his 6th year as the Director of Competitive Aquatics at UMLY. During his tenure, the UMLY swim team has been extremely successful in the pool, being recognized as a Bronze Medal Program by USA Swimming, winning numerous YMCA District and State championships, and capturing multiple YMCA National individual and relay titiles. Notably, Lou served as a coach for the US Paralympic team in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Kristina M Halner

Head Age Group Coach

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Kristina graduated from Bloomsburg University in May 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education (Pk-4). Since graduating, she has been actively subbing in the Central Bucks and North Penn School Distrcits. Kristina's first experience as Boy's Head Coach was for the SAL team South West Aquatics Club. While coaching at SWAC, she was also apart of the coaching staff at the Central Bucks Family YMCA (Doylestown). In April 2018, Kristina became the Director of Competitive Aquatics for the YMCA of Bucks County (Tri-Hampton YMCA) where she led the Senior, Age Group and Pre Age Group levels through their 11-month season. Kristina is excited to be joining the UMLY team!

James C Krull

Lead Coach Age Groups 1 & 2 Blue

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Dr. James (Jamie) Krull can only be described as a lynchpin of the UMLY swim team and the greater YMCA community. Despite being an active physician, Coach Jamie has found the time to volunteer decades of service to the Upper Main Line YMCA. He was recognized at the 2019 YMCA Short Course National Meet as the YMCA National Coach of the Year.

Anna Neuman

Lead Coach Mini 1 & Mini 2

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Galen J Gennaria

Lead Coach Senior 3 & Age Group 1 Red

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Galen is in his 4th year of coaching at UMLY.

As an avid swimmer himself, Galen greatly appreciates the dedication and determination that is required for success in competitive swimming. He enjoys coaching every level of swimmer and helping them to achieve their full potential in and out of the pool. He leads the Senior 3 and Age Group 1 Red groups, and is the lead coach of the Boy’s B team during the winter season. Galen places great emphasis upon fostering a positive training environment for individual and team success. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

Andrew John Seaton

Senior + AG2Red Coach, Team Admin

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Coach Andrew is in his 5th year coaching at UMLY
 
College: Bates College, Class of 2015
 
Swimming/Coaching Experience:
 
Growing-up on the Main Line, Andrew attended Radnor High School where he was a four year varsity letter winner, team captain, and an Academic All-American. 
 
After high school, Andrew attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. There he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Mathematics and the History and the Criticism of Art and Visual Culture. While competing in the pool for Bates, Andrew notched 7 All-Time Top-20 college performances in both the Breaststroke and Individual Medley events, as well as one pool record. Following his sophomore year of college, Andrew began training with the UMLY swimming program under Coach Glenn Neufeld.
 
After completing his undergraduate education, Andrew returned to the area and began working as a volunteer assistant coach at UMLY. That Fall, he accepted a job as an Assistant Swim Coach for Villanova University. While at Villanova, Andrew assisted primarily with the Stroke and IM training group, organized Men's Recruiting for the program, and oversaw the operations of the Villanova pool. In two seasons with Villanova, Andrew was a part of 2 Women's Big East Championships and 2 Big East Women's Coaching Staff's of the Year. Additionally, he helped coach athletes to 26 NCAA Division I B-Cut performances, 37 new school records, 1 Big East Conference Record, and 2 Big East Swimmer's of the Year Awards. In addition to his collegiate experience, Andrew has also worked alongside several prominent NCAA and USA Swimming coaches at the Total Performance Swim Camps at Kenyon College.

Now in his 5th year at UMLY, Andrew serves as an Assistant Coach for the Senior groups, the Boys A Team Lead Coach, and has also taken on the role Team Administrator at times. During his tenure at UMLY, the Senior groups have experienced tremendous success at the YMCA District, State, and National levels.
 
What does Coach Andrew enjoy most about coaching?
“Helping individuals to find success in the pool, while simultaneously working with them to foster positive personal growth and great teamwork!”

Robert H Bailey

Age Group Coach

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Coach Ty began working in aquatics in 2004 at the Phoenxville Area YMCA as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and swim coach. During his 12 years there, he was also the Phoenxiville High School Head Swim Coach for 5 years. Prior to coming to UMLY, he also coached for the Episcopal Academy Aquatic Club for 7 years. 
The majority of Ty's professional life was spent owning and operating a restaurant on South Street in Philadelphia for 30 years. 
Having been to Ironman 6 times, Ty has an appreciation for the rewards of sincere athletic training. He especially enjoys coaching swimmers who are willing to be the best swimmers they can be!

Heather Burns

Coach Age Group 1 & 2 Blue

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This is Heather's 4th year coaching with UMLY

College:   1993 B.S. Elementary Education Miami University Oxford, OH

                 2000 M. S. Educational Counseling Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT

Swimming/Coaching experience:      At age 8 Coach Heather started summer swim league after she passed all the levels of swim lessons. The swim instructor suggested she try out for the swim team. She cried behind the blocks before her first race. Her dad turned to her and said, “Just try it once, and you will never have to do it again”. She was hooked after her first swimming race!

At age 11 she started year round swimming for Radnor Aquatic Club and then for Suburban Swim Club. She moved to Clearwater, FL at age 15 and continued age group swimming with West Florida Lightning Aquatics. After high school she swam for Miami University.

Heather moved to Fairfield County, CT after graduating college. She began to swim competitively for a Master’s swim program at the Westport/Weston Y. Knowing her education background, the aquatics director asked her to work as a swim instructor at the Y. In the mornings she instructed campers and in the afternoons she taught private lessons in backyard pools. She also taught private swim lessons for 14 years. While she was teaching fourth grade in Weston, CT, she was asked to be the assistant swim coach at Weston High School. Periodically, she would coach an age group session at the Westport Y, while attending grad school and teaching full time. In 1997 Heather met her husband Eric at the Westport Y through the master’s swim team.

In 2009 Heather and Eric relocated to the Philly area. It was during that time that their children Brendan and Delaney started swimming for UMLY. Heather still swims frequently at UMLY. Every year for their anniversary Heather and Eric choose a different open water swim to compete in to celebrate their love of swimming!

Currently, Heather is a college counselor at Delaware County Community College.

What does Heather like about coaching?:    Swimming is about getting a swimmer from point A to point B in the quickest and most efficient way possible. The joy of coaching comes from teaching a swimmer the life lessons that are learned, while pursuing that endeavor.

Cathi Dallot

Coach Minis

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Tracy G Degerberg

Coach Academy + Minis

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Phil Munger

Coach Age Groups 2 & 3

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Coach Phil grew up in the area, swimming for UMLY on and off as a kid while attending local T/E schools, graduating from Conestoga in 2005. He attended and swam at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and graduated with a degree in History in 2009. After graduating, Phil worked in local T/E schools for a year before going to get his Master's degree in teaching from Towson University in 2012. While in Maryland, Phil headed the Age Group program for local club team Cardinal Gold Aquatics (CGA). Upon returning to Pennsylvania in 2013, Phil began coaching with the Age Group teams, headed up the Girls B team, and in the summers coaches the Varsity team at club called Martin's Dam. Phil has loved his past seven years with UMLY and looks forward to many more.

Brennah V Ross

Coach Age Group 1

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College: 2015 B.S. in Economics, The College of New Jersey
 
Swimming/Coaching Experience: 
Coach Brennah followed in her older sister’s footsteps and was persuaded into joining UMLY’s swim team as a 7 year old.  She quickly fell in love with the sport, and swam with UMLY for 11 years.  During her time at UMLY, Brennah was a YMCA national qualifier and finalist.  As a senior, she was the recipient of both the Sue Clayton and Joey Guest awards for leadership and team spirit.  
 
During her collegiate swimming career she was a four-time NCAA All-American, and individual NCAA qualifier in the 200 butterfly.  She currently holds the TCNJ school record in the same event.  Brennah was voted the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2012 and ‘Swimmer of the Year’ in 2014. 
 
Brennah enjoyed her experience at UMLY so much she decided to return to the program as a coach in 2015. She started out coaching AG1, and has since gained experience coaching athletes of all ages and abilities.
 
What I like about coaching at UMLY: I have always believed that the most important part of swimming has nothing do with swimming at all. The culture at UMLY is about developing strong work ethics, creating invaluable friendships, building confidence, and having a blast along the way. That is what made me love swimming so much as an age grouper, and what drew me back as a coach. My favorite part about coaching at UMLY is being able to provide that experience to another generation of swimmers, and being given the opportunity to share my love of this sport with others. 

Mark Vaughan

Age Group Coach

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Coach Mark has 10+ years of swim team coaching experience.  He started swimming in grade school at his local YMCA in Bethesda, MD.  He continued in high school, and was a two-year captain of his high school swim team in Fork Union, VA.

Mark started his coaching career at YMCA Camp Letts as a counselor and lifeguard, where he encouraged children of all ages to believe in themselves, building confidence, and helping them improve their technical skills.
Mark attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC for College and graduated with a BA in Political Science.  He was a member of The Citadel swim team and earned a varsity letter in swimming.  After graduating, he served in United States Army for 4 years an earned rank of Captain and also played on the Army's water polo team. After the Army, he furthered his education with a B.A. in Education from University of Maryland, and also was a member on the water polo club team.

Most of Mark's coaching experience has been through YMCA’s.  He served as the Head Coach of the Mexico, MO, Marlins swim team from 1995-2005. Currently, he is a swim instructor at Spring Valley YMCA and he also participates in the Masters Swim Program.  Mark has been married to Fran for 34 years and they have 2 sons together.

Jenna M Walmer

Age Group Coach

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Coach Jenna grew up in Lancaster County and started swimming at 7 years old. After spending 10 years club swimming, she attended Bridgewater College and continued her swimming career there. During her collegiate swim career, she was a member of three record-breaking relays, including one that placed 3rd at conference championships. Jenna graduated in May 2019 with a B.A. in Global Studies. She is continuing her education at West Chester University for two M.a. degrees: Holocaust and Genocide Studies and General Psychology. 

Danielle Zimmerman

Coach Age Group 1

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Board of Directors

Eric Burns

STPA President

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