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WCAC strives to provide the youth of our community the opportunity to reach their highest personal potential as both an individual and an athlete.  We understand that winning is much more than one's place in the finish of a race, and we are committed to helping our swimmers and divers develop their self-esteem and pride through both individual achievement and teamwork.  If you have a question related to practice, meets, goal setting, or any other swimming related question, please Head Coach Jonathan Faikish. Email addresses for all the coaches are listed below.

Coaching Staff

Jonathan Faikish

Head WCAC Coach

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Jonathan is very excited to begin coaching with WCAC in the 2018-2019 season. He started his swimming career in 1987 with Nor-Gwyn. During his swimming career he swam for Nor-Gwyn Summer club and North Penn Aquatic Club. As Jonathan entered high school he continued swimming for NG and NPAC as well as North Penn High School until 2000 when he graduated. After the Knights, Jonathan moved on to swim DII at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where here graduated with a BA in Sociology. During his time at IUP he specialized in the 100 and 200 Butterfly as well as the 50 to 500 Freestyle. During his college swimming career he placed top 12 every year.  He competed in multiple events and was a part of several top 6 place finishing relays. He has earned several All American Honors during his swimming experience.

Jonathan started his coaching career in 2001 when he began coaching with his brother Jeff at Lansdale Swim Team. After graduating from IUP, his career really took off. Jonathan has been involved in swimming at every level from beginner swim lessons, adaptive swim lessons, and summer club swimming programs to USA Club swimming and has loved every second of it. He finds nothing better than helping a swimmer to learn how much more they can be with a little hard work, and good guidance. Jonathan brings one basic philosophy to any team he is a part of, “Every swimmer, every day!” He wants everyone to always remember his favorite quote when training as well, “Today I will do what you won’t, so tomorrow I can do what you can’t”. Jonathan feels that there is nothing better than seeing a person overcoming something they truly thought they couldn’t and being a helping part of it.       

Greg Beyer

Boy's Head Coach

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Greg started his swimming career when he was 5 years old at Whitpain Greens Swim club and NAAC, and moved to WCAC when he was 11. He swam for WCAC until graduation from Wissahickon Senior High School in 2013, where he also swam and played water polo. Greg has been coaching with WCAC for three year now, and is also the Girls Head Water Polo Coach and Girls Assistant Swim Coach at Wissahickon High School. During the summer Greg serves as the Head Swim Coach at Cedarbrook Country Club. Greg's coaching philosophy is to be completely committed to whatever it is he is doing.  Whether it be drills, technique work, high intensity sets, stretching, dry land exercises, or meets, if he doesn'tt commit himself to the athletes how can they be expected to commit to the process? Some of Greg's hobbies are golfing and photography. Greg reports that he is happily a full-time swim coach!

Amanda Bossert

Girl's Head Coach

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Amanda started her swimming career on a summer swim team in Brant Beach, Long Beach Island, NJ when she was 11 years old. That same fall, she started swimming with WCAC! She swam for WCAC and the Wissahickon High School team until her graduation from WHS in 2006. In the summer through high school and college, she coached a swim team, lifeguarded, and taught swim lessons in Long Beach Island, NJ. After taking a hiatus from coaching for school and a new job, she realized her life was missing the fun and excitement of swimming, and started at WCAC as the Head Girl's Coach in 2014! She believes that individualized attention is the key to success, and so her coaching philosophy is focused on tailoring practices and training to fit the needs, goals, and talents of each swimmer to ensure the success of every member of the team. Amanda has a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Temple University. When she isn't coaching, she works as an immigration attorney in Bala Cynywd and Philadelphia.

Bart Schneider

USA Swimming Coach

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Bart began his swimming career at age 9, swimming with the North Penn YMCA.  He then went on to have a very successful swimming career at Germantown Academy, where his records for the 50 and 100 freestyle still stand!  Bart came back to full-time coaching in 2010, joining the coaching staff of the Wissahickon High School swim team.  In 2013 Bart joined the WCAC coaching staff and we are lucky to have him!  Bart now runs our USA swim program, although he can also always be found on deck coaching our WCAC club swimmers.  Bart feels that his most important job as a coach is working on stroke technique.
 

Esther Rineer

Swim Team Manager

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Esther is happy to be returning for her fourth year at WCAC!  She has previously coached at Beachcomber Swim Club as well as the Ambler YMCA.  Esther is also a certified US swim coach. When she is not at the pool, Esther works full time as an Early Intervention Special Education Teacher for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.  She has a master's degree in special education and is dual certified in elementary and special education. Esther has also recently begun a certification program to become a board certified behavior analyst. Esther reports that she enjoys applying her experience working with kids of varying needs and abilities to kids both in and out of the pool.  She is looking forward to seeing familiar faces back at WCAc and meeting some new ones this season!

Alex Willcox

Assistant Coach

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Frank Wills

Assistant Coach

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Frank started swimming as a child with with Ply-Mar Swim and Tennis Club.  He later swam on the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School swim team, and then the West Chester University swim team.  Frank believes that learning technique from an early age is the most important foundation to build as a young swimmer.  When he isn't coaching, Frank can be found at Upper Darby High school teaching science and as the head swim coach at the Cedarbrok Country Club in the summer.
 

Julie Savage

Head Diving Coach

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Julie Savage is thrilled to be joining the Wissahickon Community Aquatic Club as head diving coach, and she is looking forward to the start of the new diving season in September.  Coach Savage has extensive coaching experience, most recently as diving coach for the Lower Merion Aquatic Club from 2013 to 2016.  Before that, she coached with nationally ranked Greenwich Diving Club and Georgia Diving Club, and from 2004 to 2007, she was the men's and women's diving coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

A former athlete herself, Coach Savage was an NCAA qualifier at the University of Delaware, was "Athlete of the Year" in 2003 and was named NCAA "Woman of the Year" for the State of Delaware that same season.  In 2012, she was inducted into the University of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.  Outside of the pool, Coach Savage is a barre instructor at Rise Barre and Fitness in Spring House. 

Coach Savage lives in Ambler with her husband Brian, and their children Bernie and Rudy

Heather Spector

Assistant Diving Coach

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Emma Benning

Student Coach - Swimming

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