Head WCAC Coach
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
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
Boy's Head Coach
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!
Girl's Head Coach
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.
USA Swimming Coach
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.
Swim Team Manager
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!
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.
Head Diving Coach
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