Coaches & Directors

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 Chris Rice or Ken DeGruchy.

Coaching Staff

Ken DeGruchy

Head Coach,


Ken has been coaching for 34 years in both the Maryland Swimming LSC and the CMSL. He has held coaching positions at Shipleys Choice, Crofton Swim and Tennis, Rollingwood, Chartwell Country Club, Andover, CCERA and Suburbia. His USA Swimming career started at the Catonsville YMCA where he was coach of the year in 1989. Ken left CATY for deeper waters and started coaching with NAAC. He coached the Senior developmental group and developed 8 junior national swimmers, 4 senior national swimmers and one Olympic Trial Qualifier. With the Annapolis Swim Club, Ken has developed several MD All Star Champs, one Future qualifier, one Junior National qualifier and one 4 NICSCA Junior National qualifiers. He has also coached several swimmers who have been ranked on the USA Swimming top ten list in several events and one MD swimmer who set and still holds several breaststroke records state records.

Ken graduated from Towson University with a teaching degree and a bachelor of science degree in English. He also has a degree in paralegal studies that he used before becoming a father of and a full time coach. When his family grew and the twin girls arrived, he quit his professional career and became the "Mr. Mom" of the family and followed his love of swimming and began his professional coaching career that now has span for over 34 years.

Ken enjoys coaching all levels of swimmers, from the 5 year-old beginner to the national level swimmer. He mostly enjoys working with the 12 & under swimmers due to their high level of energy and his love of family-friendly jokes, riddles and Disney trivia.

Mark Mangold


Coach Mark swam collegiately at Goucher College and is currently a Math teacher in Anne Arundel County.  He is well known in the area for his years of summer league coaching and his enthusiasm for developing fast swimmers.  He has been an integral member of the ASC family for about 15 years.  His expertise and dedication have led several swimmers to perform successfully at age group, State, Sectional and National levels as they've moved through our program.

Laura Falsone



Laura, a fomer competitive swimmer for the University of Tampa, has been coaching swimming for several years.  She has spent 6 years with Mayo Swim Club, a local summer league team, and has been with ASC for 3 years.  She currently helps Coach Mia and Coach Nancy with their groups and looks foward to working with more groups at ASC in the future!  Laura is a yoga instuctor, an avid runner and has 4 of her own children swimming at ASC!

Nancy Schlegel


Nancy has been with ASC for 4 years and is a much-loved, well respected member of our family!  Prior to joining ASC, Nancy coached the age group program at the Naval Academy Aquatic Club for 13 years.  Her extensive experience in Maryland swimming has been a major asset to ASC and she's brought a lot of success to our young swimmers.

Stephanie Disque


Elisabeth Cmiel



Christina L Rice