James M Koval
Coach James comes to ZASC with nearly five years of coaching
experience and over 15 years of total competitive swimming
He is currently an assistant coach with Seneca Valley Swim Club,
where he recently started after two years as Head Assistant at the
Uniontown Area YMCA. He worked mostly with young and developing
swimmers in Uniontown, guiding many to first-time qualifications
for YMCA districts and states, plus two team relay records. Coach
James was also Head Assistant at Laurel Highlands HS for the
2019-20 season, helping the Mustangs to 7 school records in just
one season, and a 3rd place finish at Girls’ AA WPIALs just
before PIAAs were rudely interrupted by COVID-19.
In his youth, James got his start on a summer league team much
like ZASC. He eventually became an accomplished swimmer in his
hometown of Mt. Pleasant, SC, primarily competing in long-distance
races. He moved on to West Virginia University where he earned
a silver medal in the 1650-yard free at the Big 12
Conference meet and was named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the
Year in 2017. He is still ranked 3rd all-time for WVU in the
1000 and 1650 Freestyle. James graduated from WVU with a
bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2018, and a
masters degree in the same in 2020.
James is excited to bring his energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm
to the Zelie Pool deck this summer! Don't hesitate to contact coach
with any questions, comments, concerns, or requests for advice!
Head Assistant Coach
Coach Emily will be eagerly entering into her
third season as one of the coaches for the Zelienople
Area Swim Club and has recently competed in her first
year of collegiate swimming on the Allegheny College Varsity team
as a Freestyle, Breastroke, and Individual
Medley swimmer. Although her season was abbreviated, she
was able to continue to have the opportunity
to participate, compete and add to her knowledge of
swimming stroke development.
She qualified and was able to compete in Freestyle and
Backstroke events at the Western Pennsylvania
Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) meets during all four years
of her Seneca Valley High School Varsity Swimming and Diving
career. Although this is only Emily's third year on the
Coaching Staff, she has been a competitive swimmer since the age of
9, worked to motivate swimmers to do their best by
instructing for the Seneca Valley Swim Club swim lesson
program, and assisted her family with teaching swim
lessons at the local YMCA Aquatics Department for numerous
Emily is looking forward to experiencing the growth of ZASC
swimmers and to provide the same inspiration to swim as ZASC
provided to her.
Matthew James Stevens
We are happy to have Coach Matt back for the 2021 season! By
joining our staff, he is following in the footsteps of
his older sister and former co-head coach Sarah.
Matt is a longtime swimmer with ZASC as well as Seneca Valley
Swim Club, who just wrapped up his senior year at SVHS. He is
a multiple-time WPIAL qualifier and top 16 finisher, primarily
competing in the long-distance freestyle events. Coach Matt
also recently announced that he is taking his talents to swim
at Ithaca College this coming fall.
Coach Matt is looking forward to helping ZASC have a great
season and passing on to our swimmers the lessons that he was
taught as a youngster!
We are thankful to have Coach Owen join the Zelienople
Area Swim Club Coaching staff for the 2021 season. Even
though this is Coach Owen's first season, he is no stranger to
being a Stingray. His competetive beginnings were with ZASC
at the age of 6. Since then, he has competed with the Seneca
Valley Swim Club and the Seneca Valley Varsity Swimming and
During this time, he has attended Junior Olympics for numerous
seasons and qualified for the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic
Athletic League (WPIAL) competions in Freestyle and Backstroke
events. Although this past school season was shorter
than expected, he was still able to compete and participate with
continued successes in the sport that he enjoys.
Over the years, Coach Owen has had the pleaseure of acclimating
younger swimmers and teaching stroke development to
aspiring swim team athletes through the Seneca Valley Swim
Club and The Zelineople Area Swimming Pool.
Owen is looking forward to share the same
enthusiam that he had for swimming his first years
with ZASC and continues to have to this day.