Summer & Winter Head Swim Coach
Coach Jenna Anselmo has been
coaching the Gators since 2010. She was an assistant coach for two
years and has been the girls head coach since 2012. This year she
has stepped into an even bigger role as Head Coach of the entire
Pennridge Aquatic Club.
Coach Jenna has been a Gator all
her life. She started swimming for the summer PAC team in 1994 and
fell in love with the sport. She would spend the rest of her career
swimming for Pennridge in the summer and Souderton in the winter.
She also was a four year varsity swimmer for the Pennridge High
School. She excelled in breaststroke, backstroke, and the
In 2018, Jenna returned to her
alma mater to be the head coach of the men’s swim team. And
in 2019 began a new adventure by becoming the assistant coach for
the women’s water polo team. While coaching the high school
teams is a lot of fun and allows her to do the thing she loves most
as a career, her heart belongs to the Gator Gang.
When Jenna has a free moment away
from the chlorine she loves spending time with her husband John and
their pit-bull Apollo, reading, cooking and planning her next trip
to Walt Disney World.
There’s a quote that sums up
Jenna’s coaching style: “The strongest people are not
always the ones who win, but the people who don’t give up
when they lose”. It’s one of the core values that she
strives to instill in all of her athletes along with finding the
joy in everything you do!
Summer & Winter Head Diving Coach
Coach Lori grew up as a PAC gator way back when... She dove
with PAC over the summer, Souderton Aquatic club over the winter
and competed in US Diving meets as an independent athlete.
Pennridge HS started their first swimming and diving team just
before she graduated high school. "The team was so small that
the divers sometimes had to participate in the relay races so that
we could have two relay teams! It wasn't pretty, but we got
it done and had fun at the same time!"
Favorite Dive: Hmm, it now seems a
life time ago...probably the back somersault layout, the front
somersault full twist, and the reverse dive layout. They were
definitely not the most challenging dives on my list, but they were
so fun and felt effortless!
Lori took a break from coaching as
she pursued her career first as an athletic trainer for colleges in
PA, ME and FL, and then eventually as a school psychologist.
In 2017, she returned to coaching as the head diving coach for the
PAC summer program and then stayed on as the head diving coach for
the winter program as well. "It is so much fun being a part
of the PAC program again! I grew up with this club, and the
sport of diving was a very important part of my life. Now I
have the amazing opportunity to give back to the sport and to the
community. Over these past few years with PAC, I have met
some outstanding young athletes and families. PAC truly is a
family that works to help support, encourage and develop young
people to be the best version of themselves. I am very
thankful to be able to be a part of PAC once again!"
Summer Assistant Coach
Position on PAC: Leader of
the 8&U (aka assistant swim coach)
Years with PAC: 3 baby!
Swimming History: Swam for PAC for 12 short years and 4 shorter
years for Pennridge High School.
Favorite Stoke: backstroke
What Does PAC
Mean To You: PAC has always defined my summer, and I wouldn't have
it any other way! It has given me my closest friends and the
opportunity to coach, and that’s more than I could ever ask
Goals For The Summer: turn the team into a bunch of
Off The Pool Deck
I Like To: When I’m not on the pool deck I like to go
thrifting and hang out with my friends.
Favorite Song: “Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl”
Favorite Movie: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Favorite Food: The Perk’s fish tacos
Favorite Quote: “Jenna put whatever you want here, I
can’t think of a quote”
We are so lucky
to get The King of the Baby Gators back again this summer! Since he
could not think of a quote, leave a comment with one that you think
suits our Coach Ian!
Summer Assistant Coach
Position: Assistant swim
Years with PAC/Swimming: about 12 I think
Favorite event: 100 free or if we talkin summer you know I do fly
Goals For The
Summer: coaching and breaking 50 seconds in 100 free and going sub
minute in 100 fly
What Does PAC Mean To You: PAC is kind of my place to relax and
train with my friends in a less competitive environment. Its kind
of like a family in that it’s more about how we can make the
team better as a whole rather than just focusing on your own
events, so honestly it’s just a lot of fun.
Off deck I like
to: work out, play video games, hang with friends, or social
Favorite song: Let’s groove by earth, wind, and fire
Favorite food: chicken Fajitas
Favorite movie: Jim Carrey’s The Mask
Quote: “Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it
until you grow into the person who can”
Julian will be
one of our practice coaches for the younger swimmers, as he will be
working towards his own swimming goals during the meets. I know
there are quite a few of the Littles who will be VERY happy to have
Coach Julian back on deck this summer.
Summer Assistant Coach
Position: Assistant Swim
Years w PAC: 10 years
Swimming History: Swam for PAC for 10 years, my 6th year playing
Water Polo (I played throughout high school and I play at the
University of Pittsburgh), and I swam on the Pennridge High School
Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke, Fav Event: 100 breaststroke (a true
Coach Jenna Protege
means to me: PAC gave me some of my bestest friends in life. I have
never been apart of a group quite like this one, where I can
consider everyone on the team family. PAC has given me confidence,
laughs and determination in life and I am excited to continue being
a part of giving that to my gators
Goals for the Summer: Have a fun summer with all my PAC kids and
avoid that farmers tan those coaching shirts are going to give me
Off the Pool Deck
I like to: Hang out with friends, go to the beach, eat a lot of
buffalo wings and watch my fav summer show big brother!
Fav song: Sunflower by Post Malone
Fav food: Buffalo wings with extra chunky blue cheese
Fav movie: Grown Ups
Fav quote: Me: “Ian what did you do in the Pitt Talent
Show?” Coach Ian: “I juggled and sang ‘I just
can’t wait to be King’.”
We are SO excited
to have Rachel join the PAC staff this summer! She is going to
bring the FUN but she will also keep these Gators moving!
Let’s see if she can steal the Selfie Queen title away from
another certain coach....
Summer Assistant Swim Coach
Years with PAC/Swimming History: 11 years swimming with PAC, 4
years on the Pennridge High School team, and also played water polo
for 4 years.
Favorite event: 50 or 100 Back
Goals for the summer: Improving my times in the 100 free and 50
What does PAC Mean to You: PAC means so much to me. I have met some
of my lifelong friends on this team. It has taught me so many life
skills that I will use in my future. This team is like a family
that is so welcoming and always a safe and fun place to be
Off Deck I like to: I like to hang out with my friends and go on
different adventures with them
Favorite song: You make me feel like dancing by Leo
Favorite Food: Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil with Balsamic
Favorite movie: Mamma Mia!
Favorite Quote: "Always try something new, you never know who you
might meet or what you might learn"