Coaches and Board

The coaches and board of Pennypacker Country Club 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 administrative questions such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

 

Coaching Staff

Bevin Sullivan

Swimming Coach

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Like you, Coach Bevin wants nothing more than to encourage children and teens to experience the true joys and benefits that the sport of swimming can offer.  Is swimming simply a way to cool off on a hot, sunny day?  It is purely an essential, life skill?  No, this sport can provide people with so much more – it can provide young swimmers with a number of important life-learning skills that will remain with them throughout their lives.

With over two decades of coaching and teaching experience, Bevin has been dedicated to sharing her love for competitive swimming.  Aside from the physical, social and developmental benefits you can gain, she appreciates, and shares with her athletes, that swimming is a FUN, REWARDING, AND EXCITING sport for them to enjoy. 

Under Bevin’s guidance, the team provides athletes with a supportive, wholesome social outlet, teaches sportsmanship, develops team camaraderie, and establishes close friendships -- many of which last for a lifetime.  One of her students recently posted, “Ms. Sullivan does more than just teach you, she will touch your heart. #LovingTeacher.”  To Bevin, mentoring children this way has been a life-long dream for her.

Bevin has been coaching the Pennypacker Swim Team since 2010.  Additionally, she is a 5th grade teacher at Starkweather Elementary School in West Chester and an assistant manager at the club.

Bevin’s relationship with the sport began at the age of 5.  From the beginning, she was involved with competitive swimming and continued to be throughout high school and college, where she added Water Polo to her repertoire.  Bevin was recruited to begin teaching swim lessons at the age of 14 and to begin coaching the sport at the age of 16. 

Some of her accomplishments and successes include:  Steven Erikson Dedication Award, Cecil E. Tate Sportsmanship Award nominee, Citadel Heart of Learning nominee, West Chester University Athletic Scholarship, West Chester University Swim Team and Water Polo Team Captain, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference State Qualifier and Finalist, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Conference Student Athlete.

Monica Marks

Swimming Coach

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Monica is looking forward to her 4th season coaching Pennypacker’s Swim Team.
She swam for Pennypacker for 11 years, and she loves being able to coach the team that was such a special part of her childhood.

Monica began swimming for Pennypacker when she was 7 years old. Growing up, she was a nationally ranked swimmer and a seven time All-American.  In addition to swimming, Monica played field hockey and lacrosse through high school.  She attended the University of Richmond on a field hockey scholarship, and she also swam for Richmond until injuries forced her to stop. She graduated with a double major in Business and Health & Sports Science.

With more than 10 years of coaching and teaching experience, and 12 years as a competitive swimmer, Monica is a strong believer in the many life lessons that children can learn from being on a swim team.  She places a priority on teaching the athletes the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and always trying their best, while helping them become the best swimmers they can be by emphasizing correct stroke technique.   Monica has so many great memories of growing up on Pennypacker’s swim team – the friendships, the team spirit, the role models, the fun, and the lessons she learned – and she loves knowing that those same values and traditions continue for the swimmers today. 

Gigi (Gudrun) Graesser

Swimming Coach

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Whether competing, coaching or supporting, Gigi has been on the pool deck in some capacity for the last 40 years. With over 15 years of international coaching experience, she has coached swimmers of different age groups in Germany, at the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, PA and most recently at Downingtown East High School. She is thrilled to start her new assistant coaching position at Pennypacker Country Club.

Gigi started club swimming in Germany as a 10 year old and moved through various age groups rather fast. Being a state ranked swimmer at the age of 15, she enjoyed the daily practices as much as traveling to international meets and making new friends.

Moving to the United States in the summer of 2000, she officially started her coaching career soon after. In 2012, she received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award and the Certificate of Achievement. In the fall of 2016, Gigi started to coach the Downingtown East High School Boys Team as an assistant coach. During this time, five swimmers qualified for PIAA High School Districts and four ended up going to High School States at Bucknell University. At the end of the season, she was promoted to be the head coach for the boys team this coming fall, pending school board approval.

Her favorite event to coach is the IM, because she enjoys helping the swimmers to master all four strokes legally. She loves to focus on stroke work and emphasizes proper mechanics to ensure quality training without injuries.
All of her three kids swam for UMLY year round and graduated swimming at Division I and II universities.

In her free time, she still enjoys swimming laps in the 50 meter pool with her masters group, reading, and travelling to see her family and friends in Germany.

Lisa Hade

Head Coach - Diving

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Lisa is very pleased to be returning to the PCC dive coach staff. She was previously a PCC member with her own family for 10 years and coached the dive team from 2005-2009. After working in animal rescue veterinary medicine for a few years, Lisa has returned to the diving world and is now also coaching the Downingtown East and West High school diving teams. She really enjoys working with kids of all ages and abilities and enthusiastically encourages them to have fun and succeed in diving. As a mother of 3 children who spent many years at PCC, she knows the importance of the coaches' role in creating a positive experience for the kids. Lisa feels that getting to know each child individually, assess how they learn and find creative techniques to help them overcome their fear is extremely important. She also focuses on good sportsmanship and helping each child to feel their value as a team member.
 
Lisa is a 1989 graduate from the University Of Missouri-Columbia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She was a high school and collegiate diver in the state of Missouri. She has been married for 27 years and also worked as an RN periodically while raising her children. She has lived in Downingtown for 13 years after living in Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Oregon. Besides her 3 children, who are all in their 20's, she is also a mom to 2 dogs and 2 cats. Boating, Hiking, Vegetable gardening and reading are her favorite hobbies.

Matt Watson

Assistant Coach - Diving

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There is no better feeling than nailing a dive!  What fun it is to jump high into the air, somersault and twist your body through time and space, and make it look good!  There is no better way to spend your summer mornings than learning how to ride the diving board while impressing your friends.  Beyond acrobatic skill, the qualities learned in diving include discipline, showmanship, poise, self reflection, and a commitment to improvement.

Matt grew up in Delaware County spending his summers on a trampoline and learning to dive while competing at Swarthmore Swim Club.  In his final two years of college he also served as Dive Coach for Swarthmore Swim Club.   A four year member of the University of Rochester Swim and Dive Team, he competed in NCAA Division III Nationals in his senior year.

While living in South Florida he taught high school science, served as HS diving coach and was a Masters Diver for the Ft. Lauderdale Dive Team.  Now in Pennsylvania, Matt is in his sixth season coaching PCC Dive Team in the summers. 

Matt serves as the Suburban Swim League Diving Chairperson, teaches science for Great Valley HS and coaches for Great Valley HS Swim and Dive through the winter months.

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