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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 one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Beth O'Neil

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Coaching Roles:

  • Norrristown Area High School - Girl's (NAHS): Head Coach 1997 - Present
  • Norrristown Area High School - Boy's (NAHS): Head Coach 2012 - Present
  • Norristown Area Aquatic Club (NAAC):  
    • Head Coach 2013 - Present 
    • Asst. Coach 2005 - 2008
  • Upper Merion Stingrays (UMST): Head Coach 2010 - Present (Summer Swim)
  • Markley Farms ST (MFST):  Asst Coach 1998 - 2002 Head Coach 2003 - 2009
  • USA Swimming Certified Coach
  • ASCA Level 3 Certified Coach

Coach Beth has been a swimming coach for 20+ years and started her coaching career by giving swim lessons at Norristown Area High School helping kids of all ages learn to better themselves, their strokes and achieve their goals.  Coach Beth is very passionate about the Norristown area and swimming and wants to help each child succeed in the pool and in life.  Coach Beth has been inducted in to the Suburban Aquatic League's Hall of Fame for Coaches.  She is a Norristown High School graduate and swam for Bill Zackey from 1973-1974 during his inaugural year at NAHS. She also swam for Markley Farms and General Washington Country Club swim teams as a child.

She was also a President of NAAC while her three daughters swam for both NAAC and NAHS. They also swam with the Markley Farms and Whitpain Greens Swim Teams. This gives Coach Beth the added perspective of being both a swim coach and swim parent. Coach Beth's goal is to have swimmers learn to love the sport of swimming and make improvements in their times and their strokes.  Coach Beth graduated from Lock Haven University and played Lacrosse there.  She is a teacher professionally in the Eisenhower Science & Technology Leadership Academy in Norristown Area School District.

Mark Vaughan

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Coach Mark has 10+ years of swim team coaching experience.  He started swimming as a young boy in grade school and swam for his local YMCA in Bethesda, MD.  He continued in High School and was a 2 year Captain of his High School swim team in Fork Union, VA.  He started his coaching career at YMCA Camp Letts at the age of 14 as a counselor / Lifeguard where he encouraged children of all ages to believe in themselves, build confidence and help improve there skills.
Mark attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC for College and graduated with a BA in Political Science.  He was a member of the The Citadel swim team and earned a varsity letter in swimming.  After graduating, he served in United States Army for 4 years an earned rank of Captain and also played on the Army's Water Polo team . After the Army, he furthered my education with a BA in Education from University of Maryland and also was a member on water polo club team .

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Most of my Mark's coaching experience has been thru YMCA’s.  He has served as the Head Coach of the Mexico, MO, Marlins swim team from 1995-2005 and was also the Head Coach of the Danville Family YMCA in Va from 2014-2016.  Currently, he is a swim instructor at Spring Valley YMCA and I also participate in the Masters Swim Program.  Mark has been married to Fran for 32 years and the have 2 sons .


YMCA Head Coach 1995 - 2005 ( Marlins swim team )

YMCA Head Coach 2014-2016 (Danville YMCA)
Certified Swim Instructor
USA Swimming Certified Coach
ASCA Level 1 Certified Coach

KaraLee Dippolito

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Head Minis Coach - Coach KaraLee started swimming at 4 years old. She swam for NAAC and Markley Farms Swim Club until she was 17. She is a graduate from Norristown Area High School, where she swam on the high school swim team under Coach Bill Zackey and Coach Beth O’Neil. Her favorite events were the 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle. She then went on to earn a BA in Speech Communications from Kutztown University.

Throughout the years, Coach KaraLee has taught swim lessons for all ages and abilities, including kids with special needs. Some of Coach KaraLee’s favorite memories are from swimming. It becomes so much more than a sport, it becomes a part of you. A skill you will never forget.

Coach KaraLee lives in Norristown with her husband and two year old son. She also has two pit bulls and is an advocate for the breed.