North Penn Gators Coaches and Staff

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Coaching Staff

Robert J. Rawa

Head Coach

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Bob has been a coach of the NPY Gators Swim Team for 8 years.  This year he takes on the head coaching role and is looking forward to another successful season.  

Pat Pellegrino

Coach

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Pat Pellegrino is an assistant coach for the Gators Swim Team.
Coach Pat Pellegrino was a competitive swimmer from age 5 through age 18. He swam and dove competitively in various summer leagues including NESAL Aquatic League throughout those years and in local AAU programs at Council Rock and The George School in Newtown, Bucks County, PA during the winter seasons. He spent his high school years as a lifeguard and taught swim lessons for beginners during the summer months at Southampton Swim and Cabana Club and swam for Archbishop Wood high school during the winter.
Coach Pat attended college at West Chester University and earned his business degree. He now works for and has for the past 22 years at Giant Food Stores as a deli manager.
He has been volunteering as a coach for several years now in various other sports including football, basketball and baseball and he is very involved in the CYO athletics at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish. Pat looks forward to not only help in the growth of the NPY Gators swim program as a parent, but also in the growth of the children as a coach.

Chad Wauls

Coach

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Chad began competitive swimming shortly after his 8th birthday at the Guilford Swim Club in Chambersburg, PA during the summers.  A year later, he was swimming year round filling the winters by swimming for the local Y swim team - the Chambersburg Chargers. His preferred events were Breaststroke and the IM, filling in with Back and Free when the team needed it. Not bad for a kid who was paralyzed with fear of the water up until the age of 7.  Chad credits coming to his senses to Mark Stater, the swim coach and head lifeguard at Guilford; a true example of what a coach can accomplish.  Upon reaching college, swimming had to take a back seat due to course load and work. Chad attended Drexel University and holds multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Management and Engineering.  He currently works in the pharmaceutical industry and teaches undergraduate business courses at night for two local universities.

Chad began his coaching activities with soccer (his other favorite sport) a number of years ago within the MonU Soccer organization.  When his sons joined the Gators’ summer team,he realized just how much he missed and loved swimming. He now actively coaches both swimming and soccer, which have alternating seasons throughout the year.

You can usually see Chad doing his own swim workout at night either before or after the swim team practices.  Along with swimming, Chad enjoys playing in a men’s indoor soccer group, participating in the company golf league, and reading.  He is married to Heather (the Gators’ dryland coach) and they have two very active young Gators, Nathan and Adam.

Theresa Brooker

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Theresa was a competitive swimmer for 10 years. She began her competitive swimming career at age 7 with the Nor-Gwyn Aquatic Club. Theresa remained a dedicated swimmer and swam every summer with the Nor-Gwyn Crabs until she graduated from North Penn High School.
For the past ten years, Theresa has worked at the North Penn YMCA as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and aquatics supervisor. She has had the opportunity to coach both summer and winter swim teams at NPY for the past four years. In addition, Theresa has coached many stroke and turn clinics.
Theresa is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University, where she majored in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. In addition to working part time at the Y, Theresa works as a Director for North Penn School District's Extended School Care Program. Along with swimming for fun, Theresa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching Phillies games, and playing with her dog.

Connor Unger

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Connor was a competitive swimmer for more than ten years. He began his competitive swimming career at the age of 9 with the Hatfield Sharks. He swam every summer with the Hatfield Sharks, and a winter season with the NPY Gators. He is the former record holder in the 500, and 100 breaststroke races. He swam for Lansdale Catholic High School. Upon graduating high school, Connor attend Albright College and was a member of Men’s Swim Team, where he competed primarily in the distant events (500,1000, and 1650) and breaststroke races. He was a member of 3- Middle-Atlantic Conference Team Champions. While at Albright, Connor was also captain and mvp of the cross-country team his senior year, and a member of the outdoor track team. He has his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in history.
 

Connor currently works for BNP Paribas in a middle office role. He is also pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at Villanova University. In Connor’s free time, he enjoys watching Philadelphia sport teams, entering running races and open water swims, and spending time with friends and family.

Jessica Mitchell

Coach

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Jess is going into her third year coaching and eighth year as a gator this season. She started her swimming career at the age of eight with the Hatfield sharks. She swam there every summer season up until the age of fourteen. She then went on to compete with Philadelphia Sports club for one year. From 2012-2016 she swam for the gators then in 2017 started coaching for them. Previously she has worked as a server and or host at both Normandy Farms Estates and Smokehouse Tavern. Her goal is to further everyone’s love for swimming and give kids the opportunity to accomplish their own personal goals for the season.

Heather Wauls

Dry Land Coach

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Originally from South Williamsport, PA, Heather's sports history is rooted in gymnastics. When she gave up competing, she continued to share her passion for the sport through teaching gymnastics classes. She continued teaching gymnastics into college, where she majored in Kinesiology with the intention of becoming a Phys. Ed. teacher.  While in college, she discovered a new passion, group fitness classes. Heather graduated from Penn State University earning a BS in Kinesiology with a concentration in Applied Fitness.

Today, Heather combines her knowledge of fitness with her desire to educate others as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She is the Group Fitness Director at Cornerstone Fitness & Spa in Warrington and often fills in as a substitute instructor at the North Penn YMCA. In her spare time, you can find Heather cheering on her kids at their sporting events (soccer and swimming), reading and gardening.

Heather's goal in Dry Land is to provide well-rounded, effective workouts for the swimmers while educating them on how the exercises will help improve their swimming

 

 

 

Steven Pesini

Volunteer Coach

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Steve Pesini is a volunteer assistant coach for the Gators Swim Team.  You can also find Steve working as a Wellness Coach a few times a week at the North Penn YMCA.  When he is not working or volunteering at the Y, Steve is either working a full time job as a property management accountant, running his three kids around to various activities or working out at the gym, swimming, cycling or running with a long term goal of completing a half Ironman Triathlon. 

Steve is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. 

Christine Marsicano

Volunteer Coach

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Christine is a Penn State University graduate and works in the Special Education Department at Penndale Middle School.  She swam competitively for 2 years in high school.  Her involvement with the Gators started 3 years ago with her daughters.  Before the Gators, Christine was a gymnastics and trampoline coach.  She served as the Head Coach of the Trampoline and Tumbling team and was the PA Technical Chair for the Trampoline and Tumbling program.