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Coaching Staff

Robert J. Rawa

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Bob Rawa is the Co-Head Coach for the Gators Swim Team.
Coach Bob Rawa has be involved with the North Penn Gators Swim Team for five years now( four of which in a coaching role).  This is his first year in a co-head coaching role.  Coach Bob has been a intricate part in building the Gators team with his dedication and enthusiasm.
  Coach Bob is a graduate of Upper Moreland high school where he got his first taste of coaching as a head pee-wee football coach.  Coach Bob has been  involved with numerous sports organizations over the past 20 years and has become a great coach as well as role model for young people.
   Coach Bob is the Lead Grinder at B&G Manufacturing in Hatfield,Pa.  Bob plans to continue helping to grow the Gators swim program through his passion and overall excitement in witnessing his swimmers achieving their goals.

Pat Pellegrino

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Pat Pellegrino is the Co-Head 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

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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.

Gabby Friday

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Hey Gators!  I am so excited to start my first year coaching a winter  team with the YMCA.  I have been coaching for four years, with  Nor-Gwyn Aquatic Club in the summer and North Penn Community  Water Polo program in the spring.  I began swimming with the YMCA  Gators at age 10, as well as with the Nor-Gwyn Crabs.  My freshman  year of high school I started swimming for North Penn High School.  That year was also when I began my journey into the sport of water  polo, which I grew to love just as much as swimming.  I swam until  senior year and played polo all four years of high school.  I continued to  play polo throughout all four years of college at Bloomsburg University.  As captain and president my last two years on the Co-Ed Club Water  Polo team, I was awarded Coach of the Year, First Team  All-Conference, and All-American Honorable Mention.  This past spring  was my first year coaching water polo with the NP Community Program  and I still enjoy teaching children how to swim.  I feel that water skills  are important and valuable skills everyone should acquire.  I have been  a member of the North Penn YMCA since I was born and have always  been in the water from Mommy/Daddy and Me classes, to swim lessons,  throughout swim team, and beyond!  I am so grateful to have this  opportunity to be back with this team and fantastic aquatic community.  I am very excited to start this season and thrilled to be working with  such an amazing staff and great group of swimmers! 

Jessica Mitchell

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Hello my name is Jessica Mitchell, I am a junior at North Penn High School and started swimming when I was 8 for the Hatfield Sharks. I was a gator for 5 years, 2012 to 2016 and I exceled at breast stroke. Last year I was a volunteer for the NPY Gators. I also have been working at Normandy Farms Estates part time since June 2017. I am so excited to help coach the NPY Gators this year. I hope that I can help you to have fun, swim faster and further your love for swimming.

Heather Wauls

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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