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2016-2017 Season


Head Swim Coach:  Judy Hemmerle

Coach Judy started her swimming career with the Nor-Gwyn Crabs back in 1966. As she progressed she swam for Germantown Academy, North Penn Aquatic Club, North Penn High School and East Stroudsburg State College. Coach Judy's coaching career started at Nor-Gwyn where she coached for ten summers. After graduating from college she coached at Hartwick College for four years. She then moved on to coach the Harleysville Stingrays where she has been forthwith past twenty-three years. This is Coach Judy's fourth year as head coach of the Souderton Seahawks, returning after being the head coach from 1990-2000.


Boys Head Swim Coach:  Tracey Hemmerle

Coach Tracey is a Souderton Area graduate and began her swimming career with the Harleysville Stingrays and SACAC.  Her accomplishments include three-time Pennsylvania state runner-up, US Nationals, Olympic Trials and NCAA qualifier.  Coach Tracey finished her competitive swimming career at the University of Texas, but still swims Masters for fun.  Her experience swimming in the Bucks-Mont Summer League and SAL are very special to her and is reason why she coaches today.  Coach Tracey loves working with the very beginners all the way through to the high school swimmers.   Only in swimming do 6-year-olds get to be on a team with 18-year-olds.


Girls Head Swim Coach: Lou Williams

Coach Lou is a father of two who has resided with his wife Lauren in the Souderton borough for seven years. He hails from Harrisburg, PA and is a product of Central Dauphin East High School and Bloomsburg University, where he was a four-year member and senior year captain of the Bloomsburg University men’s soccer team. The son of a collegiate-level swimmer; athletic endeavors and coaching were a part of Coach Lou’s life from a very early age. He was an active member of the West Shore YMCA swimming team where he was a multi-year YMCA National qualifier before focusing his attention on soccer late in his high school career. While attending Bloomsburg University he was a staff coach for the nationally recognized Bloomsburg Area YMCA swimming team (1998-2001), where he “rubbed elbows” with NCAA level swimmers and coaches before returning to YMCA Nationals as a coach in 2001. After moving to the Bucks/Montgomery County area in 2002, Coach Lou spent a number of years pursuing a career as a sports writer; working for both the Intelligencer in Doylestown as well as Montgomery Newspapers in Fort Washington. Most recently, Coach Lou has made a commitment to coaching, an activity which he finds fulfilling and allows him to play a more active role in the lives of his two young children. He spent a year as the Youth Sports Director and three seasons as the head swimming coach at the Ambler Area YMCA before taking over head coaching responsisbilities for the Souderton Dolphins and assitant coaching duties for both SACAC and the Souderton Area High School swimming and diving teams in 2015. Coach Lou is also a competition-level CrossFit athlete and CF-L1 trainer at CrossFit Apex in Souderton.


Head Dive Coach:  Megan Herbert

Coach Megan started diving at the age of seven with the Pennridge Gators and continued up until she graduated from college. She was a member of the Pennridge High School Swimming and Diving team all four years and the Ithaca College Swimming and Diving team for three years competing on both 1- and 3-meter boards. Megan's coaching experience began during high school where she was an assistant coach for the Gators and then Head Coach in 2007, 2010, and 2011. She has worked with divers of all age groups and skill levels from beginners to state qualifiers. After college, Megan took a step back from the diving community to attend graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh for Social Work and has been working as a Substance Abuse Therapist for the last two years. After being away for the last three years, Megan and her husband have moved back into the area and she is eager to get back into the coaching field.


Assistant Swim Coach:  Patty Burns

Coach Patty began swimming at the age of six for the Skippack swim team and continued competing into high school at Perkiomen Valley. She then swam for four years at Bloomsburg University where she competed and placed in the top six at the NCAA championships in the 100 and 200 butterfly. After graduating, she taught 5th and 6th grade for seven years and then decided to stay home to raise her two daughters.  Since then, she returned to swimming by teaching lessons at the YMCA and assisting with coaching the summer and winter Souderton swim teams for the past 3 years.  This fall she will be inducted into the Bloomsburg Athletic Hall of Fame.


Assistant Swim Coach:  Bill Gavigan

Coach Bill began swimming at the age of five for the Brooktree Swim Club in East Windsor, NJ during the summers, and the Princeton YMCA during the winters.  He continued competing until earning a varsity letter his freshman year at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ. After moving to moving to Nazareth, PA, Coach Bill found there was no high school swim team, and was forced to hang up his goggles.  During college, he followed his passion for the sport by working as an assistant coach for the Easton Area Aquatic Club for two winter seasons, and one season as an assistant coach for the Lopatcong, NJ summer swim team.  After graduating from Millersville University, he began working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Pennsylvania State Police, and now the Gaming Control Board.  This will be Coach Bill’s


Assistant Swim Coach:  Melanie Radcliff

Coach Melanie started swimming on the swim team when she was eight. She always swam for Souderton in both summer and winter swimming. Butterfly and Backstroke were her best strokes and still are a favorite to swim. She decided to stop swimming in High School and she played Water Polo for a year. As well as swimming and polo, she played lacrosse, and soccer for school and travel teams. She played Lacrosse and Soccer until graduation. She now coaches swimming and lacrosse for the community all year.  Coach Melanie is currently a senior at Gwynedd-Mercy College and majoring in Elementary and Special Education and works as a nanny.


Assistant Swim Coach:  Rich Smith

Coach Rich grew up in Cranford, New Jersey.  He started age group swimming at age ten and swam for Cranford Aquatics Club, Cranford Swim Club and Cranford High School.  He attended Ursinus College where he competed for four years in NCAA Division III.  He was a USLA certified Open Water Lifeguard in NJ for 11 years, continuing to compete in lifeguard competitions while eventually becoming the Captain of the Normandy Beach Beach Patrol. 

Coach Rich’s coaching background includes two years as Head Boys Swimming Coach of Christiana High School in Delaware and six years of Soccer with the Harleysville Football Club.  He also assisted in last spring's stroke and turn clinic in Souderton.  Coach Rich continues to swim regularly, competing in open water swims and an occasional masters meet.  Rich is married with two children, one attending MCCC and one a senior at SAHS.


 Assistant Swim Coach: Amanda Goldcamp

Coach Amanda started swimming at age 5 to 18 for Harleysville swim team. Since Souderton High School didn't have a pool yet complete. I winter swam for North Penn YMCA,  then Perkiomen Valley for a few years. However, I was part of the original Seahawk team that was started in 1989-1990, so from 5th grade to high school I swam on the Seahawks. In high school I was part of team of Souderton Girls High School team that placed overall third in the state. I then swam for Elizabethtown College. My favorite event was the 1650(mile) and placed first at the 1650 MAC Championships where I helped the women's take the MAC Champions.  I started my coaching career at age 15 for the Harleysville swim team for around ten years. I did  help out coaching the Seahawks a few seasons as well at Souderton Boys High School team for one season.  I  then took a little break to  get married and have my three children; Morgan 7, Avery 6, and Henry 3. I have been also teaching 3rd grade at Quakertown Elementary for the past 16 years. I just recently started to help again coaching at Harleysville swim team for the last two years since my own children have started to swim.

*Additional coaching staff will be listed when confirmed