Swim and Dive Coaches

Rich Deley

(Head Coach)

Coach Rich returns for his third year with PENN Aquatics. Rich has taught swim lessons for over 10 years and is lifeguard and water safety instructor certified. He coached at Oxford Valley pool for 3 years and was manager at Oxford Valley pool for 4 years. He is an alumni of Pennsbury High School and Penn Aquatics. He was a district qualifier in all four strokes and also went to states.  He was a national qualifier in the 200 free, 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM. He holds several records between high school and club swimming and was All American in all four strokes.

Rich attended Shippensburg University, Bucks County Community College, and West Chester University where he majored in Physical Education and minored in health, nutrition, and coaching. He is currently Production Manager at Pennfab.

Rich would like to grow the sport of swimming by teaching proper stroke and technique while still allowing kids to have fun! When not at work or at the pool, Rich enjoys driving, working on, and building jeeps.


Alix Canciello
(Head Dive Coach)

Coach Alix was born and raised in New Jersey, where she started diving at age 10.  Although she has won national and international titles, she was not a naturally talented diver.  Her story shows that anyone can dive!  After starting the Notre Dame High School dive team with a friend, she was involved in a freak accident (a set of lockers crushed her body), which put her diving career on hold for some time.  Even though she couldn’t dive, she relearned how to swim with one arm, and ended up competing for Lebanon Valley College’s swim team for four years.  At LVC, she obtained degrees in Spanish Education and Special E16ducation, which she uses to be a more effective coach.  Coach Alix is also a substitute teacher and Spanish tutor, so she often praises her divers en español.

She brings over a decade of coaching experience, having coached youth ages 4-18 in swimming and diving throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  Alix is certified in Concussion Awareness, Child Safety, and as a Double-Goal Coach through the AAU Positive Coaching Alliance.  In addition to working as the dive coach for the PENN Aquatics team, Coach Alix has worked for South Texas United Diving Academy, as a supervisor for Aqua-Bats, a learn-to-dive program in San Antonio, and as a dive coach for East Coast Masters Diving.  She also teaches swim lessons, and created the Kinetic Kids dive team, which is a program for kids with (dis)abilities in the San Antonio area.  She is extremely proud of that program!

Outside of the pool, Alix enjoys photography, playing with dogs, watching HGTV, and eating breakfast tacos (it’s a Texas thing).


Bruce Townsend

Bruce Townsend begins his fifth year working with PENN Aquatics swimmers and has coached with SPIRIT for many years. Coach Bruce has over 30 years coaching experience and has achieved level 3 certification from ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) and has served six times as a coach for the Middle Atlantic Zone all star squad, serving as head coach in spring 1997. He was named Middle Atlantic Coach of the year in 2001. As a SPIRIT coach, Bruce has continued to qualify numerous swimmers for sectional and national championship meets including one athlete who qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials. During the course of Bruce's age group coaching tenure, over 30 athletes from Spirit Swimming have been selected to the Middle Atlantic All Star Zone team.


Bruce is a graduate of Duke University (B.A.) and Temple University (M.A.) and lives with his wife, Nancy, in Bristol. Daughters Susan and Tracey both swam at Spirit through their high school careers. Susan graduated from the University of Miami and Tracey is currently attending American University.


As a competitive swimmer, Bruce was a senior national qualifier in Breaststroke and participated in both AAU and NCAA competitions. Bruce has also participated off and on in US Masters Swimming.


Alison Daks

Alison begins her 5th year coaching for Penn. Prior to that she coached at George School for 8 years and Spirit Swimming for 2 years. Alison’s coaching career began in NJ, her home state. Alison coached her local summer swim team for 6 years as well as spending 2 years coaching her high school alma mater, Hightstown High School before starting graduate school. As a young swimmer, Alison swam breaststroke, however college swimming brought her into the world of all things freestyle, competing in everything from the 50 – 1650. She has a BA in Sociology from Hartwick College and an MSW from Rutgers.


Sue Schmelz


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Dave Schmidt

Coach Dave has coached with PENN Aquatics since 1994. A USA Swimming certified coach, His various roles with PENN include Lead 8-under Coach where he launched our first USA-Minis and over the years led them to several top 10 rankings at Middle Atlantic's Mini-Champs. He has also been assistant and head boys coach for Suburban Aquatic League (SAL) events. Dave succeeded Bob Magg as head coach in 2003 and served in that position until 2009. Under Dave the team had consistently strong showings in SAL competition and grew from 185 swimmers and divers to over 230 while USA Swimming participation doubled to over 40 swimmers. The swimmers also averaged over 25 new Team records per year during Dave's tenure. Since then, Dave has served as head coach emeritus and this past season his efforts were concentrated on providing intensive start, turn and stroke technique instruction our swimmers. Prior to PENN, Dave was head coach of the Willows Swim Club in South Brunswick , NJ from 1972-1973, and led that team to its first winning season ever. His swimmer career began at age 9 and by the end of that season was the holder of two NY Metropolitan records. From then until HS graduation Dave swam with the Willows SC and Princeton Y, where his last coach was Jeff Lowe. He had four top 12 finishes at the NJ State HS Championship Meet in the 100 Free and 200 IM during his Junior and Senior years. Dave is a 1975 graduate of The University of Michigan where he swam for Swimming Hall of Fame coach Gus Stager, who was also a former USA Olympic Coach.


For his day job, Dave is a management consultant and author specializing in receivables processes and technology, and recently launched a new venture involving the utilization of small business and banking data for business intelligence applications.

Greg Doyle


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Brian Deley begins his first year coaching at PENN Aquatics. Swimming competitively since the age of 7, Brian graduated from Pennsbury High school as one of the boys team captains and also competed summer league at Oxford Valley until 2015. Brian has held relay records for Oxford Valley and unofficial relays in High School. Preferring Breaststroke, Brian continued to develop in swimming and endurance. Also having experience working as a swim instructor for the past 5 years and as a lifeguard instructor, Brian is Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR, and AED Instructor certified.


Brian goes to school at Bucks County Community College studying Physical Education. He is Student Vice President,  President of a club honors organization, and started an aquatics training group at BCCC. He hopes to transfer to West Chester.

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(Junior Coach)

Nathan has been swimming competitively since he was 5 years old, and is a swimmer for Penn Aquatics as well as the Council Rock HS swim team. During summer, he was an assistant coach for the Middletown Mavericks swim team for one year, and has been the assistant coach for the Spring Mill Marlins for the past 3 years. Nathan specializes in the 100 and 200 butterfly, but also swims the 100 breast and the 200 free. Nathan enjoys working with the younger swimmers, helping them with their technique, and teaching them to love the sport of swimming.


Travis Venables

(Summer Coach)

Travis joins the Penn coaching staff while he is home for the summer. He is a former Penn swimmer and now swims for Ursinus College. He excels in sprint events such as the 50 and 100 freestyle and also swims the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle. Travis also has coaching experience at LMT and Oxford Valley swim teams.

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Dan Lawton

(Summer Coach)

Dan is a former Penn swimmer and is entering his senior year swimming for Rowan University. He specializes in backstroke and also swims sprint freestyle.