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Meet the Coaches

Crystal Keelan - Head Coach

Coach Crystal Keelan was a competitive swimmer from age 7 through college. Her coaching career began when working as an assistant summer coach for Northampton Swim Team from 2000-2004. Helping swimmers acquire a love for the sport while meeting their personal goals was the reason she immediately developed a passion for swimming beyond her own racing career.

After college, she began coaching at Lower Moreland Lightning (LMOR) as an assistant coach under Dawn Pachence from 2004-2007. This position continued each long course season through 2010. Crystal took over the LMOR-USA head coach position during the 2011 summer season when Coach Pachence was out on maternity leave. During her time at LMOR she coached and mentored Junior Olympic champions, Zone Team finalists, Super Sectional finalists & Junior/Senior National qualifiers.

In August 2007, Crystal was offered the Head Coach position at Council Rock (CRSC), and took over both the boys and girls SAL teams. During the course of Crystal’s 5 years as the CRSC Head Coach, the SAL team grew to over 230 swimmers. Council Rock’s individual & team accomplishments improved each year; during the 2011-12 season both the boys and girls teams swam undefeated to win the SAL Eastern Division for the first time in over 35 years. In 2007 the CRSC-USA team had 2 members; Crystal reignited the struggling USA program which grew to 50 members strong. Under her tutelage more than half of the CRSC-USA team qualified for Junior Olympics while a number of swimmers qualified for Eastern Zones, Speedo Sectionals and Super Sectionals.

Crystal accepted the position of Head Age Group coach at PCAC in the fall of 2012. That same spring she took over as overall Head Coach of PCAC and has continued in that role since. In her time at Penn Charter, she has coached her swimmers to qualify for numerous championship meets including national level meets including: Futures, Junior Nationals, Pro Series meets, Nationals and Olympic Trials. Team records in all age groups have gone down time and time again over the years as the culture of the team is to work above and beyond expectations. Crystal has also had the pleasure of coaching an extraordinary swimmer, Reece Whitley. When he was 11 years old, they began working together 1 on 1 during private lessons working on cleaning up his technique and execution. Reece qualified for his first summer junior nationals at age 13 and since then has competed at numerous Junior Nationals and Nationals. He qualified for Junior Worlds in Singapore – his first international meet - at age 15, and also competed at JR Pan Pacs in Hawaii, 2016 Olympic Trials, and JR Worlds in Indianapolis. Reece is also a US National Junior Team member, Sports Illustrated SportsKid of the Year 2015, Middle Atlantic athlete rep.

Cindy Spiecker - Assistant Coach

Coach Cindy Spiecker has been with Penn Charter Aquatic Club for three years. She has been the lead coach of the junior group and works with all other PCAC groups part-time.  Cindy has been working with swimmers for more than 15 years as a swim instructor and coach. She coached with Spirit Swimming for seven years where she served as lead age group and senior coach. During her time at Spirit she coached two “Top 10” USA age group swimmers, six winter MA Zone all-star swimmers, more than a dozen summer MA zone all-star swimmers, four sectional qualifiers and numerous Junior Olympic and Senior Champs qualifiers. Cindy received her undergraduate degree from Marist College, where she was captain of the Division I swim team in her senior season and a member of the Metro Athletic Conference all-academic team. She is a graduate of Mt. St. Joseph Academy, located in Flourtown.

Dan Fichter - Assistant Coach

Dan has been coaching at PCAC for the past 7 years. Dan is a USA Swimming Certified coach and holds a graduate degree in occupational therapy. He works as a pediatric occupational therapist during the week and coaches on the weekends. Dan enjoys coming up with creative practices, working with swimmers to develop their technique, and plank challenges. You can find him drinking coffee, exploring the city, or running.

Kate Chialastri - Assistant Coach

Kate Chialastri took to the sport of swimming at the ripe age of 2 when her parents were afraid of her sneaking away from her grandparent’s view and slipping into their pool undetected and has been training ever since. She started coaching summer club teams including Mermaid Swim Club, Flourtown Country Club and Germantown Cricket Club in high school continuing through college. She has been coaching with PCAC after finishing her college swimming career at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2010. Kate was a PCAC athlete for 6 years prior to joining the coaching staff. Kate has been active in masters swimming and was appointed head coach of the Philadelphia Fins masters team in 2018. Kate holds a B.S. in Mathematics (from UMBC) and an M.S. in Statistics from Temple University. When Kate is not at the pool she works as a statistician with Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical company Janssen working with the commercial Immunology team.

Jon Thielen - Assistant Coach

Jon grew up in Allentown, PA and swam for Parkland Aquatic Club and Parkland High School, where he competed at districts and states in the 200 and 500 freestyle. After high school, Jon attended the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the varsity swim team. Jon has been coaching since the age of 16, and was the head coach at Kaybrook Green Hills summer swim team and an assistant coach for Parkland Aquatic Club.

Jon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Maryland. He went on to law school, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Drexel University School of Law. Outside of coaching, Jon is an associate attorney at the law firm Company Counsel LLC. Jon is excited to be back coaching and looking forward to the opportunity to work with the swimmers at Penn Charter.

Kelly Fleagle - Assistant Coach

Swimming has always been a passion of mine. Growing up I swam for Ridley Area YMCA, Springfield Swim Club, and Cardinal O'Hara High School. After graduating from O'Hara in 2008, I decided to continue my swimming career at Rider University from 2009-2012. There, I swam the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 Butterfly. I have experience coaching swimmers of all ages and abilities and I am currently a High School English teacher at Olney Charter High School