Head Coach Ken
Family: My wife is Beth and our two kids are Josh and Keri. We have three grandsons, Landon, Calvin, and Charlie. My kids both swam with EAC and two of my grandsons currently swim for EAC.
Swimming career: I swam at Macomb Senior High School and the Macomb YMCA in Macomb, IL. Also swam at Illinois State.
Favorite Stroke: My main stroke was backstroke and the sprint freestyle events.
Other hobbies and activities: I enjoy spending time with my wife traveling. I also enjoy spending time with my grandsons and going to their events. I like to golf and spend time working on my yard.
Favorite vacation spot: The Pacific Northwest, Sedona AZ, and the Outer Banks of NC are among my favorite spots.
Years coaching swimming: I've been coaching with EAC for 24 years.
Favorite thing about coaching swimming: My favorite thing about coaching is seeing swimmers accomplish their goals and doing something they have never done before or didn't think they could do.
Advice for EAC swimmers: Never sell yourself short. Don't limit yourself by thinking you can't do something because you think it is hard. You can achieve anything you put your mind to.
Family: My wife Kelly and I have three beautiful girls, one dog, and two outside cats.
Swimming career: I swam for EAC, Willowood, EAHS, and LVC.
Favorite Stroke: Butterfly! In college I really enjoyed the distance strokes, including the dreaded 200 fly and 400 IM.
Other hobbies and activities: I still love finding ways to compete, mostly through running or swimming (open water) but I also help coach and play softball in a few local leagues. With my family, I enjoy time away at the mountains or beach. I also enjoy going to the mountains to hunt.
Favorite vacation spot: We find ourselves going to OCMD every year.
Years coaching swimming: I have been coaching for over 15 years. I began coaching during the summer in college. I coached for Willowood and Annville-Cleona. I began coaching EAC in 2008 with some time off when our first daughter was born.
Favorite thing about coaching swimming: One of the best parts about coaching is the relationships you develop with others. There are a lot of great coaches, parents, and swimmers in the sport who keep me motivated to help all succeed.
Advice for EAC swimmers: Have fun. You will always perform your best when you’re having fun. Also, remember that getting better at the sport goes beyond your time in the water.
Family: Stephanie is my wife and we have two daughters Derian and Mackenzie. We have a dog named Mia.
Swimming career: I swam for Elizabethtown Area High School and Juniata College
Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke
Other hobbies and activities: I enjoy skiing, camping, golfing, movies, cooking, and spending time with my family.
Favorite vacation spot: Ontario, Canada
Years coaching swimming: With EAC, four years (I think!)
Favorite thing about coaching swimming: Besides seeing the kids improve as swimmers, I love the relationships that are built through swimming.
Advice for EAC swimmers: Know your times. Set goals. Work hard. Get to know your teammates and coaches. Have fun!
Family: Jacqui is my wife and we have two children Renée and Blake.
Swimming career: Elizabethtown High School, EAC, and Willowood
Favorite Stroke: IM
Other hobbies and activities: I enjoy skiing, camping, and traveling out west.
Favorite vacation spot: Big Sky, Montana
Years coaching swimming: I am beginning my 3rd year of coaching.
Favorite thing about coaching swimming: My favorite thing about coaching is helping kids achieve their goals and focusing on technique.
Advice for EAC swimmers: Work hard, but also have fun! You get out of it what you put in it.
Family: My fiance's name is Sean and we have 2 cats.
Swimming career: I swam at Conestoga Valley HS and California University of PA. I swam for multiple teams including Lancaster YMCA and 5 Star.
Favorite Stroke: I love butterfly!
Other hobbies and activities: I love camping, hiking, singing, reading, and white water rafting.
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere tropical or deep in the woods.
Years coaching swimming: I swam for 16 years and coached on and off during my swimming career since I was in high school. I taught swimming lessons for young children, individual sessions, coached for summer teams, and coached for my college team for one year.
Favorite thing about coaching swimming: I love helping others reach their goals. I love seeing someone accomplish something new that they are learning. I am lucky to be able to teach others what I learned while being a coach and a swimmer.
Advice for EAC swimmers: It's not about winning or losing. It's not about "but they're faster than me". It's about knowing that YOU gave your BEST at every practice. Swimming is for those who may not always succeed, but choose to get back in the water and try it again and again.
Family: My parents are Christopher and Debbie Priester and I am the middle sibling of five.
Swimming career: I swam at Clearfield Area Jr/Sr High. I was the team manager of the York College of PA swim team for three years and was captain and swam my senior year.
Favorite Stroke: My favorite stroke is breastroke.
Other hobbies and activities: I enjoy tinkering with electronics, weightlifting, and swimming
Favorite vacation spot: My favorite vacation spot is in the mountains or visiting state parks.
Years coaching swimming: I have been coaching for four years at club and college level.
Favorite thing about coaching swimming: My favorite thing about coaching is learning about each and every swimmer and helping them reach their goals.
Advice for EAC swimmers: Give 100% of yourself at every opportunity and you'll surpass your own expectations.