DAVID KUTRUFIS        [email protected] 

Lead Coach:         Senior Group, Bethel Park Varsity Swimming & Diving

 

As a 1999 graduate of Bethel Park, nothing makes Coach Kutrufis more proud than to help train athletes to succeed in his hometown.  During his time at Bethel Park, Coach Kutrufis was a four-time W.P.I.A.L. Qualifier and one-time P.I.A.A. Qualifier. Coach Kutrufis started his coaching career in 2001 with Peters Township Swim Club.  He has been with Bethel Park Swimming since 2004 and has been the Head Coach since 2013.  Since his coaching career started, Coach Kutrufis has coached numerous Zone, Sectional, and Junior National qualifiers.  But his favorite part of coaching is watching his young athletes grow into not just great athletes, but great people. 

Coach Kutrufis is an ASCA Level 2 Coach and a member of the W.P.I.A.L. Swimming & Diving Steering Committee.  He has also sat on both the Allegheny Mountain Swimming Coaches and Technical Planning Committees.  He was selected as a Zone Team Assistant Coach in 2006 and 2009.  He was also selected as an Assistant Coach for the Allegheny Mountain Swimming Elite Training Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in 2011 and again in 2015 where the camp was held at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Outside of the pool, Coach Kutrufis teaches 4th Grade at George Washington Elementary School in the Bethel Park School District.  He enjoys reading, golfing, fishing, and having his heart broken by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  You can occasionally catch him working out at Bethel Park High School or running on the Montour Trail.

 

STEVE LARKIN        [email protected]

Lead Coach:         Strength & Conditioning

Assistant Coach:    Senior Group, Bethel Park Varsity Swimming & Diving

 

Coach Larkin joined the coaching staff at Bethel Park in 2019 to take over as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator.  Prior to joining Bethel Park, he owned and operated South Hills Aquatics and was the head coach for the West Mifflin Varsity Swimming program.  Under Coach Larkin, West Mifflin and SHAQ enjoyed great success with numerous Section Championships, Individual W.P.I.A.L. Champions, and P.I.A.A. State Medal winners.  Coach Larkin’s favorite part of coaching is helping to motivate athletes to achieve more than they thought they could.  

Outside of the pool, Coach Larkin enjoys working out, teaching spin classes at Cycletique, and mowing the lawn in his weighted vest.

 
 
 

SHANNON ZIMMERMAN [email protected]

Assistant Coach:         Senior, Platinum, Gold, Sharks, Bethel Park Varsity Swimming & Diving

 

Coach Shannon is a 2011 graduate of Bethel Park where she was a W.P.I.A.L. Championship Qualifier and member of the 2008 W.P.I.A.L. Championship Team.  She is a 2015 graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Health & Physical Education with a minor in Coaching.  In 2017, She earned her master’s degree in Health & Physical Education with a concentration in Community Health.  At I.U.P., Coach Shannon was a member of the Club Swim Team and served as the team Vice President.  Coach Shannon’s favorite part of coaching is helping athletes realize their full potential not only in swimming but in life. 

Outside of the pool, Coach Shannon teaches at I.U.P. as well as supervises Health and Physical Education student teachers in the Pittsburgh area.  She also enjoys running, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and being outdoors.

 

 

KATHY STROCK    [email protected]             

Lead Coach:         Platinum, Masters

Assistant Coach:    Senior, Gold, Sharks, Bethel Park Varsity Swimming & Diving 

 

Coach Kathy is a 1994 graduate of Bethel Park where she was a four-time WPIAL and PIAA qualifier.    She continued her swimming career for 3 years at the University of Pittsburgh before having to take her senior year off due to injury.   During that year she coached the Team Pittsburgh Aquatics age group team.  Following graduation from Pitt in 1998, Coach Kathy was hired to coach swimming at Bethel Park.   She has been coaching at BP ever since then, with the exception of a few years away to have her babies.  

Coach Kathy lives in Bethel Park with her husband Justin, and their three children, TJ, Hannah, and Nathaniel.  When she's not coaching, she likes to hang out with her family and friends doing lots of fun things (and watch reality tv but don't tell anyone that)!

 

 

 

ANNIE SEKULSKI        [email protected]     

Assistant Coach:     Senior, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Sharks, Bethel Park Varsity Swimming & Diving

 

Annie is a 2008 graduate of State College Area High School where she swam for their varsity swimming and diving team, Big Cat Aquatics, the Aqua Lions, and the Park Forest Bullfrogs.  After high school, Annie continued her education at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA where she played water polo and swam.  At Behrend, Annie became an 8-time school record holder, an All-American water polo player, and in her senior year was named Female Athlete of the Year.  Annie graduated in 2013 with a degree in psychology.  In college, Annie coached for Erie Aquatics Club and the Park Forest Bullfrogs. 

Following graduation, Annie continued her coaching career at Penn State Behrend where she assisted the head swimming and water polo coaches with all aspects of Division III athletics.  After leaving Erie PA, Annie coached at Upper Perkiomen YMCA outside of Philadelphia.  When she moved to Pittsburgh in the spring of 2016, Annie started working at Shaler Area Swim Club. She spent two years there before moving to the South Hills and joining Bethel Park.

Annie is excited to be a part of Bethel Park swimming.  Annie and her husband Andy live in Brookline with their daughter Edith.

 

 

EMILY EIBEN         [email protected]     

Lead Coach:         Gold

Assistant Coach:    Platinum, Sharks

 

We are excited to continue to have former BPR swimmer Emily Eiben on our staff!  Emily began her swimming career as an 8 and under with Coach Jane and continued her swimming career with almost all of the current BPR staff (Coach Kathy, Coach Kelly and Coach K).   Emily is a 7 time BPR record holder and a four-time W.P.I.A.L. and P.I.A.A. Qualifier in high school.  She was a member of numerous Sectional Teams and was invited to participate in the AMS Select Trip to Colorado in 2010.  After graduating from Bethel in 2011, Emily continued her swimming career at Division III powerhouse Denison where she achieved NCAA "B" cuts in the 200 fly all four years. 

She graduated in 2016 with Cum Laude Honors with a degree in Psychology and Economics.  She recently began working for UMPC in the Human Resources Department. 

When she's not working or coaching, Emily likes to work out, eat, cuddle with her dogs, and spend time with family and friends.   

"I am excited to coach in the sport that I love!"

 

 

JANE BRACKETT    [email protected]         

Lead Coach:         Silver, Bronze

 

Coach Jane was born in Hastings, England, and graduated from the City of Birmingham Polytechnic in 1980 with a degree in Foreign Language in Business.   She swam for St. Mary's School and the Baldslow Swim team from 1970-1975.  She moved to the United States in 1998 with her husband and two daughters as her husband's job transferred him to the States, initially for two years, but they are still here!

From 2000-2013 Coach Jane was the Lead Coach of the 8 & under team.   In 2013, after some group adjustments, she became the Lead Coach for the Bronze and Silver training groups, and is also the Aquatics Supervisor for Bethel Park Recreation, organizing the Learn to Swim Program. 

Coach Jane is also the proud mother of two daughters, Susi and Charlotte, both of whom represented Bethel Park at the W.P.I.A.L. and P.I.A.A. Championships, swam at college, and Charlotte qualified to swim at the British Olympic Trials in 2012. 

Coach Jane knows the positive impact swimming can have on a child from personal experience. It brings self-confidence, teammates who are friends for life, a healthy lifestyle, self-discipline, and it opens doors that you didn't even know were there.

 

 

MICHELLE BECKER    [email protected]     

Assistant Coach:     Silver, Bronze, Sharks

 

Coach Michelle started her swimming career at 6 years old with the Peters Township Swim Club.   She swam for Mercersburg Academy in high school where she was a member of the Eastern Champion Team, an All-American, and a National qualifier.   Coach Michelle continued her swimming at Allegheny College where she was a 12-time All-American, school record holder, and team captain.  She graduated from Allegheny with a B.S. in Psychology and Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She has previously coached at Valleybrook Country Club and Peters Township Swim Club.  

Coach Michelle is the proud mother of three daughters, Madison, Emma, and Kaitlyn.  When she is not coaching or at a meet, Coach Michelle loves to cook/bake, hang with family and friends, bike and run with her girls, walk with Bailey & Parker, the family dogs.  Her favorite escape hands down are the beaches in Sarasota Florida.  Coach Michelle is also a regular participant with the BP Masters Swim Team.  

Coach Michelle says, " I'm thrilled to be a part of the BPRST family!!! Swimming has always been such a big part of my life. It taught me discipline, hard work, team effort, dedication, determination, and heart. I love being able to give back and be a part of the swimming world by encouraging our swimmers to find the best in themselves. It is awesome to see the swimmers progress and even better to watch them accomplish their goals. So important to be a TEAM and have fun!" GO HAWKS:)

 

 
 

KELLY KUTRUFIS    [email protected] 

Social Media Director, Tryout Coordinator, Sharks Team Coordinator

 

Coach Kelly graduated from Moon High School in 1997 where she was part of four W.P.I.A.L. and two P.I.A.A.  Championship teams. She continued her swimming career as an All-American at Westminster College, graduating with her degree in Elementary Education in 2001.

Kelly has been with Bethel Park as an age group coach and high school coach since 2006.  Prior to that, she was an assistant high school and age group coach with Pine-Richland Aquatics.  She was an A.M.S. Zone Coach from 2002-2008, serving as the Head Coach in 2008.  Coach Kelly is currently a fourth-grade teacher at Myrtle Avenue Elementary in the Keystone Oaks School District.

When not at the pool Kelly enjoys running, reading, coloring, traveling to Seneca Falls, NY, and Bradenton, FL.  Coach Kelly's favorite thing about coaching is being able to see athletes finally achieve their goals after a long year of hard work and training.

 

 

MARIA FRIEDMAN    

Lead Coach:        Yoga Instruction

 

Coach Maria joined Bethel Park Recreation Swim Team’s coaching staff in 2016 as our Yoga Instructor.  She loves working with the athletes to help them work to achieve success outside of their believed capabilities.  Being a former swimmer at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School, Coach Maria understands the importance of Yoga within a swimmer's training program and works to help put them in the best position both physically and mentally to succeed.  

Outside of the pool, Coach Maria enjoys the outdoors as well as biking.  She lives in Bethel Park with her husband and two children and works as the Director of Technology Enablement for Vahalla Tickets.