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Killer Whales Coaching Staff

KW Head Coach - Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor - Head Coach

danswim@comcast.net

Dan began coaching with the Woodland Hills Aquatic Team in 1990 as an assistant coach and held this position for 5 seasons before becoming the Head Coach of the Franklin Area Swim Team in Murrysville. In the three years as Head Coach of FAST, the team grew to over 180 swimmers. In 1998, Dan founded the Greater Pittsburgh Aquatic Club. During his 8 years at GPAC, Dan coached swimmers to over 40 Top 16 reportable times and had 20 swimmers ranked in the Top 16 in the nation, including two #1 rankings. Dan has coached numerous swimmers to Sectional, Junior National, Senior National, and Olympic Trial qualifying times. Dan has been the Head Coach for the Allegheny Mountain Eastern Zone Team three times. In 1998, Dan was awarded the Allegheny Mountain Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. In 2007 Dan became the lead age group coach with the Killer Whales and helped the program emerge to one of the top age group swimming programs in the Pittsburgh area. In 2014 Dan was named Head Coach of the Fox Chapel Killer Whales. Dan is a graduate of both the University of Pittsburgh and Gannon University. He has a B.A. in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to coaching, Dan is a teacher in the Franklin Regional School District, a position he has held for 26 years. Dan resides in Plum Borough with his wife Susan and daughters Devan and McKaley.

When did you start with Killer Whales? I was hired in August of 2006

What is your coaching background? I began volunteering as a club coach when I was a senior in high school. Beginning in the fall of 1990, I was hired as an assistant coach with the Woodland Hills Aquatic Team. In the summer of 1995, I was hired as the head coach for the Franklin Area Swim Team (FAST). In the summer of 1998, I started the Greater Pittsburgh Aquatic Club (GPAC). Over the past 27 years I have had the good fortune working with kids of all ages and helping them achieve their goals. Some of the swimmers I have coached have been age group champions, zone champions, sectional champions, WPIAL champions, Pennsylvania state champions, USA Swimming Top 100 ranked, junior national qualifiers, senior national qualifiers, and most recently an Olympic Trials qualifier.

What is your swimming background? I began swimming when I was 5 years old at my summer club. I was a club swimmer through High School, swimming for the Churchill Area Swim Club (which is now the Woodland Hills Aquatic Club).

What do you enjoy about coaching? What I enjoy about coaching is watching swimmers achieve a goal that they have been working toward.

What one tip can you give universally to your swimmers? The best tip I can give swimmers is to try and have a positive mental attitude as much of the time in your life as possible. Quite often your attitude dictates your performance both in practice and in a meet.

KW Coach - Cindy Woods

Cindy Woods - Assistant Coach

swimcoachcindy@gmail.com

When did you start with Killer Whales? October of 2012

What is your coaching background? I have coached for 23 years, producing top performing athletes at every level; zones swimmers, sectional qualifiers, WPIAL and PIAA champions and record holders, junior national qualifiers and an Olympic trials qualifier

What is your swimming background? I swam competitively for 11 years, through high school and college. In college, I was a four-year academic all American and 2-year captain and MVP.

What do you enjoy about coaching? I love impacting young athletes. It means the world to me to have adults come back to say what an influence I have had on their lives.

What one tip can you give universally to your swimmers? The moment right before you want to quit is where every single improvement is made.

KW Coach - Andrew Kraus

Andrew Kraus - Assistant Coach

krausandrew77@gmail.com

When did you start with Killer Whales? August 2011

What is your swimming background? I was an Assistant for DLAC during High School, I coached one summer for the Richland Swim Club Summer team before making my Transition to Hampton Dolphins for 3 years. I am also an Assistant coach for Shaler Area Varsity Swim team. I Swam from 6th grade through High school. Currently, I am also Swimming/Coaching masters for FFH.

What do you enjoy about coaching? Making Kids work hard to accomplish their goals. Seeing Kids get excited for lowering their time or qualifying for a big meet is the best feeling I get as a coach.

What is one tip can you give universally to your swimmers? Trust your Training, Have fun and stick with it when things get tough. Your hard work WILL pay off!!

KW Coach - Katie Stack

Katie McCue Stack - Assistant Coach

catherine.stack24@gmail.com

When did you start with Killer Whales? Fall of 2012

What is your coaching background? I started coaching when I was 15 with swim lessons. Then moved on to coach the 8 and under team and finally the entire 8-18 Sylvan swim team until I was 22. After college, I was the assistant coach for Allegheny Valley YMCA swim team for about 4 years. During that time, I was also the assistant and head coach for the Highlands Varsity swim team.

What is your swimming background? I started swimming for my local summer league at the age of 4 (those are awesome pictures!) and swam competitively until I completed high school.

What do you enjoy about coaching? I love seeing the sense of accomplishment when a swimmer completed a task he/she has never done before.

What is one tip can you give universally to your swimmers? Enjoy the little moments each swimming day offers. One day you will realize swimming presents the best challenges, friends, and memories sports can offer.

KW Coach - Sheryl Schrecongost

Sheryl Schrecongost - Assistant Coach

schrec13@zoominternet.net

When did you start with Killer Whales? September 2018

What is your coaching background? I got started coaching as a YMCA Official in 2011 because of my children’s involvement in the sport. After a few years of officiating, I decided to get my credentials and move on to an assistant coaching position at the AVYMCA and SPY where I remained for 3 years. During this time I had also become head coach of a summer swim team called Sylvan, where I continue to coach yearly. After leaving the YMCA swimming league in 2015, I met up with CSC where I was an assistant coach for 1 season. The past 2 years I have also assisted in coaching the Freeport High School Swim Team where we have qualified for WPIALS and States each of those years. I also have most recently been an assistant Eastern Zones coach to the AMS Zone team.

What is your swimming background? I swam in High School during my Sophomore and Junior years. I gave up swimming because I was a tri-athlete competing in competitive cheer and softball up until my senior year. I realized that I could not handle all 3 sports but tried my very best.

What do you enjoy about coaching? There are numerous things I enjoy about coaching. When working with younger swimmers especially, I absolutely love watching their face light up when they accomplish something that they have been working on so hard and so long – and they did it!!

What is one tip can you give universally to your swimmers? Nothing comes easy, you have to work for it and want it!

KW Coach - Hailey Farrell

Hailey Farrell - Assistant Coach

hailey31293@yahoo.com

When did you start with Killer Whales? Coaching – in November 2018. But I am a Killer Whale alumni! I began swimming for the Killer Whales when I was 6 years old.

What is your coaching background? In high school and college I was a lifeguard at Community Swim Club and at Boyce Park Wavepool and taught swim lessons to all different age groups and skill levels. This is my first time actually coaching a swim team, but I started swimming when I was 4 years old so I’ve had plenty of great coaches to look up to over the year.

What is your swimming background? I began swimming “competitively” on Community Swim Club when I was 4. After that, I bounced around to a few club teams starting with the Hampton Dolphins, then the Killer Whales, then the Jewish Community Sailfish. When I started high school at Fox Chapel I came back to Killer Whales (with Coach Dan!) before I transferred to Oakland Catholic and went back with the Sailfish. I then went on to swim all four years of college at the University of Delaware.

What do you enjoy about coaching? I love the idea of being able to inspire and help swimmers to achieve a goal they thought was out of reach. Some of my best coaches knew that I was going to reach a goal way before I even believed in myself.

What is one tip can you give universally to your swimmers? Don’t forget to have fun! The workouts can be grueling and the early morning practices can seem realllyyy early but remember the reasons you started swimming in the first place and don’t forget to have fun!

KW Coach - Ryan O'Toole

Ryan K O'Toole - Assistant Coach

otoole10@hotmail.com

When did you start with Killer Whales? September 2019

What is your coaching background? This is my eighth year coaching swimming. I previously spent three years with the Valley Points Family YMCA, three years with the Cavalier Swim Club, and one year with the Burrell High School swim team. I have coached swimmers of all levels ranging from learn-to-swim, up through and including WPIAL qualifiers, YMCA district and state champions, YMCA national qualifiers, AMS Junior Olympic Champions, Zones qualifiers, Sectional qualifiers, and Futures Championship qualifiers.

What is your swimming background? It started when I was two years old and I was dropped into the old, non-heated AVY swimming pool in Tarentum in mid-January for swim lessons (that was fun!) I swam a little when I was young but swimming was not my primary sport. I focused on other sports as I got older and wound up playing volleyball through high school and in college. I got involved with swimming again when my children began to swim.

What do you enjoy about coaching? I enjoy interacting with athletes of various backgrounds and abilities and working with them to set and achieve goals. There is nothing like seeing the smile on their face when they learn something new or accomplish a goal they set for themselves.

What is one tip can you give universally to your swimmers? Stay positive, work hard, and have fun. Swimming is as much about the journey as it is about reaching your destination!

KW Coach - Lindsay Martin Wood

Lindsay Martin Wood - Assistant Coach

cosmicllama@gmail.com

When did you start with Killer Whales? September 2019 (though I've been training with the Flying Fish Heads -- KW's masters swimming program -- for the past few years).

What is your coaching background? Despite teaching many children to swim and occasionally coaching my fellow FFH and Pitt masters swimmers, this would be my first foray into the world of coaching. I am presently coaching our D1 swimmers.

What is your swimming background? Water is the antidote to my fire, so I've always been inclined toward swimming. My dad was an ASCA level 3 swim coach, and I've been blessed with moral and technical support from the start. I was a high level competitive swimmer from age 5 through high school but paused to pursue other endeavors in college. I resumed swimming when I came to Pittsburgh for graduate school and currently train/compete with the FFH. I am a nationally (USMS) and internationally (FINA) top-ranked backstroker.

What do you enjoy about coaching? I love helping others -- in any capacity. This is a remarkable opportunity for me to be for others who I needed when I was a young swimmer. So much of becoming a good swimmer has to do with our mindset, so cultivating a good attitude is imperative. Seeing that translate from the pool and into daily life is beyond satisfying!

What is one tip can you give universally to your swimmers?BE KIND. Always. And streamline

KW Coach - Matt Mauclair

Matt Mauclair - Assistant Coach

matt.mauclair@yahoo.com

When did you start with Killer Whales? October 2016

What groups do you coach for KW? I coach the Flying Fish Heads Master's Team Fox Chapel - this team is made up of wonderful, eccentric, compassionate, unique, fabulous, sometimes confused, immensely intelligent, sometimes very opinionated group of local adult swimmers.

What is your coaching background? After 20 years training and racing at a high level/professional in the sport of triathlon - swim, bike and run - and crossing all the finish lines - short course triathlon to Ironman distance racing - I set goals for, I decided to start my own coaching business "Trust The Plan Coaching" to guide others to their goal start and finish line(s).

What is your swimming background? Until I learned that triathlon included swimming, I had a mean doggie paddle stroke:) With my interest in multisport, I took a beginner swim class at a local YMCA back in 2003, joined the Master's Swim Program at Pitt with Jenn Michaels and a year later and studied technique and form throughout the years from some of the best coaches and athletes in the country.

What do you enjoy about coaching? It's the journey I love to talk with kids about. So much young people are hurried to make grown-up decisions about where to take their life at this age. I talk with them about enjoying the journey, i.e., the training sessions with your peers that challenge and build character the most ... those are the times you'll remember the most.

What is one tip can you give universally to your swimmers? What I try to speak into the swimmers' minds the most is to stay in the moment. Each day they see a 5k workout written out and the moans and groans sweep across the pool deck. Instead of looking at the 20 x 100 on 1:10 min. or the 15 x 200 desc. by groups of three ... OR ... the 1200 IM at the end of practice, concentrate on getting through the warm-up then focus on the next set and the next ... stay in the moment so your best effort can be maximized for that set.

 

Killer Whales Board of Directors

Scott Resek - President

Kathy Dantey - Vice President

Shannon Smith - Treasurer

Heather Wygonik - Secretary

Heather Kennedy - Financial Manager

Dan Taylor

Amanda Kovach

JR Ambrose 

Shankar Ramen

Margaret Haas

Lisabeth Culbertson Ernharth

 

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