Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Kathy Bernardi Head Coach

Coach Kathy has been a part of the Marlins for a long time - she swam for the Marlins when she was a kid! Now, Kathy is a high school English teacher and has been the head coach for the Marlins for three years. 

Kathy first began coaching in 2004 when she became the varsity coach for Churchland High School swim team. Under her 3 year stint as head coach, the Churchland Truckers had their most successful seasons in school history. After leaving Virginia, Kathy continued her coaching as an assistant coach in Indianapolis with the Pike Red Devils club team and as the varsity girls' head coach at Arsenal Technical High School. After a few years away from the deck, she returned as an assistant coach and then as head coach for the Marlins. Kathy has recently achieved ASCA Level 2 coaching certification.

Kathy's three kids all swim competitively - including her youngest, Morgan, who is currently in the National Group with the Marlins. Kathy is excited to continue to build the Monroeville Marlins swim team and hopes that all swimmers develop a love of the sport, a foundation of skills, and friendships that last for years.  

Marisa Stover Assistant Coach

Marisa is a recent graduate from the University of Mount Union and has returned to the Pittsburgh area working full time for PNC Bank as a Technology Development Program Associate. Her swimming career started in 2008 on the Bouquet Barracudas in Springdale. She then swam year round for Valley Points Family YMCA and moved to the Deer Lakes Aquatics Club during her high school year. In addition to club swimming she also swam on the Springdale High School Swim Team and was a WPIAL qualifier during those years. During her 10 years of swimming experience, she also volunteered as a swim instructor working with younger kids. Marisa is excited for the start of the season and is looking forward to working with all of the kids!

Alex Caprara Assistant Coach

Alex Caprara is entering his fourth year of coaching with the Marlins. Alex swam for 15 years, starting at the age of 5, for teams around the Pittsburgh area including FAST, JCC Sailfish, and the Gateway Gators. He graduated from Denison University in 2018, where he swam for one year before retiring. He currently works at Carnegie Mellon as an administrator. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, playing the guitar, and taking pictures of his pet cat (she can be found on Instagram @icy_from_theburgh).

Brian Susko Assistant Coach

My name is Brian Susko and I coach the Developmental Swim Group (Bronze and Silver).  I live with my wife Theresa and my two daughters, Caitlin (9) and Cara (6), both Monroeville Marlins' swimmers.  I graduated from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School and received my degree in Computer Science from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA where I played college baseball.  I have been in the Software Engineering field for my entire career and am currently the Director of Engineering at UPMC Enterprises, a software innovation wing of UPMC. I proudly serve on the board of the Never Retreat Foundation, which is a non-profit focused on raising money for the care and support of patients and families battling cancer.  I also coach Monroeville youth soccer.  I was never a competitive swimmer, but know the sport very well and am a certified AMS Official which allows me to focus on the details of each stroke while teaching.  I really enjoy working with the younger swimmers to teach the basics and make sure they are having fun while doing it. 

Jessica Stroh Assistant Coach

Jessica is a sophomore at Slippery Rock University where she is studying business. She was a four-year member of the Gateway High School swim team where she was a WPIAL and PIAA State Qualifier. Aside from high school swimming, she also swam for Monroeville Marlins, Garden City Swim Club,

Aaron Gibson Dryland Coach

Aaron Gibson has dedicated the bulk of his professional career to serving the community – under-resourced communities to be exact. As District Executive Director of the Greater Pittsburgh YMCA, his primary responsibilities include fund development and expansion of services, board development, and community collaboration within the service areas of the Greater Pittsburgh YMCA. He is also known for his Spin Classes throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Aaron is very passionate about helping others. In the past three years, he has made a commitment to the Marlins Swim Team to facilitate all dryland exercises. His unique coaching style has enabled our swimmers to perform at a competitive level. He is best known for keeping our swimmers focused, motivated and competitive. He encourages our swimmers to do their best and feel good about their results.

Frank Pekarek Assistant Coach

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Jeff Kovacs Assistant Coach

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Michael Farren Assistant Coach

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