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Coaches

Coaching Staff
Neil Jones Head Coach

Coach Jones was hired as Norwin Aqua Club's Head Coach in 2001. His dedication and commitment to the team has been much appreciated. During his time with the club, Coach Jones has coached novice swimmers in the Aqua Club's Learn-to-Swim program, swimmers who have gone on to swim in the Olympic trials, and everyone in between. Coach Jones' own swim career includes being a four time WPIAL Swimming Championships qualifier as a member of the McKeesport Area High School swim team. His strengths in freestyle sprint and backstroke events allowed him to continue swimming at Grove City College. He swam two years with their college team before retiring to focus on his academic pursuits.

Some of Coach Jones' career highlights include:

  • 1986-1988 - Life Support Coordinator at the Center for Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh
  • 1988-2008 - Director of Prehospital and Emergency Care Services at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • 2009-current - Professor at Community College of Allegheny County where he has taught various medical courses throughout his career
  • He is a nationally registered Paramedic and is licensed in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. He was a flight Paramedic with Stat MedEvac
  • He is an American Red Cross LifeGuard Instructor Trainer
  • He is certified by the American Heart Association and instructs Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support programs

Coach Jones began his coaching career in 1983 as an Assistant Coach at McKeesport Area High School. He was the team's Head Coach from 1984-2000.  He was also the Head Coach of the McKeesport Area Swim Team from 1983-1988. He has been a USA Swimming Certified Coach since 2001, and he coaches our current NAC swimmers in their Allegheny Mountain Swimming division. Coach Jones enjoys the sport of swimming, but more importantly the excitement of the swimmers. Whether it be the upper level swimmer qualifying for a Zones, Sectional or Futures meet, a swimmer achieving a new time standard or the brand new swimmer competing in their first meet. The smile of accomplishment on that swimmer's face is what has driven Coach Jones throughout his coaching career. Coach Jones doesn't expect perfection from the swimmers he has coached, but does expect them to give their best effort at every conditioning session, practice, and swim meet. He believes success is not measured solely by the number of 1st place ribbons or medals, wins vs. losses, or championships won, but by the life lessons learned each and every day on that road to those successes. 

Ryan DeLong Coach

Coach Ryan DeLong, better known to NAC swimmers as Coach D,  was a swimmer in High School in Titusville, PA. There he as used as a "utility swimmer", where the coaches would have him swim whatever stroke and event that was needed. This helped him to become a well-rounded swimmer. He then attended and graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he studied Education/Phys Ed with additional studies in fitness, nutrition, and sports injury. His interest in working with and mentoring youth was apparent as, over the college summers, he worked as a Camp Counselor at Camp Freedom, a camp that is part of the Laurel Highlands Concil of Scouts BSA (formerly known as Boy Scouts of America). He has always wanted to go into coaching. Once graduated, he wanted to move to Southwestern PA and saw an ad for assistant coach at Norwin Aqua Club. He applied and was hired in 2012. He worked with NAC through 2018 and was then hired by Penn Trafford Aqua Club as an assistant coach. Coach D briefly stepped away from coaching swimming to realize his dream of owning a gym of his own, which is in Level Green. NAC is happy to have him back as an Assistant Coach. In the past he has coached both Chestnut Ridge League and AMS meets.

When asked about his coaching style and philosophy Coach D had this to say: 

       I like to think that I try to see the potential in each kid and help them find the passion to build on that potential. I encourage kids to take ownership over their development and help them understand the fundamentals of what I coach. In everything I do, I want my swimmers to understand the purpose and meaning, not just do what they are told because "Coach said to". I encourage the "why" questions. I try to always make sure that I am helping athletes develop not just to be better athletes but better people. So I teach them the value of hard work. I teach them that setbacks don't mean success is unachievable. I want them to always understand that things happen for those who work for it. In actual instruction, I build from the ground up and establish solid basics, then build on them so that athletes can understand how each little addition improves their stroke. But, I also do it this way so we control injury risk. An athlete cannot perform if injured, so teaching them proper biomechanics helps make sure they are at minimal risk while maximizing performance. A coaches job isn't just to guide an athlete to better performance. A coach is a mentor, and that is a responsibility that should never be taken lightly. While it's important to make the sport fun and exciting, it's just as important to make sure the athlete grows to be the best person they can be. 

Casi Smith Coach

Coach Casi has been coaching with the Norwin Aqua Club since 2018. She was a member of the club from 2005-2014. She also swam with the White Oak Swim Team from 2003 – 2014 where she is a record holder in the 100 Backstroke Relay and 100 Butterfly Relay. Casi was a part of the Norwin Varsity Swim team for four years where she was a three time WPIAL Qualifier. Casi swam for Saint Vincent College for four years where she was a Top 10 PAC finalist and currently ranked 7th on their teams Top Times List for the 400 Individual Medley and 10th in the 200 Butterfly. Casi was the Head Coach of the White Oak Swim Team from 2015 through 2021. She is currently an Assistant Swim Coach for the Norwin High School Varsity swim team, and the Head Coach of the Norwin Middle School Swim team.  Casi currently works as the Informational Technology Manager for the Plum Borough School District.

 
Kimber Randolph Coach

Coach Kimber began swimming in third grade and continued swimming through college. She has been teaching private and group swim lessons since she was 15, when she started doing so through the Norwin Aqua Club. Coach Kimber also helps coach a stroke clinic at her alma mater.  She attended Washington & Jefferson College where she swam IM, Back, Breast, and Fly, making All-Conference teams. She also played water polo for the college, while studying Psychology, Spanish, and Biochemistry. Coach Kimber currently works as a life coach before she will attend to her doctorate in Psychology. She hopes that she can use her knowledge of psychology to help every swimmer reach their goals!

Quinn Kubistek Coach

Coach Quinn swam for the Norwin Aqua Club for many years. He graduated from Norwin High School in 2021, and is currently studying at the University of Rochester. He has helped to coach NAC's last two summer swim session during his breaks from school. He has coached at White Oak pool and at our Chestnut Ridge Meets. We very much appreciate Coach Quinn's service to the club!