Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Darian Baker Coach

Darian started her swimming career with Norwin Aqua Club at the age of 12. She spent the next 6 years competing at Chestnut Ridge and AMS meets, often it felt like she was at these every weekend.  During this time she had the opportunity to swim at both short course and long course Zones meets. During high school season she was a WPIAL qualifier in the 200 free and 200 IM. She then went on to swim at Westminster College where her main events were 200 back and 400 IM. Her favorite events to compete in were endurance events, such as 400 IM, 500 free, 1000 free. 

During her first year with NAC, Darian will also be attending school to get her Associates degree in Nursing from WCCC, with hopes of obtaining a Bachelors degree while working. Her career aspirations are to work on an Oncology floor of a hospital. She hopes that her career in the medical field will help to strengthen her ability to coach. She is very excited for the season to come and watch NAC continue to grow, but most importantly she’s excited to coach at “home”.

Casi Smith Coach

Group: Otters/Seals/ Sharks

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 has been the Head Coach of the White Oak Swim Team since 2015 and is the Assistant Swim Coach at Ligonier Valley High School. Casi is currently a Graduate Assistant with Ligonier Valley School District obtaining her Master’s Degree at Saint Vincent College.

Bennett Dandar Coach

Coach Ben began his swim career with swimming lessons that were sponsored through the Norwin Aqua Club.  He made the NAC team when he was 7 years old. He has a lot of great memories of his years with the Norwin Aqua Club.  Not only the swimming and swim meet memories, but also the friends that over the years have become like family to him.  He is so lucky to say that they are still the people in his life that mean so much! 

During Coach Ben’s Freshman year at Norwin he began swimming for the High School Team.  He swam throughout his high school career, and went to WCCA all four years. During his senior year he qualified for the WPIAL Championships in the 500 Freestyle, his favorite stroke. Other experiences that swimming has offered him include teaching swim lessons through the Aqua Club, becoming a lifeguard, and being the Assistant Pool Manager at Crabapple Pool for almost 5 years. He was also in charge of organizing and conducting swim lessons for children ages 4 to 10 at Crabapple Pool.  In addition to coaching for the Aqua Club since November 2019, Coach Ben also works for a Printing Company called RR Donnelly. He enjoys working out, and spending time with his friends and family. 

Coach Ben’s goal as a coach for Norwin Aqua Club is to make the kids feel welcome, and to be their biggest cheerleader. He wants to help them become the best swimmers they can be, and for them to feel proud of themselves! 

Courteney Hubert Coach

Coach Courteney was a swimmer for the Norwin Aqua Club for 13 years.  She graduated from college in May of 2019, and became a coach for NAC.  She has a passion for swimming, and has a love for the aqua club. As a member of NAC she participated in AMS swimming, and competed at numerous competitive meets such as Zones and Sectionals. In high school she competed individually at WPIAL Championships three times. She also went to the Pennsylvania State Championships two years in a row with her Norwin relay team. In 2015 she began pursuing her swimming career at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. She spent four years there as a sprint freestyler, and competed individually at PSAC’s all four years. Currently Coach Courteney works mostly with the Seal 2 and Shark groups at practice. She enjoys coaching every group when she gets the chance. She is excited to be coaching this year, and looks forward to seeing what’s in store for the future!

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