Coaching Staff
James Stache Head Coach
When Jamie joined PTSC four years ago as the head age group coach, he already had more than 20 years of experience as a head swim coach.  Jamie spent over 16 years as the head coach of the Mon Valley YMCA Swim Team where he grew the team from 28 to 74 swimmers within two years, advanced the team from last place in Division 3 to second place in Division 1 of the Western Pennsylvania YMCA League, which consisted of more than 30 teams, took more than 30 swimmers to YMCA district events, 20 swimmers to state events, and up to 5 swimmers to national events on average each year, and coached multiple swimmers ranked within YMCA’s national top 30 and one YMCA national champion.  More recently, Jamie spent two years as the head coach of the Elizabeth Forward/Belle Vernon Swim Club, where he grew the team from approximately 40 to 100 swimmers, resulting in its division into two separate swim clubs, and he coached approximately 15 qualifiers for the AMS Junior Olympics and 3 to 5 qualifiers for Eastern Zones each year.  Jamie began his head coaching career by establishing the Trinity Swim Club in 1994.  He also served as an assistant coach at Shippensburg University and the West Newton Swim Club, and spent more than 10 years working as a private swim instructor.
Jamie’s history as a swimmer is equally impressive.  He swam for Shippensburg University, Charleroi High School, Pitt Aquatic Club, Chartiers Valley Swim Club, and Baldwin Swim Club.  He held national AAU Swimming age group records in the 50 yard backstroke (11-12 year olds), 100 meter butterfly (13-14 year olds), 200 meter medley relay (13-14 year olds, including the Canadian age group record, broken in Toronto, Canada), and 200 meter freestyle relay (13-14 year olds).  In high school, he set the team records in 11 of the 12 individual and relay events, and all of his individual records still stand today (except for the 50 yard freestyle, which was broken by his own swimmer from the Mon Valley YMCA Swim Team).  He was also a four-year WPIAL qualifier and a three-year PIAA qualifier for individual and relay events, attended the AAU Swimming National Junior Olympics for the 100 yard butterfly and 50 yard freestyle in his senior year of high school, and was the the first swimmer in Pennsylvania to be undefeated in all four years of individual, high school dual-meet competition in combined A-AAAA classes.  In college, Jamie was ranked 8th in the United States in the 50 yard freestyle and was a two-year All American Swimmer.
In addition to being a USA Swimming coach member, Jamie has also attained the highest certification, Level 5, from the American Swimming Coaches Association Certification Program.
Kyle Garase Head Age Group Coach

Kyle’s swimming career started in 2007 at Ringgold Middle School. After his first meet the people on the team said I should join the local YMCA, where he first met Coach Jamie. In 2010, he joined GPAC and swam unattached with them. Under both teams he broke multiple records at Ringgold High School and the YMCA. He was also Ringgold’s first PIAA qualifier and podium placer in 2011. In 2012, he was a WPIAL runner-up in both 100 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle, then came in third at PIAA in the 100 Butterfly.

After high school Kyle swam for two different colleges. First at Lycoming College then at Saint Vincent College where he finished my swimming career. At both colleges he placed in the top 8 at conference. Kyle graduated Saint Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in Communication.

Kyle’s coaching career started at Total Performance Swim Camps at Kenyon College. After swimming at the camps in high school, he decided to work as a coach there and still return to coach during the summer. After working that camp, Kyle found a passion for coaching and held a volunteer position at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After a year there he took his first college coaching position at Hope College in Michigan. While there, the women’s team won the conference for the first time in over 10 years, they also had multiple NCAA qualifiers and one NCAA runner-up in the 200 Backstroke. The next year Kyle went to become the Assistant Coach at Wittenberg University in Ohio, where he also assisted at the Springfield YMCA.

Kyle is also the Head Assistant Coach for the Peters Township High School and Middle School swim teams.

Carolyn Novak Assistant Coach and Admin. Coordinator

Coach Carolyn has been with the club for over a year and is currently an Assistant Coach and Administrative Coordinator for PTSC. She also is in charge of the PTSC Learn to Swim program.

Carolyn has experience working as a swim lesson instructor for children 5 and up, as well as a camp counselor for the Summer Swim Camp sponsored by Westminster College. Carolyn graduated from Westminster College with a Degree in Elementary Education PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8.  She has taught in a wide range of age groups from Middle School all the way to Kindergarten. She currently teaches Kindergarten at St. Louise de Marillac school. 

Carolyn has been swimming since the young age of five and finally retired in May of 2019, after 17 years of swimming. She finished her senior year leading the Women’s team to victory in the PAC Championship. Traditionally, she is a full blown sprinter; swimming the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle.

Carolyn had many college accolades including but not limited to PAC Athlete of the Week, Westminster College Athlete of the Week (2x), Honorary 1st team Member (3x), medalist(s), individual PAC Champion, and leader of the 2019 Women’s PAC Championship team. Carolyn understood the balance of being a student athlete which is shown through her academic accolades — Dean’s List member, recipient of the Westminster College Janet E. Hopkins Scholarship for academic excellence, as well as the Westminster College Greg Nicholson Award for academic and athletic excellence, and Vice President 1 of a National Philanthropic Sorority.

Carolyn is an alumni of Upper St. Clair School District and was an All-American Athlete at Upper St. Clair, member of WPIAL and PIAA state teams, the 2015 WPIAL AAA Championship Team, member of MLAC swim club, and Member of the AMS Zone Team and Sectional Team in addition to a relay(s) record holder for Upper St. Clair.

Carolyn is also an Assistant Coach for the Peters Township High School and Middle School swim teams.

Stephanie McLaughlin Assistant Coach and Safety Coordinator

Coach Stephanie was a member of the Peters Township Swim Club for seven years. During her PTSC days, she was a member of the AMS Zones Team. Stephanie also swam for the Peters Township Middle School and High School teams. She was a four-year letter winner while on the High School Swim Team. Stephanie was a four-year WPIAL and PIAA qualifier. During her Junior and Senior years, she qualified for Sectionals. Her best events were the 50, 100 and 200 Freestyle. At the time of graduation, Stephanie was a member of an All-American 200 Freestyle Relay. After graduating high school, Stephanie continued her swimming career at Westminster College for two years. While at Westminster, Stephanie held two records and won four Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) individual titles as well as one relay title.

Currently, Stephanie works at MedExpress Urgent Care. She and her husband live in Peters Township with their four sons: Brayden, Riley, Wyatt and Sawyer.