Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
James Stache Head Coach

Coach Jamie comes to PTSC with over 25 years of coaching experience, ranging from swim instructor through head coach level at several clubs and teams. His coaching experience began while he was in college at Shippensburg State in 1980 where he was recruited by his college coach and where he stayed for two years. From there, he coached West Newton for two years before going into private instruction in the Mon Valley Area for about 10 years.

His next accomplishment was starting a club team at Trinity High School where he stayed for three years. He was then offered a head coaching position with the Mon Valley YMCA Swim Team. During his ten year tenure as the Mon Valley YMCA coach, he produced many nationally ranked swimmers and he helped form and merge several satellite teams in the area. Jamie then went on to coach at several other clubs, building and growing them before making the decision to take a break from coaching.

Coach Jamie is a full-time Inspector for the Federal Government (HUD) and after a break from coaching, he decided it was time to get involved in the sport again again.  He came to PTSC because he felt that the position would be a great fit all around. In addition to his many accomplishments, Jamie has recently completed and achieved ASCA Level 4 Coach Status from the American Swim Coaches association.

Jamie’s history as a swimmer is equally impressive. He swam for Charleroi High School, Pitt Aquatic Club and Shippensburg State College. He was the first high school swimmer to go undefeated in four years of individual competition in the state of PA. He still holds all but two Charleroi High School swim records. In college, he held four Age Group National Records, and he was ranked 8th in the nation in the 50 Freestyle in Division II.

 

Jakub Skrzypczak Assistant Coach

Jakub also known as “Kuba” was born and raised in Poland. Introduced to swimming at age 8, it was then that he began his 15-year journey with swimming.

Kuba graduated from SMS Mielec in 2012. Throughout his high school career Kuba held a few state age group records in events like 50 back and 100 IM (SCM).  He also attended many International meets such as the 2006 European Paris Cup and the 2008 European Zagreb Cup.  

Kuba began his college swimming carrier in 2013, when he was recruited by Coach Mike Meyers to swim backstroke for Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU). Throughout  his 4 years at WJU, Kuba won 8 individual and 6 relay events at the Appalachian Swim Conference and left WJU with his name appearing seven times on the school record board. Named swimmer of the year at the ASC in 2014 and 2015, and Scholar All-American in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Kuba graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University after 5 years with a degree in Business and Finance. As of today, Coach Kuba is pursuing his dream of  becoming a licensed investor in stocks, mutual funds and bonds, in order to provide full financial planning and strategic income distribution. Currently Kuba is gaining his experience working at Wealth Management Resources owned by Peters High School alumni and All-American William D. Gullborg. 

Kuba’s parents Waldemar and Anita live in Merdiden, CT.  His younger brother is a member of the Gannon University swim team.   

Stephanie McLaughlin Assistant Coach

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.

 

Carolyn Novak Assistant Coach

Coach Carolyn has been with the club for over a year and is currently the Head Coach of Administration for the PTSC club. She also is in charge of the PTSC Swim Lesson 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.

John Martin Assistant Coach

John Martin is a former PTSC member and High School All American swimmer. John is currently a junior at St. Vincent College and he helps as an assistant coach during school breaks.

In John's sophomore year at St. Vincent:

  • Named First Team All-PAC.
  • Helped SVC to a first place finish in the 400 Free Relay along with a runner-up placing in the 200 Free Relay.
  • Also competed in the 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Medley Relay.
  • Member of the PAC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
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