Coaches

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.
 
Stephanie McLaughlin Assistant Coach and Safety Coordinator

Assistant Coach
Head Coach - Piranhas


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.