Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Brian Blackwell Head Coach & Senior Coach

 

Coach Brian Blackwell has established a continuous tradition of success as he enters his 12th season with SVSC, and oversees all aspects of the program. Coach Blackwell holds a Level 4 coaching status with the American Swimming Coaches Association.

A USA Swimming coach for 15 years, Coach Blackwell has produced numerous Junior and Senior National qualifiers and dozens of Future and Sectional finalists. 

  • Head Zone Coach for Allegheny Mountain for the 2015 & 2016 SCY & LCM Seasons
  • 2016 AMS Coach of the Year
  • 2020 NFHS PIAA Boys Coach of the Year
  • 2022 PHSCA PIAA Boys Coach of the Year 

In addition to coaching SVSC, Coach Blackwell is also the Head Varsity Swim & Dive Coach of Seneca Valley High School.

  • 100+ District Qualifiers
  • 9 AAA WPIAL Champions / 1 WPIAL Record holder, 
  • 2021 WPIAL Girls Team AAA WPIAL Runner up Champions
  • 2020, 2021 Boys Team AAA WPIAL Runner Up Champions
  • 2022 Boys AAA Team WPIAL Champions
  • 2022 Boys AAA Team PIAA State Champions
  • 1 PIAA State Champion/ 1 PIAA Relay Champion/ 24 PIAA medalists
  • 19 National High School All Americans

Coach Blackwell attended Washington & Jefferson College where he swam competitively and earned All PAC Conference honors. Brian was a Dean’s List Scholar at W&J and earned a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Management. Brian has over 15 years of experience in the Health Care Industry and is a Product Owner for Meritain Healthcare, a CVS Company.

Coach Blackwell’s philosophy about swimming is finding the proper balance between technique, endurance and strength. He believes educating his swimmers about the methods and science of swimming is just as important as the execution. 

Jeff Gavin Associate Head Coach

Coach Jeff Gavin begins his 7th year with SVSC where he made a dramatic impact on the program and AMS. Over the past years, Jeff was selected as a 6-Time Eastern Zone All-Star Assistant Coach and 2-Time Head Coach, coached multiple swimmers who've reached the AMS Top 10 list, developed numerous Eastern Zone qualifiers, and his swimmers continue to break a multitude of club records. Jeff also played a significant role in coaching a number WPIAL and Sectional qualifiers with the Senior group and Seneca Valley Varsity teams.

Jeff spent many years developing himself as an accomplished swimmer and developmental coach.  Prior to his employment at the YMCA, Jeff spent time coaching at Oxford Athletic Club, and was Pool Manager of Seven Fields Borough Pool. Jeff grew up in Western PA and began swimming at the age of ten for local summer teams. His passion for the sport was ignited immediately which led to him joining Pine-Richland Aquatics. Later, Jeff was a star on the Mars Varsity Swim Team where he was Captain his senior year.  Jeff set multiple team records whille at Mars and rewrote the Pine-Richland Pool record board as well as qualifying for 3 WPIAL and PIAA Championships.  His senior year he had his best finish at the state meet and collected a third place finish in the 500 yard Freestyle.

Jeff attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania on a swimming scholarship where he competed for two and a half years before an injury to his ear drum forced him out of the pool.  During that time he earned a NCAA National Qualifying B-cut, was selected to the All-PSAC team, and was a podium finisher in a number of events at his conference championship.

Currently, Jeff works at the Butler Country Club as Pool Manager and acts as Head Coach for the swim team.  In his 4 seasons with the club, Jeff has managed to win back-to-back Country Club Swimming Championships.  He also works at the Rose E. Schneider YMCA during the winter as a lifeguard and lifeguard instructor.

Lisa Wilson Assistant Coach

Coach Lisa is enthusiastic as she begins her 5th year with SVSC. In the beginning of her years with SVSC, she organized and ran the Learn to Swim Program. She has since continued to help grow the program each year. After a few years, she wanted to contribute more to the club and began to help out  during swim practices. Through time and learning from her fellow coaches, Coach Lisa began her role as Assistant Coach. In early 2019, she helped coach SVSC swimmers at the Eastern Zone Short Course Age Group Championship.  Later in the fall of 2019, Coach Lisa became one of the Assistant Coaches for the Seneca Valley Varsity Swimming and Diving Team. She was excited to contribute to her first WPIAL and PIAA swim championships as a coach and witness some great swims by the SV swimmers. 

Coach Lisa started swimming at the age of 8 with the Butler Y Swim Team and competed at the Y Districts and States meets through the years. In her high school years, she became a member of the Butler Varsity Swimming and Diving Team and competed at the WPIAL Championship meet. In her early years of swimming, Coach Lisa was a sprint freestyler. It wasn't until her later high school years that she competed in both breaststroke and I.M. events. During summers home from college, she taught private and group swim lessons at the Butler Country Club. She also was an Assistant Swim Coach for the Butler Country Club Swim Team. Coach Lisa graduated from Slippery Rock in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication. The same year she graduated from Duquesne University with a Paralegal Certificate. She worked as a Paralegal for law firms in Pittsburgh and Erie for 6 years. 

Coach Lisa is married and has one daughter and two sons. All 3 of her children were a part of the SVSC Learn to Swim Program. Her daughter developed the same love of swimming and continues to grow as a swimmer with the swim club. 

Coach Lisa recently obtained Level 2 coaching status with the American Swimming Coaches Association. She is very excited to take what she has learned and help swimmers progress through the SVSC Learn to Swim Program and the Seneca Valley Swim Club!

Board of Directors
Trent Wilson President - Term expires 8/2022
Brock Seeley VP - Term Expires 8/2022
Tammy Blazer Treasurer--Term expires 8/2023
Sherry Hockenberry Registrar - Term expires 8/2022
Adam Alexander Member at Large - Term expires 8/2023
Chad Schwendemann Secretary - Term expires 8/2024