Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Anthony Addlesberger Head Coach

Anthony and his wife grew up swimming for YMCA swim-teams. They have three young children – Jackson (4), Jordan (2), and Eleanor (1).  Anthony values family above all else and appreciates being part of such a strong family-oriented community at Phoenixville YMCA.

Anthony moved to Phoenixville from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where his wife was a Middle School Academic Coach and he was an Age Group Coach for North Carolina Aquatic Club (NCAC). At NCAC, he worked with several highly regarded age group and college coaches, and with several swimmers who produced multiple USA Swimming National Age Group Top Ten Times.  Before NCAC, he was the Head Coach of the Chambersburg YMCA Chargers, where he oversaw the development of several YMCA National “A” finalists and two YMCA National Champions.

Anthony has brought to the Phoenixville YMCA his desire to influence and shape the character of young people through building relationships and fostering a culture where excellence is pursued daily. He believes in a culture where characteristics such as discipline, accountability, and sportsmanship are valued.  He believes instilling these values in his athletes not only builds a team with strong character but helps produce high-achieving individuals who are ready and willing to make positive contributions to society.

Anthony believes teaching technique effectively needs to be the priority in an age group program. Focusing on the development of sound stroke mechanics, starting with the fundamental skills and increasing complexity as athletes develop increases the potential of each swimmer and raises the ceiling of the team.  Prioritizing the teaching and learning of proper motor movement patterns at a young age will give a swimmer and a team a massive advantage in the long run.  Anthony also places a high priority on fitness and aerobic development – swimmers are given an appropriate amount of volume and intensity based on their ages and skillsets, and volume, as well as an emphasis on fitness and race preparation, will increase incrementally as swimmers move through the program and work to refine and improve their skills. 

Anthony and his family couldn’t be happier to be part of the Phoenixville YMCA swim-team.  He loves being a part of the YMCA community, and is incredibly excited to see what the future has in store – GO PAY!

Dan McGuigan Coach

Picture this, summer 1992 Baker Park, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. On the grass between East pool and Z Pool, about a dozen 8 and under boys running around in some of the smallest Speedos available for purchase. Yelling and laughter as the coaches try to corral them for warm ups. Amongst them is a small red-haired boy, the reflection of the Sun off his pale skin is quite bright and so is his future as part of the Phoenixville Area YMCA swim team.

This is how Dan McGuigan began his swimming career at Phoenixville YMCA. After 12 fun successful years as a swimmer he began coaching summers while attending Elizabethtown College. He is currently coaching year round and has been a staff member of the Y in various capacities since 2001.

Dan is a past recipient of the Jeff Kurtz Award and the Tri-County Swim League Senior swimmer scholarship 2004. Additionally he received a Middle Atlantic Conference award for Outstanding Scholar Athlete during his senior year as a captain of the Elizabethtown College Swim team 2008.

Currently, Dan works for Steamfitters Local Union 420 as an Apprentice. Prior, he spent 10 years working as a Special Education teacher most recently for Devereux CARES.

During his free time, Dan can be found smiling, laughing, and enjoying the simple things in life. Other hobbies include cycling, swimming, working on his house, and cooking for that special lady in his life.

Tracy Arnold-Merke Coach

Tracy began her swim career at the age of 8 in the city of Philadelphia. She continued to swim for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation through her age group and high school years. She also swam for her high school team (Philadelphia High School for Girls). She later went on to attend Rider College where she swam the 100 & 200 breaststroke. She continued to hold a top ten time for both events from 1988-2007.

Tracy started coaching as a volunteer for Phoenixville YMCA in 2007 .  She joined the coaching staff in the winter of 2008. She has had two children go through the program, her son, Darius Merke, who swam for 11 years before graduating. He now coaches part time for PAY. She also has a daughter, Erin Merke,  who swam 12 years on PAY before she graduated and went on to swim at Xavier University.

When Tracy is not at the pool she work as a Supervisor of Interventional Radiology at Paoli Hospital.

Carrie Berg Coach

I started coaching at the Phoenixville YMCA in summer of 2008.  Prior to that, I coached for various other club and summer league teams since 2001.   I began swimming competitively at the age of 5 and continued my swimming career through college.  I specialized in sprint and mid-distance freestyle events.  I also played field hockey and competed in track and field during high school and college.  

My favorite part of coaching is helping kids to grow and learn both in and out of the pool.  There are always things to learn in this sport:  Improving your stroke, how to take care of your body and get stronger and how to handle disappointment and setbacks.  I love being able to help kids with all of these different aspects.    

When not at the pool, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Dan and my son Daniel.  Together we love watching Penn State football, cooking and being outdoors. I spend my days working as a school counselor in the Daniel Boone School District. 

John Carey Assistant Coach

Coach John is beginning his 6th year coaching with PAY. He grew up in Haddam, CT where he swam for the local aquatic club and schools, began teaching swim lessons at 14, and lifeguarding at 16.  Specializing in sprint freestyle, he was a state title holder in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.  John went on to swim at the University of Rhode Island, meeting his future wife there in the pool.

Outside of the pool, John and his wife have three young children and will welcome a fourth baby this winter. He looks forward to seeing his family develop a love for swimming as well!  

John is passionate about the sport of swimming, teamwork, and promoting versatility in stroke skills and strength. His goal is to help children reach their potential at PAY, preparing them for life after PAY in and out of the pool.

Rachel Kennedy Assistant Coach

Coach Rachel is beginning her 5th year with PAY.  Before PAY she coached Norristown High school and Aquatic Club for 2 years.  She swam competitively for 13 years and swam for Lock Haven University as well.  Her specialty was breaststroke and sprint free, nothing distance!!  Outside of the pool, she also has the pleasure of working with students as a 6th grade teacher.  She has a passion for helping children grow and learn.  

Melinda Borgnis Assistant Coach

Coach Mel has been involved in the sport of swimming for over 20 years as both an athlete and a coach. Mel has been a part of the YMCA family for the past three years and coaches for both for PAY and Baker Park. Mel has been coaching at the high school level for the last 7 years beginning at Pennsbury High School and now with Spring-Ford High School. She previously coached for the Tiger Sharks USA team out of Pottstown.  In her swimming career Mel swam for Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and Perkiomen Valley High School where her focus was distance freestyle and butterfly. Mel currently teaches 7th grade Family and Consumer Sciences at Spring-Ford. She truly enjoys watching our swimmers meets their season goals, focusing on technique, positivity, and fun.

Kate Deeney Assistant Coach

Hello! I am coach Kate! I am truly awed and inspired by the sport of swimming. I believe it is a unique sport that is able to combine personal achievement and team spirit in a way that very few other sports can match. I started swimming when I was 5 or 6 years old, and my entire childhood was spent around the pool and on the swimming & diving team. Around the water is where I feel most at home. I have been a part of the YMCA aquatics program for the last 10 years. I started as a swim instructor teaching lessons, and I joined PAY as a swim coach in 2016. I have passed my love of aquatics onto my family, and have 2 kids who are on the team. They love swimming just as much as I do, and the YMCA has become their second home. I feel so passionately that youth sports play an extremely impactful role in the development of SO many life lessons, which extend far beyond the time actually spent in the water.

When I’m not at the pool, I teach Pre-K. While my competitive swim days are over, I enjoy running, and will from time to time enter local races/runs - I have participated in the Broad Street Run several times, and have one half and one full marathon under my belt.

I am a Villanova graduate, and live in Phoenixville with my husband James, our 2 kids, and our 2 dogs.

Kate Deeney Assistant Coach

Hello! I am coach Kate! I am truly awed and inspired by the sport of swimming. I believe it is a unique sport that is able to combine personal achievement and team spirit in a way that very few other sports can match. I started swimming when I was 5 or 6 years old, and my entire childhood was spent around the pool and on the swimming & diving team. Around the water is where I feel most at home. I have been a part of the YMCA aquatics program for the last 10 years. I started as a swim instructor teaching lessons, and I joined PAY as a swim coach in 2016. I have passed my love of aquatics onto my family, and have 2 kids who are on the team. They love swimming just as much as I do, and the YMCA has become their second home. I feel so passionately that youth sports play an extremely impactful role in the development of SO many life lessons, which extend far beyond the time actually spent in the water.

When I’m not at the pool, I teach Pre-K. While my competitive swim days are over, I enjoy running, and will from time to time enter local races/runs - I have participated in the Broad Street Run several times, and have one half and one full marathon under my belt.

I am a Villanova graduate, and live in Phoenixville with my husband James, our 2 kids, and our 2 dogs.

Audrey Rittenhouse Assistant Coach

Audrey grew up swimming with PAY and competed at YMCA Nationals in 2009-2011. She went on to swim at the College of Charleston where she pursued a degree in Biology. While in school, Audrey coached Baker Park during her summer breaks. After graduating in 2015, Audrey came back to coaching year-round with PAY while working full-time in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Now, officially a swammer, Audrey competes in triathlons and various running races to stay active.

Kaitlin Knecht Coach

Starting out as a swimmer at a young age for Lionville YMCA, Kaitlin evolved her love of the sport into coaching as a high schooler after the drowning of her brother. This event sparked a need to teach children the importance of safe swimming. From that tragedy grew a love of coaching. She has now been a coach for the last 21 years, leading and developing the 8 and under swim program for a local YMCA. She has a passion for coaching the youngest swimmers to ensure strong technique development, love for the sport, and a positive team experience. Outside of swimming: Kaitlin is a graduate of Penn State University, undergraduate and Immaculata University for her Masters. She has 4 children with her husband Joe: Evelyn, age 8, a swimmer herself who you will see swimming for PAY this year, Campbell age 5 (who hopes to swim for PAY soon!), Eleanor age 2, and the solo boy Beckett, age 3 months. Her favorite stroke is freestyle and she prefers distance over speed. Outside of the pool and her kids you can find Kaitlin sewing, boxing, or running!

David Rue Assistant Coach

David is beginning his 1st year as a coach at PAY. He grew up in Bucks County, PA, and has been immersed in the greater Philadelphia swimming community since he was 8 years old. He graduated from Council Rock High School in Holland, PA and spent years competing for both Council Rock’s club team and high school swim team, as well as the USA club team Spirit Swimming, known today as George School Aquatics, which operates out of the George School in Langhorne, PA. He recently earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Penn State University (where he briefly competed for Penn State’s club team before getting into coaching) and currently is (remotely) working on a master’s degree and teaching certification in 7-12 mathematics at Lehigh University. He hopes to bring the technical attention to detail that he uses in his studies to his coaching. David has previously worked at Nittany Lion Aquatic Club (NLAC), the State College YMCA (SCAY), and the Boyertown YMCA (BYNS) before arriving at PAY. He has had the opportunity to coach a multitude of ages and abilities in his time at NLAC, SCAY, and BYNS, ranging from young 8 and under swimmers to qualifiers and medalists for the Pittsburgh Christmas Meet, Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics, Eastern Zone Age Group Championships, Futures, Sectionals, and Junior Nationals in USA Swimming, as well as qualifiers and medalists for YMCA Districts, States, and Nationals in YMCA swimming. While coaching in State College, David was a part of Matthew Brownstead’s run to a YMCA National championship in the 50 Free as well as being the runner up in the 100 Fly and 100 Back, as well as national top 8 relay finishes for SCAY in the boys 200 medley and 200 free relays. David has also had the opportunity in the past to serve on the coaching staff of the Middle Atlantic Eastern Zone Team at the Eastern Zone Long Course Age Group Championships in East Meadow, New York. This was an exciting experience for David where he was able to meet, and establish professional connections with some of the top coaches in Middle Atlantic swimming. David also draws heavily on his experience from working for Ryan Sprang at NLAC. Ryan is now the head coach of the highly successful Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club (GPAC) operating out of GCIT in New Jersey. Outside of the pool, David enjoys the many outdoor activities that Pennsylvania has to offer, cheering on the Philadelphia sports teams, and taking opportunities to travel and experience different parts of the world. David’s favorite part of coaching swimming is the positive relationships and impact he can have on the lives of young people and their families. He feels that swimming is not just an activity, but a livelihood, and that it helps children develop a healthy lifestyle in addition to developing into confident and empowered young adults. He hopes to see both new and returning swimmers flourish with PAY this coming season, and for the program to continue to grow both in numbers and in spirit.

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