Coaching Staff

Ryan Sprang Head Coach/Swim Team Director

Ryan began his coaching career with GCIT/GPAC as an assistant age group and senior coach in 2002. Since that time he has coached club, high school, and summer league in New Jersey; club/YMCA in Virginia; and Club/YMCA and high school in Pennsylvania. Some of Ryan's coaching stops include:
GCIT/GPAC: 2002-2006
Greenwood Park Summer Club: 2002-2005 (Tri-County Champions in 2004)
St. Augustine Prep High School: 2002-2006 (NJ State Champions in 2004 & 2005)
Shenendoah Marlins Aquatic Club: 2006-2009 (Virginia Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in 2008)
West Short YMCA: 2009-2010
Nittany Lion Aquatic Club: 2010-2017
State College Area High School: 2012-2017

Throughout his career, Ryan has coached numerous USA Swimming sectional, Junior National, and Senior National qualifiers. He has also coached several swimmers as age groupers who went> 

 

Nancy Curtis Riverwinds Site Head Coach

Nancy Curtis, known to most as Coach Nancy, is a lifelong swimmer and has been coaching swimming for over 40 years. Coach Nancy started as a tri-county coach in 1980 and has continued coaching in summer league, high school, and USA Swimming ever since. As an integral part of the South Jersey Swimming Community, Coach Nancy has experience on all levels of swimming, including 7 years as the MA Zone Coach and has been running inclusion swim teams for over 30 years. Coach Nancy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University, where she swam herself and competed at NCAA’s. She also earned a Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Education from Immaculata University. Coach Nancy has been teaching Nutrition at Rowan College for the past 12 years. Coach Nancy has worked with adults with special needs for over 20 years and loves to spend her time gardening, hiking, baking and working on her needle point.

 

Adam Ritchie Platinum A/Dryland Coordinator

Adam started his coaching career in 2008 at Sunnybrook Summer Swim Club in Moorestown NJ where he was the head coach for 7 seasons.  Adam also began coaching at the South Jersey Aquatic Club (SJAC) in 2011.  After one year as an assistant coach, Adam spent the last 8 years as the head coach for the National Team.  During his time at SJAC, Adam has coached numerous swimmers to NCSA and USA Swimming Junior National cuts.  He also has coached many USA Swimming Scholar-Athlete recipients as well as a NJ High School State Champion.  Adam graduated from, and swam for, Lehigh University.  He is currently employed as a school psychologist, is a big CrossFit enthusiast, and loves pretty much any type of physical activity.

Timothy Tedesco Head Coach Platinum B (GCIT)

Coach Tim is in his 1st year with the GPAC swim team, serving as Head Coach for Platinum B. Tim’s coaching career began in 1989, when he was a Swimmer/Assistant Coach for his summer team at Tenby Chase Swim Club in Delran.In the Tri-County Swim League, Tim has served as the Head Coach at Riverdel, Downs Farm and Covered Bridge, he left Covered Bridge to be the Asst. Coach at Greenfields Swim Club, where both his kids swim. Regarding USA Swimming, Tim has coached all age groups/levels at Jersey Wahoos, Pheasant Run Winter Swim and Tidewater Aquatics. Tim also coaches high school swimming, with stints at Holy Cross, Lenape, and currently, Northern Burlington.

In addition to swimming, Tim has served as the Head Varsity Soccer, Track, and Cross Country Coach at Northern Burlington, where he has been employed as both a Business/Computers Teacher and School Counselor since 1997. 

Tim has his Masters degree in Counseling from Wilmington University, Teaching and Business Management Degrees from Rider University where he was a member of the Cross Country, Winter, and Spring Track Teams. Tim lives in Mt. Royal, with his Wife, Kelly and their two children, Braiden and Kora.

 
Hannah Wakeley Head Coach Gold 2 (GCIT)/DOP

Hannah Wakeley has been around the pool deck since she was four years old and started swimming year-round at the age of six. She comes from a family of eight, with five siblings who all swam competitively. Hannah grew up in southern New Jersey and swam for Atlantic City Aquatic Club under head coaches Sid Cassidy and David Wakeley. As a teen, Hannah was a member of Middle Atlantic All-Star Winter Zone team and ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic region in the 200 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle during the 2007 swim season. During her high school years, she assisted in coaching the bronze and silver level groups as well as teaching swim lessons in the summer. In her senior year of high school, she earned the New Jersey state high point award for the 15 and over girls. 

During her four years as a student-athlete at Liberty University, Wakeley earned podium finishes in the 200 Butterfly and 1,650 Freestyle at the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Swimming and Diving Championships and was a contributing member of Liberty University’s first championship winning team in 2014. She graduated with program records in 1,000 and 1,650 Freestyle. During summer training, Hannah competed with Liberty Aquatics and competed at the Arena Charlotte Grand Prix meet in the 200 and 100 butterfly, and 400 freestyle events. Hannah graduated in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion.  

Hannah’s coaching experience extends into the collegiate realm as she held the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator positions for the men’s and women’s swim teams at Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia (2016-17) and Montevallo University in Alabama (2019-20). Hannah focused on technique development, designed weights programs, lead dryland workouts, assisted in meet management, coordinated team travel, lead academic enhancement, and recruited potential student-athletes for the teams. Hannah helped develop the programs and her athletes improved dramatically throughout the season.  

Hannah returned to her alma mater to serve as the Team Manager for the Liberty University Women’s Swimming and Diving team while pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in nutrition. While in Lynchburg, Hannah also coached with the Lynchburg YMCA Swim Team as the lead Bronze and Silver coach, assistant National coach, and head Gold group coach (2017-19). Most recently, Hannah was working at UVA Hospital in Charlotteville, VA while assistant coaching with Cavalier Aquatics (2020-21). Hannah has always had a passion for the sport and is excited to join GPAC and help teach and inspire young athletes to reach their full potential both in and out of the pool!

Julia Pedersen Head Coach Gold 1 (GCIT)

Julia began her coaching career as an assistant coach for the Greenwood Park Frogs in 2014. She took over as head coach in 2018 and has been in the role ever since. Her love for summer swimming and being around the South Jersey swimming community truly motivated her to get involved at GPAC during the year. She started in September of 2021 with the Gold 1 Group.  Julia swam for GPAC for a majority of her life, up until senior year when she received a scholarship to swim at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She specialized in the breast and sprint free events, and served as team captain from 2015-2017. Julia graduated from SHU with a Bachelors in Psychology (2017) and her Masters in Teaching (2018). She is currently a fourth grade teacher in Riverside, NJ. She can't wait to watch the GPAC team crush it this year! Julia enjoys being down the shore with her family and friends, dining at her favorite Philadelphia restaurants and cheering on the Philly sports teams. 

Gregory Fondacaro Head Coach Silver (GCIT)

Coach Nick started swimming competitively at age 9 for the Greenwood Park swim team, and swam with the team from 2006 until he graduated in 2015. In addition to Greenwood Park, Nick swam with GCIT Swimming/GPAC from 2007-2013, and swam for most of the coaches he currently works with. From 2011-2015, he swam on the St. Augustine Prep swim team, serving as a captain his senior year. His specialty stroke was butterfly, and he qualified for the state championships his senior year in the 100-yard butterfly.  After his swimming career ended in high school, Nick wanted to pass the knowledge he learned, as well as love for the sport, on to others, and he found coaching was the perfect avenue.

Nick began coaching for Greenwood Park Frogs in 2016 and has served as 1st assistant for the past 5 summers, and continues to coach for the team in the summer. He was an assistant at TNT Swimming at Rowan University, working with his former coach, Tony Lisa, from 2016-2017. Nick graduated from St. Joseph's University in the spring of 2020 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, specializing in sports marketing. The Hawk will never die! By day, he is the treasurer for Ninsa Solar, LLC, and the controller for Jersey Boys Jerky, LLC. 

Nick is now in his 5th season with the GPAC program. He started as an assistant for multiple groups, including Bronze, Silver, Gold 1, Gold 2, and Platinum B. He served as the head coach of the Mini group from 2018-2020 and is currently the head coach of the silver group, which he began in the winter of 2021. He hopes to continue to have a positive impact on all of the swimmers he coaches and help them love the sport as much as he does. Go GPAC!

David Wakeley Head Coach Bronze (GCIT)

David Wakeley has been coaching for the past 15 years in the Middle Atlantic Swimming LSC.  In addition, he did some summer coaching in State College, PA while in college.  He brings great excitement and enthusiasm to pool deck … and his engineering background.  He encourages his swimmers to achieve their highest level possible and not be satisfied with average performance.  Many of the swimmers have achieved levels of participation in the following events:  Mini Champs (including high point winners and record holders), Junior Olympics (including individual and are group high point winners and record holders), MA Zone Team (including top 8 finishers), USA Swimming Top Sixteen, Sectionals (including top 8 and 16 finishers), Junior Nationals, Nationals, US Open and Olympic Trials (2012).  He has also served 3 years as a MA Zone coach and 1 summer as Head MA Zone coach.  He has earned a reputation as a stickler for stroke mechanic detail and is a true student of the coaching profession.  He will leave no stone unturned to encourage our swimmers improve at every level of their development.  He enjoys seeing his swimmers continue to improve at college level and beyond.

Coach Dave and his wife have six children: Jonathan (Liberty University), Joshua (Penn State University), Bethany (Liberty University), Hannah (Liberty University), and Peter and Laura.  He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University and brings his scientific, technical bent to his coaching.  He competed on the colleges swimming and water polo teams and set the 200 Butterfly school record and swam the butterfly leg in the 400 Medley Relay team which set the freshman school record.

Stephen Tucker Head Coach Mini (GCIT)

Stephen Tucker started coaching in 2006. He joined the GPAC staff in 2016 coaching Minis while also assisting with the Bronze, Gold and Platinum Level Groups. Stephen began his swimming career at Vineland YMCA and Elmer Swim Team, where he swam since the age of 6. He went to Sacred Heart High School where he was a four year varsity letter winner, holding numerous team records and was a 3-time State Qualifier as well as team captain his senior year. He continued his education and swimming career at Rowan University under Longtime Former Head Coach Tony Lisa. He was selected captain his junior and senior year and also earned multiple All Conference and All-Academic honors including Philadelphia Inquirer All Academic Team his senior year. He graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Health and Physical Education. He was also Head Coach at Sterling High School from 2011-2013 where he led the team to back to back division championships and was selected SJISA South Jersey Coach of the year in 2012. Tucker is currently the Head Coach at Elmer Swim Club since 2013. He has guided the team to an extensive list of team championships and numerous club and league records. He currently teaches in the Bridgeton Public School District as a Health and Physical Education Teacher.

Elizabeth Ward Head Coach Gold (RW)
Rose Matich Head Coach Bronze (RW)

Coach Rosie’s love for swimming began when she was 6 years old. She is currently the Head Bronze coach at the Riverwinds location. Coach Rosie began her swimming career at Gibbstown Swim Club and the Gloucester County YMCA. She swam for GPAC until she was thirteen and then started swimming for Nancy Pegues at Greenfields Swim Club and Tide Water Aquatics Club. Coach Rosie swam on the varsity swim team at Padua Academy, where she qualified for states all four years (2008 – 2012). She swam one year at Widener University before deciding to teach swim lessons and coach swimming. Coach Rosie coached the Minis Group at Riverwinds before taking over the Bronze Group.

Coach Rosie is currently a first grade special education teacher. She received her Bachelors and Masters from Widener University. She resides in West Deptford with her husband, Billy, and dog, Zeke.

Aidan Ward Head Coach Mini (RW)
Joseph Pegues Head Coach Masters

Joe Pegues has been a swim coach since 1982, and he has worked with age group, high school and collegiate athletes on a variety of levels. Joe is currently coaching the GPAC Masters Program and invites swimmers of all abilities to join the masters program to meet their fitness or competitive goals. He is a 1981 graduate of Moorestown HS, a 1985 grad of Kenyon College, and he holds Masters degrees from UVA, Rutgers Camden and NJPSA. Joe taught HS English at Woodbury High and retired after 29 years in 2018; he is currently working as a Support Coordinator at Avenues to Independent Living and serves on the Woodbury BOE. He is married to Nancy Curtis, and they have three children, Amanda, Annie and CJ and one grandchild, Michael.

Gary Condit Assistant Coach (GCIT)

Coach Gary has over ten years of experience coaching all levels and ages in the Arizona Swimming LSC. Starting in 2007 after retiring from the United States Navy he began coaching at Marana High School. This led to the head coaching job at Continental Ranch Gators Summer Swim Team. In 2010 he began coaching with the Flying Fish Arizona Swim Team (FAST) in Oro Valley, Arizona becoming the head coach in 2013. While with FAST, he coached numerous swimmers to State, Regional, and Sectional titles sending many of them to top-tier NCAA programs. Coach Gary believes that swimmers should train for and compete in the highest level meet possible with consistent technique work and through dedication and hard work. He and his wife Leilani have two sons. John is currently serving in the United States Navy onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Bremerton, Washington. Gabriel attends GCIT and is part of the GPAC National group.

Shannon McKinnon Assistant Coach (GCIT)

Coach Shannon McKinnon has a love for the sport of swimming. She has been a part of the sport since 1985. For thirteen years, she swam for the Tri-County team of Greenwood Park and was an assistant  with the youngest groups during her last two years there. Coach Shannon participated in four years of high school swimming and soccer. She continued her swimming career at Towson University for two more years. Throughout her swimming career, Coach Shannon received many medals and awards swimming the sprint and middle distance freestyles, IM, fly, and backstroke events. Coach Shannon started coaching again as an assistant for the Ocean City High School Raiders back in 2006 and was the head coach of their diving team. From there, she moved back up this way and in 2007 became and currently continues to be the head coach of the Gloucester City High School Lions, where she also teaches Biology and coaches their girl's soccer team. In 2008, she jumped back into the Tri-County scene coaching at Greenwood Park, Riverton, and currently is the head coach for the Gibbstown Gators. 

She has also aided in the TNT program over at Rowan University from 2008-2010, and in the fall of 2009, she joined the Greater Philadelphia Aquatics Club coaching staff. Coach Shannon has worked with various groups over the years but currently works with Platinum B. Coach Shannon currently resides in Glendora with her husband, daughter and two dogs. She enjoys football, especially watching the Giants. She has played soccer for eight years and was a dancer for 15 years. She currently still surfs and snowboards when the opportunity comes around.

Seumas Quinn Assistant Coach/Silver (GCIT)
Nick Marks Assistant Coach (GCIT)
Linda DuBois Assistant Coach (GCIT)

During the last 38 years, Linda coached age group swim teams in summer league and at YMCAs before moving into coaching at Schalick High School for 34 years with first 19 as head, next 13 as volunteer assistant and this year is returning as head coach again. Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree from Trenton State College (now TCNJ) where she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association. She is a retired Health & Phys Ed teacher in Pittsgrove School District and holds a certification as a High School Swim Official. In addition to the required coaching certifications, she also holds a Certified Pool Operator and Pool Safety Director license. Linda uses these licensures when managing her longtime summer club, Elmer Swim Club. Linda started coaching with GPAC in 2019 as a technique and fitness head coach. She now assists with multiple groups including Bronze, Minis, Gold 1, and Silver.

Stephen Wehrle Assistant Coach (RW)
Abigail Riddell Assistant Coach (RW)
Matthew Sprang Admin

Matthew has been with GCIT/GPAC since 1998 and has served as an assistant coach, Head Age Group Coach, and Head Coach. 

Matthew holds a Masters degree from Temple University in Sports and Recreation Administration. He lives in Gloucester County with his wife, Tjitske, and two children, Keegan and Marley.