Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Kevin Van Such Program Director

Kevin is excited to join WCAC! He began his coaching career in 2008, working with various programs throughout the Philadelphia area to lead and guide swimmers and water polo players of all ages. His twelve years at the Haverford School as an assistant swim coach have been highlighted by eight consecutive Top 6 finishes at the Easterns Swimming Championships, including a 1st place finish in 2017. As the head water polo coach, the team accomplished InterAc League titles in 2018 and 2019, winning the Easterns Prep Tournament Championship in 2019.

Kevin founded Maverick Water Polo in 2014 to provide more opportunities for athletes in the Philadelphia area to participate in this fun and exciting sport.He has also been involved with the USA Water Polo ODP program since 2018. Kevin is excited to share his love of aquatics with the WCAC community and help athletes grow and achieve their greatest potential, in and out of the water.

Coach Jonathan F Assistant Program Director

Jonathan is began coaching with WCAC in the 2018-2019 season. He started his swimming career in 1987 with Nor-Gwyn. During his swimming career he swam for Nor-Gwyn Summer club and North Penn Aquatic Club. As Jonathan entered high school he continued swimming for NG and NPAC as well as North Penn High School until 2000 when he graduated. After the Knights, Jonathan moved on to swim DII at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where here graduated with a BA in Sociology. During his time at IUP he specialized in the 100 and 200 Butterfly as well as the 50 to 500 Freestyle. During his college swimming career he placed top 12 every year.  He competed in multiple events and was a part of several top 6 place finishing relays. He has earned several All American Honors during his swimming experience.

Jonathan started his coaching career in 2001 when he began coaching with his brother Jeff at Lansdale Swim Team. After graduating from IUP, his career really took off. Jonathan has been involved in swimming at every level from beginner swim lessons, adaptive swim lessons, and summer club swimming programs to USA Club swimming and has loved every second of it. He finds nothing better than helping a swimmer to learn how much more they can be with a little hard work, and good guidance. Jonathan brings one basic philosophy to any team he is a part of, “Every swimmer, every day!” He wants everyone to always remember his favorite quote when training as well, “Today I will do what you won’t, so tomorrow I can do what you can’t”. Jonathan feels that there is nothing better than seeing a person overcoming something they truly thought they couldn’t and being a helping part of it.       

Alex Willcox Girls SAL Coach

Alex swam competitively for 14 years beginning when he was 5 years old and up to college for when he swam for Susquehanna University. During his swimming career, Alex has broken school records for Susquehanna University and swam at some of the biggest meets in the area. After his swimming career ended, Alex started coaching and has been coaching for the past 8 years. He started coaching at the Ambler YMCA with a summer coaching at CBST in which he learned a lot and developed his coaching background. Alex then coached for two years as the Head Coach at the Boyertown YMCA where he coached several YMCA National swimmers and 4 Junior Nationals qualifiers. Alex then came to WCAC two years ago and he stepped into the role of Head Girls Coach last year and is happy to be the Head Girls yet again this year.

Chris Bashaar Boys SAL Coach

Chris has been a competitive swimmer since the age of four and a swim coach for the better part of a decade. Having swam for the Souderton and Pennridge intermural teams, the EMAC and CBST USA teams, and the Pennridge High school, he chose to pursue coaching when he turned 16.  Having coached the winter PAC as an assistant for nine years and head coaching the summer PAC for two, he takes pride in his teams and greatly enjoys working with swimmers of all walks of life. He began to do adult and adaptive swim lessons for the Lansdale YMCA from 2016-17 while seeking his Masters in PreK-4 Education from Rosemont College. Now, with student teaching on the horizon, he is working as an ES paraprofessional in the North Penn School District. He has joined WCAC in 2019 in the hopes of improving the skills and outlooks of a new group of swimmers and is excited to embrace all that Wissahickon has to offer (especially the beautiful pool). If you ask nicely he just might fold a paper animal for you, but there are no guarantees that he can do it well.

Frank Wills Coach

Frank Wills has been with WCAC for 6 years. He brings his expertise from several different programs in the area. He first started coaching as an assistant coach with Malvern Swimming Association, an all USA based team. At the same time, he was teaching swim lessons while a student of West Chester University. When he moved back home from college, he began coaching with PWAC, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, and Cedarbrook Country Club where he took on both assistant and head coaching responsibilities. Frank is currently a science teacher at Norristown High School.

Antoinette High Coach

Antoinette is very happy to be back for another swim season with the Wissahickon Community Aquatic Club!  This program is where her swimming career started, along with the Nor-Gwyn Aquatic Club in the summer!  Antoinette played water polo and swam in high school.  Her favorite events were the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle.  By day, she is a high school math teacher and enjoys being able to work with the community aquatics program. Antoinette's favorite part about swimming is the friendships that were formed at swim practice and meets!  Again looking forward to a great season!!!

Meredith Kroener Coach

From an early age, Coach Meredith played numerous sports and participated in many competitive events. At the age of 12, she joined the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club and focused on herpassion for swimming. Swimming is a sport she excelled in She broke numerous sprint freestyle records throughout her career as a USA swimmer. Through grit, focus and dedication to this sport, she learned how important those traits were and applied them to herlife. Coach Meredith is committed to brining those same characteristics to WCAC and I’m looking forward to an exciting season.

Alex Piazza Coach

I started my swimming career with Whitpain Greens swim club at the age of 8 and swam until my senior year of high school for NAAC and for Pope John Paul II's club team. Although I was unable to swim in college, I stayed involved with swimming by becoming a coach at Whitpain Greens swim club in June 2015. In addition to coaching at Whitpain Greens, I also help to manage and teach private swim lessons there. I graduated from Shippensburg University in Early Childhood Education and Special Education and I have recently started working as a teacher in the Perkiomen Valley School District. I have been looking to be able to coach during the winter and now that I have moved back to the area I am very excited that I have the opportunity to join the WCAC Trojans! 

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