Wissahickon Community Aquatic Club

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.

Jake Harner Head Age Group Coach

About Jake
Jake grew up in the Greater Philadelphia area.  As an age group swimmer, he competed for Lower Moreland Aquatic Club (a SAL team).  Jake attended Father Judge High School and is a graduate of Bloomsburg University, where he majored in Communications Studies and was a 4-year letter winner on the swim team.
A decorated member of the Bloomsburg University Swim Team, Jake set school records in multiple events, qualified for the NCAA Swimming Championships, and earned All-America honors five times.  
In 2016, Jake qualified for the USA Olympic Trials.
After graduation, Jake stayed at Bloomsburg University, serving as a volunteer assistant coach under Stu Marvin   This position allowed him to continue his swimming career, while learning about coaching.  In 2018, Jake competed in the TYR Pro Series and US Swimming Summer Nationals.
After retiring from high-level competitive swimming, Jake turned his attention and energy to age group coaching.  He has served in various positions at Lower Moreland Aquatic Club and most recently for Friends Central Aquatic Club.  His swimmers have competed at Silver Champs, JOs, and Senior Champs.  Jake also has experience coordinating swim lessons and running a Masters swim program.

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.

Frank Wills Boys SAL 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!!!

Bart Schneider Coach

Bart began his swimming career at age 9, swimming with the North Penn YMCA.  He then went on to have a very successful swimming career at Germantown Academy, where his records for the 50 and 100 freestyle still stand!  Bart came back to full-time coaching in 2010, joining the coaching staff of the Wissahickon High School swim team.  In 2013 Bart joined the WCAC coaching staff and we are lucky to have him!  Bart now runs our USA swim program, although he can also always be found on deck coaching our WCAC club swimmers.  Bart feels that his most important job as a coach is working on stroke technique.

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