Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right.       

- Henry Ford

Heatherfield Swim Team Coaches             

 

 

Head Coach:        Justin Spitzer           517-256-6365 (cell)                         

    2020 marks Justin's 34th year with Heatherfield!   This is his 22nd season as head coach and he is 
also one of the original members of the team (founded in 1985 when Justin was 6).  He swam 
competitively with Heatherfield in the summer and various winter programs (including 4 seasons 
at Central Dauphin High School) from age 6 through 18.  His favorite and best stroke has always 
been breaststroke - while at C.D., Justin had the privilege of swimming with future Olympic 
breaststroke gold/silver medalist Jeremy Linn.

        Under Justin's leadership, Heatherfield has grown from 45 swimmers in 1996 (his last year as a 
swimmer) to 154 swimmers in 2019.  The team has advanced from "C" Division to "A" Division, winning 
C Division in 1998 and B Division in 2004.  The overall dual meet record in those years is 75 wins and
29 losses, with numerous invitational meet titles as well as a 1st place team finish at Mid-Caps
in 2010 and 2nd place from 2015 - 2019 (out of approx. 40 teams).  His goal as head coach is to 
ensure that every swimmer has a positive experience at Heatherfield, regardless of age or ability.  
Heatherfield balances hard work and fun, incorporating technique, endurance, and speed work, dry-land 
workouts, and fun team-building activities both in and out of the water.
           
        A Harrisburg native, Justin is a graduate of The University of Michigan with a B.A. in History 
and also holds a Masters degree in American History from the University of Connecticut .   
Outside of swimming, Justin's hobbies include hiking, reading, traveling, and following his favorite 
sports teams - The University of Michigan football team in particular.   He has hiked extensively 
throughout the U.S. , including a 2,150+ mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to  
Maine in 2001 and a 275 mile thru-hike of Vermont 's Long Trail in 2006.   He has also climbed all 34
11,000 Ft. peaks in Utah's Wasatch Range and all 21 of the 13,000 Ft. peaks in the Uinta Range.

        Justin moved to Utah in August 2007 and teaches at a small private boarding high school from
August - May.  He loves the mountains, canyons, and arches of Utah and spends much 
of his free time exploring Utah's peaks and National Parks.   Even though he may be two time 
zones away, he's not letting that stop him from returning to Heatherfield to coach his favorite 
swim team again this summer!  He considers the Heatherfield Swim Team to be part of his 
family and is looking forward to another great summer with them!

 

 Assistant Coaches  
 

Assistant Coach: Anthony Pompei

 

 

Assistant Coach: Alexa Taylor

Alexa Taylor is a senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology
on the Pre-Med track. At school, she is a research assistant and peer mentor for two labs: an animal
neuroscience lab and a family psychology lab. Additionally, she is a microbiology lab teaching assistant.
She swam at Heatherfield for 5 seasons and kept up her winter swimming with Collegiate, LPAC, and
Central Dauphin's varsity team.
 In her free time, she enjoys hiking and exploring with her friends
and family. When home from college, she loves working as a Nursing Assistant at UPMC Pinnacle.
She hopes to fill this season with fast and, most importantly, fun times!  

 

 

 

 

Assistant Coach: Pam Nee
Pam was a standout swimmer at Shippensburg University, where she earned All-American honors, was a part of 4
school record relays, and helped Ship finish 8th at NCAAs in 1993.   She showed great dedication and perseverance,
missing part of her sophomore year due to service in the 1st Gulf War, yet returning to excel at NCAAs as a Junior.
Her remarkable story was featured in Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine in 1992 (for more info and to see that
story, click here and scroll to page 4: Pam Nee    In 2009 Pam was inducted into the Shippensburg University
Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pam retired last year from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard (193rd SOW) after serving over 25 years. She is now 
pursuing a Masters degree in School Counseling and graduating in May along with an LPC. She has recently applied 
for a therapy dog through Susquehanna Service Dogs to work as a team, because they provide affection and comfort 
to children or veterans that she may counsel.  Pam also teaches swim lessons at the Friendship Center and coaches at 
LPAC in the winter.  She is looking forward to her second summer coaching at Heatherfield!
 



Assistant Coach: Jonathan Mata

Jonathan has been one of the most successful members of Heatherfield since he joined in 2007 (age 8).
He's broken multiple team records, been an annual qualifier for Mid-Caps, and achieved multiple top 3
finishes at both all-stars and Mid-Caps. Fun fact: he never missed a dual meet!

At the AA State meet in 2016, he finished 10th in Backstroke (53.56) and led off a 5th place
medley relay (24.99 in 50 yard Back). 

Jonathan is currently going to be a senior at Mount Saint Mary's University where he is studying
business and is also a member of the Division 1 swim team where he has qualified for the national
conference championship meet every year thus far.  He has had the opportunity to coach and teach
swimmers at all levels as well as find time to lifeguard.  2020 is Jonathan's 6th year coaching at
Heatherfield, and he's 
excited to be back for another great summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Coach: Ally Yoder

Ally Yoder just finished her sophomore year of college at Penn State University where she is majoring
in Meteorology with a minor in Geographic Information Systems and a certificate in Geospatial
Big Data Analytics.
 
Ally has been swimming since the age of seven. She swam for Lower Paxton Aquatic Club and
Heatherfield Swim Team for 12 seasons and made it to the highest championship meet each season.
She swam for Central Dauphin High School where she made AAA Districts three times and was
captain senior year.
 
In the winter Ally coaches for Nittany Lion Aquatic Club and is a USA Swimming certified swim coach.
She also teaches private swim lessons across the community over the summer and has been
a lifeguard for five years.
 
This will be Ally’s fifth swim season coaching Heatherfield and she can’t wait to see what this season brings!

 


 


Assistant Coach: Katie Posavec

Katie has been swimming since she was five years old, starting at LPAC in 2006 and then continuing with Heatherfield the following summer.

Katie just finished her sophomore year at Bishop McDevitt, and has qualified for Mid-Penns in the 200 IM each year,
the 100 back and 100 breast, and also a few relays. Katie has also qualified for Districts each year in 200 IM, and her
400 freestyle relay medaled for 7th place in 2016. She was also apart of the 2017 state team as an alternate for the 200 free relay.

Katie also is a swim instructor with Mike Mausner, who taught her to swim, and recommended she swim in the winter.
When she’s not in the pool, Katie enjoys going on hikes, fly fishing, New England Patriots football, and attending McD
sporting events, especially football. Katie is ready and excited to make her first year of coaching a memorable one!!!!

 

 


Assistant Coach - Madeline Cherry


Madeline is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is majoring in Chemistry and
minoring in Italian. Hail to Pitt!


Madeline has been swimming since she was five years old. She swam on Colonial Country Club and LPAC
for the beginning of her swim career and Heatherfield for 12 years. She currently holds four records for
the Heatherfield swim team. This is her third year as a Heatherfield swim coach. In high school,
Madeline was a part of Central Dauphin’s team.


Out of the pool, she enjoys CrossFit, binging Tik Toks, enjoying time with family, and making
customizable gifts for her friends. She is excited to be coaching again this summer and cannot wait to
see the improvement of every swimmer!

 


 

Assistant Coach - Karli Averill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Assistant Coach - Aliyah Rabino

Aliyah Rabino will be a Senior at Central Dauphin High School in the Fall of 2020. 

She has been swimming since the age of 8 and has swam at Heatherfield for 4 years. Apart from coaching, Aliyah is also a swim instructor at Friendship Center where she first learned how to swim. 

In high school, Aliyah is a part of the track & field team and the swim team. She has qualified for Mid-Penns and Districts each year for the swim team. Aliyah was also a part of the relay which broke the school’s 4x100 freestyle relay record in 2020.

Other than swimming, Aliyah loves to play volleyball and waterpolo. Her favorite part about being a coach is watching everyone on the team improve throughout the summer and coaching at the Hummelstown Relay Invitational. She hopes to have another exciting season at Heatherfield!

 



Assistant Coach - Alec Burger

This summer will be Alec’s third year coaching at Heatherfield. He joined Heatherfield in 2017, and quickly realized this team
was the team for him. The following summer he started coaching. Alec currently attends Shippensburg university with an
undeclared major, as well as part of the swim team. Besides coaching and swimming, Alec enjoys working at Chocolate World,
going to concerts, and hanging with his friends. Alec hopes to make this next season the best since he is done swimming
and can coach even more!

 

Assistant Coach - Patrick Hemingway

Patrick Hemingway is a senior at Bishop McDevitt High School. He has been swimming since he was 8 years old and
for Heatherfield since 2012. He and his teammates won a gold medal at the AA state meet in the 400 freestyle relay in 2019. 
Patrick is a team captain for Bishop McDevitt and has helped them win back to back to back titles in their district meet. 2020
is Patrick’s second year as a Heatherfield coach. When Patrick’s not swimming, he enjoys playing piano and drums, as well
as hiking with his dogs.  

 

 

Assistant Coach - Lena Recce

Lena Recce has been swimming for Heatherfield since she was 6 years old and always dreamed of being a coach. 
She is currently a junior at Central Dauphin High School and is a member of their Golf, Swimming, and Track teams. 
 
She spent last winter learning to be a diver to help her school swim team win extra points at meets. Lena loves to laugh,
ski, golf, swim, and play volleyball. Along with coaching in the summer, she works as a lifeguard at the Hershey Country
Club and works at Sportsmans Golf Course. Heatherfield Swim Team is Lena's favorite part of summer. She loves seeing
the kids improve and have fun and she is excited to coach again this year!