2022 Willowdale Dolphins Coaching Staff
 
 
 
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Please join us in welcoming back our fantastic Head Coach Ryan Fish and Assistant Coach Brenanne Axelson. We are excited to welcome Liz Spanfelner to our coaching staff.

Our coaches encourage kids of all ages and ability to join – every swimmer is a valuable member of our team!

 

​Head Coach Ryan Fish

Ryan has been the Head Coach with Willowdale for 9 seasons and has experience coaching all levels of competitive swimming. He has coached at Burlington County College for the Jersey Devil Rays swim team. He also coached the Rancocas Valley Regional High School Girls Swim Team in 2011. Ryan was a competitive swimmer for Westwood Swim Club from ages 4-18 and a 4 year varsity swimmer at Rancocas Valley where he specialized in the breast stroke and individual medley. After graduating high school Ryan attended Wesley College, Dover DE and played 4 years of NCAA soccer and tennis. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is currently a health and physical education teacher as well as a USA Swimming coach.  He enjoys spending free time with his wife Alyssa, friends and his awesome dog Toby. 

 

​Assistant Coach Liz Spanfelner

Liz has always been a passionate swimmer. She grew up swimming at Jersey Wahoos and went on to swim competitively at The College of New Jersey. Coach Liz has coached within the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association, the Suburban Swim League, and Tri-County. Currently coach Liz is coaching year round with the MLY Phoenix. She holds bachelors degrees in early childhood education and english literature and is pursuing her masters in education. Outside of the pool Coach Liz is in the classroom. She has been a first grade teacher in Hammonton Nj. for the past six years. Coach Liz is looking forward to a great summer!

 

Assistant Coach Brenanne Axelson

Brenanne grew up swimming at Tavistock Hills from ages 5-18, where   she helped teach Learn to Swim and worked as a lifeguard. She swam for a few club teams, including GPAC, TWAC, and SJAC. Brenanne was a four-year varsity swimmer for the Bishop Eustace Girls’ Swim Team, where she was coached by Ryan. Brenanne is currently a student at Penn State University in the Bellisario College of Communications where she will receive her Bachelor’s Degree. After a crazy COVID senior season, Brenanne is excited to be back in the Tri-County Swimming Association as a coach. She is so excited to be back at Willowdale for her second season, and is looking forward to an amazing summer!​