Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Cynthia Lyons Head Coach
Kaitlyn Hartlaub Assistant Coach

My love of swimming started when I watched my best friend in her first meet back in 2001. From that moment I decided to join the Palmyra Aquatic Club at age 9. I competed with PAC during the winter and summer seasons until I graduated high school. Throughout my high school years I attended Bishop McDevitt High School and swam on the high school team all four years. My favorite events were the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.((I attended college at Lock Haven University and swam for LHU all four years, qualifying for PSAC my junior and senior year. My best events in college were the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly. I graduated with  a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  After graduation I moved back home and worked as a Therapeutic Support Staff before starting my job at the Vista School in Hershey last October.  When not on the pool deck, I enjoy reading, watching Netflix, cleaning and listening to music. I also enjoy hanging out with my family, my husband, Joel and my friends.

Laura Sholly Assistant Coach

My love of water began at a very young age. I started swimming on the summer swim team at the age of five when I had gotten tired of watching swim meets. I have been obsessed with the water ever since. I mostly swam freestyle, butterfly and the IM. In high school I played field hockey and softball along with swimming. I then attended Misericordia University where I continued my swimming career. My senior year I received the coach's award.

When not at the pool, I work as an Occupational Therapist for Derry Township School District. My husband and I have two children, Addisan and Ryan. I have been with the Palmyra Aquatic Club since 2002. From 2004-2009 I also coached the Palmyra High School Team. 

Addison Smith Assistant Coach

My love for swimming began when I was very young. When I was about 4 or 5 I joined a swim team and had my dad as my coach. I swam through high school and college. My favorite stroke is breaststroke. However, when I was young I loved back and fly. Through the years of having my dad as a coach I decided that one day I would be a coach like him.
I have been coaching swimming since 2012. I currently coach a high school team with my dad.
When I’m not coaching swimming I’m coaching cross country, track or girls on the run. I have coached running since 2010.

I recently got married and moved to the palmyra area. I enjoy being outside, spending time at the beach or lake, running, and biking. I am also a first grade teacher in the Central Dauphin School District.

Ryan Epler Assistant Coach

I started swimming at 5 years old with PAC and graduated from Palmyra in 2004.  I continued to swim in college at Misericordia University for all 4 years.  My events of choice were 100, 200 backstroke and 400 IM.

Ryan Rocchi Assistant Coach

I grew up in Palmyra and have loved the water since I was very young. I started swimming for PAC in elementary school, took a brief hiatus when my family moved to China for 3 1/2 years and continued swimming again starting my Sophomore year for both PAC and the Palmyra High School team. I attended Shippensburg University, swimming all four years there, was co-captain my senior year, and helped lead our team to its highest finish in over 20 years (2nd place). My best events were the 100 and 200 breaststroke, I also swam both the 200 and 400 IM. I have a Bachelors in Communication and Masters in Business Administration both from Shippensburg.  

I am married and have a son.  When not at the pool I run a family property ownership and management company, enjoy hanging out with family and friends, and spending time at the beach.

Walt Smith Assistant Coach
Board of Directors