- Norrristown Area High School - Girl's (NAHS): Head Coach 1997 - Present
- Norrristown Area High School - Boy's (NAHS): Head Coach 2012 - Present
Aquatic Club (NAAC):
- Head Coach 2013 - Present
- Asst. Coach 2005 - 2008
- Upper Merion Stingrays (UMST): Head Coach 2010 - Present (Summer Swim)
- Markley Farms ST (MFST): Asst Coach 1998 - 2002 Head Coach 2003 - 2009
- USA Swimming Certified Coach
- ASCA Level 3 Certified Coach
Coach Beth has been a swimming coach for 20+ years and started her coaching career by giving swim lessons at Norristown Area High School helping kids of all ages learn to better themselves, their strokes and achieve their goals. Coach Beth is very passionate about the Norristown area and swimming and wants to help each child succeed in the pool and in life. Coach Beth has been inducted in to the Suburban Aquatic League's Hall of Fame for Coaches. She is a Norristown High School graduate and swam for Bill Zackey from 1973-1974 during his inaugural year at NAHS. She also swam for Markley Farms and General Washington Country Club swim teams as a child.
She was also a President of NAAC while her three daughters swam for both NAAC and NAHS. They also swam with the Markley Farms and Whitpain Greens Swim Teams. This gives Coach Beth the added perspective of being both a swim coach and swim parent. Coach Beth's goal is to have swimmers learn to love the sport of swimming and make improvements in their times and their strokes. Coach Beth graduated from Lock Haven University and played Lacrosse there. She is a teacher professionally in the Eisenhower Science & Technology Leadership Academy in Norristown Area School District.
Coach Mark has 10+ years of swim team coaching experience. He started swimming as a young boy in grade school and swam for his local YMCA in Bethesda, MD. He continued in High School and was a 2 year Captain of his High School swim team in Fork Union, VA. He started his coaching career at YMCA Camp Letts at the age of 14 as a counselor / Lifeguard where he encouraged children of all ages to believe in themselves, build confidence and help improve there skills.
Mark attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC for College and graduated with a BA in Political Science. He was a member of the The Citadel swim team and earned a varsity letter in swimming. After graduating, he served in United States Army for 4 years an earned rank of Captain and also played on the Army's Water Polo team . After the Army, he furthered my education with a BA in Education from University of Maryland and also was a member on water polo club team .
Most of my Mark's coaching experience has been thru YMCA’s. He has served as the Head Coach of the Mexico, MO, Marlins swim team from 1995-2005 and was also the Head Coach of the Danville Family YMCA in Va from 2014-2016. Currently, he is a swim instructor at Spring Valley YMCA and I also participate in the Masters Swim Program. Mark has been married to Fran for 32 years and the have 2 sons .
YMCA Head Coach 1995 - 2005 ( Marlins swim team )
YMCA Head Coach 2014-2016 (Danville YMCA)
Certified Swim Instructor
USA Swimming Certified Coach
ASCA Level 1 Certified Coach
Coach Chad grew up in Coatesville, PA swimming from early childhood through college.His sports background helped him develop an interest in his current profession, Physical therapy.He swam competitively through undergraduate school at James Madison University.His favorite events were the IM and breast stroke.For several summers he taught swim lessons at local swim clubs. While attending graduate school he helped coach the swim club at Duke University.
He has been a physical therapist for almost 20 years working with all age groups, but enjoys sports medicine and helping with children and adults recover from injuries slowing them down from their passions in life.His passions are swimming, surfing, and keeping up with his daughters Lauren and Sarah.
He values swimming as a sport because it helps build self-confidence along with a strong understanding of working together as a team.The life skills of becoming a strong swimmer, as well as fostering fun in competition are what he brings to coaching.
Sam Sjosten has been swimming since he was ten years old. Sam got his start swimming for the Boyertown YMCA Navy Seals (BYNS) in the PennDel League. He was both a district and state qualifier in the 400 IM and 200 Breast . Sam is also a Tri-Athlete and has participated in the USA Triathlon Junior Elite event series.
This past summer Sam gained his first experience in coaching for the Maple Springs Sea Dogs in the Berks County Swimming Association. He is currently a Sophomore at Ursinus College where he is double majoring in Politics and Applied Economics, and he swam for the Men's Swim Team as a Freshman.
Sam says his favorite thing about swimming besides being in the water is the friendships and discipline that the sport teaches that carries into all things in life. His favorite event is the IM because he like every stroke and putting them together in combination. Sam's future plans include continuing to grow as a swim coach and go to law school after he graduates from Ursinus College.
Norristown Area Aquatic Club (NAAC): Asst. Coach 2001 - Present
Coach Bruce is the team Technical Coach and works with the swimmers focusinng improving their technical skills, such as stroke technique, starts & turns and more. Both his son and daughter swam with NAAC. During this time he has had the pleasure of coaching many very talented swimmers and great young people. His goals as a coach are to try to make sure that every swimmer learns good technique, shows improvement, and have some fun.
Bruce started swimming as a five-year-old at Mermaid Lake Swim Club. In the winter he swam for the Norristown YMCA and the Methacton Aquatic Club. A 1975 graduate of Methacton High School, Bruce was named a High School All-State in 1974 and 1975 in the medley relay and backstroke. They were league champions in 1973, 1974, and 1975. Bruce graduated from West Chester University in 1980. Bruce credits the great coaches he had in the early years with learning the value of hard work, discipline, teamwork and commitment. He also made some very good friends.
Bruce, the owner of Frank Jones Sporting Goods in Norristown, is married, has two children and lives in Lower Providence Township.
Coach Tessa is a kindergarten teacher in the Avon Grove school district and loves every second of it. She is a graduate of Albright college and moved home to Norristown where she was reunited with Coach Beth and started coaching with NAAC.
Coach Tessa swam for NAAC since she was 9 and did summer swimming at Markley Farms (until my senior year when I swam for Upper Merion). She swam on the Norristown high school team all 4 years but "retired" when she entered college. Her favorite event was, and still is, the 100 free. For the first two years of high school she was the team breaststroker but finished up my junior and senior year as a backstroker.
Coach Gabi VanLeer is a graduate of Pennridge High School, class of 2012, and of Kutztown University, class of 2015. In college Gabi received her BS in Sociology with a concentration on Marriage and the Family.
Gabi started her swimming career when she was 6 years old at Souderton Aquatic Club. Gabi swam with Souderton for 6 years until Pennridge developed a team and then Gabi finished out her aquatic career for Pennridge (an additional 6 years). Aside from the aquatic club, Gabi swam for USA swimming and was a part of Argo Aquatics. Gabi also swam and played water polo all throughout her high school career. In 2012 Gabi stopped swimming and focused on her water polo career full time. She played for the Olympic Developmental team representing the east coast.
Gabi has always has a passion for teaching children and passing on her knowledge and wisdom of the sport. Gabi was a lifeguard and swim instructor for 5 years (Holiday House Pool in Sellersville and Pennridge High School). Gabi was also the assistant coach for the Perkasie Pirates Water Polo team where she was able to teach the basic fundamentals of the game to younger children. Gabi is super excited to join the Norristown Aquatics Club because she can’t wait to watch the younger swimmers grow as individuals and in the pool. When Gabi is not at the pool, she is a case manager for workers compensation patients at a company based in King of Prussia. Gabi is recently married to coach Kyle and they have rescued two puppies, Cooper and Remi, who are both lab mixes.
Coach Kyle is a 2010 graduate of Pennridge High School and a 2015 graduate of Drexel University with a masters in Biomedical Engineering. Kyle started swimming in high school and was elected captain his junior and senior year. His swimming abilities led him to several districts meets in 100 fly, and 200 IM (his specialties) and two relay school records that still stand today. His swimming interests led him to compete in several triathlons and become very active in water polo. Kyle was also a lifeguard and swim instructor where he taught private lessons at Indian Valley Country Club. Kyle has also dedicated his time to assist with the Perkasie Pirates Water Polo where he spent his time working with the older kids in developing their skills.
In college Kyle focused on his education and club water polo as he was the treasurer and a captain as a senior. Outside of the pool Kyle is an Engineer at a company based in Audubon. Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife (Coach Gabi) and their two dogs as well as doing DIY projects and home improvements.
Melissa Otterbein comes to NAAC with over 10 years swim coaching experience and is a Certified USA Level 1 Triathlon Coach. She was an All-District and All-State swimmer at Springfield Township High School and a four year scholar athlete swimmer at Towson University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Family Studies and Community and Development. She is a 2015 USA Triathlon Age Group National Qualifier and 2013 Ironman 70.3 All World Bronze Athlete and World Qualifier. She most recently worked with Student Conservation Association (SCA) as a Field Leader leading youth in conservation service work projects in Baltimore City. Prior to SCA she was Program Manager for The Grassroot Project, a Washington D.C. nonprofit that equips college athletes to become HIV/AIDS educators to middle school students using a sports-based curriculum. She is the founder of Letters to Future Sisters, a collection of letters from women and girls across the world sharing stories and dreams for future generations of women and girls. She is excited for her first season with NAAC! Go Eagles!