The Community YMCA is pleased to welcome our new Aquatics Director, Thomas Wyatt, to the Lansdowne Branch! Thomas will be overseeing the branch’s entire Aquatics Department on a daily basis. He will ensure we have proper lifeguard coverage, oversee all group and private swim lessons, and will work closely with the Lansdowne Marlins Swim Team to coordinate pool time.
Tommy, as he is familiarly known, comes to us from over the bridge, where he lives in Sicklerville, NJ, Camden County. He’s currently a graduate student at Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. Tommy began his undergraduate studies at Temple University in 2017, where he not only achieved academically, but was a dual-threat quarterback for the Owls Football team. He then transferred to Rutgers University and continued to soar high on the field, leading the Scarlet Knights. He graduated with a degree in biochemistry and exercise science in just three years. As a full-time student, players are required to study all year round, given the amount of practice time every day.
Prior to his collegiate run, Tommy excelled as the star quarterback for Overbrook High School in Pine Hill, NJ. He threw for 2,163 yards and 17 touchdown passes, rushed for 485 yards, scoring ten TD’s himself! He earned the Joe Flacco and Southern NJ Quarterback of the Year awards, plus earned First-Team, All-State, and All-South Jersey honors. He also competed in the Phil Simms New Jersey All-Star Game.
The natural-born athlete also made major strides on the high school track and field team, earning All-State and All-Conference honors in the javelin and high jump. He was a four-year letterman in track, and also a three-year letterman in basketball.
Tommy said his passion for the pool began as a young lifeguard in high school. He started working at local waterparks, and has been into aquatics avidly for several years. He discovered the Community Y while in Florida – a happy accident!
“I was visiting my girlfriend’s mother at the time, and we went to the SKY YMCA where I played volleyball all summer,” he recalls. “Everyone was just so nice, so friendly, and so welcoming, so when I found out about the open position here I was so excited!”
And it’s “excitement, energy, and providing the safest aquatic program” that Tommy has set as his goals for the Community YMCA.
Tommy has two older brothers and a younger sister. He is also in the NJ Army National Guard – a hero on and off the field!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, AND WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY YMCA, TOMMY!