Coaching Staff


Mike Purcell (Head Coach)

This is Mike’s 5th year with the Marlins. He has coaching experience with YMCA and coaches at The Lansdowne Swim Club in the summer. He spends most of his time working with and improving our younger swimmers. Mike is a former Marlins swimmer and father of one of our current swimmers.

Jim Leitz (Swim Team Administrator)

In this 14th year with the Marlins, Coach Jim has over 18 years of experience in the sport, including eight years with the Marlins’ Program as a swimmer. He brings a strong strength to the staff with his communication and focus on stroke technique. Jim is the father of one Marlins swimmer and two graduates from the Marlins program.

Tara Burke (Head Girls Coach)

With a background in swimming from Archbishop Prendergast, Tara brings a wealth of coaching experience with her. She is the coach for the Lansdowne Swim Team in the summer and the Upper Darby High School Girls team in the winter. She has been a teacher in the Upper Darby School District for 13 years.

Sara Keenan (Head Boys Coach)

Coaching for the last eight years and being a swimmer for the last 18 years, including time as a Marlin, Sara comes to us with vast knowledge in the sport. She recently graduated from Millersville University, where she coached a USA team. She is currently pursuing a career in the science field. She loves working with the young kids to watch them improve by leaps and bounds, but she has a soft spot for the older kids that define themselves as swimmers pushing their way to the top with positive competition from each other.

Jonathan Collier

Elizabeth Fleming

Kaitlin Harnish

Kira Iatesta

Kateln Marucci

Allison McDonough

Lauren Waldron