Coaching Staff



Jim Leitz (Swim Team Administrator/Head Coach)

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.

Jamie Cessna

Jonathan Collier

Kaitlin Harnish

Kira Iatesta

Alicia Jenkins

First Season with the Marlins Swim Team. Recent graduate of Widener University. Head Coach at Wallingford Swim Club since 2016.

Kristen McCandless

Kristen McCandless has been swimming since the age of five, swam for Emmaus High School, as well as Shippensburg University. She has been a head coach of the Lower Macungie Lazers in Macungie since 2009 and an assistant swim coach since 2007. She also coached Council Rock Club and Council Rock South Girls High School team for the 2012-2013 school year.

Catie McCann

Caitlin McDonough

This is Caitlin’s first year coaching for the Marlins. She has coached at Aronimink Swim Club for the past 4 summers. She started swimming when she was 9 years old for both swim teams and continued through high school. She recently graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Chemistry.

Mike Purcell

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.

Lauren Waldron

Andrea Warren

Has been part of the swim community since the age of 9. She swam for 12 years of her life. Starting at her local summer pool and continuing on through high school. She furthered her career by swimming for West Chester University’s club team. She also just recently returned from her missions’ trip to Africa, where she helped supply clean water. Andrea is in her senior year at West Chester, where she is studying to become a dietitian. She cannot wait to see what this season has to offer!