Coaching Staff

Contact: marlins@cyedc.org

 

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.

Kim Detweiler (Assistant Head Coach)

With over 13 years of experience, Kim brings summer, high school and collegiate experience to our staff. Kim is currently the Head Coach for Archbishop Prendergast High School swim team. This will be her ninth season with the Marlins.

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.

David Ciavarelli

First Season with the Marlins Swim Team, currently a student at West Chester University. Head Coach at Primos/Secane Swim Club since 2015.

Alicia Jenkins

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

Joe Matarazzo

In his 5th year of coaching for the Marlins, Joe has been involved in swimming for 12 years. He personally swam for eight years and represented the Marlins at the 2010 YMCA Short Course Nationals finishing in the top 25 for both his 50 and 100 yard freestyle.

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.

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.

Sean Spellacy

Sean is extremely excited to start my first year coaching at the Y! Sean has been swimming since the age of 7, starting at Aronimink Swim Club, every summer until the age of 18. He also swam for the Y between ages 8-15, and made it to states a couple of those years. Sean swam competitively at Malvern Prep high school and at Albright College for his four years as an undergraduate. Sean graduated from Albright in May, with a bachelor degree in Business Marketing.

Timmy Truax

In his 8th year of coaching for the Marlins, Coach Timmy swam for the Marlins for five years, where he was a national qualifier. While attending Villanova University, Tim was a school record holder in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and a six time Big East champion. He has previous coaching experience at Yeadon Swim Club and Villanova University.

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!