Coaches/Instructors

Adam Braun
Director of Aquatics, Head Coach of FCA & FCS
Coaches: Senior (Lead), Junior II, Junior I, Novice, & Mini's

Adam joined FCA in December of 2020 as the Director of Aquatics and Head Coach.  After spending eight years coaching at Drexel University, the last six as the head coach, he briefly tried life in the "real world" as a professional recruiter.  When the  opportunity at FCA presented itself it was crystal clear to Adam that he belonged back on the pool deck. 

While at Drexel, Adam helped lead the Dragons to heights the program had never seen before.  This included program high finishes at CAA championships, individual & relay champions at CAA's, and coaching multiple swimmers to qualify for and final at NCAA's, U.S. Nationals, and Olympic Trials.  During the six years as head coach all but one of the team records were broken and over 400 new All-Time Top 5 Performances were swum.  During his tenure, Adam was a two-time CAA Coach of the Year and one-time Drexel Athletics Coach of the Year once.

Prior to Drexel, Adam served as the Director of Competitive Aquatics at the Western Family YMCA in Newark, Delaware for nearly five years.  A native Michigander, Adam grew up just north of Detroit swimming for the South Oakland YMCA competing and national level meets. throughout high school  He followed in his brother Matt and Uncle George's footsteps by attending and swimming for Ohio State University where he graduated with a degree in Coaching & Management.

Adam currently resides in the Passyunk Square neighborhood of South Philadelphia with his wife Mary, new baby girl Emilia and their mastiff mix dog Millie.

Will Gallagher
Assistant Head Coach
Coaches: Senior, Junior II (Lead), Junior I (Lead), Novice, & Mini's

Will came to FCA in August of 2019 as the Assistant Head Coach. During his tenure at FCA, he has become their Meet Director and Operational Risk Director while also being a coach. He is active in the Middle Atlantic (MA) LSC. He is on the Board of Directors of Middle Atlantic as the Safe Sport Chair, and recently was part of the Middle Atlantic Summer All-Star Zone Coaching Staff in August of 2021. Prior to joining FCA, Will was the Assistant coach at Lower Moreland and was also their Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to there, he was the Head Coach of the Ambler Area YMCA for two years. 

Will is from the Philadelphia area, and grew up in Upper Dublin Township. While attending Upper Dublin High School, he swam for the high school team all four years and was captain his senior year. Since then, he has always loved the sport! Will graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BS in Exercise Science and is working towards his Masters in Sports Management from the University of Texas-Austin.

Will’s love for Philadelphia Sports teams spreads to all four major teams! His favorite team is the Philadelphia Eagles and his favorite memory is attending the 2017 NFC Championship game. He also enjoys running and will be running the Philadelphia Marathon this November!

Bridget Brown
Head of Swim School & Assistant Head Coach
Coaches: Senior, Junior II, Junior I, Novice (Lead)

Bridget is the Head of FCA's Swim School and Assistant Swim Team Coach.  She is a Philadelphia native and a mother of two. During high school, she swam for world-renowned and recently inducted Swim Hall of Fame legend, Jim Ellis—check out the biopic film about him: Pride!

Bridget is a University of Pittsburgh graduate, where she participated in Varsity Swimming and Track. Her BS is in Health and Physical Activity, and her Masters is in Sport Management. Bridget has also been the Aquatics Manager at the KROC Center and the Coordinator of Aquatics Safety at Drexel University. Bridget is a Level II Member of American Swim Coaches Association.

Victoria Gillison
Team Phoenix Head Coach
Coaches: Team Phoenix, Novice/Mini's

Victoria is the Head Coach of the Team Phoenix program and assists with multiple groups for FCA and Swim School when needed.  Victoria is a Friends' Central School and FCA alumnae and went on to receive both her Bachelor's and Master's from the University of Pennsylvania.

While she was a student at FCS, Victoria was a four year varsity high school swimmer during which she set multiple records and was on the FSL Championship for four consecutive years.  She was a member of FCA from the age of nine until she left for UPenn.  

Victoria is excited to broaden her horizons with coaching at FCA and looks forward to helping her swimmers enjoy the sport of competitive swimming while continue to evolve as people, much like her coaches did for her.

Kerry Sherin-Porter
Assistant Coach
Coaches: Masters (Lead), Junior II, Junior I, Mini's (Lead), Team Phoenix, Swim School Level I

Kerry has been teaching and coaching in the area for over 25 years and has been with FCA since the summer of 2003.  Kerry is our swiss army knife of coaches as she works with all possible levels from masters swimmers to level I swim school participants.  She is the lead coach for Masters, Mini's and Level I swim school.  Kerry was also a FCA swim parent as one of her sons swam for FCA who still holds the 15-18 50 free team record and later went on to swim at West Chester University.

Kerry has a BS in Music Education from West Chester University and plays professionally with a string quartet and Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.

Ryan Kafer
Assitant Coach
Coaches: Senior (Lead), Junior II, Junior I

Ryan comes to FCA with over 15 years of USA Swimming coaching experience, including serving as the head coach of the boys' varsity swim team at Will Penn Charter School, senior coach at Penn Charter Aquatic Club, and head coach of Lower Moreland Swimming & Diving.  Ryan is also a certified strength and conditioning coach (through the NSCA) and certified kettlebell athletics trainer. 

Ryan swam for the University of Pennsylvania and was a US Nationals competitor in the 50 Free,100 Free, 200 Free, and 100 Fly.  Ryan was an Olympic Trials semi-finalist in the 50 Free in 2004 and world ranked top 50 in the 50m free.  Ryan currently lives in Germantown with his three children, who play soccer and lacrosse.

Olivia Gillison
Assistant Coach
Coaches: Senior & Junior II morning practices

Olivia is an Assistant Swim Coach at Friends’ Central Aquatics. Olivia has worked with young swimmers for more than 15 years including FCA Swim School, FCS Summer Camp and OWU’s Bishop Bubbles program. She began her swimming career with FCA at the age of eight (8) in the Novice Group and swam all the way through high school, at Friends’ Central, and collegiately, at Ohio Wesleyan University. Olivia graduated from OWU Cum Laude with a BA in Geography, Environmental Studies and Urban Studies. She has had many successes in being a part of record breaking relay’s through high school and college, as well as holding individual records. She continues her love for the sport of swimming through coaching the next generation at FCA and by advocating for equitable access to swimming for BIPOC communities. 

Jake Harner
Assistant Coach
Coaches: Senior, Junior II, Junior, Novice (Lead), Team Phoenix

This will be Jake's first season with FCA after coaching with Lower Moreland swim team for the previous four years.  While at LMOR he worked with all age-groups and was responsible for coordinating both their swim lessons and masters programs.

Jake is from the greater Philadelphia area swimming for LMOR growing up and graduating from Father Judge High school.  He then went on to attend Bloomsburg University where he studied Communications and swam for 4 years. While at Bloomsburg, Jake was a 5-time All-American with multiple school records as well as a 2016 Olympic Trials Semi-Finalist in the 100 Breast.

Post college, Jake was a volunteer assistant coach for Bloomsburg for one season and continued swimming, competing at the national level in 2018 TYR Pro Series and 2018 Summer Nationals in 50 & 100 Breast. He is very excited to continue coaching the sport he loves at FCA.

Taylor Mullens
Assistant Coach

Coaches Mini's & Team Phoenix

Taylor came to FCA to teach private lessons in the Fall of 2019 and this is her first season coaching with the swim team and Team Phoenix groups. Originally from Portland, OR, she grew up competitively swimming and started teaching swim lessons over 16 years ago. Taylor attended Temple University and earned a BS in Exercise Science and a Masters in Sport Business.  During her time at Temple she worked as the Aquatics Coordinator for their Campus Recreation Department.  

Taylor currently works for Rowan University in the Campus Recreation Department as the Assistant Director of Aquatics and Risk Management. With years of experience in aquatic program development and instruction, student development and safety/risk, Taylor is eager to have the opportunity to develop a new skill set in coaching. She is excited to be a part of the FCA community and can’t wait for the season ahead. 

Taylor lives with her husband Devon and dog Adele in West Philly. She loves to bake, exercise and take beach vacations. 

Christa Tait
Assistant Coach
Coaches: Team Phoenix, Novice/Mini's

Christa recently accepted a new teaching position in the summer of 2021 which will limit how much she will be able to coach during the 2021-2022 season but will are very excited she will continue to be coaching the Team Phoenix and Novice/Mini groups on Sundays.  She is now teaching ESL at Interboro School District for grades 1-8.

Christa swam in college while attending Ohio Wesleyan University where her and Coach Olivia were teammates.  Christa moved to the Philadelphia area back in 2016 and started coaching at FCA in 2018. 

Prior to coaching at FCA, Christa coached at locally at the Rocky Run YMCA, and back in Ohio at the Westerfield Country Club and the Wadsworth YMCA were she was the Head Coach.

She graduated with a BA in Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan and earned her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Drexel University.  She currently resides in Bridgeport with her husband and cat.

Beth Tedesco
Private Lesson Instructor & Assistant Coach

We are thrilled to have Beth continue during the 2021-2022 season a private lesson instructor and a sub coach for the Team Phoenix, Novice and Mini's groups.  Beth has been with FCA since the beginning and a PE Teacher at Friends' Central School for more than 30 years!  Beth also serves as the Director of Swimming at FCS's Tenderfoot Summer Camp as well as the a coach for multiple middle school sports.

Beth holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Smith College.

Greg Klein
Assistant Coach

This is Greg's second season as an assistant coach with the program.  He is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs and continues to live in the area with his wife and two kids.

In addition to coaching at FCA, Greg is a math teacher at FCS Upper School and coaches Water Polo (Head Coach) and Women's Basketball (Assistant Coach).  With his other coaching responsibilities this season, Greg will be working mainly as a sub-coach for the Junior, Junior II, and Senior Groups.

Greg is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz where he received his bachelors in Sociology  and masters in Philosophy.

 

FCA has helped many athletes make the jump to collegiate swimming. Our swimmers have gone on to achieve notable success at schools like Denison, Williams, Amherst, Wesleyan, Hamilton, Tufts, Washington University in St. Louis, Occidental, and Bryn Mawr, to name just a few.