Adam Braun joins FCA as Director and Head Coach. Adam comes from Drexel University, where he served at the helm of the Dragons swimming and diving team for six years. Drexel accomplished a great deal under Adam’s watch, including 135 team records that saw all the current men’s records set and all but one of the current women’s records set. During those six years, his swimmers rewrote the all-time top 5 performance list as well, setting a total of 429 new times. Lastly, 42 Drexel pool records and 36 freshman records were broken.
William Gallagher is the Interim Co-Director of FCA and the Assistant Head Coach of the Swim Team and a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a BS in Exercise Science and a Minor in Aquatics. He is currently seeking his Masters in Sports Management from the University of Texas-Austin. Besides coaching at FCA, he is currently the Safe Sport Chair of Middle Atlantic Swimming and has a seat on their Board of Directors. He has been the Head Coach for the Ambler YMCA Arrows and an Assistant Coach at Lower Moreland Swimming where he oversaw the strength and conditioning program. Aside from the “MacGyver” resourcefulness, he picked up on the way to becoming an Eagle Scout, he draws on the experience he has gleaned from years at the University of Texas Long Horn Swim Camp and working with Olympic Strength and Conditioning Team at the University of Michigan! Will is a Level III Member of American Swim Coaches Association.
Bridget Brown is the Interim Co-Director of FCA and 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.
Max Bernard is an Assistant Swim Team coach at FCA. He is a graduate of Vassar College where he received his BA in Mathematics. Max joins the team and swim school staff as an alum.He swam for the Friends’ Central School varsity team and was part of the League Championship Friends’ Central School varsity teams in 2006, 2007, and 2008. He then swam for four years on the Vassar varsity team.Max was an Assistant Age Group Swim Coach for the Devilfish Aquatics for 3 years before moving back to the area. With 6 years of swim school instruction experience as well, Max is excited to share what he has learned with the next generation of swimmers.
Olivia Gillison is an Assistant Swim Coach at Friends’ Central Aquatics. 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. Olivia has worked with young swimmers for more than 10 years including FCA Swim School, FCS Summer Camp and OWU’s Bishop Bubbles program. 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 is excited to continue her love for the sport of swimming through coaching the next generation at FCA.
Victoria Gillison is the Head Coach of the Team Phoenix Program and an Assistant Coach for FCA. She also helps out with the swim school program as needed. Victoria is a graduate of Friends' Central School and University of Pennsylvania where she received her BA in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, minoring in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. She was a four-year Varsity high school swimmer at FCS during which she set multiple records and was on the FSL Championship team for four consecutive years. She is also a former year around FCA swimmer--which she started when she was nine years old. Victoria is excited to broaden her horizons with coaching at FCA and looks forward to helping her swimmers enjoy the sport of competitive swimming and continue to evolve as people. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's of Science in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Beth Tedesco is a Assistant Swim Team Coach, an FCA Swim School Head Instructor, and the Director of Swimming at FCS’s Tenderfoot Camp. She has been a physical education teacher at Friends' Central School for 33 years where she coaches multiple sports including Middle School swimming. Beth holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Smith College and is a member of ASCA.
Kerry Sherin-Porter is Head Coach of the Masters' Group and one the Head Coaches for the Junior Group. Kerry has been teaching and coaching in the Delaware County area for over 25 years and she has been with FCA since the summer of 2003. Kerry is a swim parent as well as a coach (two of her sons swam for FCA and one went one to become a nationally ranked breaststroker at West Chester University). Kerry has taught/coached swimming at the JCC Kaiserman, the Suburban Swim Center, and the Valley Forge Military Academy. Kerry has a BS in Music Education from West Chester University and plays professionally with a string quartet and Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra. Kerry is also a member of the ASCA.
Christa Tait is an Assistant Swim Team Coach who grew up in Northeast Ohio and has been swimming competitively for 13 years. She started on a summer league age-group team and then continued throughout high school and college. She swam all four years at Ohio Wesleyan University where she graduated with a BA in Spanish. While in college, Christa was a head coach for the team she first started swimming on for two years. After graduation, she became the head coach for a YMCA team in Ohio. Christa moved to the Philadelphia area last year. She continued working with swimmers of all ages and abilities at Rocky Run YMCA by teaching private and group swim lessons. Christa earned her Master’s at Drexel University in Early Childhood Education. She is excited to be working with FCA!