Ambler Y Arrows Swim Team Coaches
Head Coach: Will Gallagher
Will Gallagher is from Willow Grove, and graduated from Upper Dublin High School, where he was a swimmer and was captain his senior year. Before coaching at the Ambler Area YMCA, Will coached the Slippery Rock Eels USA Swimming team for two years, and also led the Slippery Rock University Club Swimming Team for two and half years. He helped the membership grow, and paved the way for the team to go to National Club Swimming Championships down in Atlanta, Georgia each year he was president.
Will graduated from Slippery Rock University with undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Aquatics. After his graduation, he flew down to Austin, Texas to coach at the University of Texas –Austin Longhorn Swim Camp. He was one of many talented and knowledgeable coaches who helped many kids at the camp become better swimmers. After that, he came back home and worked as an assistant manager for Sunny Willow Swim Club, and now he is here at the Ambler Area YMCA again and could not be happier leading this team!!
Assistant Coach: Kelly Fellmeth
Kelly Fellmeth is 21 years old, and from North Wales Pennsylvania. Currently she attends Montgomery County Community College where she is studying to become a nurse. As for swimming, it has always been a part of her life. She started swimming with North Penn Aquatic Club at a young age, and also swam for North Hills Country Club in the summer time. In high school she was a part of North Penn’s Swim Team as well as their Water Polo team. In the past she has taught many swim lessons, as well as coached Water Polo for children. Also, she is currently a lifeguard and swim instructor with the Ambler YMCA. She very excited for the start of the new swim season, and she can’t wait to meet all of you!
Assistant Coach: Lauren Marchese:
Hi team!! Coach Lauren is back for another great season and I am excited to bring some good old fashioned HARD WORK to the pool! I have been a dedicated and determined swimmer for most of my life as I started when I was 6 and continued for nearly 20 years. I have been a part of two YMCA teams as well as a top USA team in NJ, earned my varsity letter my freshman year of high school and made the varsity traveling team my freshman year of college at Roger Williams University. A few broken records later, I graduated from college but missed the water so I took up coaching! I always have such a great time improving and challenging myself, in AND out of the pool (this summer, I completed my first full Tough Mudder, signed up for my second one in the fall, and I even picked up competitive ultimate frisbee- I’m surprisingly decent!). I can’t wait to experiment with some some new workouts and really test the Arrows this season. Bring your A-game!
Assistant Coach Michael Jessop:
This is Michael’s 5th year working in the Ambler Y’s aquatics department and his 4th year as a swim coach for the Ambler Arrows. Michael is a YMCA and USA Swimming certified coach and has his Lifeguard Instructor Certification. When he is not at the Y, Michael works full time as a manager for FedEx Office. He loves that his work with the Y allows him to work in athletics and with children, which has always been one of his goals. Over his lifetime, Michael has been involved in a variety of sports, either participating, teaching, or coaching. He is excited to start a new swim season helping swimmers improve their times, growing their confidence, and fostering team work.
Assistant Coach Stewart Wanser:
Stewart Wanser is entering his second season with the Ambler Arrows. He first coached with the Arrows in the 2015-2016 season. His swimming experience comes from competing at Arcadia University, where he focused on breaststroke and freestyle. After graduating from Arcadia in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Psychology, he completed his Master’s in Sport Psychology in 2017 at the University of Stirling in Scotland where he also competed for the University’s Swimming Team. I look forward to a great season!
Assistant Coach John Daley:
My name is John Daley. I am Upper Dublin born and bred, specifically Oreland. I attended the Upper Dublin school district my entire scholastic career. I joined the Manorlu Megaducks, a summer swim club, at age six, my first swim team. From there I found myself in Upper Dublin Aquatic Club. My swimming career culminated in swimming for Upper Dublin High School. My time there was very challenging and very rewarding, though I existed mostly as a bystander to ridiculous feats of swimming prowess from my teammates, some of whom are still swimming competitively and likely will be for as long as they are able. I don’t claim to be their equal, but I do confess to having learned a great deal about the swimming mentality and the swimming lifestyle both from my own experiences and from observing those legendary teammates.
Assistant Coach: Greg Niedlinger
Greg began his competitive swimming career at the Lansdale YMCA at the age of seven. Since then, he has swam for Hatfield over the summer and the North Penn Aquatic Club during the winter, eventually moving on to North Penn High School’s swim team, where he broke the 100 backstroke record, placing in the top eight at states and earning two All-Americans his senior year. He went on to swim at the University of Delaware, where he placed in the top eight in the 100 and 200 backstroke at the CAA championships as a freshman, also swimming as a part of their second place 200 freestyle relay. He is currently in the process of joining the coast guard to become a rescue swimmer.