Meet the Coaches

Head Coach – Jenny:

Coach Jenny grew up in Sweden and started swimming at the age of 8 and swam competitively for almost 10 years, competing at a National level several times. Jenny’s best events were the 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke, and 800m freestyle. Jenny began to coach beginning swimmers after practice one day a week for about two years while still on her age group swim team.  After moving to the US in 1992, She graduated with a BA, in Biology and Psychology from Bryn Athyn College. Jenny went on to attend Arcadia University’s Physician Assistant Program and graduated in 2004. Coach Jenny currently works full time as a pediatric Physician Assistant at Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children. Swimming has always been coach Jenny’s favorite sport and she feels very privileged and happy to have become a part of the coaching staff at HATY. She has been a coach with HATY for the past 10 years. The last 2 years she has acted as head coach. Jenny enjoys the challenge she is met with to help improve the swimmers and find ways to better her coaching skills. 

Coach John K:

John started swimming in second grade for his grade school Christ the King which is part of the CYSL. From there he swam in High School and for Bensalem Aquatic Club, and during his high school career he began as volunteer coach for Christ the King. After high school he swam for Arcadia University and qualified for the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships all four years. He holds the 200 yard breaststroke record at Arcadia as well as two relay records. He also coached for Bensalem Aquatic and Quartette Swim Club in the summers, and during the winter months he coached for the Northeast Family YMCA Penguins for two years. He is very excited to be a part of the Hatboro Hurricanes swim team. Coach John also works at the Y as a swim instructor and lifeguard instructor. In his spare time he likes to go hiking, workout, swim, and relax with friends and family.

Coach Sheri:

Sheri returns to the team this season to teach the fundamentals of Competitive Swimming, Teamwork and Sportsmanship to the Purple training groups.  Sheri has been associated with HATY Swimming for over 30 years,  first as a parent volunteer while her 4 sons participated in the program and later in a coaching capacity.  Sheri has also been a Swim Lesson Instructor at the Hatboro Area YMCA for the past 30 years.

Coach Jake:

Jake comes from a swimming family and was introduced to the sport at a very young. He began swimming competitively at age 7 and continued for another 13 years, ultimately swimming for Council Rock High School North, Tri-Hampton YMCA, and later James Madison University. Jake was a full range backstroker and had the privilege of competing at YMCA nationals, individually medaling at high school state championships, and medaling at his college conference championships. Jake spent several summers as a coach for the Newtown Swim Club and recently spent time coaching with Tri-Hampton YMCA swim team. Jake brings his passion for quality and technique-focus training to the Hatboro Hurricanes and is very excited to be a part of the team.

Coach Heidi:

Bio Coming Soon

Coach Gerard:

Bio Coming Soon

Coach Aven-Leigh:

Aven-Leigh participated in many YMCA activities as a child until she found her true passion, competitive swimming.   Having been a member of the Hatboro Hurricane swim team for seven years has helped her to understand what it is like on both sides of the pool. Aven-Leigh enjoyed helping out with younger swimmers as a junior coach in the summers. She currently is enrolled at Bryn Athyn College where she is majoring in Math and Computer Science. When she is not at school or at the pool, she enjoys long walks with her dogs, good books and playing women’s Ice Hockey.