Coleman Weibley to Lead Mercersburg Summer Programs

Lee Owen

A familiar face on Mercersburg’s campus has been named the school’s director of summer programs. Coleman Weibley, who is in his fifth year working at Mercersburg (in addition to seven summers spent working with summer swimming camps on campus), is now running the school’s newly renamed Office of Summer Programs.

Weibley, who grew up about 45 miles northeast of Mercersburg in Newville, Pa., first worked at the Academy as a summer counselor for United Swimming Clinics from 2005 to 2011 (while he attended Big Spring High School and later the University of Tennessee). He joined Mercersburg’s Office of Summer & Extended Programs as an assistant director in November 2013, and has served as an assistant swimming coach for the Blue Storm since then. Weibley became a Mercersburg faculty member in 2016 and lives in Tippetts Hall on campus, where he is a residential faculty member and an adviser.

“I’m excited to continue to build on the foundations of programs we have been working on the last couple of years,” Weibley says. “I am thankful to have the opportunity to lead the efforts of the summer programs office.”

Weibley succeeds Jo Wrzesinsky, who spent 15 years in Summer & Extended Programs at Mercersburg (including three years as director) before her appointment this fall as the school’s first associate dean of student life.

The Office of Summer Programs, which includes Weibley and administrative assistant Dana Taylor, has relocated from Irvine Hall to the lower level of Traylor Hall (in the space that previously housed the school’s Dean of Students Office). The department now reports to the assistant head of school for enrollment (Quentin McDowell).

“As Mercersburg goes through a strategic-planning process, now is also the time to do the same in Summer Programs,” Weibley says. “We’re evaluating our programming—internal and external—to ensure that it continues to represent the mission of Mercersburg Academy.”

In summer 2017, Mercersburg Summer Programs coordinated, planned, and ran 12 internal programs (including Mercersburg Swim Clinics, Adventure/Discovery Camps, ESL+, Young Writers Camp, and the Performing Arts Intensive) and also hosted several external programs and two major tennis tournaments. Nearly 900 children and teenagers participated in these programs, and the office employed 31 Mercersburg alumni (and nine current students) as counselors.

The list of 2018 programs and dates for Mercersburg Summer Programs will be announced in November.

Twenty-one students who are new to the school’s student body this year have previously attended a Mercersburg summer program as a participant.

Weibley holds a bachelor of science in education with a focus on recreation and sports management from Tennessee (where he worked with the men’s swim team), and is pursuing a master’s of business administration from Shippensburg University. He is engaged to Bailey Blake ’11, a Mercersburg alumna and former assistant girls’ soccer and lacrosse coach.
    • Coleman Weibley (photo by Teak Romtrairut ’19)

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