Participants of Mercersburg Academy’s Summer Swim Clinics will train under an elite coaching staff this summer. Director of Summer Programs Coleman Weibley has announced that the roster of coaches participating will include four college coaches: Michael Hay (head men’s and women’s swim coach, Albright College), Mason Norman (head women’s swim coach, Ohio University), Kerry Smith (head women’s swim coach, Stony Brook University), and Ed Pretre (assistant swim coach, Villanova University). Mercersburg head swim coach Glenn Neufeld is serving as director of the clinics.
“It’s exciting that we can continue to build on Mercersburg’s rich swimming history and elite status by inviting these top-level coaches to our campus in the summer,” Weibley says. “I am thankful for the passion of Coach Neufeld, who is always looking for ways to advance not only Mercersburg’s swim team, but also the Summer Swim Clinics.”
Hay, who will also serve as Mercersburg Swim Clinics’ assistant director, enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Albright men’s and women’s swim teams in 2018-2019. During his first four years at Albright, Hay led the Lions to four straight conference titles. Prior to Albright, Hay was an assistant coach at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., where the Red Men and Lady Reds had an NCAA All-American and five NCAA qualifiers and won a combined 11 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin individual titles. Additionally, Hay was an assistant coach at Villa Maria Academy in Malvern, Pa., and also an assistant coach for the Upper Main Line YMCA swim program.
Norman is in his first year as the head women’s coach at Ohio University. He was previously an associate head coach at the University of Kentucky, where he worked with four U.S. National Team members, two USA World University Games team members, four Southeastern Conference champions, and an NCAA champion. Kentucky had three swimmers finish as U.S. Olympic Trials finalists in 2016 while Norman was an assistant with the program. Prior to his stop at Kentucky, Norman held similar positions at the University of Utah and the University of Tennessee.
Smith is also a first-year head coach, moving to Stony Brook University after serving on Yale’s coaching staff for three seasons. During her tenure at Yale, the Bulldogs went undefeated in dual meet competition in back-to-back years (2015-2016 and 2016-2017), and in 2017 won their first Ivy League championship in almost 20 years. Before that, Smith worked primarily with the mid-distance swimmers at the University of Virginia. Smith swam collegiately at Penn State, where she was a member of the 2002 and 2005 Big Ten championship teams.
Pretre joined the Villanova staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2017. Previously, Pretre was at Truman State University, where he served as head coach from 2011 to 2017. He has received Coach of the Year honors in the New South Conference and the Great Lakes Valley Conference—the latter coming in 2016 after Truman State upset reigning women’s Division II national champion Drury for the team’s first conference title. At Truman State, Pretre coached 30 All-Americans at the Division II Championships and had swimmers break 25 school records. In 2017-2018, seven of Pretre’s Villanova swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championships.
“Not many swim camps have the level of coaching talent that we will this summer,” Neufeld says. “Michael Hay has had a string of success at Albright, Mason Norman and Kerry Smith are two of the most promising young head coaches in the country, and Ed Pretre is one of the best stroke technicians out there.”
Other coaches for the two sessions of swim clinics include Kelsey Steiner (Mercersburg assistant coach) and Kiersten Bell ’09(head coach at Virginia Episcopal School, a former Division III All-America swimmer at Kenyon College, and a Mercersburg alumna).
Earlier this year, both sessions of Mercersburg Swim Clinics sold out and moved to waitlist registrations for the second year in a row. To be added to the waitlist for either session, visit www.mercersburgsummer.com
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