Theresa Brooker is the Head Coach for the Gators Swim Team.
Theresa was a competitive swimmer for 10 years. She began her competitive swimming career at age 7 with the Nor-Gwyn Aquatic Club. Theresa remained a dedicated swimmer and swam every summer with the Nor-Gwyn Crabs until she graduated from North Penn High School.
For the past ten years, Theresa has worked at the North Penn YMCA as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and aquatics supervisor. She has had the opportunity to coach both summer and winter swim teams at NPY for the past four years. In addition, Theresa has coached many stroke and turn clinics.
Theresa is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University, where she majored in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. In addition to working part time at the Y, Theresa works as a Director for North Penn School District's Extended School Care Program. Along with swimming for fun, Theresa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching Phillies games, and playing with her dog.
Coach John Worthington was first introduced to competitive swimming at the age of 9 at the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His family moved numerous times and it wasn't until age 14 he returned to competitive swimming at Abington Senior High School. He swam under the watchful eye of PA Swimming Hall of Fame coach Charles Pawling. Upon graduating from Abington he attended West Chester State College and swam for one year under two more PA Swimming Hall of Fame coaches, Hank Goodwin and Ed Norris. John's coaching philosophy was greatly influenced by these men and a West Chester senior student assistant John Spanneth. Spanneth went on to become a world class international coach. Coach Norris ingrained in all his swimmers that "practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect." He made his swimmers pay attention to details.
After graduation from West Chester, Coach John began teaching Social Studies at Abington High School and served as Coach Pawling's assistant from 1966 to 1971. At the same time he was the boys' coach of the Abington Dolphins of the Suburban Aquatic League.
He left coaching in 1971 because of his move to school adminstration, serving as an assistant principal and retiring as principal in 2000. He is married to a very understanding wife, Ruth, has a grown daughter and son and five grandchildren (no competitive swimmers).
Coach Pat Pellegrino was a competitive swimmer from age 5 through age 18. He swam and dove competitively in various summer leagues including NESAL Aquatic League throughout those years and in local AAU programs at Council Rock and The George School in Newtown, Bucks County, PA during the winter seasons. He spent his high school years as a lifeguard and taught swim lessons for beginners during the summer months at Southampton Swim and Cabana Club and swam for Archbishop Wood high school during the winter.
Coach Pat attended college at West Chester University and earned his business degree. He now works for and has for the past 22 years at Giant Food Stores as a deli manager.
He has been volunteering as a coach for several years now in various other sports including football, basketball and baseball and he is very involved in the CYO athletics at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish. Pat looks forward to not only help in the growth of the NPY Gators swim program as a parent, but also in the growth of the children as a coach.
Ray Penyak is one of the assistant coaches for the North Penn YMCA Gators Swim Team.
Coach Ray has worked at the North Penn YMCA since 2008 as a swim instructor as well as a lifeguard. He has been an assistant swim team coach for the past three winter seasons. He was a member of the gators as well as the Lansdale Catholic High School Swim Team. In addition to coaching for the Y, Coach Ray is a Firefighter and EMT at North Penn Volunteer Fire Company. He is currently a student at Gwynedd-Mercy College, where he is studying Nursing with minors in Music and Biology. In his spare time, when not studying, Coach Ray can generally be found playing a piano or another instrument.
Coach Ray’s Favorite part of the coaching is “being able to help the swimmers realize they can conquer the times they need to beat.”