Mr. Brian Blackwell

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Washington & Jefferson University - Business - Bachelors Level 3 Certification - American Swim Coaches Association

Mr. Brian Blackwell

Coach Blackwell took over the Seneca Valley Swimming & Diving Program seven years ago and has continued the long and storied tradition. As a former swimmer, Coach Blackwell attended Riverview High School and then Washington and Jefferson College, where he majored in business. As a student-athlete, Blackwell was an 8x WPIAL medalist and 2001 WPIAL Champion - 200 IM - and 2000 PIAA State Medalist in the same event. He continued his swimming career at W&J where he was PAC All-Conference and 2002 PAC Swimmer of the Week. His accolades do not stop as an athlete but as a coach Blackwell has continued his successful ways. He has coached 52 WPIAL Qualifiers and 22 Medalists, 14 PIAA State Qualifiers and 5 Finalists, 4 Varsity School records (3 boys and 1 girl). His athletes have gone on to attend University of Virginia, Ohio State University, Gannon University, US Coast Guard Academy, Notre Dame, Grove City, Westminster, St. Bonaventure, and Cleveland State University to pursue swimming and education. Blackwell is also a Level 3 Certified Swim Coach certified by the American Swim Coaches Association. Outside of coaching, Blackwell is a Senior Business Analyst, for Aetna Health Care. His philosophy, "I believe athletes succeed by finding the proper balance between technique, endurance and strength.  I feel educating swimmers about the methods and science of swimming is just as important as the execution.

Blackwell is also the Head Coach of the Seneca Valley Swim Club, that is not directly affiliated with the school district, but provides year round training and practices, for local swimmers and athletes.

Mr. Jeff Gavin

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Mr. Jeff Gavin

Mrs. Nancy Burgert Laslavic

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Mrs. Nancy Burgert Laslavic