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2017 Heatherfield Swim Team Coaches
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Head Coach:        Justin Spitzer     
Email: jcspitzer@yahoo.com         517-256-6365 (cell)                 
          

    

 

 

    

    2017 marks Justin's 31st year with Heatherfield!   This is his 19th season as head coach and he is 
also one of the original members of the team (founded in 1985 when Justin was 6).  He swam 
competitively with Heatherfield in the summer and various winter programs (including 4 seasons 
at Central Dauphin High School) from age 6 through 18.  His favorite and best stroke has always 
been breaststroke - while at C.D., Justin had the privilege of swimming with future Olympic 
breaststroke gold/silver medalist Jeremy Linn.

        Under Justin's leadership, Heatherfield has grown from 45 swimmers in 1996 (his last year as a 
swimmer) to 132 swimmers in 2016.  The team has advanced from "C" Division to "A" Division, winning 
C Division in 1998 and B Division in 2004.  The overall dual meet record in those years is 68 wins and
24 losses, with numerous invitational meet titles as well as a 1st place team finish at Mid-Caps
in 2010 and 2nd place in 2015 and 2016 (out of approx. 40 teams).  His goal as head coach is to ensure
that every swimmer has a positive experience at Heatherfield, regardless of age or ability.  Heatherfield 
balances hard work and fun, incorporating technique, endurance, and speed work, dry-land workouts,
and fun team-building activities both in and out of the water.
           
        A Harrisburg native, Justin is a graduate of The University of Michigan with a B.A. in History 
and also holds a Masters degree in American History from the University of Connecticut .   
Outside of swimming, Justin's hobbies include hiking, reading, traveling, and following his favorite 
sports teams - The University of Michigan football team in particular.   He has hiked extensively 
throughout the U.S. , including a 2,150+ mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to  
Maine
in 2001 and a 275 mile thru-hike of Vermont 's Long Trail in 2006. 
  He has also climbed all 34
11,000 Ft. peaks in Utah's Wasatch Range and all 21 of the 13,000 Ft. peaks in the Uinta Range.

        Justin moved to Utah (Oakley, near Park City) in August 2007 where he teaches U.S. History 
and Government and coaches the swim team at a private high school.  Though his school has only 
about 50 students, he's had State Meet qualifiers every season.  He had the good fortunate to 
coach the Utah
3A state champion in the 200 IM (by 7 seconds) and 100 Back (by only .04 sec!) in 
2012.  In 2013, his girls team in Utah broke 9 of 12 school records and placed 4 swimmers at the 
State Meet, and in 2016 his boys team had two 6th place relays and two top 3 individual finishes.

        Needless to say, Justin loves the mountains, canyons, and arches of Utah and spends much 
of his free time exploring Utah's peaks and National Parks.   Even though he may be two time 
zones away, he's not letting that stop him from returning to Heatherfield to coach his favorite 
swim team again this summer!  He considers the Heatherfield Swim Team to be part of his 
extended family and is looking forward to another great summer with them!

 

2017 Assistant Coaches  (in process of updating this for 2017)

Assistant Coach: Milvana Eichelberger
Milvana swam competitively from age 5 until 22.  She started swimming at Rainbow Hills (only summers) 
until she was 12 years old where she joined Hershey Swim Team for year-round swimming. She also swam 
for Bishop McDevitt High School where she served as team captain both her Junior and Senior years, qualified 
for Districts individually all four years, and broke four team records (including relays) her senior year. She currently 
still holds the 500 freestyle record. Milvana graduated from Bishop McDevitt in 2005 where she continued her 
education and swimming career at Lycoming College in Williamsport. At Lycoming, she studied Psychology and 
Elementary Education and also continued her swimming career where she served as team captain her Junior and 
Senior years, and qualified for Middle Atlantic Conferences (MACs). Each year at MACs, she qualified for finals 
in both individual and relay events. She ended her swimming career with a team record in the 400 IM and winning 
a gold medal in the 200 backstroke. Throughout her swimming career, her strengths were backstroke, IM and 
mid-distance freestyle.

Milvana graduated from Lycoming College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Elementary 
Education (K-6) Teaching Certificate. She began her teaching career by substituting and working as a Teacher's 
Aide. During these 3 years, she also started as Assistant Coach at Bishop McDevitt which led to a Head Coach 
position in 2010. In 2012, she earned her first teaching position at St. Catherine Laboure School as a Kindergarten 
teacher where she unfortunately had to leave her coaching position at MCD. She also decided to begin grad school
 to become a Reading Specialist. She is currently in her 4th year at St. Catherine Laboure School in Kindergarten, 
and has completed her Reading Specialist Certification from Millersville University.

Outside of school and swimming, Milvana enjoys spending any time she can with her family, husband, and friends. 
She and her husband Shawn welcomed a baby boy, named Toby, in January. She and her family love to travel to 
the beach and to Canada to visit her sister and brother-in-law! She also likes to work out, decorate, and find new |
recipes to try out in her free time!


In Milvana's words: "These years outside of swimming have flown by! I often think about all the fun times I had while 
I was swimming and it makes me miss it! I try often to get back into the pool, however, it doesn't happen as much as 
I want to! I am so excited to help out with the Heatherfield Swim Team and be around swimmers and families who 
love the sport as much as I do!   Heatherfield has a great family dynamic which is why I love coaching here!"

 

Assistant Coach: Pam Nee
Pam was a standout swimmer at Shippensburg University, where she earned All-American honors, was a part of 4
school record relays, and helped Ship finish 8th at NCAAs in 1993.   She showed great dedication and perseverance,
missing part of her sophomore year due to service in the 1st Gulf War, yet returning to excel at NCAAs as a Junior.
Her remarkable story was featured in Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine in 1992 (for more info and to see that
story, click here and scroll to page 4: Pam Nee    In 2009 Pam was inducted into the Shippensburg University
Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pam retired last year from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard (193rd SOW) after serving over 25 years. She is now 
pursuing a Masters degree in School Counseling and graduating in May along with an LPC. She has recently applied 
for a therapy dog through Susquehanna Service Dogs to work as a team, because they provide affection and comfort 
to children or veterans that she may counsel.  Pam also teaches swim lessons at the Friendship Center and coaches at 
LPAC in the winter.  She is looking forward to her second summer coaching at Heatherfield!



Assistant Coach: Bill Houck
Bill swam for Heatherfield for 10 years in the 1990s.  He swam on an All-Star relay with Justin
Spitzer in 1996, was coached by Justin from 1997-99, and played a key role in helping us move up to B 
Division in 1999.  Bill set numerous team records at Heatherfield, and is one of just a handful of Heatherfield 
swimmers to finish 1st in an individual event at Mid-Caps (1998, 18&U boys 50 back).   He swam for CD 
High School for 4 seasons, and still holds the school record in the 100 yard back (52.77) as well as the 
Heatherfield record in the 18&U boys 50 meter back (27.94). 

Bill has been a regular participant on Heatherfield "coaches" relays in the past 10 years and is excited to 
be back for his second year of coaching.  He still lives in Heatherfield and he and his wife Lauren 
are the proud parents of a two and a half old daughter and (hopefully) future Heatherfield swimmer!  Those
who swam last summer will remember Bill most for the tremendous energy and enthusiasm Bill brings
to every practice and meet!

Assistant Coach: Bretney Endy

In 2000 Bretney started her competitive swimming career with Heatherfield Swim Team and coach Justin.  
After swimming 2 summers with Heatherfield she started swimming winter season with LPAC at the 
Friendship Center.  Once in high school she attended Central Dauphin and swam 4 years and qualified 
for districts 3 years in the 100 fly.  She still holds the Heatherfield team record in the Girls 15-18 50 
meter fly (31.40).


 
Assistant Coach: Rachel Cherry

Rachel competitively swam for eleven years and joined Heatherfield in 2008. 2017 is Rachel's 4th year 
coaching for Heatherfield and her 2nd summer not swimming for the team. During her career at 
Heatherfield, she placed first in Mid-Caps, broke multiple records, and had a great experience. Rachel 
swam for Central Dauphin High School, where received a varsity letter all four years and was the team 
captain her senior year. Rachel also swam for Colonial and LPAC swim teams. She looks forward to 
working with all the swimmers and having another fun season. 

Rachel finished her 2nd year of college this year at Ohio University where she is majoring in Journalism 
News & Information. She is also pursuing minors in both Sports Administration and Social Media. Rachel 
is an avid sports fan, spending most of her free time watching or playing sports. She is a reporter for a PBS 
news station, WOUB, in Athens. Rachel covers Ohio University sports, and next fall will produce a 
Southeastern Ohio High School Football show, Gridiron Glory, every Friday. She is also Red Cross 
CPR/AED and Red Cross First Aid certified. 
 
 

Assistant Coach: Jace Kendle
Starting at five years old, this will be Jace's 15th season with the Heatherfield family. Not only is this his 
4th year coaching, but just the 2nd season he will not be swimming for the team. He swam for the CD Rams his 
Junior and Senior year of high school, and placed first in all of his events at the Polar Plunge.  Outside of swimming 
and coaching, Jace enjoys training brazilian jiu-jitzu, weightlifting, singing and spending quality time with friends 
and family.


Assistant Coach: Alissa Stoneking

Alissa began swimming for Heatherfield at the age of 8 and is currently a senior at
Central Dauphin High School. She swam for LPAC for two seasons, and now does 
Synchronized Swimming with the Hershey Coralettes in the winter. In her free time she enjoys
 Marching Band, Drumline, music, reading, and hanging out with friends and family. This will be her 
3rd year coaching, and
she is really excited to be returning for another great season!

 

Assistant Coach: Jonathan Mata
Jonathan has been one of the most successful members of Heatherfield since he joined in 2007 (age 8).
He's broken multiple team records, been an annual qualifier for Mid-Caps, and achieved multiple top 3 finishes at both
all-stars and Mid-Caps.  At the AA State meet in 2016, he finished 10th in Backstroke (53.56) and led off a 5th place
medley relay (24.99 in 50 yard Back).  2017 is Jonathan's 3rd year coaching at Heatherfield, and he's excited to be 
back for another great summer!


Assistant Coach: Ally Yoder

Ally Yoder has been swimming for Heatherfield since she was seven years old and has made it to Mid Caps
every season. She also swims for LPAC in the winter, and holds the 200 Free record. Ally is currently a junior
at Central Dauphin High School and was a part of 2 district relays this winter. Ally enjoys spending time with friends and 
family and playing volleyball when she is not swimming.  2017 is Ally's 2nd summer of coaching; she had a great
time last summer and is excited to be back again!

Assistant Coach: Alexa Taylor

Alexa Taylor is a senior at Central Dauphin High School and will be attending the University of Maryland for
Physiology and Neurobiology in the fall of 2017. She swam at Heatherfield for 5 seasons and kept up her winter
swimming with Collegiate, LPAC, and Central Dauphin's varsity team. Her senior year she swam on two Mid-Penn
championship relays. Along with being the Heatherfield pool and lifeguard manager, she teaches swim lessons at the
Friendship
Center
. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and exploring with her friends. She hopes to make her first season
coaching fun and memorable!
 


Assistant Coach: Katie Posavec

Katie has been swimming since she was five years old, starting at LPAC in 2006 and then continuing with Heatherfield
the following summer.

Katie just finished her sophomore year at Bishop McDevitt, and has qualified for Mid-Penns in the 200 IM each year,
the 100 back and 100 breast, and also a few relays. Katie has also qualified for Districts each year in 200 IM, and her
400 freestyle relay medaled for 7th place in 2016. She was also apart of the 2017 state team as an alternate for the 200
free relay.

Katie also is a swim instructor with Mike Mausner, who taught her to swim, and recommended she swim in the winter.
When she’s not in the pool, Katie enjoys going on hikes, fly fishing, New England Patriots football, and attending McD
sporting events, especially football. Katie is ready and excited to make her first year of coaching a memorable one!!!!