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Program Features

The York YMCA offers many different competitive swimming options. For the very young or those returning to swimming after an extended break, the Novice and Advanced groups offer an easy way back into the sport. This offering features reduced fees, shorter practice times, and local competition.
For the experienced swimmers who want to get the absolute most out of their swim training and competition experience, the Junior and Senior groups offer increased practice time and USA and YMCA competition both regionally and nationally.

The following values are emphasized throughout the program:

  • Technical: learning good technique, efficiency, and beauty in the water.
  • Physical: developing speed and endurance through training all four strokes of the individual medley and training for an endurance based program.
  • Cognitive: learning about swimming and the rationale for stroke technique, training, and nutrition, etc.
  • Psychological: learning and practicing the attitudes of a champion; goal setting and maintaining poise under pressure.



John Nelson serves the YMCA of York as Director of Competitive and head Coach of York YMCA swim team. John has been coaching at the York YMCA for the past seven years. First as an assistant coach, and now has overseeing the program the past three years. While John has led the York Y, they have had individual YMCA & USA Jr national champions, YMCA national records, YMCA relay national records, and back to back Women’s team title at the YMCA Short Course National Championship (2016 & 2017). John has served USA swimming as an assistant coach at the Zone and National Select Camps levels. John has also helped numerous athletes make USA swimming’s “World 100” list, a list which honors 18 & under swimmers ranked in the top 100 of the world for Olympic events.

John spent his first five years coaching as the Age Group Coach of the Charlottesville Virginia Gators, coaching multiple swimmers to top finishes at the Virginia State Championships and designing a very successful swim lessons program. During this time, he has also led several successful summer league teams, each of which grew in size and skills under his leadership.

Prior to working here in York, John worked as the Head Coach of the Heidelberg Sea Lions Swim Team in Germany, where he oversaw a successful team of age-group swimmers, competing in the European Swim Forces League (EFLS). After returning to the states in 2009 John spent 2 years working for Charlottesville City Schools as the Afterschool director of Greenbrier Elementary school. John then worked from 2011 – 2013 as the head coach of the Piedmont Family YMCA in Charlottesville Va.
John is recognized as a coach who likes to have fun while working hard. He has experience growing teams and having a positive impact on the community, he is a student of the sport and has a passion for reading. Years of experience in public education and professional coaching have given him the tools needed to help York swimmers reach their goals.

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Brian Strathmeyer

Masters swimming - Coach

Coach Brian has a considerable background in swimming with competitive squads. Brian began swimming at an early age and swimming remains a passion. He is an athlete both in and out of the water who is highly regarded by his peers. Brian now coaches and swims with the York YMCA Masters swimming program


Jillian Almoney


Coach Jillian (Beck) Almoney has coached at the York YMCA since 2018 and primarily leads the Advanced, Novice, and Pre-Team groups at the GAC. She began coaching during college in the summer for Lancaster Aquatic Club and various summer league teams in the Lancaster area, including head coach of Golden Meadows for 2 years and the Conestoga Sharks for 8 years. She coached for 2 years at the Lancaster YMCA before coaching for 10 years at Marauder Aquatic Club, where she was head age group coach and also ran swim lessons. She also spent time as a volunteer coach at Hempfield High School and Millersville University. Additionally, she has had the honor of being a Middle Atlantic Zone Team coach each summer since 2016.

Coach Jillian’s swimming experience began at age 5 at Woodridge Swim Club under her dad, retired Hempfield coach Steve Beck, but she has really been around competitive swimming since birth and swimming has always been a way of life and a passion. She also swam for the Lancaster YMCA and other area clubs, as well as Hempfield High School, where she was an Academic All-American, and East Stroudsburg University, where she specialized in back/fly/IM and was a PSAC Scholar Athlete. She holds a BS in elementary education, a Masters in secondary/middle level education, and is also certified in family and consumer sciences and middle level math. She currently teaches middle school FACS in the Solanco School District. She lives in Lancaster with her husband (a proud York Y alum) and their 3 spoiled cats. She believes in building a great foundation of technique in swimmers while fostering a love of the sport, and making swimmers LOVE hard work!

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Matthew Horner


Matthew Horner is beginning his 1st year coaching full-time at the York YMCA. Matthew spent the last 2 years coaching at the State College YMCA. In State College he primarily worked with the senior group. Growing up Matthew swam for Bellefonte Area YMCA and High School. After high school he competed for Nittany Lion Aquatic Club. One of his favorite memories swimming was getting to compete at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis. Matthew recently graduated from Lock Haven University with a degree in Sports Administration. He is also currently pursuing a graduate degree in Sports Management or Psychology. While coaching at York he looks forward to helping swimmers improve and develop a love for the sport.

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Micah Metzel


Micah got his start in competitive swimming when he joined the Wildcat Swim Club in 7th grade. In high school, Micah was an integral part of Dallastown Area High School’s swim team for four years.

After his high school graduation, Micah attended the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) to pursue degrees in the repair of diesel-powered vehicles and construction equipment. PCY did not have a swim team, so Micah continued training on his own. By the end of his first semester, Micah had joined the local team in the Allegheny Mountain YMCA/YWCA Masters Swimming Association (AMYMSA) and was again swimming competitively. Micah continues to complete in AMYMSA meets and also participates in the Masters Swimming portion of the Keystone State Games.

Micah began to coach swimming at the request of a high school classmate who was in need of an assistant. Micah was an Assistant Coach at the Southern Branch for three years, after which he began volunteering as an Assistant Coach for the Susquehannock Swim Team. Micah began assisting at the Southern Branch Tidal Waves practices again during the winter of 2012-2013. He has since made the transition to Tidal Waves Head Coach at the beginning of the 2013-2014 swim season.
Outside of swimming, Micah is employed full-time as a technician by Alban CAT. Micah participates in several trail challenges each year. He is also active in his church and the Boy Scouts of America.

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Coach - Southern branch


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