Dave is in his 9th year as Head Coach of the Upper St. Clair High School Swimming & Diving Team. In Dave’s previous 8 years as Head Coach the girls team has won 4 section titles and finished as the WPIAL runner-up twice. The boys team has won 5 section titles, finished as WPIAL runner-up 5 times and PIAA runner-up once (2015). Last year’s championship highlights include Taylor Connors, who was the WPIAL champion in the 200 freestyle and the girls 200 freestyle relay (Taylor Connors, Elinor Connor, Caroline Wright, Abby Rutkowski), which placed 2nd at the WPIAL Championships. On the boys side, Josh Matheny won his 3rd consecutive WPIAL and PIAA titles in the 100 breaststroke. The boys 200 medley relay (Ganesh Sivaramakrishnan, Josh Matheny, Jason Zhang, Ryan Senchyshak) also finished in 3rd at WPIALs and 5th at the PIAA Championships.
2021 Season Preview
Obviously the overwhelming “story line” of this season is the global coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our daily lives. While this has certainly impacted how we’ve done things since last Spring, our team has proved resilient and I’m so proud of how our swimmers have dealt with the uncertainty and daily challenges posed by this pandemic.
And, as they say, “the show must (will) go on!” This year’s teams are both a great combination of deep and experienced Senior classes with great leadership combined with large incoming freshman classes with a lot of strong swimmers. We hope to have a full contingent of swimmers and divers advance well into the championship season and both teams should be very competitive in all their dual meets while competing for section titles. At WPIALs the girls team has its sights set on a WPIAL runner-up finish as well as placing in the top 10 at States. The boys should be locked in a very close 3 or 4 team battle for the WPIAL title and are looking to crack the top 5 at the PIAA championships.
Andrew is an Upper St. Clair Swimming and Diving team alumnus, graduating in 1995. He began his diving career when he was just 8 years old and before joining the Pitt Aquatic Club's competition team in 1993; Andrew spent most of his time on the board at his summer pool. Diving all four years in high school, Andrew finished as runner up in the 1995 WPIAL Diving Championship. He went on to take 9th place at the state competition that same year. Andrew has been coaching the diving team since the 2014 season.
His deep passion and understanding for the sport is apparent to all that know him. From time to time, you can still catch Andrew on the diving board.
Whether for fun or demonstration purposes, "once a diver, always a diver." Coach Halliwell is very enthusiastic about teaching the next generation of USC divers. GO Panthers!
Rejoined the swimming coach ranks with the USC HS program in November 2018. My previous coaching career spanned from 1991 through 1998 which included 1 year as an Assistant Coach at the University of Maryland. After returning to Pittsburgh, coached the Age Group program and Assistant HS Coach at Bethel Park for 7 years. As a coach at Bethel Park, developed multiple Junior National qualifiers prior to entering High School and lead the Men’s HS team to a PIAA State Championship in 1996 (interim Head Coach). My individual swimming career started at Bethel Park HS that included a 2 year WPIAL champion and record holder and multiple year PIAA State Runner-Up in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 IM. I attended the University of Maryland and accomplishments included Individual ACC Champion, NCAA Division 1 and US Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 Breaststroke.
Former Panther for Upper Saint Clair from 2011-2014. Alex was part of the 2011 Men's WPIAL Championship Team, scoring two individual silvers (100 & 200 Freestyle) and two relay golds (200 & 400 Freestyle Relays) his freshman year. Alex graduated as an individual team record holder, 13-time All-American, Scholastic All-American, 15-time WPIAL medalist, 12-time PIAA Medalist, and 3-time Team Captain. Upon graduation, Alex attended Emory University earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Goizueta Business School with a double major in Finance and Strategic Management Consulting. In the pool, Alex garnered 5 NCAA Division III National Championships, 6 NCAA Division III All-American Honors, and elected Team Captain as a Senior. Alex was also a part of Emory's 1st ever Men's Division III National Championship Team Team Title in 2017. Alex worked for J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. in Atlanta after graduation from Emory, before finding his way back to Pittsburgh!
As a coach, Alex began coaching in the summers of 2010-2015 for the Bower Hill Barracudas, serving as the club’s Head Coach. During that span of time, Bower Hill won four straight Summer League titles (2010-2013). At Emory, Alex coached for Eagle Swim Club, working with their competitive 5th through 8th graders. Alex currently coaches at PEAQ, as the Head Assistant Coach, and had the honor of coaching at the 2019 Allegheny Mountain Swimming Elite Camp held in Orlando, FL. Outside of PEAQ and Upper Saint Clair High School swimming, Alex can be found on the Upper Saint Clair Fort Couch Staff and the Head Coach of Chartiers Country Club. Alex feels his passion to give back to his community and provide a safe place for the swimmers to grow, learn, and achieve their goals is what keeps his enthusiasm and smile shining bright!