Guiding and Developing Champions in the Pool and Beyond!
I am a 2014 graduate of Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Special Education. While attending Millersville, I was a part of the Women's Swim Team for all four years. I specialized in sprint freestyle and loved anchoring relays. I once held the 200 freestyle record and am also currently a part of some of the relay records. I am currently living in Lancaster and teaching special education for the Elizabethtown School District. I am excited to be returning to Millersville to help out with the aquatic club!
Amanda Thomas- Assistant Coach- Beginner/Novice/Black
Lizzie graduated from Wilson High School where she swam and played water polo. She was a captain of the Wilson High School Swim Team and also earned the Fackler-Hower Sportsmanship award. She earned All-American status in the 200 and 400 free relays. Since ninth grade, she has been involved with the Learn to Swim Program at Wilson High School. She is also the assistant coach at Green Valley Country Club in the summertime. Before coming to Millersville, she swam at George Mason University. Currently at Millersville, she is a senior elementary/ special education major. As a member of the MU swim team, she specialized in the freestyle events.
Lizzie Ebert- Assistant Coach- Gold
Kendall began swimming at the age of 4 for Woodridge and later competed for Golden Meadows, East Pete, the Lancaster YMCA, LAC and eventually Marauder! While on Marauder in her high school years, she broke several records and qualified for Senior Champs. She also was a three-sport athlete at Hempfield HS, including district qualifier as a member of the swim team, state champion in field hockey, and an All Star shortstop for the softball team. She graduated cum laude in 2017 from Shippensburg University with a business/marketing degree and was one of the top goal scorers while a forward on the field hockey team, who were national champions her freshman year. She has been teaching swim lessons at Millersville and was an assistant coach at Conestoga for 2 years, and also helped coach at the Shippensburg Aquatic Club while attending Ship. She now is an assistant manager with Sherwin Williams. She is excited to share her enthusiasm with the young Marauder swimmers!
Kendall Beck- Assistant Coach- Beginner/Novice/Black
Jillian Almoney - Head Age Group Coach/Associate Director
Coach Jillian (Beck) Almoney comes from a swimming family and has been involved in the sport since joining Woodridge Swim Team at age 5. She swam there until age 18 and was a record holder. She also was a district qualifier for the Lancaster YMCA and swam for other winter clubs in the county as well. She was a 4 year letter winner, team captain, and Academic All-American for Hempfield High School's swim team, where she swam for her dad, Steve Beck. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in elementary education/history concentration from East Stroudsburg University in 2006, and also holds certifications in family and consumer science and middle school mathematics. While at ESU, she competed all 4 years for the Warriors and was a PSAC Scholar Athlete, Athletic Director's Honor Roll, and Dean's list recipient every year. She holds a masters degree in secondary/middle level education from Edinboro University, and is currently a middle school family & consumer science teacher in Solanco School District.
Jillian has been coaching since 2003, starting with being an age group coach during the summer at LAC for 2 years. She was an assistant coach at Woodridge and Manheim, and head coach of Golden Meadows for 2 years. For a little over 2 seasons, she coached at the Lancaster YMCA, where she coached many District, State, and National meet qualifiers. She has also assisted at Hempfield High School, where she helped coach district and state champions. She joined Marauder in 2008 and takes great pride in working with the younger swimmers- some of whom who have been All Star, All League, and CPSA champions, and Junior Olympic and Zones qualifiers. In 2016 and 2017, she had the honor of being the Middle Atlantic 10&U Girls Zone Team Coach at the Eastern Zone long course championships. She also has been the head coach of the Conestoga Sharks summer team since 2011. In addition to coaching, she has taught swim lessons since high school and helps run the swim lesson program at MU. She also participates in Masters swimming when she can, having competed in some meets. She believes in teaching young swimmers to love the sport of swimming, while having a foundation of great technique that will benefit them throughout their swimming career.
Matthew Hershock was born in Lancaster, PA, and grew up in Millersville. He joined the Millersville swim club when he was 6 years old, and has been involved in swimming ever since. He swam in college in central PA, where he was an All American. He moved to Seward, Alaska after college, and has coached the Seward Tsunami Swim Club for the past 10 years, where he has watched it grow from 17 swimmers to as many as 70. He also coached the Seward High School swim team for 3 years. Both of these teams have produced state and Junior Olympic Champions. During his time in Seward, he has coached swimmers on to Age Group and Senior Sectionals, as well as Nationals. Some of his swimmers have received swimming scholarships to Division 1 and 2 schools upon graduating.
Matt's philosophy of swimming is that a swim team is a part of the swimmer's extended family. Strong families and strong teams stick together and support each other through triumph and adversity. Each swimmer has an important role to play, and the swim team's success is contingent on how well everyone works together. He strives to create a fun-first swimming environment with a serious competitive edge.
He is very excited to have the chance to return to his hometown where it all began, and looks forward to working with all of you this fall.
Matt Hershock - Head Coach/Head Senior Coach
Coach Kyle was a 24-time All-American in swimming while obtaining his B.A. in communication studies at West Chester University. He was the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Rookie of the Year in 2000. He held the school record in the 100 & 200-yard butterfly, and 200, 500,1000,1650 yard freestyle events at West Chester, and also qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials in 200 fly. In 1997, Coach Kyle was the PIAA state champion in the 100-yard butterfly. He was also an All-American swimmer in high school. He currently holds many records at Northeastern High School in Manchester, PA.
Before coming to Millersville, Coach Kyle was an assistant coach at Widener University from 2003-2004 and was also an assistant at the Trident swim club, where he primarily worked with the distance group and guided several of the swimmers to both senior nationals and Olympic trial times. He also coached at an independent high school in York, Pa. where he coached an All-American in the 500 freestyle in 2005. Since becoming head coach of Millersville, he has led the Marauders to consecutive winning seasons, including the first ever undefeated season in 2007. He is the winningest coach in Millersville Swimming history, and during his tenure his teams have placed top 10 in the PSAC 8 out of the 10 years including 2016 when they were the top women-only team in the conference and first time in school history. His programs have accounted for 24 NCAA cuts, 64 school records, and 75% of his swimmers have placed in the All-Time Top 10 in school history. His teams have been CSCAA All-Academic All American 8 of his 10 seasons.
Before starting Marauder, he was head coach of the Lancaster YMCA swim team, along with his wife, Coach Jillian. He started Marauder Aquatic Club in 2007. He started Marauder to fill a void in the area of coaching the whole athlete, and setting the foundation for swimmers to improve both inside and outside of the pool. He believes in excellence through the sport of swimming, which is the vision for the club. He envisions the club as a program that could develop athletes ranging from summer swimmers all the way through Olympic Trial qualifiers, while at the same time having fun and enjoying the sport of swimming. Coach Kyle is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association, where he was part of the ASCA Fellows in 2007. He is also a member of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, and is also a WSCA and ISCA certified coach.
Kyle Almoney - Director/Owner