All University City Swim Club coaches are certified by USA swimming and have decades of teaching, coaching, and skills instruction experience. Read below to find out more about our awesome coaches and what drives them to help others through swimming.

Larry Edinger, Head Coach, Level 2 and 3 Coach

I was introduced to swimming at the age of 8, and I was scared. By the age of 12 I was an instructor’s aide, and later I joined the YWCA where I caught the attention of their senior swim instructors. I also became a water safety instructor with the Red Cross, and I believe everyone needs to have basic water safety training. I was fortunate to win gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 2006 and 2007 Senior Olympics. Now that I am retired, I am spending my time doing what I love -- instructing and coaching swimmers. I believe that a good coach opens the door for his or her swimmers to succeed, and it is so meaningful to me to see my swimmers go on to swim in college and beyond.

Mary Nani Lhotak, Level 1 Coach

Ever since I was on a swim team, starting at age 10, I have been interested in the science of swimming. I have been teaching swimming since age 15, and I love seeing people learn how to successfully move their bodies in water. Everyone needs some form of an outlet, and water can be an incredible one -- for relaxation, therapy, mental fitness, and physical fitness. The knowledge of water safety and learning how to swim should be available to everyone, and I feel a responsibility to share it. When people have the means to protect themselves and their loved ones, we can change the story in families and over generations to be safe and comfortable around water.

Ryan Lutker, Level 2 Coach (beginning May 2019)

I have been around the water ever since I was little. I swam competitively year-round for several years when I was young and loved it. My high school job was as a swim instructor, and I got to see swimming in a new way: as a swim instructor I became interested in the learning process, and enjoyed helping young people learn a new skill. When I moved away to college, I decided to study elementary education. I continued to teach swim lessons when I was in town on school breaks. I love to teach because new knowledge and skills are empowering, and I believe that with guidance and support everyone is capable of learning. This is also why I love coaching – the ability to swim is empowering, and I believe that everyone is capable of learning to swim. Now that I am graduating and am moving back to the St. Louis area to teach, I am excited to be a coach for University City Swim Club, since swim team is where it all started for me.

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