Coaches

Alex Hardwick Head Coach
Alex began coaching in the 7th grade with the Upper Saint Clair Swim Club Lessons Program and became a volunteer and assistant swim coach with MLAC.  He was the head coach of the Bower Hill Barracudas summer league program for five seasons, where he led the team to an overall record of 29-4 and won four league championships.  He is the Chartiers Country Club Head Swim Coach, where he has grown the team and lead it to an overall winning record.  Alex has also coached for Carnegie Mellon University, been a clinician for Fitter and Faster Swim Camps, and had access to work on deck with the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh Swim Team.
 
As a swimmer for Upper Saint Clair High School, Alex was a 13-time High School All-American, 12-time Pennsylvania State Medalist, 7-time District-7 (WPIAL) Champion, and a 3-year Team Captain.  In 2011, he was a part of the Upper Saint Clair High School Swim Team’s first District title since 1973.  He was nicknamed the “Original Sprinter” for earning 15 District top 3 medals over 4 years in all freestyle races.  He was a multiple-pool record-holder, team record holder, and District record holder. 
 
At Emory University, Alex was a 5-time NCAA D3 Champion, a 6-time NCAA All-American, and Team Captain.  He was part of Emory University Men’s 1st NCAA swim team title and was a former record holder for the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay.  He is the current record holder in the 400 freestyle relay.  He swam at conference earning All-UAA for all 4 years. 
 
Alex holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where he double-majored in Finance and Strategy and Management Consulting.  He previously worked for J.P. Morgan Securities – Wealth and Asset Management. 
 
Prior to joining PTSC, Coach Alex was the Associate Head Coach at PEAQ, the Head Coach of the Fort Couch Middle School Swim Team and the Assistant Coach of the Upper Saint Clair High School Swim Team.  He was also the club’s social media director, having managed an account that has been featured on USA Swimming, SwimSwam, Swimming World and ISL.  In addition, he was the classroom sessions director where he led monthly sessions with middle and high school aged swimmers that focused on mental health, goal setting, self-confidence, training intelligence, nutrition, taper vs. training, and being a good teammate.  Alex has coached swimmers at the levels of zones, sectionals and junior nationals and on to college programs of all divisions.
Stephanie McLaughlin Head Assistant Coach

Coach Stephanie was a member of the Peters Township Swim Club for seven years. During her PTSC days, she was a member of the AMS Zones Team.

Stephanie also swam for the Peters Township Middle School and High School teams. She was a four-year letter winner while on the High School Swim Team. Stephanie was a four-year WPIAL and PIAA qualifier. During her Junior and Senior years, she qualified for Sectionals. Her best events were the 50, 100 and 200 Freestyle.

At the time of graduation, Stephanie was a member of an All-American 200 Freestyle Relay. After graduating high school, Stephanie continued her swimming career at Westminster College for two years. While at Westminster, Stephanie held two records and won four Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) individual titles as well as one relay title.

Currently, Stephanie works at Peters Township High School. She and her husband live in Peters Township with their four sons.

 

Sarah Hartman Head Assistant Coach
Isabella Manzari Assistant Coach
Mara Augustynowicz Assistant Coach

Mara joined PTSC as a swimmer in 2013.  Soon after, she started teaching swim lessons with the Learn to Swim Program.  While swimming for PTSC, Mara swam for the Peters Township Middle School and High School Swim and Dive Team. 

She has been an assistant coach for PTSC since 2020 and is currently studying Mathematics and Statistics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Ganesh Sivaramakrishnan Assistant Coach

Ganesh Sivaramakrishnan is a collegiate swimmer with a passion for coaching and inspiring young athletes to reach their full potential.

Born and raised in Upper Saint Clair, Ganesh’s love for the sport started when he first joined the local swim team. During high school, Ganesh was a WPIAL champion in the 100 back and 100 fly and was runner up in the 100 fly and 100 back at the PIAA State meet. After high school,  Ganesh earned a spot to swim Division I at George Washington University, and continues to be a student-athlete.

Ganesh's coaching approach is characterized by his ability to connect with his athletes on a personal level, understanding their individual strengths and areas for improvement. His experience as a collegiate swimmer has given him valuable insight into the mental and physical challenges that athletes face, and he uses this knowledge to guide and support his team members.

As he embarks on this new chapter at Peters Township, Ganesh is excited to share his passion for swimming and help shape the next generation of exceptional athletes. His determination, expertise, and unwavering dedication will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the program, inspiring his swimmers to surpass their own expectations and achieve greatness both in and out of the pool.

 
Bert Wang Assistant Coach

My name is Bert Wang, I recently just graduated from Grinnell college with a degree in biology. This coming fall, I will be attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine to enroll in there doctorate of occupational therapy program. Here, I will be using my covid year and 5th year to swim in thei r varsity team. 

Katalina Wang Assistant Coach

Hello everyone! My name is Katalina Wang, but my friends call me Kat. I attend Case Western Reserve University and play for their tennis team.

I was a PTSC swimmer for over 10 years and qualified for the WPIALS all the three years I swam in high school. I produce music in my free time and I’m currently training for a triathlon.

I’m looking forward to a great season.

Addison Bowers Junior Coach