Zac W Gebhardt
Zac joined Moon Aqua Club as Head Coach in 2010, and before taking on the challenge of Head Coach he was a volunteer assistant coach at Westminster College. While coaching at Westminster he trained 12 NCAA qualifiers & three went on to the NCAA Championship. Before coaching at Westminster, Zac attended the college completing his major in Business Administration and received his Bachelor of Science degree. While at Westminster he swam for three and a half seasons, earning three varsity letters. Zac held the record for Westminster’s 1650 freestyle from 2009-2010. Zac also attended West Virginia University for one semester where he qualified for the Big East Conference Championship in the 1650 freestyle. During his high school career at Gateway School District Zac swam four years on the varsity swim team and earned a varsity letter each year. Zac qualified for WPIAL’s all four years & PIAA’s his junior and senior year. Zac held the 200 medley relay record from 2005-2010 and went undefeated in the 500 freestyle his senior year in dual meet season. Currently, Zac is the Head Coach for the Moon Area varsity swim team and is one the assistant Zones coaches for Allegheny Mountain Swimming.
Laura is a Moon Area Alumni. She started swimming at the age of 6 for the Wyngate Swim Club team and participated in the Moon Aqua Club for 8 years, specializing in distance events. During her high school career Laura qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Conference all four years helping the Girls team achieve first place her senior year. She also contributed to the WPIAL team for four years, swimming events such as the 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay and the 500 Free. Laura is a four year letter winner as well as the winner of four scholar athlete awards. Laura worked as a lifeguard and taught swim lessons at both the High School and Wyngate Swim Club for 6 years. Laura was the assistant coach for the Wyngate Swim team the summer of 2006.
After high school, Laura graduated from Kent State University with her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the assistant coach for the Moon Area High School and Middle School swim teams. Laura also currently works as a substitute teacher in the Moon Area School District.
Dryland Coach & Assistant Coach
Ilya is a Class of 2013 Moon graduate. He currently studies Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. In the summers he works as a Life Guard and Coach at the Montour Heights Country Club.
He joined swimming at the age of 5 at the West Jefferson Hills SD where he learned the basic strokes and how to swim. Once moving to Moon in 3rd grade he stopped swimming but then joined again his sophomore year in High School. He lettered all three years that he swam for the High School. His main events were the 100 Breaststroke, 100 Freestyle, and the 200 IM but he also swam every other event in high school. He qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) meet for relays and individual events, and placed all three years. He also qualified for the WPIAL championships in multiple relays and individual events. He swam for the Moon Aqua Club in the fall before every high school season, and swam in multiple meets. Having only just graduated from high school and leaving the sport, he is very familiar with swimming, the club and is very enthusiastic about coaching.
Sierra R Neft
Sierra is a graduate of Moon High School's class of 2014. She currently is a student at Robert Morris University. Sierra is a lifeguard at Colony West Apartments in the summer. She joined the Moon Aqua Club at the age of eight and has been swimming ever since.
Sierra lettered in swimming, qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC), and the WPIAL championships all four years of her high school swimming career. Her junior year she qualified for the PIAA State meet in multiple relays. She also qualified for States her senior year in her individual event, the 200 IM and made it to finals. Sierra was also a competitor at Sectionals in her qualifying event of the 200 Breaststroke. Having knowledge about swimming and being a former swimmer herself, Sierra is excited to be a coach for the Moon Aqua Club.
Heidi Lynn Gariti
Heidi lives in Moon with her husband and three children, and is a teacher at the Moon Area Middle School. She holds degrees in Special Education, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Carlow University, and a Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Robert Morris University. Heidi has been teaching at the Moon Middle School for 12 years. She has taught 6-8th grade Life Skills Support, 6th grade Learning Support, and now 6th-8th grade Gifted Education.
In addition to coaching the Moon Middle School swim team in the past, Heidi is currently the coach of the Chanticleer Swim Team. Chanticleer is part of the Beaver Valley Swim Conference which operates during the summer seasons.
Heidi began swimming for Moon Aqua Club and Chanticleer at the age of 8 and continued until high school. As her children, Zack -11, Jacob – 9, Addy - 6, became interested in the water at very young ages, her love for the sport of swimming reemerged and her coaching career began. Heidi is anticipating great things as a Moon Aqua Club coach. She has a passion for bringing excitement into the lives of swimmers, and celebrating as they surpass goals they didn’t even think were possible!