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.
Canfield,Ohio, CJ has a long history of swimming in the Youngstown
area. She began swimming at the age of 6 and during her age-group
career she swam for Warren Swim Club, Youngstown Y-Neptunes and
Penguin Swimming. She was a state qualifier all 4 years of high
school at Canfield and held every team record. She went to
University of South Florida on a swim scholarship and later
transferred to Youngstown State where she swam and ran cross
country. At YSU she received her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise
Science and she has worked in various aspects of the wellness field
since graduating. She currently works for YSU as parttime faculty
for Exercise Science department.
She has coached swimming
for over 20 years has worked at Boardman Swim Club (Ohio), Boardman
High School, Canfield High School, Carson Tiger Sharks in Carson
City, Nevada and most recently with Penguin Swimming in Youngstown.
She was Zone coach for Lake Erie several years at the Central Zone
swim meet. CJ lives in New Springfield, Ohio with her husband Mike
and two children, Mikel (13) and River (12), both
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