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Brian Suter
Coach Brian Suter began his competitive swimming career at the former Spirit of '76 the summer prior to his sophomore year in high school. He then swam for Neshaminy High School. He attended Shippensburg University where he swam for the varsity team for four years. During his sophomore year, he was awarded the Rick Marlin Memorial Scholarship for demonstrating leadership, loyalty, and dedication to the improvement of Shippensburg University Swimming Program.

Prior to his Freshman year in college, Coach Suter began his coaching career as an assistant for the Bensalem Aquatic Club Summer team. Over his three year tenure, he helped coach the team to win the Lower Bucks Swim League Championship. He was appointed his first head coaching position at Shippensburg Aquatic Club where he coached his first Zone qualifier and was selected as an Assistant Coach for the Middle Atlantic Summer Zone Team. After returning to Bucks County following graduation, Coach Suter was hired by the Neshaminy School District as a biology teacher, He returned to Bensalem Aquatic Club to assist as a winter coach. In the spring of 1997, Brian learned of a near future opportunity to apply for the Neshaminy Girls High School Swim Coach and left BAC to found CORE during the summer. Starting with five athletes, Coach Suter forged a program designed to prioritize commitment to team goals, self improvement, sportsmanship and community service. In the fall of 2003, Coach Suter became the Head Coach of the Neshaminy Boys High School Swim Team as well. Since then, Coach Suter has worked with a growing Coaching staff to educate them on how to teach the foundation competitive swimming skills at the younger age and how to build and monitor the advancement of those skills up through their high school years.

Coach Suter has always emphasized the need for continual professional growth. In college, Coach began his coaching education by taking a course from Dr. Donnie Miller, Coach Suter's Collegiate coach, on the foundations of swimming and diving. The June after his rookie girls high school swim season, he was accepted to the Joint NISCA/ ASCA coaching college at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs,CO. He continued to attend the annual Eastern States Swimming Clinic. In 2000, Coach Suter attended a three day seminar with Coach Ernest Maglischo at the American University where he was trained in stroke biomechanics and physiology. In 2004, Coach Suter attended the ASCA world clinic in Indianapolis where he also had the opportunity to view the World Short Course Championships. Coach Suter continues to be an active member in both the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches' Association and the American Swim Coaches' Association where he has achieved the qualifications of a level three coach.

Coach Suter currently is the Lead Science Teacher for Kindergarten through Twelfth grade in the Neshaminy School District. He also teaches Environmental Science at Neshaminy High School. He holds a BS in biology and a Masters' in Education Leadership. He is married to Colleen and has three children-Erin, Caroline, and Luke. He continues to model a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle, swimming or running daily. He has competed in five broad street runs, two Philadelphia Triathlons, and numerous other triathlon/ running competitions.

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Jason Clark
Jason Clark was Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He started his swimming career swimming 10 years for the Roxborough YMCA. He then swam in the Suburban Aquatic League for one year swimming for PWAC (Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club).

When Coach Jason advanced into high school he lettered in 3 sports (including swimming, of course!) for Roxborough High School. While there, he was All Public as a member of the record-setting Medley and Freestyle relay teams. Coach Jason graduated from Temple University in 1984. While at Temple, he was a swim team member and lettered as a college swimmer before the university dropped the men and women's swim program.

Coach Jason has many successful years of coaching experience. In 2007, he led the LMT (Lower Makefield Township) Gators to a Lower Bucks Swim League Red Division Championship. Jason is currently the Head Coach of The Phoenix Swim Team who swim in the Lower Bucks Swim League in the summer. Jason coached at PENN Aquatics for 9 years and helped lead the PENN Boys and Girls SAL teams to Eastern Division Championships in 2012-2013 for the first time in program history. In addition, he coached at George School in 2014. Jason is also a USA certified swim coach who works hard to help our swimmers shine in the USA League as well as in the Suburban Aquatic League!

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Eric Reuter
My name is Eric Reuter and I have been a coach on Neshaminy Core for the past 4 years and involved with swimming for the past 20. In the past, I have been a swimmer on the Somerton Sharks, Spirit Swimming, Archbishop Wood High School team, and club team for Council Rock. I am currently enrolled as a Master's of Science Occupational Therapy and Master’s in Low Vision Therapy student at Salus University (http://salus.edu/).

Who I am: I was born in the Greater Philadelphia Area and I have lived here my entire life. I believe strongly in family and love my friends as though they were my kin. I follow most Philadelphia sports teams, despite their questionable yearly performances. I am a proud Eagle Scout and also a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. My martial arts nickname was “The Switch.”

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Dave Reuter
This my sixth season with Neshaminy CORE. I have been involved with swimming for almost 30 years with various teams including Somerton Springs, Spirit Swimming, Archbishop Wood High School, and Rider University. At Rider, I was most Improved Swimmer in 1999.

In my personal life, I am a District Sales Manager covering the east coast for Crane Composites working with a team to sell to the transportation industry. I enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures, especially sampling exotic foods.

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Dana Puskas
I began swimming at the age of 7 and loved it instantly! I found that I was extremely competitive and enjoyed the challenges of swimming. I swam for many different area teams throughout the course of my swimming career. I held 11 school records - all 8 individual events and was a member of 3 relay teams. I qualified for Districts all four years and states three years. I was District 1 Champ in the 200 IM in my Senior year and won 3 state medals my Junior and Senior years in the 100 breaststroke and in the 200 IM. I graduated in the top 20 from Bensalem High School in 1996. I earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Connecticut. While I was at UConn, I broke three school records - 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and was part of the 200 medley relay. I qualified and medalled at the Big East Championship all four years. During my junior year of college, I qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke. I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Chemistry as well as my teaching certificate. Since then, I have been involved in swimming from a coaching aspect; coaching club, high school, and summer swim teams. During the day I teach Chemistry at Neshaminy High School.

I was fortunate enough to be part of so many wonderful experiences because of swimming and my coaches. My coaches taught me so much more than just swimming techniques. I want to be able to share my experiences and provide those same opportunities I was given to as many other kids as possible. Swimming is an extremely tough sport, both mentally and physically, and I know it takes a strong and supportive leader to help guide through the ups and downs of competitive swimming. I hope to be a source of support and encouragement for our swimmers so they can be successful too.

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Tom Marquis
Coach Tom is in his 8th season with the Neshaminy CORE swim team. A member of core himself when he attended Neshaminy, he feels privileged to give back to a program that has given him so much. Having never swam competitively prior to joining CORE in 10th grade, he decided to try out the sport he now enjoys so much. In addition to swimming for coach Suter on the CORE swim team, Tom also swam for three years on the high school varsity team. After graduating from Neshaminy in 2007 he moved away from competitively swimming himself but continued to stay an active member of the swimming community through coaching. While obtaining his Geology degree from Temple University, Tom spent much of his time on the pool deck coaching for Neshaminy CORE as well as an assistant coach for Neshaminy High School varsity swim team. His passion is coaching and seeing every swimmer he works with see the potential in themselves that he saw himself thanks to his dedicated coaching staff during his tenor. He would like to thank coach Suter for giving him the opportunity to continue working with this great team.


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