KATHLEEN PRINDLE - HEAD COACH/FOUNDER, NATIONAL TEAM COACH
Kathleen Klein Prindle has been an inspirational coaching presence in South Florida for over a decade. A former competitive swimmer from northeastern Pennsylvania and a 1993 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, she has more than 40 years of aquatics experience as both athlete and coach. Prindle is an ASCA Level 5 coach, the highest level attainable (held by the top 2-5% of swimming coaches). In 2015, Prindle was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (NE chapter) for her contributions to the sport.
Upon relocation to Florida in 2002, she was recruited, trained, and mentored by six-time Olympic coaching legend Michael Lohberg. With intense focus on stroke mechanics and the use of scientific training methods such as Blood Lactate testing, Kathleen and Michael created a proven record of success with swimmers at all levels: She helped develop eight Olympians, one world-record holder, two American record-holders, eight FHSAA State (high school) champions, and nine All-American swimmers.
Prindle has coached multiple local athletes to JO, Zone, Sectional Championship, Florida State Championship, and US Junior National/Sr National Championship titles. Many of her swimmers are Academic All-Americans and have furthered their careers at the Collegiate, National, and International/ World Championship/ Olympic levels. Kathleen is a 3x USA Olympic Trials Coach (2008, 2012, 2016), World Championships Coach (2015). In the most recent quad, Kathleen's PAQ was the only team in the area to qualify an athlete for the Rio 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES! Currently, Kathleen is preparing her swimmers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Prindle also works with other professional athletes including tri-athletes, pentathletes, baseball players, and LPGA tour members, using aquatics as a cross training technique to finesse their athletic performances. Prindle was the founding Head Coach of the Hoboken Hurricanes Swim Team in New Jersey (at Stevens Institute of Technology). She has taught and coached swimming throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, and at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
In addition to her work on deck, Prindle has been a guest lecturer for Lynn University and the American Red Cross, and a consultant for multiple swim programs. She has been a featured speaker at International Coaching Clinics, and the USA-Swimming Convention in 2015. She lends her expertise to the Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, FL, as the Aquatics Administrator and Varsity Boys’ and Girls Head Coach since 2003. At Grandview, she developed the Lower School Physical Education curriculum and instituted Middle School swimming as a funded sport. In 2010, she was awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the American Swim Coaches Association. Prindle has served on the FHSAA Advisory Board (the governing body for high school sports in Florida), and on USA Swimmings' Senior Development National Executive Committee, where she will serve during this 2012-2016 quad. Kathleen is a 2014 elected member of the American Swim Coaches Association's (ASCA) Board of Directors, currently serving as Vice-President.
Prindle is driven by a desire to help every athlete achieve their athletic goals. Through intense focus on technical proficiency, providing resources, and managing a positive and professional enviroment, Prindle's positive coaching style helps illuminate some of life's lessons as athletes pursue success in the pool. She sees tremendous value in interacting with her swimmers with laughter and kindness, to create an environment where every success is possible.
She and her husband Chris reside near the beach, and enjoy the ocean whenever they can.
RORY GRIGULL - PRE-PAQ (DEVELOPMENTAL) COACH, HEAD MASTERS COACH
Rory Grigull joined The PAQ in 2012 with extensive competitive swimming experience. He is an ASCA Level 2 Certified Club and Masters Coach. Rory has coached and taught swimming for several years in South Carolina and Florida, working with numerous age-group and high school developmental swimmers. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology.
As a young athlete coached by both Michael Lohberg and Kathleen Prindle, Grigull was a four-time high school All-American and member of multiple FHSAA State Championship teams at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, FL). Grigull competed at the 2008 US Olympic Trials in the 100-meter freestyle. He has also competed at several US National Championships, including US Open Water Nationals (2007). At the University of South Carolina, Rory continued his stellar swimming career, competing in three Southeastern Conference Championships, and was named three times to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. He currently resides near the beach where he is spending his time coaching and training for his second IRONMAN competition (sched. Oct 2016)!
KATIE PARKER - ASSISTANT COACH, PRE-TEAM & SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Katie Parker joined The PAQ in 2014 as a graduate of the University of Tampa with a degree in advertising. After joining her first swim team at the age of 5, Katie swam locally for Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, and wrapped up a 17-year competitive swimming career at the University of Tampa where she qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships 3 years in a row (2012/13/14). In her senior season, she was a finalist in the 100 and 200 butterfly as well as the 200 IM. Katie still holds the school record for the 200 butterfly. Katie returned to her native South Florida and now assists PAQ with school programming at Grandview Preparatory School, as well as serving as an assistant coach for both the Pre-Team and Master's programs. Katie is also a 3rd-year Ocean Rescue Lifeguard with the city of Deerfield Beach! Katie's specialty is building basic skills for lower-school and developmental swimmers.
STEPHANIE EISENRING - COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, ASSISTANT COACH
Stephanie Eisenring is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina/ Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. Stephanie is no stranger to PAQ: In 2014, she joined the team as a Post-Grad training with the PAQ Masters group, and since 2015 has run our Marketing Department! Stephanie handles the graphic and web design for PAQ, as well as working on deck as Novice Coach. In her free time Steph is studying to become an EMT/Paramedic!