Swim Team Coaches

Jim Villa

Jim returns for his 27th year as Head Coach at Wedgewood Swim Club. Jim started off his own swim career at Wedgewood back in the 1960s and came back to coach not only hundreds of swimmers, but his own children as well. Jim has been coaching at Wahoos for over 30 years as well. He looks forward coming back for another season of hard work, good sportsmanship and being good people!




Leigh Anne Patterson

Leigh Anne started swimming at Erlton Swim Cub.  She also swam for Jersey Wahoos and Cherry Hill West. Leigh Anne went on to study Elementary Education and Sociology at Villanova University.  While at Villanova, Leigh Anne swam for the Wildcats.  She specialized in distance freestyle and butterfly.  After graduating from Villanova, Leigh Anne coached at Jersey Wahoos for 4 years.  Leigh Anne now teaches second grade at Central Elementary School.



Christopher Gaffney

Chris has been a swim coach for 12 years, Chris comes with a boatload of coaching experience from a variety of levels and parts of the world. He has been a Head Coach at numerous Tri-County swim clubs including Old Orchard, Pheasant Run and Pomona. Chris is a graduated from Southern Illinois University where he achieved Senior National qualifications and was part of the 2010 All-MAC Team. Chris was voted Team Captain for SIU for 3 years and also was awarded the SIU Swimming and Diving Saluki Pride Award both his Freshman and Senior seasons. Upon receiving his B.S. Degree in Physical Education in 2010, he went on to be the Graduate Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach for SIU the next 2 seasons while earning his M.S.Ed Degree in Kinesiology with a specialized focus in Sport Psychology in 2013.  Chris was the Assistant High Performance Swim Coach, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, and Physical Education Teacher at the British International School in Phuket, Thailand. Chris has a Silver License Coaching Certification from the Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA), is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 Coach, has been a Personal Trainer for 12 years and also is a Physical & Health Education Teacher in the Camden City School District.