Jeannie Zappe ha s been the Assistant Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming at Messiah College since 2012. She is a certified Total Immersion™ (TI) Swim Coach and Owner/Head Coach of Swim Your Best in Mechanicsburg, PA. She provides Total Immersion coaching to adult triathletes, aspiring triathletes and fitness swimmers, as well as technique coaching to college, high school and age group swimmers. After a nearly 20 year career in higher education IT leadership, Jeannie decided it was high time to return to her passion for coaching and teaching swimming in 2008. Jeannie was the assistant coach of the Sunbury branch of the Greater Susquehanna Valley (Pa.) YMCA swim team from 2008-2011 and West Shore YMCA swim team from 2011-2013. She has coached her swimmers to several YMCA age group state championships, individual state championships and YMCA National qualification. Since September of 2012, she has been the assistant coach of Men’s and Women’s Swimming at Messiah College (Division 3) in Mechanicsburg, PA. She enjoys open water coaching as well, specifically at the Total Immersion Women’s Open Water Experience in Maho Bay, St. John in 2011 and 2012. In June 2013, she was a Visiting Assistant Coach at the Salo Swim Camp at the University of Southern California where she thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to coach alongside Olympic and USC coach, Dave Salo, as well as many Olympians.
She has varied experience as a competitive swimmer, coach and official. She is a lifelong fitness swimmer, has competed at the US Master’s Swimming National Championships, and has a passion for everything swimming. As a younger swimmer, Jeannie preferred the short-axis strokes (breaststroke and butterfly) and IM. After revamping her own freestyle stroke significantly by becoming a certified Total Immersion coach, she now prefers to swim freestyle and thoroughly enjoys the mindful practice and continual improvement that TI freestyle provides, as well as the challenge of long distance and cold water swimming. She completed the Alcatraz Sharkfest swim in July, 2012 and the Bridge to Bridge 10K in San Francisco in May, 2013. She is currently training to swim the Trans Tahoe 10-mile relay, a 55-degree non-wetsuit swim in July, 2014. And, just for fun, she thinks she’ll swim around the Statue of Liberty too in 2014. She loves her work as a TI Coach, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for swimming and helping others to experience the satisfaction of mindful practice, continuous improvement and mastery.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in quantitative business analysis from Penn State University and a Master of Science degree in business administration from Bucknell University.