Kurt Sprowles, Head Swimming Coach
Kurt began coaching at Bishop McDevitt in the fall of 2012. His boys teams have earned three District 3 Team Championship titles and have become a regular top five team at the PIAA Championships. Both the girls and boys teams have established a reputation for championship level swimming, consistently earning spots on the Mid Penn, District and PIAA Championship medal podiums. 190 (of 220) of the program’s “All-Time Top 10” performances have been rewritten since Kurt began in 2012. 21 team records are owned by swimmers and divers competing for McDevitt since 2012.
Kurt began swimming competitively at age six for the Harrisburg Y and competed for the Navy Swim Club and Mechanicsburg Aquatic Club through his age group and high school years. Kurt graduated from Mechanicsburg High School in 1992 where he was a eight-time state finalist in swimming, cross country and track and field. Several of his XC course, pool, and track records remain to this day, including a District 3 cross country course record which was retired when the championship meet moved from Milton Hershey's main campus.
His first swim coaching experience occurred in 1993 as an assistant for the Latshmere Swim Club age group summer program. Kurt led Latshmere’s 8 & under through 12 & under age groups for nine seasons before assuming the head coaching duties at Latshmere. He continued in this role for another 15 seasons while also establishing a new year round program (Collegiate Aquatics) and beginning to coach for Bishop McDevitt High School. Kurt also was a member of the coaching staff at the Camp Curtin Y Aquatic Club for five years during the late 90s and early 00s before the creation of Collegiate Aquatics, founded in 2006. In total, the teams achieved 11 team division titles and his athletes established over 250 team records. His age group athletes achieved numerous accolades at the local, regional and USA Swimming zone level, including dozens of league championship meet records, MA “high point” -athlete, and Northeast Zone records.
Kurt earned undergraduate and graduate degrees (economics, psychology, entrepreneurial management, and public policy) from the University of Pennsylvania. He competed as a Varsity cross country and track athlete during his undergraduate years. He also maintains memberships in USA Swimming and the American Swim Coaches Association.