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Nathan Lavery

Nathan Lavery

Head Coach

npl32@drexel.edu
Stephen Freeman

Stephen Freeman

Diving Coach

Stephen Freeman (formerly Stephen Reustle) joined the Drexel swimming and diving coaching staff during the fall of 2018 as the head diving coach. Prior to this appointment, Stephen served as the head coach of area high schools and aquatic clubs since 2006. He was also the assistant coach for multiple Junior Olympic dive programs in the greater Philadelphia area, which produced many national qualifiers. Freeman attended Drexel University from 2001-2006 where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Area Studies and minors in German and Corporate Communication. While at Drexel, Freeman was a valuable member of the Dragons Swim and Dive team, qualifying for finals and/or medaling in each CAA conference championship. Post-graduation Stephen obtained a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Rider University and enjoys a career in international sales management for one of the largest German multi-national corporations in the world. A native of the Philadelphia area, Freeman has been involved in the sport of diving since age nine, is recently married and resides in South Philadelphia.
Kara Battistoni

Kara Battistoni

Assistant Coach

Kara Battistoni joined the Drexel swimming and diving coaching staff during the fall of 2018 as an assistant coach. Prior to her arrival at Drexel University, Battistoni earned her bachelor's in Fine Arts from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where she was named to the Deans List multiple times and invited to present her work at events held by the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society. While earning her degree, she was a scholarship recipient and four-year member of the women’s varsity swimming and diving team. Battistoni helped the 2006 Rutgers women’s team rank 12th nationally, was a two-time Big East Champion Competitor and was selected to the Big East All-Academic Team multiple years in a row before she suffered a severe back injury which forced her to red shirt. From 2016-2017, Battistoni served as the assistant coach at Butler University. She helped the Bulldogs to a successful season overall and brought in the most competitive incoming freshman class in recent history. Before Butler, Battistoni was the Director of Operations for Rutgers Women’s Swimming & Diving from 2014 to 2016. She was also the Interim Assistant Coach during a transition period. During this time, she also coached for Scarlet Aquatic Club and did personal training at Apollon Gym. Battistoni, a native from Providence, R.I., has a strong strength and conditioning background; currently holding a CSCS certification. She served as a coach for Seacoast Swimming Association from 2011-2014 where she had the opportunity to coach every age group. In 2014, she was also named Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. Her dryland program design, which focused on functional strength, mobility, and injury prevention, helped Seacoast rank in the top 4% of 2700 registered USA swim teams.