Saturday, August 28, 2021

Pam, Dr Hamlet isn’t worth the save.

PPS Board Member,

Hi  Pam,

When Dr Hamlet came to town, I supported his early weeks and months, and asked the board and fellow parents and citizens to stick with him. I went out on a limb to back the process of his hiring. Yes, there were missed steps in the resume. Blush. Move on. Big job. Lots to do. Don't pay a guy for not showing up for work. Get to the education efforts. Some might have pitched a fit regardless as they didn't get their Brode pick, or whatever. 

I was a Dr Hamlet fan. 

We did have a breakfast together, and I told him about our district,  its pools (and we toured one together at PCA). I shared the legacy of Sports Reform Task Force. Thompson, Roosevelt, Lane all did this and that. He knew about my decade of work w Summer Dreamers and Swim & Water Polo and Afterschool stuff from WHS to Arsenal and such. 

That was then. 

Then came a principal change at Obama and Dr Walters departed. He was poor to sports teams and coaches and the next principal was far worse. Hard to fathom. She gave me a very raw deal, and I went to Dr Hamlet three times and asked for his attention to the matter. He said he would look into things each time and didn't. Total fumble. 

The kids and team at Obama got screwed. The sport is all but dead. Another 40 families disenfranchised. 

Dr Hamlet could have simply asked for a written investigation within 30 days. Nope. Total train wreck.   Dr Hamlet is not worthy of a leadership job. Principal Colbert at Obama gets no love for me either. 

I am so happy my kids are out of PPS. Their age group had an uphill battle, but we made the most of it as a community. Not any more. 

Don't renew Dr Hamlet's contract. Fire him if you have just cause. 

Good luck. 
Thanks for all you do for our community. 

Mark Rauterkus

Presently head swimming coach at The Ellis School (HS & MS) and Duquesne Univ Club Swim Team (Men & Women),
Webmaster for the International Swim Coaches Association 


Mark Rauterkus 
Webmaster, International Swim Coaches Association,
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3),
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) & &

412 298 3432 = cell

Friday, August 20, 2021

Re: MLAC Fall programs Registration open MLAC swim team registration opens August 23rd

Aquatic Programs at Mt. Lebo:

On Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 2:54 PM 'Michael Kristufek' via TeamUnify <> wrote:
Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club
MLAC Fall programs Registration open MLAC swim team registration opens August 23rd


Welcome to the 2021-2022 season!

Registration for learn to swim and various programs are open. Registration for the year round swim team will open Monday August 23rd.

Swim team or minnows tryouts

Looking to join swim team or know someone who is and hasn't been on one of our teams before come to tryouts must be able to swim the length of the pool freestyle and backstroke:

September 14 or 16th 6:00-8:00pm

Register here


Learn to swim:


Fall, Session times: 9:00-9:30, 9:30-10:00, 10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00am (Parent Child 11:00-11:30am)

Session 1: 8 Classes Fall

Dates: September 11th,  18th, 25th,  October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November 6th


·        Parent & Child:  Orients young children to the water and prepares them for Learn to Swim Lessons with the Parent in the water with the child

·        Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills:  Students will learn how to feel comfortable in the water & safely enjoy it.

·        Level 2 – Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills:  Students will learn basic swimming skills.

·        Level 3 – Stroke Development:  Additional guided practice will help students improve their skills.

·        Level 4 – Stroke Improvement:  Students will gain confidence, improve their stroke, and gain additional aquatic skills.

·        Level 5 – Stroke Refinement:  Guidance allows students to refine their strokes and become more efficient swimmers.


Registration Click here



  • Focus on stroke technique and development, and fun.
  • Must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke without assistance.  
  • Practice is in the Mt. Lebanon High School indoor pool.
  • Coaches group swimmers by ability during practices.
  • As swimmers will be evaluated at the end of each session to see if they are ready to join the competitive swim team.

Minnow group:

$175/session one day a week

$250/session 2 days a week (Tues/Thur, Tues/Sat, Thur/Sat)

Fall session 2021

Days of the week:

Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm

Thursday 7:00-8:00pm

Saturday 11:00-12:00pm

Saturday 12:00-1:00pm

Starts Saturday September 11th-November 6th  No practice October 2nd.





18 and older swim team for fitness, open water, triathlon, competitive and people who love swimming

 $50.00 per month billed on the 1st of each month

September 7th-June 4th practice at Mt. Lebanon High School

Monday and Friday 8:00-9:00pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:15-6:30am

Tentatively for summer at Mt. Lebanon Rec Center June 6th-TBD



Registration Click here

Must also be registered with USMS at


Water Aerobics:

Water aerobics classes take place at the Mount Lebanon high school pool on Tuesdays, 8-9pm.  The pool is about 81 degrees, perfect for active individuals. The sessions are normally 8 weeks and the cost is $80/session. It's a coed class with music and lots of fun and exercise with great people.

Water aerobics uses the natural resistance and buoyancy of water against your body to provide a wide variety of conditioning activity. No swimming is required in water aerobics, and floatation devices are used frequently. Water exercise helps increase your energy, stamina and strength -- and it is a healthy way to cool off in the summer. Before starting an aerobics routine or class, check with your health care professional.

The instructor, Laura Teufel, has been teaching water aerobics at Mt. Lebanon High School for years, is fun and enthusiastic.

2021-2022 Schedule:


8 classes $80 for the session


Session 1

September 14th-November 2nd

Session 2

November 9th- January 11th (No class November 23 or December 28th due to holiday weeks)

Session 3

January 18th- March 8th

Session 4 (10 classes $100)

March 25th-May 24th (No class April 12th due to holiday schedule)


Click here to register


Underwater hockey:

Underwater Hockey

Thursday nights 8:30pm-10:00pm at Mt. Lebanon High School

We practice and occasionally some of the team will go to tournaments around the country but those are completely optional and on your own. Anyone who is comfortable swimming in the pool and going underwater who wants to try something fun and different is welcome to come try it out. We have some extra equipment to share and check it otu.

Underwater hockey will resume in September 9th

Click here to register

$150 for the year $75 per session or $10 drop in

For questions please email or



2021 Fall SESSION Registration Click here



Teams are coached by

David Watterson, Head Diving Coach. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, David has been involved in the Pittsburgh Swimming and Diving community as a coach and official for more than 20 years. His experience has brought several teams to Section championships and many athletes to the WPIAL and PIAA podiums. 

Cary Johns, former Mt. Lebanon High School record holder and three All-American for Clarion University.


Practice Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday at Mt. Lebanon High School Pool

September 7th-November 20th No practice October 2nd, 23rd, 13th due to SATs or swim meets


Youth diving Tuesday/Thursday 7:30-8:45pm Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm

Please make sure to bring a mat to do dryland body weight workout at the start of each practice.

One day a week: $75 per month

Two days a week: $100 per month

Three days a week: $125 per month


Club diving  Tuesday/Thursday 8:00-10:00pm Saturday 10:30am-1:00pm

Please make sure to bring a mat to do dryland body weight workout at the start of each practice.

One day a week: $100 per month

Two days a week: $125 per month

Three days a week: $150 per month


Youth diving practices are for 8-12 year olds who are interested in diving.

1. Must be able to swim the length of the pool

2. The desire to learn, listen well, make corrections and work with all coaching staff and team members


Club Team practices are available for divers middle school age and up through high school.

1.     The desire to compete in High School Meets, and potentially AAU events including AAU National Championships

2.     Dives in multiple categories

3.     The desire to work hard, listen well, make corrections and work with all coaching staff and team members

Club divers will have the opportunity for strength training (core and body weight movements), as well as pool training. We will work on creating a competitive dive list.



All divers must register with AAU Diving


Youth Program consists of athletic participation for ages as defined by AAU youth sport rules. Youth membership allows participation and insurance coverages in any and all youth sports.

$14.00 - Regular Membership

Please go to:

code:WYE3ED Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club


For questions please email Coach Watterson at or Leslie Becki at



Water Polo Team

2021 Fall SESSION

13 and over Water Polo

Who:13 and over water polo

When: Monday 8:45-10:00pm, Wednesday 8:00-9:30pm and Saturday 1:00-2:00pm September 13th-November 13th (no practice Saturday October 2nd due to SATs)

Where:  Mt. Lebanon High School.

Cost: $250.00

8-12 year old Water polo

Who: 8-12 year old

When: Saturdays 2:00-3:00pm September 18th, 25th,   October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November 6th, November 13th

Where: Mt. Lebanon High School.

Cost: $175.00



Must be able to swim the length of the pool and tread for 2 minutes

Included in cost as well as American Water Polo membership(governing body)


Learn to play water polo and potentially get to compete with other schools in the area.


Click here to register

About the coaches:

Head Coach: Nick DiLeo:

Raised in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania my first introduction to water polo was in high school. He continued on to play at Connecticut College where he garnered All American honors. After college he attended The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and continued to play water polo for both Pitt's club team and the Pittsburgh Renegades masters water polo team. He currently works as a General Dentist in the South Hills area. In his free time he enjoy watching sports, fishing, and obviously playing water polo! He is excited to get the opportunity to share my passion and knowledge of the sport with everyone! See you in the pool! 

For questions please email Leslie Becki or VP of Programs Heather Schmitt at



MLAC Swim team

Registration will open Monday August 23rd

Click here after Monday August 23rd to register

Welcome to the 2021-22 swim season! First, let me start by thanking you for your care and commitment to the Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club. There are countless people working behind the scenes for the benefits of our athletes. It takes dedication, hard work, and serious investment of time to keep Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club running. Our organization is successful because of people like you. The impressive successes are a direct result of our collective effort: thank you doesn't begin to do it justice, but please know your efforts are valued and appreciated.  

This year we are combining Marlins and Barracudas into Barracudas, if you were a Barracuda you should now register for Marlins.


The schedule is as follows, changes may come as necessary:

During middle school season: September 7th-October 15

Stingrays: Tuesday,Thursday, Friday 7:00-8:00pm

Dolphins: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00-8:00pm

Marlins: Monday-Friday 6:00-7:00pm

Sharks: Monday-Friday 3:30-5:00pm Monday and Friday 5:15-6:30am  Saturday 7:00-9:00am Shark dryland: Monday 5:00-6:00pm Wednesday 5:30-6:30am Saturday 6:00-7:00am

Mt. Lebanon Middle School Team: Monday-Friday 5:00-6:00pm

October 15th to March 26th Then break for a couple of weeks tbd and resume to end of Mt. Lebanon school year

Stingrays: Tuesday,Thursday, Friday 7:00-8:00pm

Dolphins: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00-8:00pm

Marlins: Monday-Friday 5:30-7:00pm

Sharks: Monday-Friday 3:30-5:30pm Monday and Friday 5:15-6:30am  Saturday 7:00-9:00am Shark dryland: Monday 5:30-6:30pm Wednesday 5:30-6:30am Saturday 6:00-7:00am

Summer schedule To be determined: Tentatively:

Morning at Rec Center pool and afternoon at High School

Sharks: Monday-Friday 6:30-8:30am Saturday 7:00-9:00am Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm swim 5:00-6:00pm dryland(afternoon at the high school)

Marlins: Monday-Friday 8:00-9:30am

Dolphins: Monday-Thursday 8:30-9:30am

Stingrays: Monday-Thursday 5:00-6:00pm at the high school


 Adult learn to swim registration and info coming in October.


Thank you,

Mike Kristufek

MLAC General Manager

Visit Us Online at:

Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club
PO Box 14684
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Fwd: Join Our Team! The Buhl Foundation is Hiring

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Join Our Team - The Buhl Foundation is Hiring

Director, One Northside

The Director, One Northside (ONS), is primarily responsible for managing community-based relationships with residents, partner organizations, and stakeholders of One Northside with a clear focus on creating a deep knowledge and understanding of the community, building trust, and cultivating positive relationships. The Director will ensure active community engagement in ongoing development and implementation of the One Northside Plan and provide targeted pillar and program management support to implement the One Northside Plan.

For more information and to apply, click here. 

Manager Marketing & Communications

The Manager Marketing & Communications is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive branding, marketing, communications, and public relations strategy that will drive The Buhl

Foundation's and One Northside's branding and critical messaging. The Manager Marketing & Communications is a strategic thinker and tactician and has the experience and ability to expand the Foundation's and One Northside's visibility and reach locally, regionally, and nationally.

For more information and to apply, click here. 

To receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit a cover letter and resume by August 30, 2021, before 5:00 PM to The Buhl Foundation is being assisted in this search by Deborah Holland, from DLJ & Associates, LLC. Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact Ms. Holland at

The Buhl Foundation offers a competitive salary depending on experience and excellent benefits. The Buhl Foundation is an Affirmative Action Employer.

Support & Be Supported

In every community, there is a give and take.

Sometimes you are the one offering support and other times you need to receive it.

It's all part of our work together.

Click to learn more.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Monday, August 02, 2021

Fwd: Legislative hearing on conference realignment

A strong Big 12 Conference is good for the state of Texas
Baylor University

Dear Baylor Family,

The beginning of August marks the return of many of our student-athletes in preparation for their upcoming fall seasons and the fall semester. Unfortunately, the winds of conference realignment have taken the spotlight away from these incredible Baylor student-athletes, but I could not be more excited to see our football, soccer and volleyball teams fling their green and gold in just a few short weeks.

Earlier today, Vice President and Director of Athletics Mack B. Rhoades IV and I traveled to Austin to testify in front of a Select Senate Committee looking into the Future of College Sports in Texas, following the pledged departure of the University of Texas from the Big 12 Conference in 2025. We were joined by Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, our colleagues from Texas Tech and TCU, and UT President Jay Hartzell.

My message to the Committee was three-fold:

  1. It is imperative that Texas maintain its nation-leading five Power 5 schools, not only for athletics purposes, but for the prestige, academic partnerships and financial benefits such status brings to our universities;
  2. Losing Power 5 status would have devastating financial implications for Waco, Lubbock and Fort Worth – in excess of $569.1 million in annual gross product and 7,615 jobs, according to a report from the Perryman Group – and a state institution should not be able to inflict such harm on Texas taxpayers and communities; and
  3. As institutions of higher education, we uphold a sacred trust with our constituents, and we must be held to a higher standard. We must compete with integrity, respect for our colleagues, and with openness and transparency.

Mr. Rhoades reinforced that any economic upside to UT's move to the SEC will be felt outside of the state of Texas in neighboring places such as Fayetteville, Arkansas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and distant ones such as Columbia, South Carolina. The Big 12 calls Texas home, with the conference office based in Irving, and hosts the Big 12 Football Championship annually in Arlington at AT&T Stadium and has the DFW Metroplex in regular rotation to host the NCAA Final Four – both huge economic drivers and important points of pride for our state.

The bottom line is that a strong Big 12 Conference is good for the state of Texas. And I know our colleagues at Texas Tech and TCU feel the same way. With the commitment of Texas and the University of Oklahoma to stay in the Big 12 until 2025, that will allow the eight remaining conference members time to work strategically and thoughtfully as we chart our shared future. As such, we anticipate the "conference carousel" to slow in the days and weeks ahead.

Mr. Rhoades and I appreciated the opportunity provided by Governor Abbott last Tuesday to discuss with him the current athletic conference landscape and his willingness to assist the Big 12 and its Texas-based members as we move forward. We also send our sincerest thanks to the "Baylor delegation" – members of the Texas Legislature and other state officials who have ties to our University and have tirelessly advocated on our behalf over the past few weeks.

We understand that change and uncertainty are upon everyone involved with intercollegiate athletics. You can be assured Baylor and her leadership are proactively and aggressively engaged in best positioning the University for the future, both athletically and academically. We have a great story to tell.

While media speculation and rumors continue to run rampant – and can certainly be entertaining – we pledge to keep you, as the Baylor Family, informed as specific developments warrant. Thank you for your prayers and ongoing support of our great University.



Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.