Lindsay Worner is a ’02 graduate of The Harley School and HAC athletics program. She was a two-year captain of HAC’s varsity swim team her junior and senior year in high school and then went on to graduate from the University of Rochester with a B.S. degree in mathematics and earned her masters in education from Nazareth College.
Worner is in her 4th year as a physical education teacher at The Harley School and is also the current assistant coach for the varsity swim team and the head modified track and field coach. This past season was her 10th year coaching at HAC.
What sports did you play for HAC?
Varsity Swimming, 1998-2002 (4 years)
Varsity Cross Country, 1998 – 2000 (2 years)
Who were your coaches?
Coaches Sandy Foster and Jessica Densmore – HAC Cross Country 1998-2000
Coaches Peter Mancuso and Lorie Rick – HAC Swimming 1998-2002
What is your most memorable moment when you reflect on your HAC sports experience?
My teammates were the best part of all the sports I did. Some of the best memories come from our training trip to Florida. We stayed in dorms and all ate in the cafeteria and swam a lot! We also of course went to Disney one day and to the beach. It was a great trip that we still continue today.
How did playing HAC sports help prepare you for collegiate sports and college life in general?
Swimming required long practices and big time commitment. I had to learn to manage my time, which is a skill that certainly helped me in college.
If you could go back in time and talk to yourself as a freshman, what would you say?
I would have told myself to get involved! To do a sport every season or to commit fully to one sport and do that all year, I wish I hadn’t taken any seasons off.
What are some of your favorite aspects of teaching and coaching?
I love watching swimmers get faster! It is amazing how much success and improvement that is possible in one season for a swimmer. The same applies to my job as a PE teacher, I love seeing students improve and grow. I also love being able to share my passion for an active lifestyle with my students.
What qualities or attributes do you think are most important for for a successful athlete?
The most important attribute is having the drive to work harder than anyone else. Sports are all about what you put into them, the harder you work, the more success you will have.
Who is one of your favorite athletes or sports idols?
I have read a bunch of swimming books over the years and I found that Natalie Coughlin was the most impressive in terms of what she put into the sport and how hard she worked everyday.
“Lindsay often saw the big picture when she was in high school and understood the things a coach was trying to get done.
Lindsay (in high school) was a great worker and leader for her teammates. She did all of the tough events without complaining and with success and set a great example in practice. Her parents taught her the value of hard work and she learned that hard work does make you better all around.”
– Peter Mancuso, Athletic Director at The Harley School, HAC Head Varsity Baseball and Swimming Coach.