Coach Mike has been
coaching for almost 15 years. He started his coaching
career as a Jr Coach for BSA. After graduating from Reavis High
School, he became an Assistant Coach for BSA then joined OLSA with
his father, Wally Forsythe. Coach Mike became Head Coach at OFSA in
2016. After three years at head coach, he joined GILLS as an
Assistant Coach under legendary coach, Shawn Walsh.
"I strive to create a positive environment within my organization.
My goals are to: build relationships with my swimmers, develop my
swimmers to be successful inside and outside the sport of swimming,
and build confidence by developing achievable and challenging
goals. My philosophy on coaching is to foster a positive
environment that helps the development of swimmers of every level
to achieve their goals.
I feel the reasons why I coach have shifted throughout my many
different roles in swim programs over the last ten years. However,
one reason has been constant all these years, I coach because I
want to inflame the sport of swimming within athletes. I want my
athletes to push themselves to achieve something they never thought
they could achieve. I want my swimmers to look back and say they
were pushed to be their absolute best at all
Coach Mike is currently
enlisted in the Illinois National Guard and an OEF Veteran. All
certifications are present and is a proud member of USA Swimming.
Coach Mike is currently a Level 2 ASCA Certified Coach and ASEP
Brittany joined POSA in the
spring of 2014 as an assistant coach. She started her swimming
career with the Burbank Stingrays when she was 6 years
old. She transferred to the Hickory Willow Swim Club a
few years later. Brittany was a varsity and state swimmer
all 4 years at Sandburg High School; and competed at the
Junior Nationals Championship Meet twice. Brittany went on to swim
University. She holds records at both Sandburg and Lewis.
Her favorite stroke is backstroke!
Jake joined POSA in the Fall of 2016 as an assistant coach. He
began swimming competitively during his freshman year
High School. He continued to swim and also play water polo for
all 4 years. He also is the Sandburg Assistamt Water Polo Coach for
the boys team. His favorite strokes are breaststroke and
I’ve been swimming since I was 7
and have been swimming at POSA since I was 10. I’ve also swam
for the Stagg swim team for 4 years and played water polo my
freshman and sophomore year. My favorite strokes are fly and free
but i also like sprint free.
I started swimming on POSA when I was 6
years old & I swam for 11 years. I played water polo and swam
for Sandburg’s varsity team for 4 years. My favorite stroke
is backstroke, but I also love sprint
swimming for POSA when I was 8. I currently swim at Sandburg, where
I've been a varsity swimmer since freshman year. I play water polo
as well. My favorite strokes are fly and
I’ve been swimming on POSA since I was
5 and have been on Sandburg’s swim team since freshman year.
I love backstroke but the 500 freestyle is definitely my favorite
event. I’m also on the waterpolo team at Sandburg and
I’m excited to be a coach on the team I’ve been on for