Head Coach - Gold/Senior Groups
Coach Matt started with IA in June 2012 coming from the
Cleveland, Ohio area where he served as the head coach for the
Twinsburg site of University Swim Club, assistant coach for
the Twinsburg High School swim team and assistant coach for
John Carroll University. In South Bend, he also served as
a volunteer assistant coach for the Notre Dame Men's Swim Team from
A natice of Detroit, MI, Coach Matt attended John Carroll
University from 2001-2005. While at JCU, Coach Matt was a 4 year
varsity swimmer for the Blue Streaks, winning 9 individual
conference titles, earning 27 All-Conference honors, and qualifying
for he 2004 NCAA DIII Championships in the 200 Freestyle. Coach
Matt Graduated with a BS in Physics and then went on to earn an MS
in Medical Physics from Cleveland State University in 2008, and
then a secondary teaching certificate from CSU in 2009. Coach Matt
taught physics at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
from 2009-2012. he currently lives in Mishawaka with his wife,
Deb, his two daughters, Elle and Hadley, and his two
Australian Shepherds, Ozzie and Brutus.
Head Age Group Coach - Silver Group
Coach Ben has been involved with age group compeitive swimming since he was seven years old and swam with the CATS Aquatics in Libertyville, IL. In high school, Ben was a four year varsity member on the swim and water polo teams of Libertyville High School. He was an IHSA state finalist in the 100 breast, USA Swimming Junior National Qualifier, and USA Swimming Scholastic All American. He continued his passion for the sport as a four year varsity letterman on the Denison University Swimming and Diving team while receiving a BA in Physical Eduction. Ben earned an All-American as a memer of Denison's 200 Medley Relay that placed third at the 2012 Division III NCAA Championships where Denison went on to win the national championship. He was also a team captain senior year.
Prior to joining Irish Aquatics in Spring 2017 Ben coached for three years with Cats Aquatics (Libertyville, IL) and Knollwood Country Club (Lake Bluff, IL). He has coached athletes of all ages, but particularly enjoys working with age age group swimmers and helping them develop their athletic coordination and a passion for the sport of swimming. He is a certified USA Swimming Coach and is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is currently working towards his level two ASCA certification.
Assistant Coach - Gold/Senior Groups
Coach Brian began his coaching career in the Fall of 1999 as the boys assistant swim coach, in charge of diving at Mishawaka High School. After his first year he took over the diving for the girls team as well. He remained in that position for 12 years during which time he had many accolades including one girls sectional champion, ten diving regional qualifiers, four state qualifiers and three NIC conference champions. In the Spring of 2011 he took over as the head swimming coach for the boys high school team and remained there until 2016 during which time he took many new swimmers to new heights including sectional finals.
He became active with Irish Aquatics in 2013 when his son began swimming. He was a volunteer coach for IA beginning Spring 2014 and became assistant coach in May 2016. He is currently working toward his ASCA level one certification and is married to his lovely wife Lisa of 17 years.
Assistant Coach - Silver Group
Noelle is originally from New Jersey and started with Irish Aquatics in the fall of 2016. She found her way to South Bend because she is attending Notre Dame Law School. Noelle has been swimming competitively for the past 15 years and she swam Division I at The College of William & Mary. For the past 6 years, Noelle has coached summer league teams in New Jersey and Virginia as the Assistant Head Coach. Noelle is very excited to be a member of the Irish Aquatics team and hopes to aid the silver group in working hard and attaining best times!
Assistant Coach - Bronze Group
Coach Lisa has been active with Irish Aquatics since 2013 when her son joined the team. She joined the coaching staff in the Fall of 2016 as a coach in the Bronze group. Prior to coaching she swam for her local high school. After school Lisa continued to be involved with swimming in various ways through volunteering. Lisa is a graduate of Indiana University of South Bend with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administraion.
Lisa enjoys watching her young swimmers develop their strokes, personalities and knowledge of the sport throughout the season. She gets to know each swimmer on a personal level and enjoys the stories they tell. Her goals are for her swimmers to learn and develop their swimming technique, build their self confidence and have fun. Lisa is married to her high school sweetheart Coach Brian.