John is a former All-American,
Indiana University distance freestyler, US Olympic Trials qualifier
and member of the 1984 Greek Olympic Swimming Team. A former
NCAA Division I, USA and High school Head Swim Coach, John has
coached numerous Age-Group, USA, Olympic Trial Qualifiers and NCAA
National Champions. Collis currently serves as the
Sprint & Strength Swim Coach for Brecksville-Broadview Heights
High School, in which he designs and instructs both the Swimming
and Dryland curriculum for the team. Within a five year span, the
Brecksville Swim Team has gone from being unranked in the State to
placing second in the State, with their Sprint relay placing First
in the Nation.
As a competitive swimmer, John had
the unique opportunity to compete for and train under three coaches
who have all been enshrined in Competitive Swimming's highest
honor, Swimming's International Hall of Fame. These three coaches
include Jerry Holtrey, Lake Erie Silver Dolphins, John
Trembley, High school National Champions Mercersburg Academy and
the legendary "Doc Counsilman, seven time NCAA Division I National
Champions, Indiana University.
John's All-American swimming
accomplishments included being the top 500yd freestyler for High
school National Champions Mercersburg Academy in 1981, a 4 year
varsity distance swimmer for Indiana University, a 1984 United
States Olympic Qualifier (200M and 400 M freestyle) and a member of
the 1984 Greek Olympic Team (200 M freestyle, 400 M freestyle, 400
M freestyle relay, and 800 M freestyle relay).
John has over 20 years of
competitive swim coaching experience, coaching at the Division I
NCAA, USA Club and High school levels. This coaching experience has
resulted in producing 14 High school State Champions, 11
age group National Champions and 7 NCAA National Champions,
including 2010 NCAA sprint free-styling record holder, Zack Turk.
John is the founder and executive
director of Cleveland Swim Institute and Cleveland Sports
Institute, a multidisciplinary health, fitness sports enhancement
and sports medical facility located in Broadview Heights,
Ohio. Since beginning his professional coaching career,
John has remained steadfastly committed to providing all of his
athletes with the same positive life lessons that he learned
from his three coaching mentors. Most importantly, his commitment
to passing on values like goal-setting, determination, and teamwork
which is most evident through his selection of CSI Athlete's
staff, whose team members exemplify these same standards of
high-quality coaching and mentorship.
John lives in Solon with his wife
Katey, two daughters Kacey and Laina Jane, and their three dogs,
Pepper, Coal and Bailey.