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Coaching Staff

Liz Hastings

Head Coach

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Liz was named Head Coach of the Copley Water Warriors in January 2012.  In a very short period of time, she was able to produce multiple YMCA League and Zone qualifiers and a YMCA Nationals qualifier.  Liz was integral in transforming CWW into a USA registered club and the team has experienced amazing growth during her tenure.  The results of her efforts earned Liz her second Club Development Award from Lake Erie Swimming.  She consistently produces Futures and Jr National qualifiers.  In the spring of 2016, Liz was selected to coach a group of top swimmers from the Lake Erie District at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Liz has a long list of accomplishments in the swimming community achieved during her 20+ years as a coach.  Upon relocating to Arizona, Liz was touted as “one of the country’s best young coaches.”  While with BEST in Arizona, she coached multiple Age Group State Meet champions and several more runner-ups helping launch her team to the 34th ranked swim club in the nation.

While with SWAT in Ohio, she produced Junior National qualifiers and her swimmers set multiple Lake Erie Swimming records.  She has served as an Assistant Coach for two Lake Erie Zone Teams and earned Lake Erie Swimming’s Club Development Award.

Liz created a powerhouse program at Strongsville High School with many of her athletes continuing their swimming careers in college.  She produced NISCA All-Americans, Pioneer Conference Championship teams, Sectional Meet championship teams, a District Meet title and her teams placed in the Top Ten at the State Meet on multiple occasions.  She was named the Northeast District Girls Division I Coach of the Year, the Plain Dealer Newspaper Coach of the Year along with fifteen Pioneer Conference Coach of the Year awards.

While at the helm of the Wadsworth High School swim team, she led her boy's team to a League title, their best District finish is school history and produced mulitple State Meet qualifiers.  She was named the Suburban League Boys Coach of the Year and twice named the Medina County Boys Coach of the Year.  Now the head coach of Copley High School, Liz has led both the Girls and Boys teams to multiple Suburban League titles and has collected six Suburban League Coach of the Year awards.

She is still competitively active today in the sport of triathlon where she has won awards from numerous races, qualified for Nationals and is an Ironman finisher. Philanthropically, Liz is connected to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society which gives her training and racing a greater purpose.  Liz has raised thousands of dollars for the MS cause.

Liz is a graduate of Purdue University with dual degrees in Ecology and Biology Education.  While at Purdue, she was a member of the nationally respected rowing team for four years, was elected President of the team two years in a row, received the prestigious Hovde Award two consecutive years and was nominated for USRowing’s Collegiate Academic All-American Team.

Liz is an ASCA Lifetime Member and has ASCA Achievement Level 4 High School and USA Swimming to her credit.

Brenda Prifti

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Brenda had a storied high school swimming career for Copley High School where she was a 4 year letter winner, qualified for the State Meet in several events and earned the team's "Hardest Worker" award more than>

Kristen Vargas

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Andrew Oktavec

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Andrew Oktavec was a four year letterman at Brunswick High School.  He continued his swimming career for the next four years>

Colleen Powers

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Shannon Cogan

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Shannon was a four year letter winner for Strongsville High School and extended her swimming career four additional years at Division III national powerhouse Dennison University.  While at Dennison, Shannon was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and graduated with a Psychology degree with a minor in Economics.  She is currently employed as an underwriting analyst at Medical Mutual.  Shannon spent four years coaching in the Strongsville Swim League where she developed age and ability-appropriate workouts and meet line-ups for novice and experienced young swimmers.

Haley Witschey

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Haley swam for Wadsworth High School lettering all four years and attaining Top Ten Times in multiple events.  She was named to the All Suburban League team all four years, the team's High Point Award Winner her junior and senior seasons and earned the role of Captain during her senior campaign. Haley was also a standout volleyball player, earning All Suburban League honors three years in a row and also Captained the team her senior year.  Haley was an eight time Scholar Athlete Award winner - four times for each sport.  Haley currently attends the prestigious Kenyon College where she is continuing her volleyball career and plans to major in Psychology.

Board of Directors

David Hertz

President

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Karen Schnelzer

Vice President

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Jen Montisano

Secretary

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Margot Zembas

Treasurer

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