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LESD's coaching staff is here to help all Silver Dolphins succeed. Our coaches have over 100 years of combined coaching experience.

If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, team apparel, or policies, please contact one of the Booster Board members or the Chief Administrative Officer.

Coaching Staff

Tim Hable

Head Coach

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Coaching Experience: 42 years of coaching expertise. Tim has experience in USA Swimming and Collegiate.

Years with LESD: 25

Coaching Accomplishments: Tim's swimmers have advanced as NCAA Champions, Junior and Senior National Qualifiers,Olympic Trial Qualifiers and Olympians. He was also recognized as the Lake Erie Swimming Age Group Coach of The Year. 

Personal swimming experience: "I started swimming with LESD at 10 years old, continued in High School at Hawken School and then swam collegiately at Dartmouth college."."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "Have fun and enjoy the people you swim with as they will be your friends for life.."

Other Interesting facts: "I married one of my LESD teammates, and I have 2 daughters who also both swam for LESD."

Adam Katz

Associate Head Coach

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Coaching Experience: 22 years of coaching expertise. Adam has experience in USA Swimming and Collegiate.

Years with LESD: 4

Coaching Accomplishments: Adam's has developed athletes for Zones, Sectionals, Juniors and Olympic Trials. along with fostering State Champions. He was recognized by The News-Herald coach of the year three times.

Personal swimming experience: "I was a swimmer for LESD and Hawken growing up.  I was a State Champion and six-time All-American. I continued my career at Indiana University and THE Ohio State University.."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "To work hard, and have fun! It’s a tough sport and you need to find the joy in the hard work, day after day."

Other Interesting facts: "Enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and playing as much golf as I can."

Thad Schultz

Head Site Coach - SPIRE

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Coaching Experience: 26 years of coaching expertise. Thad has experience in USA Swimming, Collegiate and FINA swimming.

Years with LESD: 3

Coaching Accomplishments: Thad's swimmers have advanced to Olympics, Junior, Senior Nationals and achieved NCAA All-American.

Personal swimming experience: "I swam at West Virginia University and was a National Champion in 1992."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "Swimming can be a life-long way of staying fit, healthy and goal oriented."

Other Interesting facts: "My dog is awesome."

Allie Vitantonio

Head Site Coach - Hawken Lower

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Coaching Experience: 16 years of coaching expertise. Allie has worked with USA Swimming, High School, Middle School, and community swimming.

Years with LESD: 16

Coaching Accomplishments: Allie specializes in advancing age group level Silver Dolphins in competitive swimming to develop and motivate each swimmer and taking the lessons she learned from her swimming career. Allie has also been named the 11-12 coach for the 2019 LE Zone Swim Team.

Personal swimming experience: "I started swimming with Mentor Swim Team, then swam for LESD under Rick Stacy, Mark Braun and Jerry Holtrey.  Swam At Hawken in High School, Swam at Mount Union in College."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "You are stronger than you think and impossible is nothing!"

Other Interesting facts: "I love Disney and the beach.  I am a teacher and in general hope my passion for swimming inspires future swimmers to love the water as I do!"

Rick Balcam

Head Site Coach - Mayfield

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Coaching Experience: 26 years of coaching expertise. Rick has experience in USA Swimming and High School.

Years with LESD: 16

Coaching Accomplishments: Rick has coached Jr National qualifiers and state champions.  He was named Northeast Ohio High School Division 1 Coach of the Year .

Personal swimming experience: "I was a swimmer for LESD and then swam collegiately at Edinboro University."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "Swimming provides such great life lessons!  With dedication, hard work, and sacrifice anything is possible."

Other Interesting facts: "I enjoy traveling with my wife and fishing with good friends."

David Bocci

Head Site Coach - Butler, PA

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Coaching Experience: 20 years of coaching expertise. Dave has experience in USA Swimming, Collegiate and High School swimming.

Years with LESD: 5

Coaching Accomplishments: Dave's swimmers have advanced to Junior and Senior Nationals and High School Record Holders.

Personal swimming experience: "I was an NCAA DIV 2 All-American swimmer at Edinboro University."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "The sport of swimming is a long journey and you can't ever get to high with the highs or to low with the lows.  Just keep moving forward."

Other Interesting facts: "I love being involved in the sport. I like to lock arms with individuals who have high goals and look to me to help them get to where they want to go."

George W Bare

Head Site Coach - CVAC

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Coaching Experience: 19 years of coaching expertise. Bill has experience in USA Swimming and Middle School coaching.

Years with LESD: 8

Coaching Accomplishments: Bill has coached several age group champions and state champions and record holders.  He has also coached several swimmers who have gone on to swim in college, including a Big 10 champion.

Personal swimming experience:  "I grew up swimming at the Chagrin Falls Rec Center and then started with University Swim Club with Mark Bran and Tim Hable when I was 7.  I switched to LESD when I was 12 swimming with Jerry Holtrey until I finished my swimming career after graduating from DePauw Universiyt."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers:  "Always give your best effort to get better."

Other interesting facts:  I am married to a former swimmer (Jeremy Neal Bare) who I have known since I was 7.  We have two daughters, Libby and Syndey, who are swimming with LESD."

Pieter K Ritz

Gold & Silver Coach - CSU

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Coaching Experience: 7 years of coaching expertise. Pieter has experience in USA Swimming and Collegiate coaching

Years with LESD: This is Pieter's first year coaching with LESD

Coaching Accomplishments: In 2014 - Jean Freeman Scholarship Award Winner; In 2015 - Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Women's Swimming & Diving Champions - Florida Gulf Coast University; 2018 & 2019 - American Athletic Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Champuins - University of Cincinnati

Personal swimming experience:  "I started swimming with Gulf Coast Swim Team in 1998 and swam through colleg until 2012.  I swam at Cleveland State University from 2008-2012."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers:  "To instill confidencce in my athletes in their perception of their swimming and their accomplishments both in the pool and out of the pool."

Other interesting facts:  "I am an only child and the only one in my family to ever swim competitively."

Linn Grossman

Head Site Coach - Orange & CSC

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Coaching Experience: 12 years of coaching expertise. Linn has coached several USA Swimming teams including LESD, SwimMAC Carolina, SHSH and GLSS.

Years with LESD: Linn coached with LESD from 2009-2013 and is now back

Coaching Accomplishments: Linn coached alongside the 2016 USA Women's Olympic Head coach.  LInn likes to see her swimmers reach their goals, have fun and learn.

Personal swimming experience:  "I swam for Hillcrest Y and still swim."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers:  "Have fun.  A happy swimmer is a fast swimmer!."

Other interesting facts:  "Linn lives in a house divided - three of my kids went to OSU, two of my kids went to Michigan."

Board of Directors

CJ Musser

Chief Administrator

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Marie Salibra

Team Manager

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Sarah M Tobin

Team Manager

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