2018 Coaching Staff


Carl Shallenberger- 2018 Head Coach

Carl has been coaching since 2000. He has coached with the Western Reserve Seariders and Kent Roosevelt High School before moving to FAST and Firestone in 2007-2009. Carl became the Aquatics and Team director for the YMCA of Wooster in 2010. Carl swam for the Western Reserve Seariders, swam and ran for Field High School as well as the Ashland Eagles during College. In Carl's spare time he reads a lot.

Erin Crabtree - 13-14 Coach


Rich Szczepinski - 11-12 Coach

Coach Rich is the head coach for CLE Swimming and has been coaching club and high school swimming since 2002. Most notably, Rich served as the Head Coach at Toledo St. Ursula where he was named Northwest Ohio High School District Coach of the Year in 2012.  He also served as an assistant for five seasons at Toledo St. Francis High School where he helped lead the Knights to five District Titles and multiple Top-3 finishes at the Ohio High School State Championship.  He is currently the Head Coach at Berea MidPark High School.  
In addition to his successful High School coaching experience, Coach Rich has over 15 years of club and age group coaching experience.  While working with Toledo St. Ursula and St. Francis, Rich served as an assistant coach at the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club.  Working with then Head Coach, Keith Kennedy, GTAC had swimmers qualify for every National Championship and Olympic Trials from 2000-2012 and achieved Silver Medal Club status with USA Swimming.  Since founding CLE in 2013, Coach Rich has had qualifiers to every Zone and Sectional Championship; as well as qualifiers to Futures, Juniors, and Senior Nationals. 
Coach Rich is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association, the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, and the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Association.  He was elected to two terms as the Vice Chair of Finance for Lake Erie Swimming and was recently re-appointed as the Treasurer for the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Association.  He is also the league President for the Western Club Swim League.  
He looks forward to working with dedicated swimmers from all over Lake Erie at this year's Zone Championship and cannot wait to meet you all!
Eileen Bringman - 10U Coach

Zone Co-Chair

Please feel free to contact us anytime with questions! 

Lisa Downing