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We are here to support your needs. 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, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Kayla Papp

Head Coach

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Coach Kayla is in her third year as Head Coach of DRD.

She began her swimming career at age 11 with Utica Shelby Swim Club where she became a sectional and national-level qualifier. She continued her career at the collegiate level with Wayne State University where she was a 17-time All-American and seven-time national champion. She broke the NCAA division two national record twice in the 100 breast, becoming the first female to reach the 1:00 barrier in the race and obtaining the school record. She was also apart of the first NCAA national championship for the WSU women’s swim and dive team in 2012 where they placed first by one point. During her four years she was able to help the WSU women's team reamain dominate and win four consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Atheltic Conference team championships.

After completing her Bachelor’s in Psychology, she spent some time returning to USSC with coaching swimmers from novice level all the way to the national level. After a year out of school, she then returned to receive her Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology while she assistant coached with the Wayne State swim team. While there she was able to help coach GLIAC champions and NCAA qualifiers. She also helped the WSU women win a GLIAC conference team title in 2016 and win a runner-up GLIAC team title in 2017, and the WSU men recieve runner-up GLIAC team titles in 2016 and 2017. After two years, she completed her degree and concluded her tenure with WSU. She always knew she was meant to be on the pool deck mentoring and coaching swimmers to help them reach their goals, which led her here to become the head coach of the Dearborn Dolphins.

Coach Kayla is the Head Coach for both the womens and mens swim teams at Dearborn High School. She was inducted into the Wayne State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020.

Nolan Colter

Assistant Coach

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Coach Nolan is in his fourth year with DRD.

 

He grew up in Dearborn and graduated from Edsel Ford High School. He's been in the water from a very young age and at age 10 he joined DRD and fell in love with the sport. While on the Edsel Ford swim team, Nolan was twice nominated team captain, and a three time state competitor. Being on deck and making a positive impact in swimmers’ lives, just as many of my past coaches did for him, has heavily drawn him to becoming a coach. He is currently attending Wayne State University and studying computer science.

Coach Nolan is the assistant coach for both the womens and mens swim teams at Edsel Ford High School. Nolan is also the head coach for both the girls and boys swim teams at O.L. Smith Middle School.

Michelle Dombrowski

Assistant Coach

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Michelle Dombrowski is in her third year with the Dearborn Dolphins.

 
Michelle grew up in the Lansing area competing for Haslett Blue Marlins and later the Capital Area Swim Team Senior Team. She swam on the Haslett High School Varsity Swim team all 4 years and won the 500 Freestyle at the CAAC 2008 conference meet. She competed at 3 MHSAA state meets and was an Academic-All american. She attended University of Michigan and continued teaching swim lessons at the Michigan Athletic Club. She moved to Dearborn in 2018 and started coaching with DRD. She also is the current Head Coach of the Divine Child High School Girls Swim Team. The 2019 DC team placed 5th at the Catholic High School League meet and had 4 swimmers compete at the MHSAA Division 3 meet in Michelle's first year. Michelle loves coaching freestyle and distance events.

Leo de Oliveira

Assistant Coach

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Leo is in his first year with DRD.

He began swimming when he was 7 years old. Leo was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. By the age of 13 he was among the best swimmers in his age group in Brazil. Prior to arriving in the USA to swim for Wayne State University, he was a Olympic Trials finalist in the 400 IM. 

Leo just finished his career at Wayne State University as a swimmer, where he qualified for DII NCAA's in the 1000 free and 1650 free achieving All-American status. He was also a 5 time GLIAC conference champion. 

Leo holds a bachelors in Kinesiology-exercise and sport science. He spent the last year assistant coaching the WSU mens and womens teams (2020-2021).

Board of Directors

Alan Costantino

President

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Sarah Hixon

Vice President

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John Mihalik

Treasurer

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Andrea Ladasz

Secretary

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Leslie Riehl

Meet Director & USA Representative

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Carolyn Costantino

Member Liaison

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