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Coaching Staff

Richard John Bennetts

Head Coach

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The 2019-2020 season is Rich’s 21st year as head coach of FFYS.  His swimming experience includes 15 years of USS/Club, 6 years of high school, 1 year of college and 2 years of Masters.  Rich earned a B.S. degree in 1998 from Arizona State University and earned another B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2010.  He is currently working on a teaching certification through EMU.
 
 
FFYS Coaching History:
Head Coach:  2000-Present
Assistant Coach:  1998-1999
  • YMCA Zone Runner-Up (Combined Team Scores) 2006 & 2007
  • Over 90 Y-National Qualifiers
  • 4th place at YMCA Short Course Nationals (Combined Team Scores) 2007
  • Girls Runner-Up at YMCA Long Course Nationals 2007
 
Other Coaching History:
  • Head Coach – Northville HS (boys) 1999 – Present (overall record 92-17-1)
  • Assistant Coach – Northville HS (girls) 2008 – Present
  • WLAA League champs 2005, 2006,2007
  • KLAA League champs 2010
  • Named MISCA Zone 3 Coach of the Year 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Assistant Coach – Livonia Stevenson (girls) 1999-2007

Matt Zavislak

Head Age-Group Coach

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The 2019-20 swim season is Matt’s 8th year coaching for FFYS. Matt is a former stingray and was a competitive swimmer for 14 years, four of those years for Eastern Michigan University. Matt helped EMU capture three Mid-American Conference Titles in four seasons. Matt excelled as a freestyler at both the college and YMCA national level. Matt was also a record holder for many years while swimming for FFYS and EMU. 

Swim History:

High School/Club

  • MHSAA All-State – 50 & 100 Free (2008)
  • All-American – 50 Free (2008)
  • MHSAA State Runner-up – 50 Free (2008)
  • MHSAA State 2nd Runner-up – 100 Free (2008)
  • YMCA Zone Champion – 50 Free (2008)
  • YMCA National Finalist – 100 Free (2008)

College - Eastern Michigan University

  • All-MAC 1st team (2009)
  • All-MAC 2nd Team (2011, 2012)
  • Academic All-MAC (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Three-Time MAC Champion (2009, 2010, 2012)

Coaching History:

  • FFYS: Head-Age Group Coach 2012 - Present
    • YMCA Metro Detroit Head Age Group Coach of the Year (2016-17)
  • Head Coach – Walled Lake Central HS Boys: 2015 - Present
  • Assistant Coach – Northville HS Girls: 2017 - Present
  • Assistant Coach – Meadowbrook Country Club:  2014 – Present
  • Head Coach – Walled Lake Central HS Girls: 2014-2016

Kelli Warwood

Assistant Coach

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The 2019-20 swim season is Kelli's 3rd year coaching for FFYS. 

Gregory S Luke

Assistant Coach

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The 2019-20 swim season is Greg's 8th year coaching for FFYS. 

Erin Aquinto

Assistant Coach

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The 2019-20 swim season is Erin's 1st year coaching for FFYS. She comes to the Stingrays with 10 years of competitive swim and 6 years of dive experience through Northville public schools and summer club teams. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coaching History: 
  • FFYS: Assistant Coach, 2019 - present
  • Head Coach — Meads Mill Middle School, 2018- present 
  • Assistant Coach — Meadowbrook CC, 2015- present 
 
Education:
  • Graduated with a B.S in advertising from Michigan State University
  • Currently working towards a masters in elementary education through Wayne State University