Coach Vince Gallant brings
four decades of educating and coaching experience to the LCSC
program. Raised in Michigan, with experience at every level
of swimming (learn to swim, summer teams, year-round swimming, high
school, college, and masters), Coach Vince has remained focused on
year-round swimming, enjoying the process of working with aspiring
swimmers, from rookie to elite athlete, helping them grow and excel
in this great life-long sport.
Lead Age Group Coach
Coach Paul started coaching as a beginners’ coach more
than 30 years ago and since then has produced multiple state
champions in all age groups. During his tenure as Head Coach
at Lakers, he had the pleasure of coaching a youngster from age
seven until his 14th birthday, resulting in him
qualifying for USA Swimming Junior Nationals in the 800M freestyle,
while winning the high point trophy at Central Zone Sectionals in
2016. Coach Paul joins LCSC by returning to his
“roots” as a developmental coach. In the process,
he has reminisced on all the factors that go into producing top age
group swimmers ready to make it at the state and national level.
Some of Coach Paul’s favorite quotes are “you
can't get faster if you don't know how fast you are going,”
and “you can't get better at dolphin kicking or efficiency if
you are not counting your kicks or strokes.” Teaching
swim math and teaching swimmers how to get their times from the
earliest age is essential to their daily improvement. Once a
swimmer is consistently getting their times and monitoring their
own efficiency, Coach Paul is satisfied he has accomplished his
goals as a coach.
Samantha is a 2012 graduate of Michigan State with a BS in
Mechanical Engineering. She currently works at Ford Motor Company
as a Product Develop Engineer in Automatic Transmission Systems.
Samantha started swimming with her local YMCA club teams: the
Lenawee County Gators and the Saginaw YMCA Sharks. Her love of
swimming propelled her through four years in both high school and
college. She was a four-year Academic All-Big Ten Varsity Letterman
at MSU. In addition to swimming, she enjoys the outdoors,
camping, sailing and racing catamarans with her husband,
Alex. She is excited and grateful to be back on the pool deck
to help coach the LCSC swimmers!