Coaches & Directors
Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics Coaching Staff

Jim Whitehead

Head Coach


Head Coach MLA 2016-Present

USA Swimming National Team Coach 2018-Present

14 Olympic Trials Qualifiying Athletes

Guided MLA to Speedo Sectional Series Championship Spring 2018

Coached multiple Senior National, Junior National and US Open Medalists

Placed athletes on international swimming rosters

Coached Para Pan Pac Bronze Medalist & USA Swimming Para Emerging Team Member

USA Swimming National Select Camp Home Coach: 2016, 2017, 2018

USA Swimming National Open Water Select Camp Home Coach: 2017


Ian Townsend

Associate Head Coach


Head Coach of Mid Michigan Aquatics 2013-2019

Coached athletes to Senior National, Junior National, NCSA & Sectional Standards

Coached a swimmer to the 2018 Jr Pan Pacs Team in Siva, Fiji

Head Coach of DeWitt Area Swim Team 2012

Head Coach of Grand Ledge High School Boys 2005-2015

Head Coach of Grand Ledge High School Girls 2008-2018

Head Coach of Lansing Eastern High School 2004-2005

USA Swimming Zone Select Camp 2018 - Assistant Coach

USA Swimming Open Water National Select Camp 2018 - Home Coach

USA Swimming National Select Camp 2017 - Home Coach

Alexandra Wilkins

Assistant Coach


Swam for Albion College 

Coached at Hamilton Age Group Swim Team - 2018

Started with MLA Summer 2018

Coaches Jr Blue, Sr Blue, National Team and runs our dryland programming

Has coached swimmers to state championships and Junior National standards

Jean-Luc Miralda

Head Diving Coach


Diving Coach for MLA 2017-Present

Dove at Hope College (4-Time Varsity Letter Winner, 4-time All MIAA first team member, 6-time record holder, and and NCAA All-American and current HCAC Record Holder). 

2016 Olympic Trials for the Honduran National Diving Team. 

Participated in multiple international meets (Youth Olympic Game Qualifiers, Jr. Pan Am Games, Central American and Caribean championships, among others). 

Guided multiple divers in qulifiers for Regional, Zone and Jr. National Championships. 

Qualified 20+ girls and 5 boys to state championships in all Division. 

Sara Kadzban

Meet Director


Coach Sara's love of aquatics began at an early age developing into a passion for competitive and fitness aquatics.  She learned to swim as a member of our SwimAmerica program at the HCAC and swam for MLA and Holland High School.  A graduate of Northern Michigan University, Sara has a degree in Health & Fitness Management and is excited to work in aquatics in her home community.  She has been a member of the coaching here at MLA for 8 years.

Her resume in the past year as meet director includes successfully orchestrating high school / middle school meets, the MHSAA Division 3 State Championships, Hope College's Invite meets, the MIAA Championships, and multiple Michigan Swimming State Championships.