Coaches & Directors
Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics Coaching Staff

Jim Whitehead

Head Coach


Rachel Jean Schlatter

Director of Operations


Prior to joining the MLA staff, Rachel Schlatter was the Head Coach and founder of the Quincy University Women's swim team.  Prior to Quincy, Rachel was a part of the Denison University staff which produced back-to-back NCAA National Championships.  Denison produced multiple NCAA individual and relay champions, NCAA individual provisional qualifiers, numerous Top 16, Top 8, and Conference Championship titles, and Academic All-Americans.  For her involvement, Rachel was recognized as a member of the NCAA Coaching Staff of the Year.  Her recruiting contribution within both the Quincy and Denison programs forged networks across the country and among International student-athletes.


As an athlete, Coach Rachel competed at the University of Nebraska. Her accolades include:

Four-time NCAA Provisional Time Standard Qualifier in the breaststroke events,Two-Time Swimming & Diving Team Captain, Four-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Two-time Nebraska Weight Lifter of the Year, and earned Three-time All-Academic First Team Honors. She graduated with a degree in Advertising and has since earned a Masters of Education degree in Sports Administration from East Central Oklahoma. 


At the YMCA and USA Swimming levels, Coach Rachel developed young competitors at all stages within the sport including novice to National qualifiers. 

Diana Simmons

White Group Lead Coach


Coach Diana Simmons has been a part of aquatics in Holland for 30 years.  Having started out in the HCAC Instructional environment it was apparent she has a passion to develop young swimmers.  Diana most enjoys the ever-changing nature of this industry as modern swimmers and coaches evolve ways to get faster in the water. She believes having the opportunity to introduce proper skills and mechanics and reinforcing the benefits with fun is always a good day at work.

 Diana has had the pleasure to coach so many gifted 10 & under athletes. For her coming work every day and watch these kids grow up to become World and America record breakers. Top NCAA swimmers, Olympic time qualifiers, great men and women serving our arms forces through Academy appointments, Doctors and Lawyers, and even some young adults graduating college and starting coaching successful teams of their own. Truly is a blessing in life.

To look at my resume there is very little formal education in a brick and mortar establishment. Most all of has taken place on the pool deck. I hold numerous certifications with American Red Cross, American Swimming Coaches Association, Swim America. I have worked under some great coaches that taught me a lot, and I love to read. My shelves are so filled with books about swimming, child development, and tools from the swim world, that keep it fresh and exciting.

Sara Kadzban

Administrative Coach & 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 5 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.