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Coaches & Directors

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.

The Board is made up of parent volunteers, representing all age groups on the team. We are always looking for ways to improve the team, and input from our parents is very important and valuable. Please feel free to email any one of us with any feedback or ideas by clicking on their name below.

Coaching Staff

Ian Townsend

Head Coach

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Location: Dewitt Groups: Challenger/Senior

Family: Wife Amanda, son Kellen (14) & daughter Ava (10)

  • Swam Club for Delphinus Swim Club
  • Swam 4 years for NISCA Hall of Fame Coach Rick Edwards at Lansing Eastern High School
  • Attended Michigan State University
  • USA Swimming Certified Coach
  • ASCA Level 4 Certified Coach
  • MISCA Member
  • Assistant Swim Coach at Grand Ledge High School (02-04)
  • Head Coach Lansing Eastern Boys (2004)
  • Head Coach Grand Ledge Boys (2005-2016)
  • Head Coach Grand Ledge Girls (2008-present)
  • Head Coach & Founder Grand Ledge Girls Water Polo (07-13)
  • Head Coach DeWitt Area Swim Team (2011-2012)
  • Head Coach Mid Michigan Aquatics (2013-present)
  • USA Swimming Central Zone Select Camp Assistant Coach (2018)
  • USA Swimming National Select Camp Home Coach (2017)
  • USA Swimming Open Water Select Camp Home Coach (2018)
  • Girls CAAC Blue Champions (07, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18)
  • Boys CAAC Blue Champions (2013-2014)
  • Lansing State Journal Swimming Coach of the Year (11,12,15)
  • Lansing State Journal Water Polo Coach of the Year (2013)
  • MISCA Zone 7 Coach of the Year (2011, 2015)

Swimming Motto: "The key to any setting, whether in the classroom or the pool deck, is to create an atmosphere where success is inevitable."     - Rick Edwards

Patrick M Saucedo

Associate Head Coach

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Location: Okemos   Groups: Exploratory, Hurricane, Senior

 

Education

Graduated from Jackson High School 1997-2001

Graduated from Michigan State University, with a BA in Policy Applied Economics, 2001-2006

 

Swimming

Jackson YMCA 1992-1997

Jackson Swim Club 1997-2001

Jackson High School 1997-2001

Jackson County Aquatics Club 2001-2005

Michigan State University 2001-2005

Stray Cats Masters Swimming 2007-2014

 

Coaching

USA Swimming Certified Coach

Level 3 ASCA Coach

MISCA and NISCA Member Since 2006

MSU Swim Camps 2001-2009

Assistant Coach Jackson County Aquatics 2003-2005

Interim Head Coach Haslett HS Boys 2007

Head Coach Haslett Blue Marlins 2006-2009

Head Coach Haslett Middle School 2006-2009

Co-Head Coach Spartan Swim Club 2009-2017

Head Coach Okemos HS Girls 2008-Current

Assistant Coach Okemos HS Boys 2008-2009

Head Coach Okemos HS Boys 2010-Current

Central Zone Team MI Assistant Coach 2009 & 2010

2009 MISCA Zone 7 Girls Coach of the Year

2013 MISCA Zone 7 Boys Coach of the Year

2017 MISCA Zone 7 Boys Coach of the Year

 

Other

Lifeguard Instructor

Okemos Community Aquatic Director

Level 1 DDP Yoga Certified Instructor

Rich Mull

Assistant Coach

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Damon Robertson

Assistant Coach

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Location: DeWitt

Groups: Challenger/Hurricane

Family -  Wife -Amanda,  Daughter - Mirabelle, 2 dogs  - Wookiee and Paisley.

Swimming Background.

Swam at DeWitt HS and DeWitt Swim Club (1990-1993)

Aquatics Coordinator for Delta Township (2017-Present)

Head Girls Coach Haslett HS (2013-Present)

DeWitt Middle School Coach (2018-Present)

Co-Head Coach Spartan Swim Club (2010-2017)

Head Coach Capital Area Swim Team (2007-2010)

Head Coach DeWitt Swim Club (1997-2006)

Assistant Coach DeWitt HS Boys and Girls (1997-2003)

Pool director DeWitt Community Ed (1994-1997)

American Swim Coaches Association Level 1 certification.

Certified USA Swimming Administrative Official .

  • Michigan Swimming Board of Directors 
    • Program Operations Vice Chair  (2011-2014)
    • NTV Chair (2010 to 2014)
    • Head Coach for the Michigan Zone Team (2012-13)
    • Head Coach for Team Michigan at Mid-States Quad meet (2011-13)
    • Program Development Vice Chair (2007-2010)
    • Member of Board of Review (May 2006-2009)
    • Coaches’ Representative (2004-06)
    • Assistant Coach for the Michigan Zone Team (2005-07, 2011)
  • Central Zone Site Selection Committee Chair (2011-2013)
  • Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (MISCA)
    • President Elect (2018-2020)
    • Middle School Chair  (2007-Present)
    • Banquet Program Coordinator (2001- 2006)
    • Division 2 Awards Chair (2001-2002)
  • Member of the Health and Safety Committee for Mid Michigan Chapter of American Red Cross (2005 - 2010)
  • Entries Chair for the Central Michigan Swim League (1999-2003)
  • Meet Director and Entry Chair for numerous swim meets.

Administrative Official Trainer for Michigan Swimming

Lifeguard Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross.

Rebecca Ceru

Assistant Coach

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Assistant Swim Coach

Head Coach MMA Triathlon Team

usatcoachrebecca@gmail.com

Location: Dewitt

Hometown: Mason

Favorite Swim Event: 200IM
Favorite Olympian: Shelia Taormina
Career: Department of Environmental Health and Safety-Michigan State University

 Coaching Certifications and Education
USA Swimming Coach

USAT Level 1 Certified Coach

USAT Youth Junior Elite Certified Coach

USAT Youth & Junior Certified Coach

Shelia Taormina Swim Speed Secrets Certified Coach

Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science: Kinesiology

Iian Mull

Assistant Coach - MSU

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Iian Mull will be assisting the MMA coaching staff this summer.  Iian is faculty at Central Michigan University in Fashion Merchandising and Design. He brings over 10 years of coaching experience to MMA. Iian is an ASCA Level 4 swim coach and he brings a deep understanding of the sport from the perspective of both a coach and decorated swimmer to athletes. The highlights of his coaching career include coaching an Olympic Trial semi-finalist, several Senior National finalists, a Master’s World Champion, IRONMAN athletes, and the fastest 18&Un girl in the country in the 50 free. 

 
 

 

Gregg Brace

Assistant Coach

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Married for more than 30 years, 1 grown son.

 

Location: DeWitt Group: Discovery

 

Swimming specific items:

  • ASCA Certified Swim Coach
  • USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach
  • MISCA Zone 7 Vice President
  • Club swimmer at Waverly & Delphinus
  • Competitive swimmer at Grand Ledge High and Lansing Community College
  • Assistant swim coach Lansing Swim Association (3 years)
  • Girl's assistant coach Haslett High School (1 year)
  • Head swim coach Delphinus(1 year)
  • Girl's head coach Haslett High School (19 years)
  • Girl's head coach DeWitt High School (10 years)

Mark C Tomczak

Assistant Coach

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Ursula Morris

Assistant Coach

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Robert Turnbull

Assistant Coach

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Rachel Wiltse

Assistant Coach

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Rachel Wiltse

Location: Grand Ledge

Group: Exploratory

Education: Trenton High School 2009, Michigan State University- B.A. in Communication 2014

Favorite Event: 200 Freestyle

Favorite Swimmers: Dara Torres & Katie Ledecky

Swimming: Trenton Swim Club 2000-2009, Trenton High School 2005-2009

Experience: Trenton Rec Department, Trenton Swim Club, Spartan Swim Club, Over 10 years of coaching & life guarding!

 

Fun Facts!

  • Getting married in May!
  • Enjoys swimming in USA Masters Events
  • Two cats named Nala and Reese Cup
  • Third generation Spartan! (Go Green!)

Swimming Moto: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” -Jim Lawrence 

Olivia Barbour

Assistant Coach

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Patrick Foley

Assistant Coach

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Alexis Lefevre

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Steve Shipps

President

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Kevin Ries

Vice President

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Laurie Seybert

Treasurer

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Emily Fenneuff

Meet Coordinator

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Tom Hakes

Website Coordinator

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Todd Marsh

Member at Large

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Kerry Stensen

Secretary

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Kevin Lutz

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Fred Render

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