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Coaches & Directors

The OLY coaching staff has over 60 combined years of  experience developing swimmers from the novice level to Olympic gold medalist. The program prides itself on the professional and highly qualified coaches it has. If you have any questions that are related to: workouts, meets, 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.

Coaching Staff

Jeff Cooper

Head Coach



Coach Cooper is in his 31st year of coaching and is currently starting his 22nd year as the Head Coach of the Oakland Live Y'ers.  In his 31 years of coaching, he has developed swimmers from beginner to Olympic Gold Medalist.  Coach Cooper's philosophy of long term development and commitment to process have been the guiding force behind OLY for the past two decades. Through Coach Cooper’s leadership and guidance, OLY continues the motto “It’s all about the program” and continues to strive for world class excellence. Coach Cooper was also “coach of the year” at the 2007 NCSA Junior National Championships in Orlando. Coach Cooper was nominated in 2003 as USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year and has been recognized by the American Swim Coaches Association for "High Level of Excellence" for over two decades. Since 2000, Coach Cooper has had a current member of the Live Y'ers represent the team in every Olympic Trials up through the 2012 Olympic Trials. Coach Cooper graduated from Oakland University with degrees in Secondary Education and Mathematics.  While at O.U. he was a 13 time All American Swimmer and the team captain.   He resides in Ortonville with wife, Lyn, and children Hannah (17), Michael (14), and Emily (14).

Ahern Naylis

Head Age Group Coach


Ahern is returning to OLY for his 15th season. Ahern is the Head Age Group coach and responsible for the development and implememntation of the OLY age group program. Ahern has been the guiding force behind the early development of many of OLY's national level swimmers. Coach Naylis brings 18 years of age group coaching experience to the OLY program. Ahern came to OLY after 3 years as the Head coach for the Rockford Riptide.  He attended Grand Valley State University with a major in English. He has also served several times as Age group coach for the Michigan Zone team and was also Program Development Director for Michigan Swimming from 2006-2008. He resides in Oxford with his wife Traci and their children Ashlyn(4) and Grady(1).

Andy Cebull

Head Senior Assistant


Andy is returning for his fifth year with OLY.  Prior to his arrival he was the head coach of the Plymouth-Canton Cruisers for 4 years after serving as the head age group coach for 3 years.  Andy is responsible for the Senior 2 group which is the development group below the national group. Coach Cebull is instrumental in bridging the gap from our age group program to our senior program at OLY. He currently holds a Level 3 Certification from the American Swimming Coaches Association.  Coach Cebull has represented Michigan Swimming as a coach for the Central Zone Championships and is currently on the Meet Selection Committee.  In college, he competed in distance freestyle events for Eastern Michigan University from 1999 – 2003.  While at Eastern, Andy contributed to 4 consecutive Mid-American Conference team championships and received MAC Swimmer of the week honors during his senior season. He ranks among the top 10 performers in EMU history in the 500 Freestyle.  Andy lives in South Lyon with his wife, Annie, and their daughters Maci and Rori.

Ryan Golden

Assistant Age Group Coach