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Coaching Staff

Kevin Hafner

Head Coach

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Kevin joined the Pointe Aquatics staff in 2012. Kevin has been a valued consultant for Pointe Aquatics since 1995 when he began coaching at Lochmoor Club. He is also the head Varsity Coach for Livonia Franklin boys and girls swim team. Kevin is a math teacher at Franklin High School in Livonia. He has previously coached with OLY, The Novi Sturgeons, and Spartan Aquatic Club. During his coaching tenure he has helped swimmers to become Olympic Trial qualifiers, National Junior team members, National and Junior national qualifiers,  Sectional qualifiers and champions,  State champions, High School State champions and MICSA team and individual champions. Kevin attended and swam at the University of South Carolina. As an age group swimmer he was a Junior National Finalist and a National Qualifier. Kevin also has master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University where he also played Water Polo.

Tim DeCoste

Coach

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Tim joined Pointe Aquatics as a coach in 2007 under the direction of the late Mike O’Connor Sr.  During his tenure Tim has served in all capacities of the club, from Development coach to Intensive/Senior coach, including an interim stint as Head Coach.  His duties to the team have not only been limited to the pool deck, but club administration as well.  In 2015 Tim was appointed the position of Club President.  In the mid 1980’s Tim swam for Wayne State University where he also served as Team Captain.  Tim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from WSU and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Mike OConnor JR.

Senior Coach

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Christine Hafner

Junior Group Coach

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Christine is an original member of Pointe Aquatics. She swam for PA while growing up. Christine returned to PA to coach from 2006 – 2008, and then returned again in 2012. Christine has helped developed swimmers to swim at all levels of the sport. She has worked with Olympic Trial qualifiers, Junior National team members, Junior national and national qualifiers, Sectional champions and qualifiers, State champions and MICSA champions.  Christine has been a coach at Lochmoor Club since 1996. She has also coached at the Novi Sturgeons, Spartan Aquatic Club and was the head girls coach and assistant boys coach at Livonia Franklin High School. Christine swam at Indiana University where she achieved Olympic Trial cuts in the 200 IM and 50 freestyle. While swimming for Pointe Aquatics, Christine was a State Champion multiple times and held several state records. While swimming for Grosse Pointe North Christine was a High School State Champion in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. And achieved  All-American status several times. Christine was a junior national qualifier and a national qualifier. Christine is a special Education teacher in Farmington.

Jenny Rusch

Junior Group Coach

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Jenny joined the Pointe Aquatics coaching staff Fall 2013. She is a 2013 Michigan State graduate  with a BA in Finance.  She was a four year Varsity swimmer at MSU.  Jenny was named the "2013 MSU Women's Swimming & Diving Scholar Athlete" for highest GPA. She also received the "Freshman Swimmer of the Year" and two "Swimmer of the Year" awards while on the MSU Swim Team.  While at MSU she set the school record in 2013 in the 50 Free and was part of two record holding relays. Jenny is a 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 50 Free.  She worked as an Assistant Coach with the MSU Summer Swim Camp. In her youth, she swam for Grosse Pointe North and Pointe Aquatics through high school. Jenny earned six All-State awards and was a  Long Course State Champion in the 50 Free in 2007 and 2008.  

Ben Winn

Junior Group Coach

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Ben joined the Pointe Aquatic staff in 2015. Ben has been an assistant coach at Lochmoor Club since 2015 working with swimmers of all ages. Ben was a four year member of the Wayne State Swim team where he became the 2016 GLIAC conference champion in the 50 freestyle. Ben is a 5 time All-American for Wayne State. He was a two time Division II National Qualifier while at Wayne State. He was named the 2016 Wayne State Student Athlete of the Year. Ben also served as the Co-President of the WSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Ben attended Romeo High School where he was the 2012 Student Athlete of the Year while earning All-State status in the 50 freestyle. Ben set school record in the 50 free, 100 breast and 400 free relay while at Romeo High School. Ben swam club for the Romeo Dolphins and Utica Shelby Swim Club. During this time he was a NCSA junior national and sectional qualifier.  Ben works with the Junior, Blue and Developmental groups.  Ben is currently completing his degree in Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies and Spanish.

Nick McGowan

Junior Group Coach

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Nick joined the Pointe Aquatics staff during the spring of 2017.  Nick has been coaching since 2012 with Birmingham Blue Dolphins, and Woodside Athletic Club.  As an age grouper, Nick started his career swimming summers only with Cranbrook Swim Club.  It didn’t take long for the love of the sport to infuse into his blood.  Swimming year-round with BBD enabled him to turn the corner from a recreational competitor to a real contender in the sport.  In High School Nick helped lead Groves to a state title in 2010.  Nick received multiple All-American awards and held the Groves 100 yard backstroke varsity record.  After four years of swimming for Groves High School Nick was recruited and swam for Michigan State University.  His college career earned his contribution to two record breaking varsity relay teams.  He was also awarded the John Munley Scholarship, which is given to a male swimmer who most exemplifies leadership, hard work ethic, and passion for the sport of swimming.

Brenna Grazioli

Developmental & Blue Group Coach

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Brenna has been involved in swimming since she was 7 years old. She started swimming at Lochmoor Country Club during the summer and Pointe Aquatics during the winter. Brenna swam for both clubs until she was 18. She also swam on the varsity swim team at Grosse Pointe North throughout high school. Brenna’s first lifeguard/coaching job was with Fred Michalik at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club when she was 16. Brenna worked at the GPYC lifeguarding, running swim lessons and assisting with the swim team for the next 4 summers. After working at GPYC she worked at the Country Club of Detroit assisting with the swim team for 4 summers. At age 18 Brenna began coaching at Pointe Aquatics. Brenna is a primary coach for our developmental and Blue groups introducing young swimmers to the sport and conveying her knowledge and love of the sport. Brenna has a two year law enforcement degree from Wayne State University. 

Nick Valice

Developmental & Blue Group Coach

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Nick joined the Pointe Aquatics staff in 2015. Nick is currently the Head coach of the Grosse Pointe Shores Park, and an assistant coach for the Grosse Pointe North Girls and Boys teams. As a swimmer Nick swam for Pointe Aquatics and Lochmoor Club in his youth. During this time he was a MICSA champion in the 50 free and a sectional level qualifier in the 200 IM, 50 Free, 100 free, and 100 breaststroke. Nick swam High School at L’Anse Creuse High School where he was a state qualifier in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.  Nick is a primary coach for the Blue and Developmental groups, as well as an assistant to the junior group. Nick is currently a student at Wayne State University.

Board of Directors

Tim DeCoste

President

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Frances Schmidt

Vice President

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Mike OConnor JR.

Treasurer

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William Tripp

Secretary

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