Z (Alexandra) Platusich-Morgan
Z Platusich-Morgan returned to Michigan to lead the Cruisers in the spring of 2010 after a season with YOTA, in Raleigh NC. She had started her coaching career in 1999 with Ann Arbor Swim Club and continued on in Ann Arbor through the merger and creation of Club Wolverine’s age group team.
Since joining the Cruisers Coach Z was recognized by American Swim Coaches Association as Michigan’s Age Group Coach of the Year (2011-2012 seasons), invited to the Olympic Training Center by USA swimming for their Age Group Conference (Fall 2012) and selected for USA Swimming’s Coaches You Should Know (2/2014) spotlight.
Since starting with the Cruisers, she has lead the Age Group program to multiple Team State Championships, multiple individual State Champions, Zone Champions, Sectional qualifiers, Junior and Senior qualifiers.
Coach Z hails from the University of Michigan where she has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Hydrodynamics from the school of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. She lives with her husband, and co-head coach, Josh Morgan, and her two little daughters, Penny and Elsie. Her favorite book is Bo’s Lasting Lessons by Bo and John U. Bacon, her favorite movie is Spirited Away, her favorite Pandora station is FUN and she loves NPR.
Josh Morgan joined the Cruisers in
June of 2010. He has worked with all levels of athletes during his
16 year career. Josh currently oversees PCC's age group,
junior group and developmental programs.
Josh was the 2007 & 2008 ASCA
Age-Group Coach of the Year for the Michigan LSC and has been the
primary coach for USA Olympic Trials, Nationals
& Junior Nationals qualifiers, for many National Top 10/16
ranked athletes, and State and Zone Champions, including the
age group develpopment of 3x Olympian and World Champion Allison
Before joining the Cruisers, Josh
was the Assistant Head Coach for the FISH swim team in McLean, VA
(FISH), the Head Age-Group Coach for Club Wolverine (CW) and the
Co-Head Coach for the Ann Arbor Swim Club (AASC). He was also the
Head Coach for the South Lyon HS women's and men's teams and two
summer club teams.
Josh lives with his wife and
Co-Head Coach, Z, along with daughters Penelope (7) &
Elsie (5) and their furry family of three dogs and four cats
in Canton, MI.
Developmental Programs Coordinator
Christopher Lee Thompson
Assistant Coach & Team Admin
Chris Thompson joined the PCC
Coaching Staff in December or 2011. Working primarily with the PCC
Senior Groups, Coach Chris likes to use his considerable experience
from both sides of the blocks to help athletes achieve their goals.
In addition to his on deck duties, Chris works with Coach Josh,
Coach Z and the PCC Treasurer to organize, update and maintain our
team database and monthly billing records.
Prior to coaching with PCC his
duties were a departure from the USA Swimming scene. He coached at
the Navy Special Warfare Prep School in Illinois where he helped
prospective Navy Seals prepare for the their training. Chris also
coached with USA swim teams in Illinois and in Ann
As an athlete, Chris was a member
of the US Olympic Team in 2000 (Sydney, Australia) where he
won a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle, becoming the second
American to break the 15:00 mark. He has held American records in
the 1500m, 1650y and 1000y freestyle events, was a NCAA Champion in
the 1650, a 7 time US National Champion, a 9 time Big Ten Champion
and has represented Team USA on many international teams throughout
Chris currently works full time at
Roush Industries in Livonia with the Internal Logistics group
as a memeber of the Material Planning and Logistics team.
Chris graduated from the
University of Michigan in 2002 with a BA in History & Classical
Studies, and completed his MS Sports Management at EMU in 2007. He
currently lives in Dexter, MI with his wife, Lindsey, sons,
Connor (b. April 2015), Peter (b. October 2017) and their furry
Joe joined the Cruisers coaching staff in April 2016.
Joe Le graduated from Canton High School in 2004, as an all state swimmer and varsity record holder. He then went on to swim at Eastern Michigan University from 2004-2006. Joe began coaching early, working with Colony Swim Club from 2008-2009, where they won two league championships. Since 2009 he has worked at a co-head coach of East Middle School, as well as the assistant coach for the Canton High School swim teams.
Outside of the pool, Joe works as a freelance Photographer, focused on weddings, and has passion for live music and metal smithing.
Mary joined the Cruisers in May of 2014.
Coach Samantha Cantrell has 12
years of coaching experience, 7 of which she spent as
the 12 and under director for Southern Michigan Aquatic
Club. Prior to coaching for SMAC she coached for Francis family
YMCA, Bedford high school, and a country swim club.
Samantha is from temperance
Michigan where she graduated and swam for Bedford high school. She
holds her associate degree and a cosmetology license. Coach Sam
currently lives in Monroe Mi with her daughter who also shares the
same love for swimming.