Head Coach - Senior and SD3 Lead
Joe Ryan is thrilled to be a part of SLA . In
recent years Joe had lead and developd our Senior Training Division
which includes our WB, Compitition and Senior training group.
This year Coach Joe will turn his talents to our Deveopment
Division and will be taking on the Lead for the Deve B, A and Green
groups in South Lyon. This summer marked the 13th year of
coaching for Joe. Over the years, he has had the pleasure of
coaching at the Grosse Pointe Lakefront League, Grosse Pointe
Gators, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and has helped
with the Special Olympics. Joe has .coached swimmers from beginner
to nationally ranked.
Not only is Joe's coaching style about technique, it's about
having fun. Swimmers really enjoy having Joe as a coach because he
can connect with them so they understand what he wants them to
accomplish. Patience is one of Joe's best qualities which helps him
with his approach.
Lead Age Group - WB and Comp Groups
Coach Wood has coached swimming and stroke technique with
supportive weight training and conditioning for over 30 years. He
has trained elite athletes and age group swimmers with the goal of
total physical balance and developing the best all around athlete.
Pioneering cross training platforms and psychological readiness
with regard to performance.
Coach Wood has produced swimmers that have qualified and
competed in the Olympic trials. Nurtured leadership skills that
produce Captains at the college swim program level. Mentored and
motivated individuals to go on to coach programs to expand
swimming, water safety, physical education and community
involvement to many more individuals.
Site Lead Head Coach Howell
Aaron brings to SLA a total of 14 years of being a swimmer and 7
years of coaching experience.
Originally from Newton, Kansas, Aaron began swimming when he was
eight years old and had success throughout his four years on the
Newton High School Varsity Team and his four years at Henderson
State University. During his time at Henderson, Aaron was an all
academic athlete while he obtained his Bachelors in Education, and
was an assistant coach for his college swim team for a year.
Aaron moved to Michigan in 2013 where he began his teaching career
in the Lansing area. From 2013 until 2018, he was an coach for the
Delphinus Swim Club in Lansing, and during a portion of that time
he was the coach for the Williamston High School Boys Swim and Dive
team. Currently, Aaron teaches at Genesee Academy in Swartz Creek
where he teachers Physical Education. Aaron has been apart of
SLA since April 2018 and looks forward to working with swimmers and
strengthening their technique.
Allison brings 8+ years of swimming
experience to South Lyon Aquatics and 2 years of coaching
experience. She has been a part of several teams including LCSC and
Plymouth HS and currently swims at Wayne State University in
Detroit. She has previously coached swimmers at the age group and
high school levels. She has been with South Lyon Aquatics since
January 2018. She will be working with our WB group and Dev B, Dev
A, and Green groups.
She is able to bring her knowledge
of the sport to her athletes and help them achieve proper
technique. Allison believes it is important for swimmers to gain
self-confidence in and out of the pool. She can give back to the
sport to help her swimmers. She is excited to be in the coaching
role at SLA, and help her swimmers achieve their goals. She is
currently studying Exercise Science at Wayne State and hopes to get
her Master’s Degree in Clinical