Head Coach - Lead Senior Division/Black
Joe Ryan is thrilled to contribute to the
rapid growth of South Lyon Aquatics as
head coach. He is the lead coach for the Senior and Black groups.
This summer marked the 11th 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.
Prior to coaching, Joe began swimming for the Grosse Pointe
Lakefront League. He then went on to swim for Grosse Pointe South
High School. Due to his passion for both coaching and swimming, he
dove right in to coaching after high school. Joe is eager to share
his array of knowledge he has acquired throughout his years of
coaching with the swimmers of South Lyon Aquatics.
Asst. Head Coach-Lead Compitition Div.
Stephanie Olsen is
returning to South Lyon Aquatics for her
third year as the Lead Coach for the Competition
Group. Stephanie joined SLA after a successful
tenure at Fenton Area Swim Team. She has experience ranging from
Water Safety Instructor to being on the Zone coaching
staff for Team Michigan.
While at FAST, she was
instrumental in tripling the size of the team, and more than
doubling the number of athletes qualified for Junior Olympics and
the State Meet. She produced champions in IMX, State, Zone
and AAAA level meets. During her last two years with SLA she has
continued to produce champions at National levels and recently
qualified swimmers for Futures. Stephanie has been coaching for
Fenton High School for five years as an assistant for both girls
and boys. She was recently awarded the honor of National Coach of
the Year Finalist for Boys Assistant Coach of the Year.
Her passion for swimming started as
a young swimmer growing up on the West side of Michigan,
competing with AAU clubs that traveled across the
country. She was also a State level swimmer all four
years in high school. Through the years, Stephanie was
trained by many nationally recognized coaches and she has carried
the knowledge they have shared with her. She remains diligent in
using the information she learned as an athlete and maintaining
current standards of training for USA Swimming.
Stephanie's philosophy of
swimming is to motivate and teach proper technique and to help
swimmers understand and appreciate the aesthetics of the strokes.
Having a degree in Childhood Development, she focuses on
educating the whole child, athlete and student, preparing them
for success and teaching them how to handle disappointment. Her
deep understanding of the sport's demands has always included a
training program that is unique and individualized to the athlete.
She knows that athletes respond positively to fun and diverse
training and it is proven through her execution of her program.
Lead Coach Development 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.
Kenn Robert Forbes
Site Lead Coach Howell
Kenn Forbes -South Lyon
Aquatics - Site Lead Coach for our Howell
Kenn has been coaching swimming since 2003. He started his
coaching career as the co-head coach of the Redford Union Middle
School team. After 3 seasons, he moved up to the Head Coach
position for Redford Union High School where he remained until the
end of the 2012 season. In 2012 he moved to current team,
Plymouth High School, to coach the boys. “In the last 4
years, we went undefeated in the KLAA South for 3 years with 3
consecutive Division Championships. The team placed 3rd in
the Wayne County Invite one year and 5th in the KLAA conference
while setting numerous varsity records each year, as well as
Division records, and sending 30 boys to states.” For
the past three years Kenn has also coached the girls team as well.
Kenn feels some of his proudest moments as a coach would
be helping athletes reach the next level to swim in college.
Along with high school swimming he has coached masters’
swimmers and took on an Ironman triathlete and coached him into the
Kona World Championship. At the time, he was 4th in the
country for his age group.
“My background consists of heavy emphasis on technique and
fundamentals of strokes. As a competitive swimmer growing I
decided to not pursue collegiate swimming and fell into the
coaching side of the sport instead. It has always been a huge
part of my life and I love to see others set and reach goals.
To fill the void of competing I switched to weightlifting for
bodybuilding and power lifting. I am a firm believer in
developing strength in athletes in a safe and technically sound
manner. My plans are to continue my education complete a
degree in sports medicine and kinesiology.”
When not coaching Kenn is an avid cyclist with both road and
mountain biking. I love being outdoors and surrounded by
Evan L Bischoff
Lead Coach White Group
Evan Bischoff is excited to get to work with
South Lyon Aquatics and will be the lead coach of
White group. Evan brings five years of coaching experience over
multiple age groups. He has spent all five years at South Lyon
Aquatics and enjoys building the swimming community in the town he
grew up in. Evan has coached up many age group swimmers into
competitive athletes who develop successful Senior group
Swimming is a technique limited sport, meaning a swimmer is only as
fast as their technique allows them to be. Coach Evan focuses on
refining the fundamentals and stressing the little things to
develop fast swimmers.
Along with swimming, Coach Evan has played water polo and spent
time learning to teach at Americorp. Coach Evan is eager to bring
his energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge to South Lyon Aquatics.
Melissa Van Beveren
Asst. Coach /Adm Development Groups
Melissa van Beveren works with all
levels of swimmers but is primarily focused on the Developmental B,
A and Green Training Groups. Melissa moved from Texas 2 years ago
where she had an extensive swimming background. She started
swimming at a young age for summer swim teams for fun and to help
her with her asthma. However, she quickly realized how much
she enjoyed swimming and quickly went from a summer swimmer to
swimming for a USA swim team in Germantown, TN at around age 9 and
achieved immediate success. Then in high school, she relocated to
Lewisville, TX and swam for Lewisville Aquatic Club as well as her
local high school varsity team. It was during this time that
Melissa discovered her love for not only swimming but teaching
others as well. After high school, Melissa decided to take a
break from swimming to take college classes and pursue her career
in finance. With immediate success in the finance world
Melissa was pulled away from swimming for a while getting married
and having three girls. Melissa refound her passion for
swimming and coaching as she has coached numerous triathletes to
better their swimming over the past few years. Currently two
of her three daughters swim for SLA.
”I believe that swimming is more than just competing to win.
I believe that swimming can teach a child confidence in oneself,
discipline, personal goal setting and getting satisfaction from
accomplishing those goals. All while encouraging a team environment
and learning to respect others.”
Eric Newton brings a vast amount of coaching experience having coached various swim teams over the past 22 years. He has been the head coach for teams such as the Farmington Family YMCA Stingrays, Kendallwood Club in Farmington Hills, and multiple high school teams. He has also been an assistant coach for the Oakland Live Yýers.
As an age group swimmer, Eric swam for Michigan Stingrays Swim Association and Clarenceville Swim Club where he was multiple time individual and team state champion. Eric then swam for Oakland University where he was a 13-time All American and a member of two national championship teams.
Eric has a teaching degree as well as a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University. He taught middle school math for 10 years, but is currently a K-12 math coordinator and instructional coach for Farmington Public Schools.
Eric enjoys working with all levels of swimmers, but loves to help swimmers improve as a member of the South Lyon Aquaticscoaching staff.
Assistant Coach Howell