Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, 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

Joe Ryan

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.

Stephanie Olsen

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.

Doug Wood

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 location.

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 nature.

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 careers. 

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

Assistant Coach


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.

Aaron Jost

Assistant Coach Howell


Board of Directors

Mary Perczak



Bill Morrison



Jennifer Topping

Board Member


Ashley Kusnir

Board Member At large


Adam Stage

Board Member At large


Landry Roebuck

Assistant Treasurer