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.
Lead Development - Dev B, DevA, Green
Meet Lead Development Coach Janette Heaton-
•Coached Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Vanderkaay
•Coached Zone Champions, Junior National Champions, and
Olympic Trial qualifiers
•Assistant National Team Coach at OLY
•Competitive swimmer at Wyoming High School and Northern
•Coach at Upper Peninsula YMCA in Houghton, Y Zone Meet in
Started the Lake Orion Liquid Lightning Team; Head Coach for five
Coached State and Zone qualifiers for LL
•Started the Huron Valley Penguins Swim Team; Head Coach
•Head Coach for Lakeland High School Girls & Boys Swim
Janette Heaton began her coaching career as a high school student,
and she continued coaching while pursuing a BA from Northern
Michigan University. She ran summer coaching clinics at NMU while a
still a student and coached the swim team at Negaunee High School
during her final year at NMU. After college, she honed her skills
during her five years with OLY in Rochester, and then during stints
as the Avondale HS Swim Coach and the Rochester HS Swim Coach. She
loves swimming because she is able to meet so many great
Janette started the Lake Orion Liquid Lightning Team and was the
Head Coach for five years. When Huron Valley opened pools, she
brought her significant talent home and started the Huron Valley
Penguins Swim Team, where she’s been the Head Coach since
2005-May 2019. She encourages all swimmers to strive for their very
“I love coaching swimming because I love to see others enjoy
swimming as much as I do
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. His first 8
years were with Hilbert MS (coed) and Redford Union HS (boys),
then he moved on to coaching Plymouth HS (boy/girls) and
Discovery MS (coed) with great success. Through his career he
has taken great pride in the success of his athletes both in the
pool and classroom. Kenn feels some of his proudest moments
as a coach would be helping athletes reach their fullest potential
and reaching the collegiate level or higher. Along with
high school swimming he has coached Masters’ swimmers and
took on an Ironman triathlete. The latter he helped coach
into the Kona World Championship. At the time, he was 6th in
the country/21st globally for his age group. Kenn joined SLA
in March of 2017 as our Howell Site lead overseeing all the groups
at that location and rotating to both of our South Lyon locations
to help assist those groups.
“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
When not coaching Kenn is an avid cyclist with both road and
mountain biking who loves being outdoors and surrounded by
nature, typically with his nephew who shows equal
interest. He is also currently working as an aircraft
mechanic for Delta.
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
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