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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 - Senior and SD3 Lead

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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.

 

Doug Wood

Lead Age Group - WB and Comp Groups

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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.

Janette Heaton

Lead Development - Dev B, DevA, Green

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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 Michigan University
•Coach at Upper Peninsula YMCA in Houghton, Y Zone Meet in Wisconsin
Started the Lake Orion Liquid Lightning Team; Head Coach for five years.
Coached State and Zone qualifiers for LL
•Started the Huron Valley Penguins Swim Team; Head Coach (2005-May 2019)
•Head Coach for Lakeland High School Girls & Boys Swim Teams (2007-2016)
 
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 people.
 
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 best.
 
“I love coaching swimming because I love to see others enjoy swimming as much as I do

Kenn Robert Forbes

Site Lead Coach Howell

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Kenn Forbes -South Lyon Aquatics - Site Lead Coach for our Howell location.

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 manner."

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

Assistant Coach

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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

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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 Lennig

Assistant Coach

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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 Rehabilitation/Counseling.

 

Board of Directors

Adam Stage

President

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Mary Perczak

VP Membership

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Landry Roebuck

Treasurer

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Bill Morrison

VP Team Services

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Shannon Hall

Secretary

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