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 Coach Jeff Gross or your lead group coach. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, scheduling, or policy issues, please contact Nick Munsell. 

If you are unsure where to direct your question contact Nick and he will be glad to direct your inquiry. 

Pool office phone: 734-401-4368 *Afternoon/evening office hours, email it usually best and fastest.


Coaching Staff

Jeff Gross

Head Coach- Lead Senior/Silver


Jeff Gross, Head Coach/ Director of Competitive Swimming (


From 2011-2013, Coach Jeff Gross was Assistant Head Coach of the Island Stingrays, based in Tai Tam, Hong Kong. During his time as Assistant Head Coach with Hong Kong Stingrays, Coach Jeff helped twelve swimmers qualify for Hong Kong Age Group Nationals, who collectively competed in over 30 events. Among these swimmers were two with top-ten finishes nationally. Additionally, Coach Jeff was responsible for Hong Kong Stingrays “high performance 10 and under group”. Coach Jeff also assisted>

From 2006-2011 he was Director and Head Coach of the Bridgewater Tide Swim Club in Bridgewater, New Jersey. As Director, Coach Jeff led the Bridgewater Tide to 5 consecutive JCC State Championships and over 200 New Jersey Swimming Gold qualification results. Jeff is a member of the American Swim Coach’s Association (ASCA), and is certified as a Coach Member of USA Swimming. To the Saline Stingrays, Jeff brings over twenty years of competitive swimming and coaching experience. As a swimmer Jeff was two-time captain of the Raritan Valley YMCA National Team and two-time Captain of Franklin High School Swim Team. Jeff attended Boston University where he studied English and Education.

Nick Munsell

Admin/General team


Head Administrator/ COO

Please refer all administrative and organizational queries to Nick (

Nick Munsell began swimming at age 8 for Milan Swim Club. Nick switched to SST when he moved to Saline in 7th grade (1997) and has been involved in Saline Swimming ever since. Nick’s coaching experience began soon after high school when he helped coach the Saline men’s high school team for the 2002-2003 season. Nick coached at Travis Pointe Country Club from 2003-2005 and began coaching for Saline in 2004. While Nick has steered his talents away from the pool deck, given his consistently increased administrative role, he can still be seen around the pool and office most days. Nick is passionate about the sport of swimming and is dedicated to helping continue the fine traditions of SST swimming. 

Kristyne A Russell

Associate Head Coach Lead Senior/Silver


Kristyne Cole, Associate Head Coach, Lead Senior/Silver


Kristyne grew up swimming in Ann Arbor and attended Pioneer High School.  She went on to compete at the University of Michigan where she was a two-time captain and a member of the Michigan Leadership Academy. In 2012, Kristyne graduated from the School of Kinesiology with a B.S. in Physical Education and Health. She has coached various groups in the area, including: Huron Valley Swim Club, Michigan Swim Camps, Saline High School, Skyline High School, and Pioneer High School.  She currently teaches Physical Education and Swim at Honey Creek Community School.

Karl e Shaffer

Assistant Coach- Lead Gold


Lead Gold



Growing-up Karl spent his free time in the water – swimming, sailing, windsurfing and, at times, avoiding the unthinkable.

As an age group competitor with Utica Shelby Aquatics achieving AA cuts, a high school team captain of Utica High School (Oakland Athletic Conference Co-Champions) in southeast Michigan and competitive member of United States Masters Swimming he has enthusiastically embraced every aspect of the sport.

Upon graduation from high school Karl pursued a career in advertising earning a BFA at the College for Creative Studies. His advertising career has lasted over thirty years and taken him around the planet to some very interesting places (where finding a swimming pool was always a top priority).

While advertising was his livelihood, he always loved competing whether in marathons, triathlons, open water swimming or US Masters Swimming.

For the past 19 years he has designed season plans and tapers for his personal USMS, USA Triathlon and endurance/marathon training (running) efforts. In 2013 he served as a personal coach to new high school swimmers hoping to make the swim team at Concordia International School in Shanghai as well as a guest coach for CISS.

The success of these experiences was the catalyst to Karl becoming a certified level 2 ASCA and USA Swimming coach in 2014.

He welcomes the opportunity to help young swimmers stay fit, reach their goals, and enjoy competition.

Kyle R Begley

Assistant Coach - Lead Platinum


Lead Platinum



Kyle started swimming at the age of 5 for the Saline Swim Team. He swam for various clubs in the area before swimming for Saline High School and then Eastern Michigan University where he specialized in butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle. While at EMU, he started coaching at Travis Point Country Club, and eventually started coaching year-round with SST. Kyle stopped coaching to move south and focus on his career in sales, but his passion for swimming and coaching never died. He is excited to be back in Michigan and at a point in his career where he can come back to coaching and spread his love of swimming within the community he grew up in. 

Johnny Z Young

Assistant Coach - Lead Bronze


Lead Bronze


Johnny Young grew up in Canton, Michigan where he began swimming at age 8. After beginning his swimming career with the Plymouth Canton Cruisers, Johnny went on to swim at various levels. Johnny was a four-year varsity letter winner at Culver Academics and a varsity team captain. Johnny is currently attending the University of Michigan and is excited to share his love of the sport and passion for swimming with the SST swimmers. 

Jesse W Rubin

Assistant Coach - Lead Mini-Rays


Lead Mini-Rays


Jesse grew up in Ann Arbor and while he always loved swimming and being in the water he didn't begin swimming competitively until his Freshman year of high school. He was a 4-year letterman and Senior captain of the Pioneer Swim and Dive Team. Jesse is currently attending the University of Michigan and still enjoys swimming and competes in open water races during the summer months. This past Winter Jesse returned to Pioneer to begin his coaching career as assistant coach of the men's team where he primarily works with athletes who are newer to the sport. Jesse is excited to be joining the SST family and to be apart of encouraging young swimmers to be their best in and out of the water. 

Gabriel B Solomon

Assistant Coach


Assistant Coach


Gabe has been a competitive swimmer since age 7. After starting with Club Wolverine, Gabe went on to attend Skyline High School where he was a state qualifier all four years and was a Senior Captain. From there, Gabe swam at Kalamazoo College earning the freshman MVP title. He has over two years of coaching experience at Liberty Athletic Club and is excited to share his love for the sport here at Saline.

Elsa Borello

Assistant Coach


Assistant Coach


Elsa grew up in Saginaw, where she swam for the Saginaw YMCA sharks from ages 8 to 18, serving as team captain and volunteer coach for the younger swimmers her senior year. She also was employed at the Saginaw YMCA in high school, where she was a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor, and co-coach of the noncompetitive swim team. Now, Elsa is a second-year student at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She swims on the University's club swim team, is a student board member of the Community Action and Social Change minor, and a member of multiple community service student organizations. She is very excited to get back on the pool deck to coach and be a part of SST!

Jason A Orringer

Assistant Coach


Jason Orringer, Assistant Coach (

Jason Orringer grew up swimming in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended Pioneer High School. Jason was named captain of the Pioneer Men’s Swim and Dive Team his senior year and was a state meet qualifier all four years. Jason’s swimming experience has led him to swim for the Saline Swim Team, Club Wolverine, Huron Valley Swim Club, and Liberty Athletic Club on top of swimming for the Pioneers. SST was where Jason both started and finished his USA swimming career.

Bilateral shoulder injuries forced Jason to retire from swimming after high school, preventing him from swimming collegiality. However, that could not keep Jason and his love for swimming away from the pool. Jason has been both a swim coach and lifeguard at Huron Valley Swim Club for the past three years. During his freshman year of college, Jason coached with the Walton Waves Swim Team down in Georgia. Jason is excited to come full circle and return to SST as a coach.

Sandy Stafford

Aquatics Program Specialist


Aquatics Program Specialist, Assistant Coach

With over 26 years of aquatics experience, Sandy Stafford has held every position in the swimming world. Before arriving in Michigan twenty-two years ago, Sandy worked in various facilities in Florida and her home state of South Carolina.  Currently, Sandy is Aquatics and Program Specialist for Saline Community Education. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to all aspects of pool and community events. During her coaching career, Sandy has coached all Saline swim programs to successful results, including High School, Middle School, USA and Stingrays. Additionally, Sandy has over 20 years of experience coaching track and cross-country programs and is currently coaching Saline Middle School track and cross-country programs. In her “free time” Sandy remains dedicated to her own training as a marathoner.