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The 2017-2018 COACHING TEAM
Group Coaches for the Sept-May 2017-18 Season
Mini Breakers -Kirsten Palmer, Emily Maas(formerly Woodis) HS assts, Halee Stalmack, Hope McGarry
Development- Chris Corrado & Kathy Coffin-Sheard
Junior- Whitney Miller and Meredith Cote
Junior Elite- Janina Timmer & Courtney Greening
Sr & Sr.- Elite- Kathy Coffin-Sheard and Tom Ulatowski
Jami Hirst (Dryland)
Matt High (Alt)
Assistant Head Coach
Coach Matt was was instrumental in various Rescue Swimmer roles throughout his 24-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. During that time, he has had a countless number of coaching jobs at every one of his tours of duty. He started out coaching in California before his military service began as the Head Swim Coach of Roosevelt High School in Fresno CA. After he joined the CG active duty, his first aviation unit was in Traverse City MI. He initially volunteered as an Asst. Swim Coach for the H.S Men’s and Women’s team for the 97-98 season and later became the head coach of both teams for the next 2 years. After a 4 year tour in Elizabeth City NC, he returned to Traverse City in 2005 where he became the Head Coach for the Traverse City Breakers for 3 years prior to his departure to Mobile AL where he became a Head Coach of the Coast Guard age group swim team. Matt has returned to us again bringing with him his extensive knowledge of leadership, committment, coaching, and of course, swimming.
Coach Janina brings her love of swimming and teaching to the TC Breakers team. She has been with the Breakers since 2010. Prior to that she coached for summer and winter recreational teams in her hometown in California. She swam for Miramonte High School, and attended Purdue University where she participated in intramural swimming and played club water polo. She enjoys helping young athletes develop the characteristics needed to become good teammates, as well as develop their love for the competitive sport of swimming . She is currently a second grade teacher at Holy Angels Elementary School. Janina and her husband Steve have a daughter, Leah. Janina enjoys running, swimming, reading, traveling, cooking, water/downhill skiing, and games. She also continues to enjoy competing in local and regional triathlons and marathons.
Coach Courtney is an ASCA level 2 coach and has been coaching with the Breakers since the beginning of 2013. Courtney grew up in Traverse City, MI and swam for the then Poseidon swim club and then for Traverse City West High School. She enjoys working with the Bronze 1 swimmers as they begin their transition onto the swim team, developing their strokes and fostering their love for the sport of swimming. Courtney is currently a physical therapist at Orchard Creek. She is a member of the Grand Traverse Masters Swim team where she continues to enjoy swimming and competing in the pool and open water events.