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Our coaching staff is shown below. If you have any questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administration such as dues, safety or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

R. Landon Shively

Head Coach

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Coach Landon Shively joined NOW’s coaching staff in 2014.  He was named head coach in October, 2019.  Landon originally joined NOW as a swimmer in 2008.  Coach Landon excelled as a backstroker for our team.  He represented NOW at YMCA Nationals for both short course and long course in 2013.  He holds many NOW top ten times over many different age groups, strokes, distances and courses.  During his competitive career, Coach Landon swam for both NOW and OLY.

 

Coach Landon is a registered coach member of USA swimming.  He works with all practice groups from beginners in our White Group through the national team members.  He is primary contact for coaching questions.  He is a student at Oakland University.

Chris Hackett

Head Age Group Coach

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It’s not every four years, it’s every day.”  - United State Olympic Committee

Coach Chris is glad to provide stability and consistent focus on improving NOW swimmers’ technique.  Coach Chris has been the Head Age Group Coach for NOW since 2011.   He is proud of NOW swimmers’ improvement during the previous seasons.

Swimmers improving technique with Coach Chris have become state record holders, State, Zone and National Champions.

During the summer 2014 he signed on for a temporary assignment with the Holyoke YMCA Vikings at the 2014 YMCA Long Course National Championship meet.  All Viking swimmers performed at a high level and one Viking earned a Y National Championship & Y National Record in the 200m Backstroke.

 

Coach Chris has over 30 years of competitive swimming experience.  He represented Solon (OH) High School and The Solon Swim Club at the State and National Level as a middle distance freestyler.  He swam at the University of Michigan for Coach Jon Urbanchek and has remained active in swimming as a Masters Swimmer.  He competes at Masters Meets in the pool but really enjoys open water racing.  In 2011, he won the high point award at the Michigan Masters State Swimming Meet.  In 2009, he was the 10K Open Water National Champion for his age group. In August 2019, he scored for the 14th time in his age group at the Harbor Springs Coastal Crawl.  In his 14 swims he has won 12 times.

It is up to each swimmer to work hard each day to do better. Coach Chris hopes that his passion for excellence will transfer to NOW swimmers.  The hard work and attention to detail during the past season resulted in excellent swimming performances.   Coach Chris is looking forward to this new season.

Technique is what will get you to your personal best time, to the championship meet, and to the podium.

“It’s not every four years, it’s every day.”

Gabe Thompson

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Coach Gabe Thompson joined the NOW coaching staff in the spring of 2019.  Gabe competed for YPAC, his Clawson High Schooll and the Neptune Aquatic Club.  As a swimmer, he specialized in distance freestyle, qualifiing for several state meets.

Karlee Marsh

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Coach Karlee joined the NOW coaching staff in the fall of 2018.  A native of Tecumseh, she was all state in the 100-200 Free and 400 Free Relay for her final three years of high school.  She has seven siblings.  She was the 2015 MHSAA Division III State Champion in the 100 Free.

Coach Karlee is an Oakland University student and swims for the Golden Grizzlies.  She works with practice groups at Rochester High School.

Hudson Hutchinson

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Hudson joined the NOW coaching staff in late 2018.  He swam for the Flint Falcons and represented the Falcons many times at YMCA Nationals.  He is a current student athlete at Oakland University.

Hudson works with practice groups at Rochester High School.

Eliana Ritt

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Coach Eliana joined the NOW Coaching Staff in 2019. She has over a decade of competitive swimming experience, swimming for Lake Orion High School, Liquid Lightning, and Beloit College.

Swimming for Lake Orion High School, she earned individual All-County, All-League, and All-American Academia honors as well as MHSAA D1 All-State honors as a relay member in 2016. Her relay team was submitted for All-American honors and were named Honorable Mention All-Americans. Eliana is a current varsity record holder at Lake Orion High School in the 200 and 400 free relays.

During her time at Beloit College, Eliana was a Midwest Conference 3-time Finalist, and named a top first-year performer in the conference as well as Beloit College Women’s MVP.

Eliana now studies at Oakland University. She coaches primarily at the YMCA and is also a swim instructor, as well as a certified lifeguard.

Alexander Sebastian Reeve

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Alexander Reeve was first affiliated NOW when he joined as a swimmer in 2010.  During his career as an athlete, he represented Rochester High School, Heart of the Hills, Liquid Lightning and NOW.  He is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, enjoys bicycling and is active in performance management at Rochester High School.

Coach Alexander first coached at Heart of the hills during the summer fo 2018.  He works primarily with White and Red Group swimmers.  Next year he plans to study electrical engineering and then work in technical theater, lighting design.

Matt D Leix

Advisor to the Coaching Staff

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Matt became the head coach of NOW in April 2013.  Coach Matt is now serving as advisor to the coaching staff.

During his tenure, many team records have been set.    He has coached multiple national qualifiers and multiple State & Zone Champions.  In spring 2016, the team scored at Y Nationals after sending four individuals and two relays to the meet.  The team also scored points in the spring of 2017. 

Coach Matt has several years of swimming and coaching success.  Coach Matt grew up swimming for the Flint Falcons (FLY) and later competed for Wayne State University.  His swimming performances earned him several invitations to the NCAA Swimming championships.  He has nine years of experience as a summer team coach and has been a USA certified coach for twelve years.  Prior to joining NOW he served as head coach of the Detroit Yacht Club Islanders.  While at DYC he coached multiple USA State Qualifiers, a Central Zone qualifier and a Sectional qualifier.

Coach Matt’s favorite time swimming was for the Y, he has brought a great team atmosphere to NOW that has led to much success.  He intends to continue this success for upcoming season.