R. Landon Shively
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.
Head Age Group Coach
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Hudson works with practice groups at Rochester High School.
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
Alexander Sebastian Reeve
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
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
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
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