Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Erica Thomas

Head Coach & Aquatics Director


I am entering my sixth year as the Head Coach at Aquatics Director of USSC.  During my time at USSC, we have produced more than 100 State Qualifiers, Broken more than 70 Team Records, Qualified more than 25 swimmers for the Central Zone Sectional Meet, and produced four Junior National Qualifiers.  It has been very rewarding to work with such a group of hard working swimmers and coaches.

I am proud to say that many of our swimmers go on to represent their high school swim teams and many become their team's captains because of the leadership skills and confidence they gain swimming for USSC. 

Swimming with USSC has also opened doors for many of our athletes to continue swimming at the collegiate level.  We currently have seven USSC swimmers competeting on their University's teams.

I hold a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Exercise Science, and graduated with a Masters in Counseling in 2009 from Oakland University.  I have coached various high school teams in the Macomb and Oakland County area over the past twelve years and now coach at Stoney Creek High School.  I have been very fortunate to coach numerous swimmers to the County and State level of high school swimming.

Tim Hickey

Head Age Group Coach


Tim Hickey has been coaching for over 18 years. After swimming 2 years at Purdue University and 2 years at Oakland University Tim began coaching the Adams High School boys team,  2 years later he also took over the Girls Team at Adams and has coached both ever since.  Tim has coached many High School State Champions and All-Americans in his time at Adams.  In addition to Adams he has also coached Heart of the Hills and Life Time Fitness summer clubs and has been an assistant coach with OLY, USSC and NOW.  Tim was the head coach of the Clarkston Sea Wolves age group team for the past 3 years before coming back to USSC.  Tim has a Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Exercise Science from Oakland University.  Tim grew up in Rochester where he was a member of the Oakland Live Y’ers swim team from the age of 8.  He was a multiple time YMCA National Qualifier and the Long Course National Champion in the 200 Backstroke in the summer of 1985.  Tim graduated from Rochester Adams High School where he was an All-State and All-American swimmer.

James DeWitte

Lead Senior Development Coach


James joined the USSC Coaching Staff in 2010.  He is the Lead Coach of Senior Development. He is strongly committed to giving back to the sport that he loves.

James swam with USSC 1995-2005.  He graduated from Brother Rice High School and was a varsity letter winner for all four years as well as a team captain. During his time at Brother Rice, he achieved All-State and All-American honors, and finished his high school swimming career with a State Championship in 2007.

James graduated from Oakland University in 2012 with his Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences.  He graduated with his Masters degree in Public Health at OU in 2014. 

Rich Burns

Lead Intermediate II and Junior Coach


Stephen Smith

Lead Senior Conditioning Coach


Stephen Smith joined the USSC Coaching Staff during our Long Course 2016 season.  Stephen is the Lead Coach of the Senior Conditioning group and will be assisting on other Senior groups during the course of the season.  Stephen previously coached at Clarkston Sea Wolves and Lifetime Fitness. 

Becky Bouchey

Lead Novice Coach


Coach Becky Bouchey joined the USSC Coaching Staff in 2011.  She has more than 40 years of experience teaching young swimmers how to swim.  Becky is our Lead Coach of our Novice 1 and 2 groups, and is an assistant coach for our Intermediate and Junior swimmers. 

Brian Cahill

Lead Intermediate 1 Coach


Brian Cahill joined the USSC coaching staff in 2007. He previously coached at Adams high school for both the Girls and Boys teams, where he primarily worked with athletes on developing efficient stroke technique. Brian brings great energy and enthusiasm to each swim practice.
Brian swam at Wayne State University specializing in Breaststroke and IM. He graduated with a BS in Biology in 2002. He is studying at WSU currently, and will graduate with a Masters degree in Education in 2012. Brian currently is a full-time Physcial Education Teacher in Dearborn, MI and devotes his free time to developing our Novice and Intermediate swimmers at USSC

Katherina Steenson

Assistant Coach


Coach Kat Steenson is joining USSC for the Short Course 2016 season!  Kat has been the Assistant Swim Coach at Rochester High School since 2013, and has previous coaching experience at Clarkston Sea Wolves.  She is currently studying at Oakland University.