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Coaching Staff

Thomas Stacy

National Team Director - Head Coach

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The coaching philosophy of the entire team comes under Tom Stacy's direction. Tom directly coaches the National Prep Group, Senior Group and regularly assists at Age Group practices. Tom has 15+ years experience as a USA coach. He was the Head Age Group Coach of the Lakewood Recreation Swim Team from 2003 to 2007. He was a 2008 and 2009 Lake Erie Zone Coach. He has been on the Executive Board of the Ohio High School Swim Coaches association since 2010, serving as Secretary from 2013 to 2015 and currently President-Elect.  Tom is currently Senior Chair of Lake Erie Swimming.  He also served as Senior Chair for Lake Erie Swimming from 2010 until 2014, Administrative Vice-Chair from 2014 until 2015 and was General Chair of Lake Erie Swimming from 2015 until 2016. Tom swam at and graduated from Cleveland State University with an education major. He is certified to teach grades 7 to 12 Social Studies. Tom was hired in 2007 as the Strongsville High School Swimming and Diving Team Head Coach. He has had ten very successful seasons.  For the 2012 season Tom was awarded the Neil Skinner award as Division 1 girls State Coach of the Year for Ohio.  In his inaugural 2007-2008 high school season he was named NE Ohio District Girl's Coach of the Year by his fellow district coaches. He has been awarded District coach of the year Eight times (Two NE Distict Boys, Two NE District Girls, Three NW District Girls, One NW District Boys).  He was the 2015 Lake Erie Swimming recipient of the USA Swimming Outstanding Service Award and was awarded the Ohio High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award in 2014 for Girl's Swimming & Diving.

Vince Colwell

Associate Head Coach

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Vince swam at Normandy High School from 2002-2006 where he was a member of the state qualifying 200 Free Relay in 2006. He swam for the Baldwin-Wallace Division III collegiate program from 2006-2010. He earned many awards including 4 Year Letter Winner, Male Athlete of the Year 2007-2008, 7-time Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) champion and 2006 OAC 100 Backstroke record holder. He has been a coach for the Falls Pointe summer swim team since 2007.  Vince was the Head Age Group coach for SwimStrong from April 2012 until September 2014.  He was also a Lake Erie Zone coach in 2014.  He is now the Head Swimming & Diving coach at Brunswick High School and Associate Head coach for SwimUnited.  He was awarded as Northwest District High School Girls Coach of the Year for the 2016 season.  From 2014-2016 Vince served as the Coaches representative for the Lake Erie Swimming Board of Directors.  He is currently Technical Planning Chair on the Lake Erie Swimming Board of Directors and Secretary of the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Association.

Julie Weaver

Head Age Group Coach

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Julie began swimming competitively at the age of 4. As an age group swimmer she attended Zones as well as Quads several times under the coaching and instruction of Gary Fahey (Stroke Doctor) and Gene Mills (father of Glen Mills, 1980 Olympic qualifier in the breast stroke and owner of GoSwim).  Julie swam for Avon Lake High School and earned MVP all 4 years of her high school swimming career and competed at the State Level in several events.  She then went on to swim for a Division I college at the University of Toledo and The University of Washington, Seattle where she graduated with a Bachelors in Communications.  After college, she coached the Green Lake Aqua Ducts (GLAD) a United States Masters Swim Team.  While living abroad on the Island of Dominica in the Caribbean, Julie earned her certification for Personal Training from the American College of Sports Medicine.  She then took her certification to New York City, and worked at the largest gym in NYC, Equinox.  Upon moving home to Cleveland in 2008, Julie joined Liquid Lifestyles which is a company that offers private/semi private instruction for all levels and ages of swimmers as well as directing clinics all over the world under Total Immersion. She also coaches the Liquid Lifestyles USMS swim team.  Julie sets the direction of Age Group swimming for SwimStrong.  She primarily works with the Elite, Performance and Development groups at the Strongsville site.

Melissa Coughlin

Assistant Coach

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Melissa works with SwimStrong's Senior and Elite Age Groups at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center and is the Development Group Coach at the Berea Site. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2003 and she is also a certified group exercise instructor and certified spinning instructor. Melissa was a member of the Rocky River High School Swim Team where she was a 4-year letter winner and team captain in both her junior and senior year. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy. Melissa became involved in swimming again as the Assistant Coach for the Westlake High School Swim Team during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. She came to Strongsville in 2007 as the lead assistant coach for the Strongsville High School Swimming and Diving Team.  She initiated the Splash Out Cancer meet for the Strongsville High School Swimming & Diving Team.

Jim Stacy

Assistant Coach

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Jim Stacy began his swimming career at the University Circle YMCA with coach Pete Odell. When Coach Odell moved the team in 1957 Jim followed even though he still lived in East Cleveland. Jim moved to Lakewood in 1960 to swim for Lakewood High School and coach Jim Scullion. As a swimmer for Lakewood Swim Club, Jim ranked in the top five in the country in individual events and relays. As a swimmer for Lakewood High School, he was an individual state runner up, part of a state championship team (1962) and multiple time all-American. After High School, he attended the University of Cincinnati where he was a multiple time conference champion, two-time Division I national qualifier (1965 & 1966), and Olympic trial qualifier (1964).

Jim began his coaching career as the Head Coach of LRSC in 1967, its second season. He gave up coaching from 1968 through 1972 to serve in the United States Navy. He rejoined the coaching ranks as the Head Coach of the Lakewood YMCA from 1974 to 1981. Jim then served as the Head Coach of the Berea Midpark Swim Club from 1982 through 1988. While at BMSC he was Lake Erie Swimming Coach of the Year (1983 & 1984) and developed multiple state and junior national qualifiers.  Jim returned to LRST for the second time in 1989 where he served as an assistant coach until 1993. He served as Head Coach of LRST from 1994 through 1998. As Head Coach of LRST he developed multiple Ohio high school state finalists and multiple junior national qualifiers. He also helped LRST swimmers achieve 8 National top 16 rankings, including several relays which ranked #1 in their USA swimming age group. Jim coached LRST again from 2007 to 2014 coaching an Olympic Trial qualifier, several Junior National Qualifiers, and a few state Champions.  Jim's high school coaching experience includes coaching North Olmsted High School (1992-1997), Padua Franciscan High School (2004-2008), Lakewood High School (2008-2013), and most recently Strongsville High School (2015-2016).

Jim is a graduate of Cleveland State University and he holds a degree in Psychology. He has raised 5 children with his wife Nancy. He still resides in Lakewood.

Ty Morgan

Assistant Coach

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Ty started swimming at the age of 9 with BMSC.  He swam for Berea High School from 1991 to 1994.  He then swam Division 1 at Cleveland State from 1994 to 1998.  He was voted Captain of the Cleveland State swim team in 1998 and was a 4 year letter winner.  Ty Graduated from CSU with a BA in Communications.  Immediately after his swimming career at CSU, he served as a Student Assistant Coach for the Vikings in 1999.  He continued to coach as an assistant at Magnificat High School from 2000 until 2006.  He continued is education at Notre Dame College and attained education license for Math and Science.  Coach Ty's teaching career included being a Middle School Science and Math Teacher at Saint Joseph and John in Strongsville from 2010 to 2014 and currently at Clark Elementary in Cleveland (since 2014).  He returned to coaching as a Summer league Assistant Coach for Longbrooke in 2014 and as an assistant Coach for Berea-Midpark High School in 2015.  Ty is very excited to be the primary coach for the Elite group at the Berea Site.

Ryan Kmet

Assistant Coach

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Ryan started swimming since when he was 6 on a summer rec team, the Oakridge Dolphins swim team.  As a swimmer, he was a 3-time Zone qualifier for the Ridgewood YMCA Dolphins.  He swam for North Royalton High School from 2007 to 2011, was a 4-time letter winner, 2 time district qualifier, State team alternate, team captain junior year.  Ryan continued his swimming career after high school at the University of Mount Union from 2011 to 2015.  He swam at Mount Union for 4 years, was a 3-time letter winner, and had 9 top 16 finishes at OAC Conference meet.  His best events were the 100 back, 200 back, 500 free, 1650 free.  Ryan majored in Mathematics, minor in Education and Psychology.  In 2015 he began his Student teaching at Brunswick High School which brought him to SwimStrong.  He has been an Assistant coach for Brunswick High School Swim Team and SwimStrong since the Fall of 2015.  He is a proud member of the Purple Raider Nation. 

Brad Wolters

Assistant Coach

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Brad began swimming at the age of 8 years old.  He swam on the Ridgewood YMCA swim team for ten years.  While at Ridgewood, Brad qualified for Zones six times and the Junior National meet in Buffalo, NY in 1993.  During his high school years at Valley Forge from 1995-1999, Brad was a four year letterman and District qualifier.  He was team captain and school record holder in the 200 freestyle and the 200 and 400 free relays.  Brad attended Baldwin Wallace College and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education.  He has been teaching first grade for the past 15 years.  Brad has coached the Huntington Park swim team for 16 seasons.  At the high school level, Brad coached for ten years at St. Ignatius, Parma, and Bedford.  Brad will be coaching the developmental group at the Strongsville site. 

Rebecca Oblak

Assistant Coach

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Becky began swimming at 6 years old for a Strongsville Swim League team known as The Ledge Park Pirates (no longer is an SSL team). Her competitive skills improved when she joined the Strongsville High School team and lettered 3 years.  Throughout her 4 years swimming on the team she swam the 200 and 500 free, as well as the 200 IM to mix in some other strokes other than freestyle. During her senior year Becky qualified for districts in both her 200 IM and 500 free. After high school Becky attended The University of Mount Union where she swam and lettered all 4 years. Some events remained the same but she also added the 1000 free, 1650 (mile), and 400 IM.  Although Becky had 4 top 16 and 10 top 8 finishes throughout her 4 years, her Junior and Senior years were two of her best performance years on the team. Becky is now working as a sub in the Berea, Brunswick, and Strongsville school districts until she can find a science and/or history job in grades 4-9. 

Some fun facts about Becky is her favorite color is purple, pasta is her favorite food, her birthday is in January and she has one younger brother. 

Board of Directors

Don Arslanian

President

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Dan Kutchel

Vice-President

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Tom Newbould

Treasurer

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Jennifer Magel

Treasurer

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Deb Spencer

Secretary

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Thomas Stacy

National Team Director - Head Coach

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