This will be Coach
Jack's 15th season as head coach of the Willowick
Coach Jack is the
definition of a Willowick Wildkat. He joined the Wildkats team when
he was four years old, joining his three older siblings and many
cousins who were on the team. Despite going on to swim in high
school at NDCL, he never really left his Willowick roots, as he was
a lifeguard and pool manager at Manry for more than a decade and
served as the Learn-to-Swim Coordinator for the city prior to
becoming the Wildkats head coach.
Now six of his children are on the Wildkats – JD, Parker,
Lucy, Cal, Pete and Cecelia.He also has nieces,
nephews and cousins on the team.
Shawna's swimming career is quite illustrious, as she not only swam
for the Willoughby Stingers growing up, but also University Swim
Club. She was a Zone Champion at age 13. She too attended NDCL for
high school and was a top eight finisher in the state all four
She has also coached at Willoughby South, Lake Catholic, and is
currently an assistant coach for Mayfield High School.
Shawna has 2 daughters.
To say Coach Matt is a
pool rat might be an understatement. He started swimming
competitively at the age of 10. In his career, he swam for Lake
County Central YMCA, the Mentor Marlins, West End YMCA, University
Swim Club, Mentor High School and Buckeye Masters Swim
He's also been a coach
since 2003, including currently at Willoughby South High School.
He's also coached Pinegate, the Buckeye Masters Swim Club, Upper
Arlington High School women's team and the Scioto Country Club swim
This will be his eigth
season with the Wildkats.
Along with Coach Jack,
Coach Matt is also in his 15th year coaching the Wildkats. He
started off coaching the 13-15 year olds, moved down to the
9-10s, but has since moved into a senior advisor
Besides Willowick, he has
also been an assistant coach at Lake Catholic, head coach at
Willoughby South and an assistant with the Great Lakes
Two of Coach Matt's
daughters are on the team - Sophia and Isabella. His
oldest daughter, Natali, is a Wildkat graduate
Coach Sarah began her swimming career at the age of 9, when she
joined the Willowick Wildkats swim team; she competed for them for
7 years. She also was a member of various club teams, including the
West End YMCA, the Euclid Marlins, and most recently, University
Swim Club. She competed in OHSAA Division 2 for her high school,
and continued on to swim for Grove City College’s NCAA
Division 3 varsity swimming/diving program; she has swam
breaststroke, individual medley, and freestyle events.
She began coaching in 2016 by working with the newest 8 &
unders on the Willowick Wildkats, and moved into coaching the older
swimmers as an age group coach in 2017. She has also worked as a
lifeguard and Learn-to-Swim instructor since 2013.
Coach Dawn began swimming at the age of 10 for the Willowick
Wildkats. She has also swum for the West End WildCats, Euclid Y
Dragonflies and was one of the original four independent swimmers
who represended North High School.
Dawn began her coaching carrier with the Willowick Wildkats back
in the day and has actually coached all of the DiCellos and now all
of their kids. She rejoined the coaching staff when her oldest
daughter began swimming. She coached for total of 16 seasons with
Willowick and 15 seasons with West End.
Coach Dawn has two children, Megan and Sierra, who both swim for
Willowick and West End.
And in the truly inspring words of Coach Dawn: "Get off the wall