August 3, 2021
I am happy to announce that Coach Kayla (Scott) Papp will be returning to USSC this Fall 2021 as our Associate Head Coach of our 12 & Under Program. We look forward to Kayla joining our Coaching Staff again this Fall!
Coach Kayla Papp Biography
Coach Kayla’s story with USSC dates back to 2002 when she joined USS as a new first-time swimmer at age 11. She quickly moved up in groups and achieved State, Zone, Sectional, and Jr National time standards. During that time, she was able to see USSC grow under the leadership of Coach Erica.
Upon high school graduation (2010), she attended Wayne State University where she was a 17-time All-American and seven-time national champion. She broke the NCAA division two national record twice in the 100 breaststroke (2012, 2014), becoming the first female to reach the 1:00 barrier in the race and obtained the school record. She was also a part of the first NCAA national championship for the WSU women’s swim and dive team (2012) where they placed first by one point. During her four years she was able to help the WSU women's team remain dominate and win four consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team championships.
To kickstart her coaching career, Coach Kayla returned to USSC as an assistant coach (2014) where she worked with Novice to Senior level swimmers. In 2015, she became a Graduate Assistant coach for Wayne State University where she worked primarily with the sprint group helping the team achieve conference and national titles, completing her Masters degree in 2017.
After spending a year down in Cincinnati with her husband, she moved back to Michigan in 2018 and became the Head Coach of the Dearborn Dolphins where she helped further develop and grow the competitive swimming community in Dearborn. Being able to work with Novice level all the way to Senior level swimmers, she was able to coach dozens of JO and state qualifiers. She also had relay and individual division one high school state qualifiers while she was the Head Coach for the Dearborn High School Pioneers (2019-2021).
Coach Kayla holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in I/O Psychology from Wayne State University. She is also in the Wayne State Athletics Hall of Fame (2020).
Coach Kayla is so excited to be back home with USSC. She knows what it means to be a Polar Bear and cannot wait to share her enthusiasm for the sport with swimmers to make them successful both in and out of the pool.