In 1969, Coach Gordon Larson and a dedicated group of swim parents founded the Clarenceville Swim Club (CSC). Swimming out of Clarenceville High School, Coach Larson built a powerhouse team which went undefeated for many years in the old Metropolitan Winter League. Under Coach Larson’s tutelage, swimmers such as Tommy Smith, Scott Tyler and his son Paul, led CSC to several state championships. Under Coach Larson many swimmers who started with CSC when they were just 5 or 6 years old went on to successful high school and college careers.
After serving as our coach for over twenty years, Coach Larson retired and turned the reigns over to his top assistant coach, Greg Phill. Coach Phill continued the tradition at CSC; training swimmers from an early age to successful careers in high school and college. Coach Phill trained numerous State, Sectional, Zone, Junior National, and National Qualifiers. First training under Coach Larson and then Coach Phill Sheila Taormina in 1996 achieved the pinnacle of every swimmers dream; to not only make the U.S.A. Olympic team but to win a Gold Medal at the Atlanta Games. Sheila later went on to compete in three more Olympic Games, competing in the Triathlon in 2000 and 2004 and in the Modern Pentathlon in 2008.
After the closing of the pool at Clarenceville High School, CSC moved to the Livonia Recreation Center and became LCSC (Livonia Community Swim Club). After Coach Phill retired, Keith Niedbala became our Head Coach and the club became the Mariners and the club continued to flourish. In 2008, Assistant Coach Joe Bublitz became the Head Coach. Coach Bublitz, being an alumnus of the CSC program, led the change to renaming the club the Cohos, which it remains today.
The LCSC Cohos continue to grow and maintain it’s commitment to help train athletes of all levels to attain their goals both in and out of the pool. We are proud of all our athletes and their commitment to sportsmanship. Many of our swimmers have successfully gone on to swim careers at colleges such as: Oakland University, Michigan, MSU, Eastern Michigan, Wayne State, Kalamazoo College, Hillsdale College, Grand Valley, Georgia, Rice, Arizona State, Buffalo, University of Illinois of Chicago, Albion, Alma, South Dakota and Ferris. Through the life lessons and time management skills our athletes have learned; Cohos have gone on to be, doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, swim coaches and officials. Do you have what it takes to be a Coho?