Lead Group Coach: Karl Shafer

Support Staff:

* Swimmers are expected to report to the pool deck 10 minutes before the assigned training time.


The mission of the SST COPPER group is to create an environment that fosters the development of top swimmers in their age group. These swimmers will work on appropriate qualifying standards and individualized goal setting. SST COPPER will aim to develop athletes who embrace leadership roles for successful living in college and beyond.

Swimmers will continue to develop a strong grasp of stroke mechanics while being introduced to energy system training and high level biomechanics.

Multi-sport athletes will find a home, either seasonally or annually, in the SST Copper Group.


  • Produce swimmers with MI State Qualifying Standards
  • Perform successful and consistently make the podium at MI Junior Olympics
  • Additional Goal Setting related to individual swimmers

Target Meets

  • SST Fall Classic
  • MI Junior Olympics (Spring)
  • MI State SC and LC Championships (Spring and Summer)


  • Swimmers are expected to take responsibility for their swimming; being on time and prepared with full equipment kit. Swimmers should communicate changes in their schedule directly with the Lead Group Coach.
  • Swimmers are to make a consummate effort to attend as much training as possible.
  • Participation in all scheduled competitions is strongly urged for this group. Swimmers are expected to attend and compete in all events as chosen by their lead group coach.

PLEASE NOTE: The above listing should only serve as a rough criterion for selection to this group. Placement in this group is at the discretion of the Lead Group Coach and the Head Coach.