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Michelle Guipe Club Director & High School Coach
 
  

 Coach Michelle grew up in Elkhart where she attended Concord Community Schools. She had a deep love of the water and joined the Concord Swim Club at the age of 6. Her coaching career started when she taught swim lessons, which she has taught since 1998. In 1999,during her junior year of high school, she became the Assistant Coach for Concord Swim Club. By the time she was done with high school, she held 7 high school records including the 200 and 500 free and the 200 IM. After high school, she swam at Ball State University where she received many honors such as being a top three point scorer the first three years she was there and placing in the top 8 at the MAC conference meet all four years.

 

In 2001, Michelle began coaching at her home club in the Elkhart area. Then, in 2004 - 2007, she helped coach during the summers, at Ball State Swim Camps. After graduating from Ball State University in 2007, she returned home to teach and coach. Seeing a need to coach and develop young swimmers, she took over the Age Group (14 and Under) program for the newly formed Elkhart Club Swim Team in 2011. 

 

In 2015, Coach Michelle became the Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Swim Team for Elkhart Central High School Blazers. She also became the Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s teams at Elkhart High School Lions in 2020. Over her many years of  coaching, Michelle’s swimmers have won multiple High School Sectional Individual Titles, as well as, State and Zone Titles, and Indiana USA Association records. As Elkhart’s Aquatics Director, Coach Michelle continually looks for ways to help aquatics grow in Elkhart from the Learn To Swim Fourth Grade Program, all the way to our top National Level Athletes. She personally invests in coaching and teaching from the most novice to the most elite swimmer. All levels of swimmers are important to Coach Michelle and she sees potential in each child. Swimming is a sport where athletes grow and develop from young children into young adults in one program. Each athlete is valuable to that program because there are many incalculable lessons to learn within the sport, such as, leadership, work, perseverance, accountability and being a part of a team. Those skills are important no matter what level the athlete. 

 

For Michelle, She feels that there are two main priorities in her day. First is to try to ensure a basic level of water safety for all of our Elkhart students. Second, is to provide a program; which takes students of all ages; and provides them with a path to help them reach their own personal and athletic goals.

 

       

Julie Stammish Training Group Coach
 

I am proud to say that I am an Elkhart native.  At my current age of 45, I have always lived here in Elkhart except for the four years I spent at Indiana University in Bloomington where I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  I attended Eastwood Elementary School, Northside Middle School, and Central High School.  I currently teach at Mary Beck Elementary School.  This coming school year will be my 22nd year teaching at Beck.  I have taught first, second, and third grade, and I am presently a certified interventionist working with kindergarten through sixth grade students.  I am also an assistant swim coach for the Elkhart High School boys’ and girls’ teams.  My family consists of my mother, my father (deceased), my younger sister and her husband, my niece and nephew and my 14 year old Pit Bull mix dog named Oliver.  I am blessed to have most of my aunts, uncles and cousins living in the area as well.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, working out, trying out new adventures, traveling, watching movies and sports, and listening to music.  I enjoy being silly, but I also know when to be serious.  I value relationships with people, have an adventurous spirit, and try to be a positive part of peoples’ lives.  

 

I have always loved being around the water.  Growing up, I spent as much time in pools, lakes, rivers and the ocean as I could.  At the age of 9, I began spending my summers swimming competitively for the Christiana Creek Country Club team here in Elkhart.  I swam for Christiana Creek for a number of years.  In eighth grade, I also became interested in diving.  In the fall of 1990, I became a part of the Elkhart Central High School swim team with Karen Leeth as the head coach and Mark Vilmure as the diving coach.  I joined the team as a diver, but Coach Leeth knew I was also a swimmer and convinced me to contribute to the team in both aspects.  I was blessed to have been a part of that team during the time we reached our 200th consecutive dual meet win.  We also won several sectional titles and received the state runner-up title during the years of 1991-1992, 1992-1993, and 1993-1994.  I was honored to be a co-captain my senior year, which was one of the years we were state runners-up.  

 

I have always enjoyed coaching and as I got older, began longing to get back involved with swimming.  When Lesley Melvin reached out to me telling me of the opportunity to be an assistant coach with Michelle for Elkhart United Aquatics, I jumped at the chance.  Words can’t describe how much I’ve enjoyed working with every child, helping them to reach their potential in the sport of swimming, getting to know them, and encouraging them to give their best every day.  I have learned so much from Coach Michelle and all of the swimmers.  I am blessed to have this opportunity and look forward to continuing my future with this team. 

 
Chris Braden Training/Development Group Coach

 

 
Ellie Malloy Development Group Coach
 
 

Coach Ellie has grown up in Elkhart and attended Elkhart Community schools. She started swimming at 10 years old and immediately fell in love with the sport. She eventually swam for the Elkhart Central Blue Blazers each of her four years of high school.  There, she placed as a top 8 finisher at all of the sectional finals. 

 

Currently, she attends Ball State University where she is studying to become a physician's assistant. However, when she is home she makes it her priority to help with coaching. She loves to coach the developmental group and watch the young swimmers grow in their own love for the sport as well.

 

Ellie believes that kids need to know the basic level of swimming not only for their own personal safety, but also to provide an environment where kids can have fun and  work on themselves as a whole. Teaching the whole athlete is the primary reason she became a developmental group coach.  She believes in starting them on the right path to whatever comes next, no matter which level of swimmer. 

 

 

Stephen Guipe Assistant Coach
Email:   [email protected]

            

 
Tricia Davis Assistant Coach
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