Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Ray Onisko Head Coach

Coach Ray has been involved in competitive swimming for 40 years, 13 years as a swimmer and the past 27 years as a coach. Ray has coached/taught all levels of swimming from the learn to swim beginner, senior development swimmers, high school swimmers as well as collegiate (swimmers that have attended St. Bonaventure University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan and Miami of Ohio to name a few) and master level athletes.  As an ASCA level 3 certified coach, Ray has had numerous Junior and Senior National Qualifiers, High School State Champions and All-Americans, as well as assisting in the development of Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Coach Ray has also seen numerous former swimmers go on to become successful coaches in both the USA swimming ranks as well as the High School swimming ranks.  Ray believes the foundation of every successful swimmer begins with strong fundamentals coupled with age appropriate training both in water (based upon an IM base) and dryland.  Proper mechanics lead to good "swimmer" health where all energy systems can be challenged in a creative way.  Swimming is challenging but there is always a way to have fun while working hard.  

 

The past 3 years while at Liquid Lightning, they had numerous Junior National Qualifiers (both NCSA and Speedo Juniors) with a relay placing 5th at the NCSA Junior National meet.  As a High School Coach, won three consecutive county (Dakota) titles as well as two consecutive division (Dakota) titles in Macomb County.  Between Eisenhower and Dakota, produced 3 swimmer of the year recipients and countless first team and dream team Macomb County swim team members.  On the club ranks, guided teams to numerous top 3 State meet finishes for both the 12 and under as well as Open Championship meets.  Guided the BBA girl’s squad to a Sectional Championship in Wisconsin; served as zone coach for team Michigan in 2000.  Ray has also served on the Michigan Board of Directors, been a delegate to the USA swimming convention and attend yearly clinics as he believes, the better (and continued)educated he is, the better coach to the swimmers he will continue to be.

The Gators are excited to have Coach Ray, his wife Brianna and their two daughters join the Gator Family and Greenwood Community.

Lucas Kovacs Junior Coach

Coach Lucas has been in the swimming world for nearly his entire life. His father started Whiteland's swim team 2 years before he was born, so he was born into the swimming world.  He swam competitively for 12 years at Whiteland, and was able to compete with some of the best swimmers in the state for 4 years in high school.  As a senior Lucas broke Whiteland's 100 fly record, and also swam the 200 freestyle, both of which are favorite events of his to coach.  

As soon as he graduated high school he knew he wanted to get into the coaching world, and spent 2 years coaching with the Whiteland Hypersonics before taking a year off to focus on school.  In total he is now in his 7th year coaching, and has spent the past 4 with the Gators, having been the head age group coach for the past 2 years. Lucas has coached or helped coach at most levels, from beginning developmental swimmers to Speedo Sectional qualifiers.  While coaching with Greenwood he has taken over the middle school head coaching position, where his athletes have rewritten the record board.  As the head age group coach Lucas has had numerous state level athletes, as well as a state runner up in the 50 free.
 
Coach Lucas says "I believe that swimming starts from the very foundations of each stroke, starting with the legs and building the arms into the stroke.  I am a firm believer that the younger a swimmer can have a solid technique foundation the faster they are going to be when they are competing in high school or beyond, which can be shown in almost any practice I write.  My practices are designed to ensure the athletes get the yardage and workouts they need while still focusing on developing techniques for each of the 4 strokes."
 
Abigail Sheets Developmental Coach
Luke Beasley Assistant Junior/Senior Coach
Board of Directors
Steve McCoy President
Sarah Jackson Vice President
Open Position Treasurer
Open Position Safe Sport Coordinator
Jenni Sheets Swim Lesson Coordinator
Open Position Secretary