LESD Announces New Head Coach

Lake Erie Silver Dolphins
Jul 12, 2019

Dear LESD Parents,

After conducting a national search for a new head swimming coach for the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins (LESD), we are thrilled to announce that Tim Hable has accepted our offer to assume this position effective August 2019.

Recently retired from the corporate workplace, Tim brings extensive experience and an impressive list of accomplishments as a swimming coach. Most recently, he served as head coach for Great Lakes Sailfish Swimming, volunteer assistant coach at Cleveland State University, and served as a coach for 25 years with the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins. He has also been a volunteer assistant coach to Cleveland State University, and previously was the head coach at Case Western Reserve University and Shaker Recreation Swim Club as well as an assistant coach at University Swim Club. A standout in each of these roles, Tim was named Lake Erie Swimming Inc. (LESI) Age Group Coach of the Year twice and Lake Erie Zone Team Assistant Coach six times. In addition to being the designated coach for the 2012 LESI Age Group Diversity Meet, he served as a coach at the 2014 USA National Diversity Camp and as an assistant coach at the 2017 Central Zone Select Camp.

Inducted into Hawken’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017, Tim was a four-year All-American in both butterfly and individual medley and set Hawken School records in the 200 and 400 freestyle set in 1972. He was a member of the 1973 100 freestyle relay team that posted an undefeated season; he also placed 1st in the 200 individual medley, 2nd in the 100 freestyle, and 1st in the 100 freestyle relay at the ISSL Championships, where he was crowned ISSL champion.

Tim’s commitment to teamwork and sportsmanship has set him apart from his peers since his time at Hawken. Former Coach Jerry Holtrey, who often looked to Tim for assistance with instruction and training, described him as "a great team person" who "would do anything to help the team and swim any event to help the team win." He went on to swim for Dartmouth College, where he served as captain of the team and competed at the NCAAs.

Having been a consummate student-athlete himself, Tim fully appreciates the challenges, demands, and benefits of that dual role and is eager to support students in achieving their full potential in and out of the pool. He adds, "The key to achieving success is creating a positive environment where each athlete feels connected and valued as a team member. It is my desire and privilege to build on Jerry Holtrey’s legacy, and I look forward to the opportunity to lead LESD with the goal of safeguarding and expanding their nationally recognized swim programs."

Given his unmatched passion for and experience in competitive swimming and his dedication to the healthy development of young adults, Tim is clearly a strong fit for LESD. He will be working in collaboration with the LESD staff members and we are confident that he will successfully build upon LESD’s swimming legacy as well as our commitment to scholar-athletes.

Please join us in welcoming Tim to the LESD community upon his arrival.


Sam Steinhouse - Chief Finance Officier of LESD

CJ Musser - Chief Administrator of LESD