Coaches and Staff

Coaching Staff
Thad Schultz Head Site Coach - SPIRE

Coaching Experience: 26 years of coaching expertise. Thad has experience in USA Swimming, Collegiate and FINA swimming.

Years with LESD: 3

Coaching Accomplishments: Thad's swimmers have advanced to Olympics, Junior, Senior Nationals and achieved NCAA All-American.

Personal swimming experience: "I swam at West Virginia University and was a National Champion in 1992."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "Swimming can be a life-long way of staying fit, healthy and goal oriented."

Other Interesting facts: "My dog is awesome."

David Bocci Head Site Coach - Butler, PA

Coaching Experience: 20 years of coaching expertise. Dave has experience in USA Swimming, Collegiate and High School swimming.

Years with LESD: 5

Coaching Accomplishments: Dave's swimmers have advanced to Junior and Senior Nationals and High School Record Holders.

Personal swimming experience: "I was an NCAA DIV 2 All-American swimmer at Edinboro University."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "The sport of swimming is a long journey and you can't ever get to high with the highs or to low with the lows.  Just keep moving forward."

Other Interesting facts: "I love being involved in the sport. I like to lock arms with individuals who have high goals and look to me to help them get to where they want to go."

Allie Vitantonio Head Site Coach - Hawken Lower

Coaching Experience: 16 years of coaching expertise. Allie has worked with USA Swimming, High School, Middle School, and community swimming.

Years with LESD: 16

Coaching Accomplishments: Allie specializes in advancing age group level Silver Dolphins in competitive swimming to develop and motivate each swimmer and taking the lessons she learned from her swimming career. Allie has also been named the 11-12 coach for the 2019 LE Zone Swim Team.

Personal swimming experience: "I started swimming with Mentor Swim Team, then swam for LESD under Rick Stacy, Mark Braun and Jerry Holtrey.  Swam At Hawken in High School, Swam at Mount Union in College."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "You are stronger than you think and impossible is nothing!"

Other Interesting facts: "I love Disney and the beach.  I am a teacher and in general hope my passion for swimming inspires future swimmers to love the water as I do!"

Mark Dziak Head Site Coach - Cleveland Skating Club

Coaching Experience: 16 years of coaching expertise. Mark has experience in USA Swimming and Collegiate swimming.

Years with LESD: 1

Coaching Accomplishments: Mark's swimmers have advanced NCAA Division II Championships, his team won the Appalachian Swimming Conference Title in 2013, and he was the President of the Appalachian Swimming Conference for 5 years. 

Personal swimming experience: "I swam competitively from age 11 through 23. I'm from the area and swam for the Lakewood Rec Swim Team and Lakewood High School during age-group and high school years. Then, I went on to swim at Case Western Reserve University for all four years under Coach Todd Clark."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "That your success is entirely up to you."

Other Interesting facts: "I live in Lakewood with my wife, daughter and son. I am a huge R.E.M. fan"

Adam Katz Gold & Silver - Hawken Upper

Coaching Experience: 22 years of coaching expertise. Adam has experience in USA Swimming and Collegiate.

Years with LESD: 4

Coaching Accomplishments: Adam's has developed athletes for Zones, Sectionals, Juniors and Olympic Trials. along with fostering State Champions. He was recognized by The News-Herald coach of the year three times.

Personal swimming experience: "I was a swimmer for LESD and Hawken growing up.  I was a State Champion and six-time All-American. I continued my career at Indiana University and THE Ohio State University.."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "To work hard, and have fun! It’s a tough sport and you need to find the joy in the hard work, day after day."

Other Interesting facts: "Enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and playing as much golf as I can."

Benjamin Corley Bronze & Blue Coach - SPIRE

Coaching Experience: 12 years of coaching expertise. Ben has experience in USA Swimming, Collegiate and High School swimming.

Years with LESD: 3

Coaching Accomplishments: Ben's swimmers have set state records, advanced his team to State Champions and inducted into the School's 106 yr old Hall of Fame.

Personal swimming experience: "I swam for Swim Columbia and Lexington High School in Columbia, SC. I was a 3-time 4A State Champion in high school and a 4-year letterman at the College of Charleston."

One takeaway you want to pass onto your swimmers: "That if you can handle this sport and its challenges, real life will be WAY easier to navigate."

Other Interesting facts: "I'm not very interesting. ;)"

Administrative Staff
CJ Musser Chief Administrator
Marie Salibra Team Manager
Sarah Tobin Team Manager