Vince Colwell - [email protected]

 

Coach Vince joined the Wolfpack in the Fall of 2021 and in his first year was voted Lake Erie Swimming Senior Coach of the Year and a Top 50 Age Group Coach in the USA by the American Swim Coaches' Association. The Wolfpack qualified 6 swimmers to Summer Junior Nationals, 5 swimmers to Winter Juniors, finished as a Top 100 club in the USA and qualified 2 swimmers to Zones. Prior to joining Lakeshore in 2021, Coach Vince had been coaching USA Swimming for 10 years, all with SwimUnited, where he was the Associate Head Coach from 2014-2021. Under his direction the Brunswick site doubled in size and coached the first USA Swimming Junior National Champion in Lake Erie Swimming in over 20 years. Swimmers qualified for Olympic Trials, Junior Nationals, Futures, Sectionals and Zones during his tenure.  He also was the Head Coach of Brunswick High School since 2014 with 3 State Champions, 26 All-Ohio winners, and 56 state qualifiers to go along with a top 10 district finish every year, highlighted by Runner-up in 2017.  He was named Northwest District Coach of the Year in both 2017 and 2019.  

In addition to his coaching duties, Vince has been an active member of swimming in the community as a Lake Erie Swimming Inc. Board of Directors member since 2014.  He is currently the General Chair and has held roles as Technical Planning Chair and Coaches’ Representative.  Vince was also an Executive Board Member for the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Association from 2015-2019.

Vince grew up in Parma and attended Normandy High School where he qualified for the OHSAA State Championships.  He swam at the Ridgewood YMCA and was a Zone and Junior National Qualifier while swimming there.  Vince graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University where he set multiple school records and OAC Championships.  Outside of swimming he currently resides in his hometown of Parma with his wife, Karen, and son, Blake, who is a swimmer also.  

 
Rachel Stark
 
Coach Rachel is one of our Senior and Age Group coaches. She started swimming at nine years old, is a Lakeshore alum, and is very excited to be back as part of the wolfpack! In high school she swam for Avon where she was a three time state qualifier, then she took her swimming to the college level at Eastern Michigan University where she was a 2 year captain. She graduated from Eastern Michigan in 2020 with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. She joined our coaching staff in June 2020 and continues to take prerequisites before heading to Cleveland State for Physical Therapy school in 2022. 
 
Aaron Mecker
 
Eric Langley
 
Sam Stankivicz
 
Before Sam returned to Lakeshore, he started his coaching career after a brief stint with the Rocky River High School team in the winter of 2018, helping them achieve a Girls District Runner-Up place that February. He then went on to his first full coaching job assisting the head coach of United Swim Association and the senior group. There, Sam coached multiple Sectionals, Futures and Junior National qualifiers and even a future NCAA qualifier.

Coach Sam started back with Lakeshore in the summer of 2021 assisting the Senior groups. He picked up right where he left off. Sam started his competitive swimming career with Lakeshore back in 2010 and in the next 5 years, the team brought him up from not even B cuts to a Sectionals and Futures qualifier, being part of several team record relays.

Sam went to Rocky River where he achieved All-Ohio and All-American consideration while also setting multiple school records. This led him to THE Ohio State University where Sam competed for three years and then two on the National Champion College Club swimming team.

A massive data nerd, Sam graduated with a degree in Data Analytics from OSU and is working in logistics in Rocky River while also coaching here and helping out his alma mater (RRHS) once again.

Ben Brooks

Ben returns to Lakeshore after spending his collegiate career swimming for West Virginia University and Eastern Michigan University. He served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President and graduated with his Bachelors degree in Sport Management. He competed as a part of both school’s Varsity teams at Conference. 

Before college, Ben has been apart of Lakeshore since he was 7 years old. He now serves as a coach for the Explorer, Discovery, Development, Expansion, Momentum, and Senior group

Caitlin Wilson

Caitlin joined Lakeshore in the spring of 2021. In addition to Lakeshore, Caitlin is a swim coach at Rocky River High School, where she has coached the JV group since 2016. She wholeheartedly believes that all swimmers learn invaluable life lessons through participation in the sport. Caitlin swam at Baldwin Wallace University, where she studied Sociology and Sustainability. She now works at The MetroHealth System as a Strategic Associate. Caitlin lives in Lakewood with her husband, Ben.

 

Board of Directors

Kevin Flynn, Tony Brooks, Lisa Downing, Abbey Samide, Nicole Slivinski, Bryce Ormiston, Janelle Molenaar