Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Johnny Austermann Head Coach / Co-lead Senior Coach

Johnny Austermann has been the head coach of Atlantis Swimming since May of 2016. He has been involved with the sport of swimming since 1991, when he began swimming in the NSSL with the Huntington Woods Hurricanes. He swam two years for Berkley High School and then competed for OLY his Junior and Senior years. Johnny swam for the University of Michigan Men’s Varsity Team from 2004-2008. During that time, he was coached by Olympic Coaches Jon Urbanchek and Bob Bowman. He was a member of the University of Michigan’s team when they won their 33rd Big Ten Team Championship and competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials (400 and 1500 FR). In 2009 while finishing a degree in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science he managed the Michigan team and worked with newly hired Head Coach Mike Bottom and the rest of his staff to implement a video analysis system to be used. Johnny works mainly with the Senior group but spends time with the senior groups of both the North and South sites as often as possible.

Scott Shelton Lead Gold Coach

Coach Scott started his swimming coaching career when he broke his foot in the beginning of his senior high school season. He ended up helping manage his team with scouts and creating lineups and loved it. His first coaching job was the following summer with Mike Lane at Surf Club. He also coached with Oak Park City Rec Team, Oakland YMCA and was a founding coach of the Berkley High School Boys team. He went on to coach at Pleasant Ridge, Red Run, Ferndale and Shrine high schools, and YPAC for 10 years. Coach Scott currently coaches Atlantis Gold South as the Lead coach, Lead Atlantis Silver South, Berkley Girls High School as the Head Coach, and Ferndale Middle School Co-ed coach. He is also a Grower/Manager at Telly’s Greenhouse in Shelby Township and enjoys gardening & MSU sports. Coach Scott's coaching philosophy is "Each swimmer’s path is unique, they’re swimming for the person in the mirror. It’s my job to help them along the path of swimming and life in a manner that helps them reach their goals. I hope that at the end of every practice, meet, season & career they can look back and feel that what they got out of swimming is worth what they put in." or simply put "Put your face in the water, work harder, get better."

Colleen Rose Lead Bronze Coach

Coach Colleen started her swimming career at the Pleasant Ridge Swim Club at the age of six. At ten, she joined YPAC and continued with the team through the age of fifteen. She swam all four years at Ferndale High School and during her junior and senior year went to the State Finals; two of her relay records still stand at Ferndale High. She started coaching att Ferndale High in 1999 as Head Coach of the boys’ team and coached for four seasons, taking a team of twelve boys from 4th in Division III to 1st for two consecutive years. During that time, she also started coaching at Kimball High School as the Head Coach for the girls’ team. In her second season at Kimball, Coach Colleen took the first relay in five years to States. She also coached YPAC from 2002-2010 as an assistant coach and then took over as Head Coach from 2010-2012. She has coached 10 seasons as the Head Coach for the Pleasant Ridge Piranhas. Coach Colleen is also a stay-at-home mom of 3 beautiful girls: Alyssa, Ella and Mila.

Drew Edson Co-lead Senior Coach / Lead Development

Drew has been in and around a pool since he was 4 years old. His competitive swimming career began with the old Village Athletic Club and continued at the Beachwood Recreation Association, where he also started his coaching career. Drew has been on several Metro Detroit area swim teams including Atlantis, the Birmingham Blue Dolphins, and the Farmington Family Stingrays. After attending Brother Rice High School, where he was a member of the 2007 state championship team and a captain in 2009, Drew enrolled at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. While competing for the Blue Streak Swimming and Diving Team, Drew was a four-year letter winner, and a varsity and conference record-holder, as well. Drew graduated in 2013 with a BA in Exercise Science. On completion of his undergraduate degree, Drew returned to school and obtained his master’s degree in Education, with a specialization in Athletic Coaching. Drew remained in Cleveland, OH, for the past 3 years where he has been a personal trainer, the Head Site Coach for the Shaker Sharks USS Team, and the assistant coach at Shaker Heights High School. Drew was also the Pool Manager and Head Coach for the Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio. Drew's belief in coaching is that in order to have an athlete at any level truly care and enjoy the sport, their coach must set the example and truly care about the athlete.

Theresa Donnan Lead Silver Coach

Growing up in Southern California, Theresa became involved with aquatics in a variety of realms. As a swimmer, water polo player, synchronized swimmer and coach, she has managed to stay involved with aquatics for over 30 years. She studied physical education at Trinity International University in the suburbs of Chicago and has coached at Cranbrook Schools, Troy Schools and Utica Community Schools. She is currently a personal trainer as well as a technical specialist for Avida Sports, the pioneer in athletic telemetry technology for coaches and swimmers.

Kurt Knoper Assistant Coach

Kurt started swimming as an age group swimmer in Zeeland, Michigan after being thrown into the pool to sink or swim by his loving parents. He continued swimming through high school and as a Oakland University Golden Grizzly. Coach Kurt earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education with a specialty in math. Kurt has a wide range of coaching experience including; football, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse but is happiest around the pool. Kurt has many years coaching on the pool deck, in addition to swim lessons and life guarding, he has coached for Lake Orion Liquid Lightning, Rochester High School and Utica High School. Kurt is excited to be joining the Atlantis team as a coach this season!

Rob Spurgeon Assistant Coach
Rob has been swimming as long as he's been walking. His swim career started at Ypac with Coach Scott Shelton, swimming the summers at HWAC and AAU at Royal Oak Penguins. Rob was also a four-year varsity swimmer at Berkley High School as a long distance swimmer. His 500 time stood on the top six board for decades (until a certain Johnny Austerman knocked his name off the top six leader board!!). He swims Masters Swimming in the summers.  Rob found his love of coaching in 2015 when he began as an assistant coach for the Berkley Middle School team and in 2016 as assistant coach forthe Berkley High School girls' team. 
Jonathan Gruner Assistant Coach

Jonathan Gruner has been swimming since 1994, when he was entered in the Flint Olympian Games. He continued his competitive swimming career with the Flint YMCA Falcons until he was 18 years old. He also swam four years at Powers Catholic High School. Jonathan opted not to swim in college and instead was on the Crew Team at Michigan State University in 2007-2008. Jonathan has coached for various swim clubs in Genesee County, Michigan. Jonathan was also a technique coach for the Gulf Coast Swim Team in Ft. Myers, Florida. Jonathan graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a degree in Human Resources and Economics. Jonathan then pursued a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Jonathan has been with BBA since May 2017 and primarily coaches the Gold Group.

Claire LaSota Assistant Coach

Claire began swimming competitively at age 9 for Woodside Athletic Club in the Northwest Suburban Swim League (NSSL). She continued to swim through high school, swimming for BBA, Berkshire Middle School, and Groves High School. During her college years, Claire began coaching as an assistant coach for Beverly Hills Athletic Club swim team from 2013 – 2019 and also
coaches girls water polo at Groves High School. Claire is a 2016 graduate of Michigan State University and is a History teacher at Plymouth Canton High School. Claire is excited for her second year as an Atlantis coach.

Amie Heitchue Assistant Coach

 

Amie started swimming at the age of 12 on my 8th grade swim team. I then swam for 5 years at Pleasant Ridge summer club, and 4 years at Royal Oak High School. I continued my swim career and swam for one year at Alma College. I now go to school at Madonna University and am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and a minor in Music. I had the opportunity to coach the Pleasant Ridge swim team this past summer. I love being able to help others find their love and passion for swimming.

Jackie Jurgelewicz Assistant Coach

 

Jackie has been with BBA since 2012. I swam throughout high school at Center Line High School, taught swim lessons for 12 years and began coaching when I was offered a Co-Head Coach Position at Shrine High School in 2010. Shortly after completion of the Shrine High School Girls Swim season, I transitioned to be an Assistant Coach with the South Oakland YMCA YPAC team. After a single season with YPAC, I made the transition to BBA as an assistant coach working primarily with Speedsters and Bronze. I have a 6-year-old son named Kamdyn, who makes a rare appearance around the pool or events! I graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and now work full time for DTE Energy in Detroit as an Instructor Trainer.

 

Kelli Dewey Lead Speedster Coach

Kelli started swimming competitively at 5 for the Tri-Cities Y.M.C.A. in Grand Haven. She competed as a successful freestyler, swimming at Oakland University under Head Coach Peter Hoveland from 2007 to 2011. Kelli gained her master’s in Exercise Science in 2016 and has been coaching a combination of swimming fitness programs ever since. She has worked with a range of swimmers and clients in and out of the pool. Coach Kelli is also an EMT and Paramedic.

Armen Jacobs Assistant Coach

Armen began his swimming career when he was 7 years old. He swam on HWAC every summer from 2008 until 2019. He swam for the Berkley Middle School swim team in 7th and 8th grade and swam for the Berkley High school boys swim team for all four years of high school. Armen swam with the Atlantis senior group his junior and senior year of high school and currently swims with the masters group. He attends Wayne State university in Detroit and studies Accounting. This is Armen’s first year coaching for Atlantis and he looks forward to helping kids improve their skills and further their passion for swimming.

Jason Cavicchioli Assistant Coach
Abbey Roegner Assistant Coach
Jason Austermann Assistant Coach

As a former distance swimmer Jason understands that having great technique is tantamount to having a great performance. He has been actively engaged in the sport of swimming since 1995, and recently graduated from Michigan State as captain of their Men's Swim Team, where he competed in the 2010 and 2011 Big Ten Championships. Now coaching at tweak, assisting at Huntington Woods and soon to be the Head Coach of Berkley High School Boys. Jason is well-versed in working with all ages of competitive swimmers.

William Cumberland Assistant Coach

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Betsey McLachlan Assistant Coach
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