Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Richard Bennetts III Head Coach
The 2021-2022 season is Rich’s 23rd year coaching FFYS.  His swimming experience includes 15 years of USS/Club, 6 years of high school, 1 year of college and 2 years of Masters.  Rich earned a B.S. degree in 1998 from Arizona State University and earned another B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2010.  He is currently working on a teaching certification through EMU.
 
 
FFYS Coaching History:
Head Coach:  2000-Present
Assistant Coach:  1998-1999
  • YMCA Zone Runner-Up (Combined Team Scores) 2006 & 2007
  • Over 90 Y-National Qualifiers
  • 4th place at YMCA Short Course Nationals (Combined Team Scores) 2007
  • Girls Runner-Up at YMCA Long Course Nationals 2007
 
Other Coaching History:
  • Head Coach – Northville HS (boys) 1999 – Present (overall record 92-17-1)
  • Assistant Coach – Northville HS (girls) 2008 – Present
  • WLAA League champs 2005, 2006,2007
  • KLAA League champs 2010
  • Named MISCA Zone 3 Coach of the Year 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Assistant Coach – Livonia Stevenson (girls) 1999-2007
Matt Zavislak Head Age-Group Coach

The 2021-22 swim season is Matt’s 10th year coaching for FFYS. Matt is a former stingray and was a competitive swimmer for 14 years, four of those years for Eastern Michigan University. Matt helped EMU capture three Mid-American Conference Titles in four seasons. Matt excelled as a freestyler at both the college and YMCA national level. Matt was also a record holder for many years while swimming for FFYS and EMU. 

Swim History:

High School/Club

  • MHSAA All-State – 50 & 100 Free (2008)
  • All-American – 50 Free (2008)
  • MHSAA State Runner-up – 50 Free (2008)
  • MHSAA State 2nd Runner-up – 100 Free (2008)
  • YMCA Zone Champion – 50 Free (2008)
  • YMCA National Finalist – 100 Free (2008)

College - Eastern Michigan University

  • All-MAC 1st team (2009)
  • All-MAC 2nd Team (2011, 2012)
  • Academic All-MAC (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Three-Time MAC Champion (2009, 2010, 2012)

Coaching History:

  • FFYS: Head-Age Group Coach 2012 - Present
    • YMCA Metro Detroit Head Age Group Coach of the Year (2016-17)
  • Head Coach - Plymouth Salem HS Girls & Boys - 2019 - present
  • Head Coach – Walled Lake Central HS Boys: 2015 - 2019
  • Assistant Coach – Northville HS Girls: 2017 - Present
  • Assistant Coach – Meadowbrook Country Club:  2014 – Present
  • Head Coach – Walled Lake Central HS Girls: 2014-2016
Joe Bublitz Assistant Coach

The 2021-22 swim season is Joe's 2nd year coaching for FFYS. 

Christiana Buterakos Assistant Coach

The 2021-22 swim season is Christiana's 1st year coaching for FFYS. Christiana is a former Stingray and was a competitive swimmer for 11 years, two of those years for Kalamazoo College. She excelled as a distance freestyler early in her swimming career, and transitioned to become a butterflier and backstroker in college, with a specialty event of the 200 fly. 

Swim History:

High School/Club

  • FFYS
  • Mercy High School
  • Meadowbrook Country Club

College - Kalamazoo College

  • Swam 2 years, NCAA III - MIAA Conference

Coaching History:

  • FFYS: Assistant Coach - 2021-present
  • Swim for Success - 2016-2019
Gregory Luke Assistant Coach

The 2021-22 swim season is Greg's 10th year coaching for FFYS. 

Michael Stucki Assistant Coach

The 2021-22 swim season is Michael's 1st year coaching for FFYS. Michael been swimming for 15 years, and qualified for the 2011 Missouri State swim team in 100 backstroke.  He was coach of a local club swim team from 2009-2011 and coached them to a conference championship.  He also taught swim lessons to cognitively impaired children for a year.  Michael earned a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University, and right now he is also working on a DDS degree from the University of Michigan.

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