Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Bill Thompson Head Coach

Coach Bill has been a swim coach for over 37 years, and has coached all levels of athletes, from the novice/learn to swim level through the Junior National, Senior National and Olympic Team Trial qualifier level.  Athletes that have trained with Coach Bill have continued their swimming at numerous NCAA Division 1, 2, and 3 colleges, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, The University of Connecticut, Harvard, Yale, The University of Chicago, Washington University, Dennison, Stanford, Tulane,  and The University of Florida to name a few;

 Coach Bill also has an "In Water" swimming backround as he swam at Wylie E. Groves High School where he set several team records and was elected captain his senior year.  Coach Bill continued his swimming at Eastern Michigan University where he also set several team records and was elected captain his senior year.  During his college years Coach Bill also played water polo, and was a starter on a team that placed second at the Junior National Tournament.  He was also a member of the Midwest Team that competed in the Olympic Sports Festival in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Coach Bill obtained his law degree from the University of Wyoming where, in his spare time he was the head coach of the Laramie Swim Club and led the team to several state championships.  After moving back to Michigan, Coach Bill continued coaching while practicing law.  Currently, in addition to being the head coach of Motor City Aquatics, Coach Bill is the head swim coach at the Birmingham Athletic Club, home of the 2014 and 2015 MICSA League Champion SHARKS!  Coach Bill has also been the head swim coach of the Marian High School Mustangs for over ten years.  The Mustangs are the 2007 & 2008 Division 3 State Champions, and since opting up to Division 1, the Mustangs have finished in the top 3 in the state in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons. In 2014, upon opting up from Division 3 to Division 2, the Mustangs were again crowned as the Division 2 State Champions, and Coach Bill was honored as the Zone 2 and Oakland County Coach of the Year.

Joseph McBratnie Head Age Group Coach

Coach Joe McBratnie has been a professional swim coach for over 15 years, coaching all levels of swimmers from first time to Olympic Trial Qualifiers.  Coaching is more than performance; it’s about developing athletes into great people through life lessons, skills and a positive environment. His coaching led to his team’s First Place Win at the Michigan Short Course State Meet.  His pervious teams have consistently placed in the top 4 in both the Long and Short Course State Meets, and in the Top Ten at National Level Meets. Coached Michigan Zone and Mid States teams.

As a mentor and coach, Coach Joe’s involvement extends beyond his athletes with his involvement in all aspects of Club Swimming:  

  •     Club Development - from 7 athletes to over 160 - Silver Medal in Club Excellence
  •     Promoting Coaching Clinics to coaches throughout the area
  •     Coaching Parents of Swimmers
  •     Implemented and configured 3 Team Unify Sites for Clubs, as well as Michigan Swimming
  •     ASCA Level III and winner of ASCA Coach of the year 2011

He also served as a Vice Chair of the Michigan Swimming Program Development and continues to improve the Michigan Swimming web site. Currently, a Vice chair of   Program Operations at Michigan Swimming which oversees meet scheduling, Open Water, Officals Commitee, and National Time Verification for SWIMS database. 

Coach Joe is looking forward to working with all the athletes and their parents.  His goal is to achieve a healthy, successful swim experience for all swimmers and a program of excellence for the club.

Robbie Biskup Assistant Coach

Coach Robbie has been involved in the sport of swimming since he was five years old. He spent his summers growing up swimming for Coach Bill at the Birmingham Athletic Club. Robbie continued his swimming career at Brother Rice High School, where he was a state champion backstroker, and later at Ohio State University. In addition to coaching MCA, Robbie is also the Head Coach of the Oakland Hills Country Club Lizards during the summer. Away from the pool, Robbie works in accounting & finance and is currently working on getting his CPA certification. 

Anthony Serio Assistant Coach

Anthony has been coaching with Motor City Aquatics since 2013. He has been involved with swimming since 1996. He swam for 2 club teams growing up, the Romeo Dolphins and the Utica Shelby Swim Club. He swam at Romeo High School where he was an All American in the 500 freestyle, captain his senior year, and held the Macomb County records in the 200 and 500 freestyle for over a decade. He went on to swim at Oakland University where he specialized in distance freestyle. He was the Summit League Champion in the 1,650 freestyle in his junior year and helped Oakland to 4 straight conference championships. He was again elected as a captain his senior year, along with two other co-captains. A year after leaving the pool, he began to coach with OLY for three years before joining MCA in the fall of 2013.

Away from coaching Anthony is an avid music fan, plays in a few men's soccer leagues, and loves to go camping and to experience new adventures. He is also the "Golden Voice" you will hear at the Oakland University home swim meets.

He works primarily with the Red/Blue/Junior groups and is always excited to pass on his swimming knowledge to a new generation.

Chris Wiederecht Assistant Coach

Chris grew up swimming for the Westport YMCA Water Rats in Connecticut where he was a US National Qualifier, YMCA National Finalist, High School All-State honoree and High School All-American.  After graduating from high school, Chris moved to the cheese capital of the world to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  During his time in Madison, Chris was a triple major in Economics, Chinese and East Asian Studies and had opportunities to study abroad in China, Singapore and Malaysia.  Chris was also a 4-year varsity letter winning student athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a 3-Time Big Ten Finalist in the 200 yard Butterfly, 3-Time Academic All-Big Ten selection, 2-Time Swim Team Unsung Hero Award winner, 2013 Big-Ten Sportsmanship Award winner, and was chosen by the Athletic Department to deliver the commencement address.

Away from the pool, Chris is in a Financial Training program at Ford Motor Company, where he has worked in Product Development, Manufacturing, and Corporate Finance.  Chris is also in the process of pursuing his MBA from the University of Michigan on the weekends.

Alysse Rentner Assistant Coach

Coach Alysse is entering her fourth year of coaching and her first season with MCA. She recently completed her final season of competitive swimming in February for Oakland University. Coach Alysse is an OU and Horizon League Conference Record Holder, 9x Horizon League All Conference Honoree, a member of the Conference Championship Teams of 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, as well as the 2017-2018 Oakland University Academic Athlete of the Year Award recipient. She is very proud of her swim career and owes a great deal of her success to Coach Bill Thompson, having swum for him since she was 7 years old. 

She grew up locally and swam for BBA, then MCA and was a four-year varsity swimmer and senior captain for Birmingham Groves High School. Coach Alysse majored in Elementary Education at OU and will complete her student teaching semester in December 2018, becoming a certified teacher! She loves making a positive impact on kids and considers herself very fortunate to have this opportunity to return to her MCA family. 

Carrie Drinkert Assistant Coach

Coach Carrie is 40 years old.  She began swimming at BHAC as a youngster and completed her competitive swimming days at Groves High School.  She began teaching swim lessons in 1997.  She has been coaching with United States Swimming since 2004, as well as BAC and has currently been coaching at BHAC since 2014.  As a proud Spartan graduate, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology-Sports Medicine from Michigan Sate University.  Yes, Coach Carrie and Coach Steve are married.  Carrie is currently a stay-at-home mom to four children.

Steve Drinkert Assistant Coach

Coach Steve has coached age-group swimming in the area for over 20 years. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with his Bachelor’s and Master’s in education in 1994 and 2001.  He has taught more than 20 years in the Dearborn Public Schools system.  He enjoys is rumored he has a funny bone!

Richard Dylewski Jr Assistant Coach

Coach Rick has been involved in the sport of swimming for over 45 years. Rick swam competitively at Clawson High School for three years.  He began his coaching career at his alma mater at the young age of 19, when he was named the head coach of the boys program.  He continued coaching at Clawson for 17 years.  Additionally, Rick became the head coach of Lamphere High School’s girls swim team in 1987 where he remained until 2005.  In all, he coached for 25 years before taking a 15 year break after the birth of his first child. During his coaching absence, he remained affiliated to the sport by becoming a registered MHSAA Swim and Dive official. This allowed him to remain abreast of changing swim regulations and allowed him to stay connected to his passion for high school swimming. He still maintains his certification as an official.


Rick returned to coaching in the fall of 2018 as an assistant coach for the girl’s team at Bloomfield Hills High School.  He became the schools head coach of the boy’s program in 2019.  He also joined the coaching staff for the club team, Motor City Aquatics in the fall of 2019 where he works mainly with the junior, senior and national development groups helping to fine tune swimmer technique.


Rick has had the opportunity to work with a lot of talented and passionate young athletes. His teams have earned multiple conference championships. He has also coached several high school All-State, All-American swimmers and one state champion. Rick has been proud to have witnessed some of his athletes continue on into the college level.  His dedication to coaching young athletes, he has been recognized when he was named Area Coach of the Year for three seasons and a Regional Coach of the Year for one season. Rick loves to share his enthusiasm for the sport, and enjoys the process of watching student athletes train hard, set personal goals, and strive for success.  The life lessons learned in the pool, carry over far beyond a high school experience.    


Besides coaching, Rick is married and the proud father of two fantastic daughters whom are athletes in the district. He has a background as an automotive project engineer. Rick has also been dedicated to the fire service for over 39 years. He is a retired Fire Chief and is currently a Fire Inspector with the City of Fenton.

Taylor Golden-Wise Assistant Coach

Coach Taylor has been involved with swimming since she was seven years old. She swam competitively with Lakes Area Tridents Swim Club in Commerce, Michigan. She also was a varsity swim team member for four years at Walled Lake Northern High school, where she competed in multiple state meets.  Taylor recently graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in sports journalism.  While studying at Michigan State, Taylor coached for Motor City Aquatics in 2019 and was an assistant coach at Mid-Michigan Aquatics for three years.  

Board of Directors
Michael Guttilla President, Executive Board
Bill Thompson Vice President, Executive Board
Andrea Mychalowych Secretary, Executive Board
Andrea Mychalowych At-Large
Michelle Jonna At Large
Felicia O'Connor Co-Registrar
Kristin Sowle Co-Registrar
Andrea Mychalowych Website, Social Media, Records
Andrea Mychalowych Communication
Andrea Mychalowych Merchandising
Joseph McBratnie Meet Entries
Holly Machus Hotels & Travel
Luke Mychalowych MI Swim House of Delegates Athlete Rep