Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Z (Alexandra) Platusich-Morgan Co-Head Coach

Z Platusich-Morgan returned to Michigan to lead the Cruisers in the spring of 2010 after a season with YOTA, in Raleigh NC. She had started her coaching career in 1999 with Ann Arbor Swim Club and continued on in Ann Arbor through the merger and creation of Club Wolverine’s age group team.

Since joining the Cruisers Coach Z was recognized by American Swim Coaches Association as Michigan’s Age Group Coach of the Year (2011-2012 seasons), invited to the Olympic Training Center by USA swimming for their Age Group Conference (Fall 2012) and selected for USA Swimming’s Coaches You Should Know (2/2014) spotlight.

Since starting with the Cruisers, she has lead the Age Group program to multiple Team State Championships, multiple individual State Champions, Zone Champions, Sectional qualifiers, Junior and Senior qualifiers. She currently leads the Cruisers Senior Group and directs the Junior groups. 

Coach Z hails from the University of Michigan where she has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Hydrodynamics from the school of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. She lives with her husband, and co-head coach, Josh Morgan, and her two little daughters, Penny and Elsie. Her favorite book is Bo’s Lasting Lessons by Bo and John U. Bacon, her favorite movie is Spirited Away, her favorite Pandora station is FUN and she loves NPR.

Josh Morgan Co-Head Coach

Josh Morgan joined the Cruisers in June of 2010. He has worked with all levels of athletes during his career, which began during college in 1999. 

Josh currently spends time with nearly all Cruisers during the course of the season but is the primary coach for the Cruisers Age Group team and works with the Cruisers' board of directors in planning and managing the team's dry-side operations. 

Outside of PCC, Josh helps coach the Canton HS girls' team in the fall and serves on planning and organizational committees with MI Swimming.

Josh was the 2007 & 2008 ASCA Age-Group Coach of the Year for the Michigan LSC and has been the primary coach for USA Olympic Trials, Nationals & Junior Nationals qualifiers, for many National Top 10/16 ranked athletes, and State and Zone Champions, including the age group development of 3x Olympian and World Champion Allison Schmitt. Before joining the Cruisers, Josh was the Assistant Head Coach for the FISH swim team in McLean, VA (FISH), the Head Age-Group Coach for Club Wolverine (CW), and the Co-Head Coach for the Ann Arbor Swim Club (AASC). He was also the Head Coach for the South Lyon HS women's and men's teams and two summer club teams. 

Josh lives with his wife and Co-Head Coach, Z, along with daughters Penelope (10) & Elsie (8) and their furry family of dogs, cats, and guinea pigs in Canton, MI. 

Susan Pickerman Developmental Programs Coordinator
Christopher Thompson Assistant Coach & Team Admin

Chris Thompson joined the PCC Coaching Staff in December or 2011. Working primarily with the PCC Senior Groups, Coach Chris likes to use his considerable experience from both sides of the blocks to help athletes achieve their goals. In addition to his on deck duties, Chris works with Coach Josh, Coach Z and the PCC Treasurer to organize, update and maintain our team database and monthly billing records. 

Prior to coaching with PCC his duties were a departure from the USA Swimming scene. He coached at the Navy Special Warfare Prep School in Illinois where he helped prospective Navy Seals prepare for the their training. Chris also coached with USA swim teams in Illinois and in Ann Arbor. 

As an athlete, Chris was a member of the US Olympic Team in 2000 (Sydney, Australia) where he won a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle, becoming the second American to break the 15:00 mark. He has held American records in the 1500m, 1650y and 1000y freestyle events, was a NCAA Champion in the 1650, a 7 time US National Champion, a 9 time Big Ten Champion and has represented Team USA on many international teams throughout his career.

Chris currently works full time at Roush Industries in Livonia as a Business Anayst with the ERP/IT group.

Chris graduated from the University of Michigan in 2002 with a BA in History & Classical Studies, and completed his MS Sports Management at EMU in 2007. He currently lives in Dexter, MI with his wife, Lindsey, sons, Connor (b. April 2015), Peter (b. October 2017) and their furry companion, Oliver. 

Dan Ohm Assistant Coach

Coach Dan has been coaching swimming since 1995.  He started swimming on a team at the age of 5, was a high school All American, and went on to swim at Eastern Michigan University.  Dan's coaching resume includes: Willow Run High School Men-94-95,95-96, Buhr Park Sharks-summers of 94 and 95, Ann Arbor Swim Club-1996-2006, Raleigh Swimming Association-2006-2010, Aluea Swim Club-2010-2014, LeJardin High School Men and Women-11-12, 12-13,13-14, Columbus Aquatic Club-2014-2018, St. Anne Pacelli High School-15-16,16-17, 17-18, Vilseck-Grafenwoehr Sea Vipers-2018-2020, Swimming Eagle Aquatics-2021-2023, and Fort Campbell High School swimming-2022-2023. 

During his 27 years of coaching, he has helped lead swimmers to over 100 USA swimming top 16 times, over 30 YMCA National and Junior National Individual and relay titles, and a spot on the USA junior national team.  Teams he has coached won SC YMCA women's national team titles in 2003 and 2004, the women's YMCA national LCM team title in 2005.  In addition, his swimmers won the women's title at 2005 and 2006 NCSA Junior Nationals, finishing overall runner up in 2005.  He was the coach of the meet at the 2003 YMCA SC Nationals and 2005 NCSA SC Junior Nationals.  

Swimmers he has coached or helped coach have gone on to make the podium at the Olympics, NCAA, Big Ten, SEC, and ACC championships.

While coaching in Ann Arbor, Coach Dan ran the swim program at Estabrook School, teaching swimming and performing water therapy with special needs children.

Coach Dan is married to Sarah Ohm who is a Midwife at UM Hospital.  They have 2 kids, Ian-15 and Megan-13 as well as 4 dogs, Jewel, Dobby, Max, and Bambi, and 2 cats, Lucy and Alfred.

In his spare time, Coach Dan likes to walk his dogs, support his wife when she runs her Ultra marathons(she has done 5 100-mile runs as well as many other shorter runs), and compete in triathlons and open water swims.  He had done 10 full Ironmans and 15 half irons as well as numerous open water swims the longest being a 12k swim.

He believes that the keys to success are great technique, hard work, a positive attitude, patience, and supportive parents.

Joe Le Assistant Coach

Joe joined the Cruisers coaching staff in April 2016.

He graduated from Canton High School in 2004, as an all state swimmer and varsity record holder. He then went on to swim at Eastern Michigan University from 2004-2006. Joe began coaching early, working with Colony Swim Club from 2008-2009, where they won two league championships. Since 2009 he has worked as a co-head coach of East Middle School, as well as the assistant coach for the Canton High School swim teams.

Joe works with primarily with the Cruisers high school and middle school groups throughout the year and directs the Cruisers strength training program. 

Outside of the pool, Joe works as a freelance Photographer, focused on weddings, and has a passion for live music and metal smithing.
Mary Dombkowski Assistant Coach

Mary joined the Cruisers in May of 2014.


Alise James Assistant Coach
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