Coaching Staff
Sean Oxner Head Coach / CEO

Sean Oxner (founder, head coach, CEO) has been coaching for over 20 years.    He was a high school teacher for 6 years and has been coaching swimming full-time now for 14 years.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina (Philosophy) and Madonna University (Education).    As a swimmer, he swam for Michigan State University.    He has coached 4 Olympic swimmers, 2 US Olympic Trial qualifiers, several All-Americans, and several National, Junior National, and Sectional qualifiers.    Many of his swimmers have gone off to swim in college and some have even been NCAA champions and World Record holders.  In addition to coaching Sailfish, he is the head swim coach for Walled Lake Western High School.    He has also coached swimming in Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, and Egypt.  When coaching in Alexandria, Egypt, he had swimmers break 6 national records.  Coach Sean has two sons- Adam, who was a Michigan high school state champion in breaststroke (South Lyon) and swam for and graduated from the National Champion University of Michigan (part of four Big Ten championship teams), and Levi, who was a diver at South Lyon East High School and currently is expected to graduate in 2018 from Michigan Tech University with two engineering degrees (also coaches high school diving in the UP).  This past season, as the new swim coach at Western HS, the boys swim team broke 5 new school records, had one All-State swimmer, and had one All-American consideration swimmer.

Yizhou Wu Assistant Coach

Coach Freddie was former Chinese National Youth swimming team member in year 2003 and 2004. He won the title of national first class athletes. Freddie was a provincial, national and Asia Pacific meet qualifier and won championship in series of provincial and national games. In year 2018, Freddie joins Sailfish Swim Club as assistant coach to help kids and young athletes in reaching high level of swimming technique and achieving state champion title.

Sallie Bartkowiak Assistant Coach


Hello!  My name is Coach Sallie.  As an Age Group Coach for the past four years, the importance of development in your young swimmers comes down to teaching 5 important stroke progressions :  First, making sure I teach the correct Body Position.  Then incorporating the correct Kick.  Next, moving on to the correct Arm Action and the correct Timing of the arm action and kick. Finally, we can put it all together with the correct Breathing!  All of these progressions will involve some combination of demonstrating, verbal explanations, physically assisting your swimmer and giving feedback and correction, and of course trying and repeating the skills as necessary.   I want to teach your swimmer how to be the best he/she can be while having fun in a competitive sport!  My background—I began swimming at the age of 5, and competing at age 9; excelling at the long distance events while in High School.  An illness derailed my chance at any College swimming aspirations.  After a 35-year hiatus I am now enjoying a renewed passion for the sport as a Michigan Master’s Swimmer,  consistently ranking as a top 40 National finisher in the  200 Free, 100 Free and 100 Back.   I can use my own experiences in returning to competition to better guide and mentor Sailfish Club athletes thru their own training, nutrition, mental and physical challenges and racing.             Contact:

Jennifer Zibbell Assistant Coach
Joshua Schacht Assistant Coach