Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Howie Leathers Head Coach


Howie Leathers is the Head Coach of the entire LSSC team. He became the full-time during the start up phase of Lake Superior Swim Club. The coaching philosophy of the team comes under Howie's direction and is instrumental in determining the philoso­phy of the entire team. Howie cut his coaching teeth at the Stanford Swim Camps in 1991 and 1992.  At Stanford, Howie worked under the direction of Skip Kenney and Richard Quick, two of the most celebrated coaches in USA Swimming history. After leaving Stanford, Howie started a Masters swim club at Bemidji State University and served as Head Coach for the Bemidji Area Super Swimmers, helping them capture the Minnesota Short Course Championship title in 1993. 

As a swimmer at Bemidji State University, Howie was named team captain his junior year and also earned All-America honors in 1991.

Howie believes that his responsibility as a swim coach reaches far beyond the pool.  His goal is to help all athletes reach their highest potential socially as well as academically. 


Ted Patton Associate Head Coach

Ted Patton

Coach Patton has been dedicated to the sport of swimming for over 30 years.  Highlights of his coaching career include Assistant Coach of the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Swim Team, Head Coach of the Chippewa Falls High School Swim Team, and volunteer Head Coach for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Olympic Training Center Resident Team.

Coach Patton swam in college at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire earning Team Captain and Hardest Worker awards.  He has been an All-American Triathlete and was named as the Minnesota Zone Team Open Water Head Coach.  A guiding principle in his coaching is integrity in action and he believes any goal can be accomplished with the proper plan and commitment.

Elizabeth Peterson Assistant Coach

Elizabeth Peterson has worked in and around pools for more than a decade – as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and swim coach. She started coaching after high school with the summer swim team at the Duluth YMCA. In 2013, she took a more serious role as the Assistant Coach for her alma mater, Duluth East Girls’ Swim and Dive. When the season ended, she did a brief stint as an assistant coach with LSSC until August 2014, when she left Duluth to attend graduate school in Oklahoma. 

Even land locked Oklahoma couldn’t keep Elizabeth away from the pool! Elizabeth joined the staff of Sooner Swim Club, under the direction of Kent Nicholson, and within several months was the head coach of the developmental age groups. She worked for SSC for three years before returning to Duluth in August 2017. During her time with SSC, she grew into her coaching abilities and is excited to rejoin LSSC this fall. 

Elizabeth brings a positive, caring attitude to the team and is eager to help your swimmers grow and succeed both in the pool and out of it.

Marly Schrom Assistant Coach

Marly grew up in Grand Rapids, MN and started swimming for the YMCA team at age 6. From there she went on to captain the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks.   After high school, Marly went on to swim at Carleton College where she was a letter winner and team captain her senior year.  As a collegiate athlete, Marly was the recipient of the prestigious All-MIAC Sportsmanship Award, the Carleton Swimming and Diving Most Inspirational Award, and one of two winners of the Ele Hansen Award, which is given to female athletes that have positively influenced other through example, service, and leadership in athletics.

After graduating, she worked for a few years as a barista, a vet receptionist, and is now back in school to earn her teaching license. Prior to joining LSSC’s coaching staff, Marly coached with the Northfield Bullsharks Swim Club in Northfield.  Marly is very excited to be back on deck and working with the Lake Superior Swim Club!

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