Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Thomas Stacy National Team Director - Head Coach

The coaching philosophy of the entire team comes under Tom Stacy's direction. Tom directly coaches the National Prep Group, Senior Group and regularly assists at Age Group practices. Tom has 15+ years experience as a USA coach. He was the Head Age Group Coach of the Lakewood Recreation Swim Team from 2003 to 2007. He was a 2008 and 2009 Lake Erie Zone Coach. He has been on the Executive Board of the Ohio High School Swim Coaches association since 2010, serving as Secretary from 2013 to 2015 and currently President-Elect.  Tom is currently Senior Chair of Lake Erie Swimming.  He also served as Senior Chair for Lake Erie Swimming from 2010 until 2014 and 2016-2020.  He was also Administrative Vice-Chair from 2014 until 2015 and was General Chair of Lake Erie Swimming from 2015 until 2016.

Tom swam at and graduated from Cleveland State University with an education major. He is certified to teach grades 7 to 12 Social Studies. Tom was hired in 2007 as the Strongsville High School Swimming and Diving Team Head Coach. He has had ten very successful seasons.  For the 2012 season Tom was awarded the Neil Skinner award as Division 1 girls State Coach of the Year for Ohio.  In his inaugural 2007-2008 high school season he was named NE Ohio District Girl's Coach of the Year by his fellow district coaches. He has been awarded District coach of the year Nine times (Two NE Distict Boys, Two NE District Girls, Three NW District Girls, Two NW District Boys).  He was the 2015 Lake Erie Swimming recipient of the USA Swimming Outstanding Service Award and was awarded the Ohio High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award in 2014 for Girl's Swimming & Diving.

Mike Milliken Associate Head Coach - Brunswick

Mike Milliken spent 15 years with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, from 2006-2021, serving as the Head Coach for the Ridgewood YMCA Dolphins. In that time, the team grew from 60 swimmers to a high of 275 swimmers, adding training sites at the North Royalton and French Creek YMCAs. During this time, the team became one of the top YMCA teams in Ohio and also posted several top 3 finishes at Lake Erie Championships. Under Coach Mike's direction, RYD had swimmers qualified for YMCA Nationals every year, with highlights being two top ten team finishes, many swimmers landing on the podium, and multiple top three finishes. Swimmers also regularly qualified for USA Zones and USA Junior Nationals. RYD swimmers and relays still hold Lake Erie district records in several events. RYD swimmers were also selected for the YMCA's National Leadership Camp, USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp, and YMCA Swimming Adolf Keifer National Swimmer of the Year Scholarship.

Coach Mike has also been the Head Coach at North Royalton High School from 2014-2021. During that time, 12 North Royalton swimmers achieved All Ohio status, with four of them also being named All Americans. North Royalton team records were broken in 21 out of 22 swimming events.

Coach Mike also served as the Regional Director of Competitive Aquatics for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland for 8 years, overseeing competitive swimming programs at all Cleveland west-side branches. He was awarded the YMCA's Sorenson Award for excellence in aquatics. Coach Mike has also served on the Lake Erie Swimming board as the Senior Vice Chair and YMCA Liaison. As a swimmer, he was a state qualifier at Mayfield High School and swam collegiately at Cleveland State University. Coach Mike met his wife, Deanna, while they were both swimmers at Cleveland State.

Anthony Petruzzi Associate Head Coach - Medina

Anthony Petruzzi has been The Medina Makos Head Coach since 2008. He is in charge of the entire team’s direction, overall development, structure and continuing growth of our team. Part of his duties include development of our daily workouts, scheduling and setting up USA meets, USA entries, calendars, parent emails and communication with MCRC and Lake Erie swimming. He primarily works with our high school, senior and yellow group swimmers, but oversees all areas of swimmer development.

 

Anthony is a Level 3 ASCA coach. One of Coach Anthony’s strengths lies in developing solid technique and race strategy in our swimmers.  These skills have been illustrated through the growing number of Makos Swimmers achieving qualifying times to complete at USA national meets including Junior Nationals and Future Championships.  Qualification for and participation in regional meets including USA Zones, Quads, and Sectional meets has more than doubled in the last three years.  Additionally, Anthony has coached two swimmers to Top 15 status in USA Swimming (Ashley Mennenga and Joey Reilman) and has been recognized nationally in American Swimming magazine for his early influence on USA National team member Joey Reilman.

 

Anthony’s has been selected as the Head Coach of the Lake Erie Zone Teams (2011 & 2014). Coach Anthony and the Makos received the Lake Erie Swimming Board of Directors Award in 2010 and were recently awarded the 2015 Lake Erie Swimming Club Development Award acknowledging the rise of the Makos to a top 8 teams within Lake Erie Swimming.

 

Coach Anthony has also served as the Medina High School Head Swimming and Diving Coach since 2014. Anthony received 2014-15 Northeastern Ohio Conference River Division Boys Coach of the Year. In 2015-16 the Medina boys finished 13-0 and a relay qualified for state for the first time in 6 years, Anthony was named to both the Greater Cleveland Conference and the Gazette Boys Coach of the Year.  

 

Anthony has also an enjoyed a 25 year career as a Physician’s Assistant and currently works for Metro Health. He is married with two children who are also excellent swimmers in their own right. Samantha Petruzzi is a two time letter winner at Wittenberg University and is entering her junior year. Anthony Petruzzi Jr. is entering his junior year at Medina High School and holds four school or pool records and made it to the State meet 2016. 

Brad Wolters Assistant Coach

Brad began swimming at the age of 8 years old.  He swam on the Ridgewood YMCA swim team for ten years.  While at Ridgewood, Brad qualified for Zones six times and the Junior National meet in Buffalo, NY in 1993.  During his high school years at Valley Forge from 1995-1999, Brad was a four year letterman and District qualifier.  He was team captain and school record holder in the 200 freestyle and the 200 and 400 free relays.  Brad attended Baldwin Wallace College and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education.  He has been teaching first grade for the past 15 years.  Brad has coached the Huntington Park swim team for 16 seasons.  At the high school level, Brad coached for ten years at St. Ignatius, Parma, and Bedford.  Brad will be coaching the developmental group at the Strongsville site. 

Melissa Coughlin Assistant Coach

Melissa works with SwimStrong's Senior and Elite Age Groups at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center and is the Development Group Coach at the Berea Site. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2003 and she is also a certified group exercise instructor and certified spinning instructor. Melissa was a member of the Rocky River High School Swim Team where she was a 4-year letter winner and team captain in both her junior and senior year. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy. Melissa became involved in swimming again as the Assistant Coach for the Westlake High School Swim Team during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. She came to Strongsville in 2007 as the lead assistant coach for the Strongsville High School Swimming and Diving Team.  She initiated the Splash Out Cancer meet for the Strongsville High School Swimming & Diving Team.  Melissa recently coached Magnificat High School from 2019 though 2021.

Ryan Kmet Assistant Coach
Ryan started swimming since when he was 6 on a summer rec team, the Oakridge Dolphins swim team.  As a swimmer, he was a 3-time Zone qualifier for the Ridgewood YMCA Dolphins.  He swam for North Royalton High School from 2007 to 2011, was a 4-time letter winner, 2 time district qualifier, State team alternate, team captain junior year.  Ryan continued his swimming career after high school at the University of Mount Union from 2011 to 2015.  He swam at Mount Union for 4 years, was a 3-time letter winner, and had 9 top 16 finishes at OAC Conference meet.  His best events were the 100 back, 200 back, 500 free, 1650 free.  Ryan majored in Mathematics, minor in Education and Psychology.  In 2015 he began his Student teaching at Brunswick High School which brought him to SwimUnited.  He has been an Assistant coach for Brunswick High School Swim Team and SwimUnited since the Fall of 2015.  He is a proud member of the Purple Raider Nation. 
Jim Stacy Assistant Coach

Jim Stacy began his swimming career at the University Circle YMCA with coach Pete Odell. When Coach Odell moved the team in 1957 Jim followed even though he still lived in East Cleveland. Jim moved to Lakewood in 1960 to swim for Lakewood High School and coach Jim Scullion. As a swimmer for Lakewood Swim Club, Jim ranked in the top five in the country in individual events and relays. As a swimmer for Lakewood High School, he was an individual state runner up, part of a state championship team (1962) and multiple time all-American. After High School, he attended the University of Cincinnati where he was a multiple time conference champion, two-time Division I national qualifier (1965 & 1966), and Olympic trial qualifier (1964).

Jim began his coaching career as the Head Coach of LRSC in 1967, its second season. He gave up coaching from 1968 through 1972 to serve in the United States Navy. He rejoined the coaching ranks as the Head Coach of the Lakewood YMCA from 1974 to 1981. Jim then served as the Head Coach of the Berea Midpark Swim Club from 1982 through 1988. While at BMSC he was Lake Erie Swimming Coach of the Year (1983 & 1984) and developed multiple state and junior national qualifiers.  Jim returned to LRST for the second time in 1989 where he served as an assistant coach until 1993. He served as Head Coach of LRST from 1994 through 1998. As Head Coach of LRST he developed multiple Ohio high school state finalists and multiple junior national qualifiers. He also helped LRST swimmers achieve 8 National top 16 rankings, including several relays which ranked #1 in their USA swimming age group. Jim coached LRST again from 2007 to 2014 coaching an Olympic Trial qualifier, several Junior National Qualifiers, and a few state Champions.  Jim's high school coaching experience includes coaching North Olmsted High School (1992-1997), Padua Franciscan High School (2004-2008), Lakewood High School (2008-2013), and most recently Strongsville High School (2015-2016).

Jim is a graduate of Cleveland State University and he holds a degree in Psychology. He has raised 5 children with his wife Nancy. He still resides in Lakewood.

Board of Directors
Don Arslanian President
Dan Kutchel Vice-President
Jennifer Magel Treasurer
Liz Jones Secretary
Thomas Stacy National Team Director