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, President-Elect 2015 to 2017, President 2017 to 2019 and currently Past President.  Tom served as Senior Chair for Lake Erie Swimming from 2010 until 2014 and 2016 until 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. Tom was hired in 2007 as the Strongsville High School Swimming and Diving Team Head Coach. He has had many 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 coaches the Elite and Performance Groups at the Strongsville site. 

Deanna Milliken Assistant Coach

Coach Deanna started coaching with the Ridgewood YMCA Dolphins in 2008. During her time with RYD, she spent time working with swimmers in all practice groups, but primarily coached swimmers age 10-14. Under her direction, swimmers achieved Zone cuts, Sectional cuts, Lake Erie records, and even national rankings as high as number one times in the nation for USA Swimming. Coach Deanna has been selected as a Lake Erie Zone Team coach and was named the Lake Erie Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in 2017. She was also the Assistant Coach at North Royalton High School for 7 years, where she coached high school All Ohio and All American swimmers. She began her swimming career when she was 7 years old when she started swimming for Berea Midpark Swim Club. When she swam for Midpark High School, she was named MVP all four years and qualified for the State Meet in the 50 freestyle. During her 4 years at Cleveland State University, she was named Outstanding Newcomer and received Most Improved twice. Deanna was also elected Team Captain two times.

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.

Allison Davila-Bury Assistant Coach

This is Allison’s 12th year coaching overall, she coached various summer leagues while in college, was an assistant coach at Twinsburg High school while finishing her student teaching in 2011 then became the head swim coach for the Lakewood High School from 2012-2017. Allison has experience in club swimming where she coached for SwimStrong shortly in 2014 and also at lakeshore swim club in 2015/2016 Allison has been an assistant coach for the Medina Makos Swim Team since 2017 which is now part of Swim United. Allison also coaches as an assistant with Medina High School this will be her 5th year with the program.

Allison attended the University of Mount Union in 2012 where she swam and lettered all 4 years and found success with various records and achievements. Allison (Ali) swam the 100/200 breaststroke and 200/400 IM.  Ali graduated from Mount Union with a degree in Education. She also completed her Masters Degree in Literacy Coaching with a specialization in Administration at Baldwin Wallace University in 2016 and is also a certified Dyslexia Therapist. Allison is currently teaching at Claggett Middle School in Medina City Schools. Ali currently lives in Strongsville with her husband Ben and their 2 year old daughter Ava.

Colleen Kato Assistant Coach

Colleen Kato grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and started coaching the summer team she swam on in the summer of 1990. Colleen moved to Ohio with her family in 2002. Colleen began coaching in 2005 with Brunswick Recreation Swim team and moved to the Medina Makos in 2006. Colleen has assisted with Highland High School swim team and is the head coach for Buckeye Local School Districts club team. Colleen holds her Master’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology and has been working full-time over the last 14 years with Buckeye Local School District. Colleen lives in Grafton, Ohio with her husband, Steve and has two grown daughters who grew up swimming.

Steve Rhein Assistant Coach

Coach Steve has been coaching with the Medina Makos since 2012. He currently assists with the Elite and High School Teams.

Coach Steve also coach the Highland High School Swim Team as an assistant coach (2014-2016) and head coach (2016-2019). During his time as head coach, he led the girls team to the Suburban League title in 2018 and was named the Suburban Leach Coach of the Year. Currently is an Assistant Coach for the Medina High School Swim Team and has been there since 2019.

Coach Steve has over 20 years in the Aquatic Field and is currently the Aquatics Manager for the City of Medina at the Medina Community Recreation Center. He manages 2 aquatics facilities and 2 splash pads in the city. He has 2 Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Akron. Also has several instructor certifications from the American Red Cross including Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor – Instructor Trainer and is a Certified Pool Operator.

Coach Steve currently lives is Medina with his wife Kellie and twin boys Connor and Logan

Jackie Draiss Assistant Coach

Jackie has been coaching since 2006. She has worked with every level in Medina from age  group to college swimmers. Jackie swam competitively for 15 years and was on five zone  teams and one junior national team. In high school she was part of a relay that won the state  championships. She swam 2 years at Miami University before retiring. She has been a coach  for Team Ohio at the Mid- State all stars meet and has also been a zone coach. 

Jackie works full time as a Physician Assistant. She practices internal medicine at Windsor Laurelwood hospital as well as emergency medicine in 4 different ER’s for Metro and the  Cleveland Clinic. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in science from Miami University and has  both an associate and master’s degrees in physician assistant studies. She has been married  for 28 years and has 2 grown daughters - both of which swam !

Molly Washko Assistant Coach

Molly grew up in Strongsville and attended Strongsville High School.  As a member of the Strongsville High School swim team Molly was a 10 time All-American and hold multiple school records.  She also is an original member of SwimUnited.  As a swimmer for SwimUnited she was a multiple time Junior National Finalist.  Molly attended and swam at the Ohio State University and currently still holds a school record.

She has been a coach with SwimUnited since 2018.

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
Dan Kutchel President
Jennifer Magel Treasurer
Thomas Stacy National Team Director