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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

 

Coaching Staff

Ray Onisko

Head Coach

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Coach Ray has been involved in competitive swimming for 36 years, 13 years as a swimmer and the past 23 years as a coach. Ray has coached/taught all levels of swimming from the learn to swim beginner, senior development swimmers, high school swimmers as well as collegiate (swimmers that have attended St. Bonaventure University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan and Miami of Ohio to name a few) and master level athletes.  As an ASCA level 3 certified coach, Ray has had numerous Junior and Senior National Qualifiers, High School State Champions and All-Americans, as well as assisting in the development of Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Coach Ray has also seen numerous former swimmers go on to become successful coaches in both the USA swimming ranks as well as the High School swimming ranks.  

 

 As a High School Coach, won three consecutive county (Dakota) titles as well as two consecutive division (Dakota) titles in Macomb County.  Between Eisenhower and Dakota, produced 3 swimmer of the year recipients and countless first team and dream team Macomb County swim team members.  On the club ranks, guided teams to numerous top 3 State meet finishes for both the 12 and under as well as Open Championship meets.  Guided the BBA girl’s squad to a Sectional Championship in Wisconsin; served as zone coach for team Michigan in 2000.

Katie Sullivan

Head Age Group Coach

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Sasha Trichler

Assistant Coach

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Sasha’s swimming career began at age 6 with her first zone championships at 8 years old, making finals and having no idea the significance of this meet, nor that it would lead to 16 years of competitive swimming.  Sasha lived in Billings, Montana with 9 other siblings who all successfully swam at the collegiate level.  Sasha competed at Zone and Regional Championships and held several State Championship titles in the breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle events throughout her club and high school career.  Being a three sport varsity athlete, she led her high school swim team to two top three State Championships as team captain her junior and senior year. 

In college Sasha was a dual sport athlete- swimming and fast-pitch softball.  She attended Dickinson College and specialized in breaststroke and butterfly.  Her team took All-Conference two consecutive years and she was Team Captain her senior year along with representing Collegiate Women’s Athletics to the Dickinson College Board of Trustees.  Additionally, she was a starter on the Dickinson Softball Team, All-Conference MVP two consecutive years and Team Captain. She graduated with a Biology/Pre-med degree.

After graduation, Sasha coached the Kingswood-Oxford Middle and High School swim teams in West Hartford, CT while teaching science.  Later attending Montana State University-Billings, MT, she earned her Master’s in Education while teaching undergrad courses in the Health and Physical Education Department.  During this time she coached the Billings “Y” Seahawks Club Swim Team and the Senior High Broncs Boys and Girls Swim Teams (1 year assistant, 3 years Head Coach).  She dramatically impacted both teams’ performances improving from 10th place to second place finishes at State Championships with multiple State Champions. 

Being active and fit is important to Sasha and she takes an innate interest in nutrition, food integrity and youth development.  From the hours, days, months and years of competing and training, Sasha believes anyone can accomplish their goals with the right tools, inner strength, and perseverance.  Many athletes underestimate the significant impact proper sleep, recovery and nutrition play in an athlete’s success and most importantly, that those elements can be learned at an early age. ASCA Level 2 Certified.

Jim Steffl

Assistant Coach

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Darin Abbasse

Assistant Coach

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Darin Abbasse has been coaching competitive swimming for 30 years as a high school, age group, and a college assistant for Oakland University Men’s team.   Currently he is one of three Associate Principals and has been the Head Swimming and Diving Coach for Lake Orion High School since 1998. 

He attended Oakland University on a swimming scholarship and graduated with a degree in secondary education with a major in history and political science.  He did receive his masters in administration at Wayne State University and soon became an administrator for Lake Orion Community Schools.    

Lauren Scott

Assistant Coach

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Lauren has been a part of the swimming community since she was nine years old swimming competitively for several club teams and varsity in high school. She began coaching in 2008 for North Oakland Waves until winter of 2012. Lauren was additionally an assistant coach for Life Time’s summer swim team from 2011 to 2014. Over the past two years Lauren has been the head site coach at Life Time Rochester Hills. While she was there she developed the newly established LMTI USA team coaching many of her swimmers to qualifying meets. Lauren currently attends Oakland University studying Elementary Education majoring in language Arts. She plans on completing her masters in Autism.

Jake Rimatzki

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Nancy Robertson

President

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Chris Turner

Vice President

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Rick VanBuskirk

Secretary

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Katie Valentine

Treasurer

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Dan Pawlaczyk

Member-At-Large

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Bob Shores

Member-A-Large

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Dan Seeds

Member-At-Large

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