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Coaching Staff

Tom O Arusoo

Head Coach

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Coach Tom Arusoo has a wealth of experience to dedicate to the Liquid Lightning club. As a swimmer he was a seven year member of the Canadian National Swim Team. Notable results include placing second to Mark Spitz in the 200 m. butterfly at the 1967 Pan American Games, being a finalist at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games and winning the 1970 CommonwealthGames again in the 200 m. butterfly over Olympic silver medalist Martin Woodruffe.

Coach Arusoo attended the Universityof Michigan on a swimming scholarship where he graduate with a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering. He was a three year All - American and NCAA medalist. He began coaching in Canada immediately after college. Many of his swimmers have risen to the international level including several Olympic team members. Consequently coach Arusoo has been appointed to the Canadian National Swim Team coaching staff many times. He returned to Michigan in 1989 and was the head coach of the Penguins of Royal Oak club for three seasons. Of note here was 12 year old Randy Lam, 2nd in the U.S. in the 200 m. I.M.

Coach Arusoo is proud of the many accomplishments of the Liquid Lightning swimmers over the past several seasons including
Academic High School All - Americans as well as Junior National qualifiers. While we all train for great results, the love of the
sport and the comraderie inherent with the team are lifetime values that Tom cherishes.

Colin MA Dolcetti

Head Age Group Coach

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Colin Dolcetti is in his 7th season as the Head Age Group Coach of Liquid Lightning.  Previously Colin was the Head Coach for the Fenton Area Swim Team (FAST) 2005-2007 seasons. During that time he was instrumental in building and developing the team, and his success was evident by their exponential growth and performance at meets.

Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Colin swam under several Olympic level coaches.  He swam Nationally for SSMAC, a small but widely known club in Canada.  During his swimming career he was ranked top in Canada as an age group swimmer in the 200 Fly, 100 Fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM.

Colin attended Oakland University on a swimming scholarship and graduated with a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.  When he’s not at the pool, Colin works in Fenton as a Lead Computer Software Engineer, where he has worked for the past 10 years.

As a coach, Colin believes that dedication, determination, accountability, and pride are the key factors to overall success with anything you do.  Colin’s philosophy is simple:  "You get what you put in".  The 2013-2014 swim season was an outstanding year and a record year  for Liquid Lightning, Ranking them 2nd in the 12 & under State meet and having several swimmers ranked in the top 10 in the Country.  “As a team we continue to break state records and team records on an incredible pace. We continue to achieve countless personal and team goals and also strive to be the best in and out of the water. We have positioned LL very well for future development and we are always adding new and exciting swimmers to complete our team”.

Blaine J Dolcetti

Assistant Coach

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Blaine Dolcetti has been a member of the Liquid Lightning staff since the 2008 season. He graduated from Oakland University with two bachelor degrees, one in computer engineering and the other in electrical engineering. 

 

While at Oakland University Blaine has won numerous conference titles and has experience both in national and international competition. Blaine has also been an assistant coach since 2005 working with the mid-distance group for Oakland University Golden Grizzlies focusing on butterfly, breastroke and individual medley.  While at Oakland he has had the opportunity to work with some elite swimmers both in the US and around the world.  ASCA Level 4 Certified.

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.

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.    

Board of Directors

Steve Gorgas

President

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Dan Seeds

Treasurer

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Bob Kleber

Secretary

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Wayne Waller

Member-At-Large

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Rick VanBuskirk

Member-At-Large

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Chris Turner

Member-At-Large

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Nancy Robertson

Member-At-Large

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