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Jackson Bangert

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Coaching Specialty

  • Learn-to-swim: Children

  • Competitive: Age-Group

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

Certifications

  • Lifeguard CPR/AED, American Red Cross

Experience

  • 6x Varsity Swimmer (3 years high school, 3 years collegiate)

  • Swim lesson instructor for 3 years @ Edinboro University

  • Head USA Masters coach 1 year

  • 2 years as Day Care Employee @ Cleveland Clinic - Akron General


JACKSON IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE FOR LESSONS

HE WILL BE BACK ONCE HE GRADUATES from Edinboro University SPRING 2020

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GET TO KNOW COACH JACKSON

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Creative.

FAVORITE STROKE

Butterfly.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I run a photography business on the weekends.

  • I enjoy extreme sports such as cliff diving & snowboarding.

  • I love the outdoors and camping.

  • I have more family in Europe that in America.

  • My birthday is September 7th, my sister’s birthday is September 17th, and my grandads birthday is September 27th.

FAVORITE QUOTE

"Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else."

Swimming really impacted my life and created a passion for participating and for teaching the sport to others. As I further pursue my Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science I am knowledgeable in biomechanics and believe that good coaching and instruction is important to how people feel in the water.

As a daycare worker for the Cleveland Clinic I was responsible for ensuring the safety of the kids and entertaining them with varies activities, including daily swimming lessons.

Madeline Bartley

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coaching Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children & Adults

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

Certifications

  • American Red Cross WSI

  • American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)

EXPERIENCE

  • Learn to Swim instructor since 2008

  • 4 years as Assistant Swim Coach (High School & Age Group) in Forest Grove, Oregon

  • Competitive age-group swimmer for 6 years


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GET TO KNOW COACH MADELINE

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Patient

FAVORITE STROKE

Everything except Breaststroke 😜

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • In January of 2019 I became a mom for the first time after giving birth to my daughter Aria.

  • In High School I ran Cross Country for 3 years, and Track for 1. It was when I was participating in track that I really understood I was more coordinated in the water!

  • I thoroughly enjoy going to the dentist

  • I have been married to my husband John for 6 years, and I would be lost without him. He is the creative one in our relationship, and makes life fun!

  • Coaching runs in the family; my brother is a swim coach out on the West Coast working at San Diego State University. 

FAVORITE QUOTE

“As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart.”

- Proverbs 27:19

Hi there! My name is Madeline Bartley and I joined the Liquid Lifestyles team of coaches in June of 2016. I am originally from Forest Grove - a small town near Portland, Oregon - where I started swimming at a very young age. I swam competitively on the local swim team for 6 years before heading off to a small school in Missouri called Cottey College. After I moved back to Oregon, I realized that I loved helping people learn how to swim and feel comfortable in the water, so I decided to pursue coaching on a more professional level. I really enjoyed my time working at the local aquatic center as a swim lesson instructor, assistant Swim Club coach, and assistant High School coach.

When my husband and I decided to move across the country to Cleveland I was excited to be able to continue doing what I love doing most with Liquid Lifestyles. Liquid Lifestyles has such a great vision for teaching even the most novice of swimmers how to swim smarter and more efficiently. I am proud to work with all of the other coaches here who share that vision. Helping people learn how to swim or just improve their swimming and also develop a better relationship to the water is something I love doing; I am so blessed to have this as my job!

My hobbies include: Hiking, cooking, watching movies, taking pictures, swimming (of course), crocheting, painting, singing, and cuddling with my dog.

Matt Benedict

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coaching Specialty

  • Learn-to-Swim: Adults

  • Triathlon & Open Water


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It feels like just yesterday when I signed up for my first triathlon. I was confident I'd finish if I could just get out there and log some swimming hours. So there I was, day after day, in the nice calm, clear water of the pool. I swam 100 meters without stopping. Then 200 meters. Soon, I made it up to 800 meters and thought "now I'm ready for my first sprint triathlon." Problem was, I had not practiced in open water so as race day approached I decided to compete in the kayak division of the race. Everything went smoothly and I was hooked, but I had to figure out the swimming part. The very next day I found myself searching the internet for a solution. I found Liquid Lifestyles and booked my initial consultation. After a half a dozen private lessons in the pool and open water, I completed my first sprint triathlon. From that moment on I was addicted. Not only to triathlons, but to swimming as well. I continued to grow such a love for swimming that I found myself swimming twice a day. I would attend Liquid 'N Durance Lite on a Monday night, Liquid 'N Durance on Tuesday morning, and also attend a private lesson later that day. As my passion for swimming grew, so did my involvement with my son's swim team. It didn't take long to discover a deep desire to teach others and pursue coaching. I had the opportunity to work as an assistant coach for the Lake County YMCA West End Wildcats where I further developed a passion for coaching. I now hope to inspire Liquid Lifestyles clients the way I was inspired as a client. 

In addition to coaching, I'm also a career firefighter/paramedic in the Cleveland area. When I'm not working, I enjoy multiple outdoor activities and continue to train regularly and compete in races. Swimming, triathlon, mountain biking, trail running, and whitewater kayaking are some of my favorites.

Whether you are looking to feel comfortable in and/or around the water, preparing for your very first triathlon, or you're an experienced athlete looking to fine tune your stroke before your next big race, I would love to help you archive your goals!

Mitch Berman

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Competitive: High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Triathlon & Open Water


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Joe Chamberlain

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group


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Mike Cousino

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Experienced Triathlete and Liquid Lifestyles Coach Since 2005

COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Adult Freestyle

  • Triathlon & Open Water

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Total Immersion™

  • NSPF® Certified Pool & Spa Operator®

Experience

  • 70+ Triathlons: Sprint, Olympic, 70.3 & 140.6

  • Liquid Lifestyles® Coach since 2005


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GET TO KNOW COACH MIKE

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Methodical

FAVORITE STROKE

Freestyle

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • My wife and I were born 36 hours apart in the same hospital. We didn’t officially meet until we were sixteen. We married in 1992.

  • Before joining Liquid Lifestyles as a partner, I was a serial entrepreneur who failed miserably on my first attempt: an outdoor adventure and kayak retailer. From the ashes of that misadventure, I built a successful sports sales and marketing agency. After selling that company, I launched a sports nutrition e-commerce business, ran it for 8 years and sold it upon acquiring a sports nutrition manufacturer out of Canada.

  • My garage looks like a bike shop. I have six bikes: two road bikes, a time-trial bike, a cyclocross bike, a fat tire bike, and a tandem. My son has 4 bikes and my wife has 2. The optimum number of bikes to own is N+1 with “n” being the number of bikes you currently own. Next on my shopping list is a mountain bike.

  • I am an avid photographer and began my journey working in a camera store in college. I started with film based SLRs and transitioned to digital in 2001, eventually migrating to DSLRs. I own just about as many cameras, lenses and drones as I do bicycles. All of the artwork in our home is my photography and I took many of the images on Liquid Lifestyles’ website and social media.

  • I have ridden several self supported bike tours: Venice, Italy to Innsbruck, Austria (2001), Maryland to Tennessee along Skyline Drive & The Blue Ridge Parkway (2009) and rode around Lake Erie (2010). My son and I are planning on riding our Fat Bikes from Calgary to Denver along the Continental Divide Trail when he graduates from Ohio Wesleyan University in May 2019.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“That's been one of my mantras -- focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains”. - Steve Jobs

“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” - Unknown

Our attitude calibrates our reality” - Mike Cousino

Never put a short term goal ahead of a long term goal.” - Mike Cousino

When I did my first triathlon in 1991 I, like so many others, struggled to get through the swim. Back then my training plan was to just go to the pool and swim yards. The more the better and the harder the better, or so I thought. After several years of this strategy, I was experiencing a modest level of success relative to how I started. When I was introduced to Liquid Lifestyles through a triathlon swim group, circa 2004, I was hesitant. I reluctantly did the prescribed drills during practice and questioned the concepts and new focal points. I actually felt like I was going slower in the water until we started timing our sets. It was only then that I learned I was actually going faster with less effort! I was hooked. I trained with Liquid Lifestyles for a number of years with an entirely new mindset – one that was focused, critical and embraced the concepts that once seemed so counter-intuitive. My personal swimming experience has been incredibly rewarding since then and I’m excited to share the process of smart training and smart swimming with others. Since 2009 I’ve had the rewarding experience to assist at weekend workshops, open water clinics and offering private lessons to recreational swimmers, triathletes and beginners of all backgrounds and ability levels.

I have competed in over 70 triathlons (and counting) - everything from sprint distance to 140.6 full distance triathlons. Whether you are just getting started or stepping up to your first Half or Full Ironman I can help you reach your swimming goals and PR in any distance.

I shaved 15-20 seconds off my typical 100 yard time using “drive” and “flicking gum off my foot!” So awesome to be back in the pool with you! You always manage to put the pieces of the puzzle together in a manner that I can understand! Thank you!!
— Lisa S.

Vanja Dezelic

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Triathlon & Open Water

Experience

  • Age Group, High School and Collegiate swimmer.

  • 4 year All-American at NCAA Div II Nationals.

  • Competed in many national and international meets in Europe and USA.

  • Head Age group coach for HEAT and CFYN Tigersharks.

  • Lake Erie coach for Open Water Team.


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GET TO KNOW COACH VANJA

Vanja was born in Zagreb, Croatia. His love for swimming began from and early age of 3, but Vanja started swimming competitively at age 10.  He became Croatian National Champion in 200m, 400m and 1500m both short course and long course for 11-12, 13-14 and 15&O age group.  As a member of Croatian National Swim Team, Vanja competed at Youth Olympic Days, European Junior Championships, Mediterranean Games and many dual meets between Croatia and other European countries. 

After arriving in US, as a High School swimmer, Vanja earned North Dakota state championship titles in 200 and 500 free and 200 medley relay as a butterfly leg. During college, Vanja was a National Team Member for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) swim team and competed at NCAA Division II Nationals every year. He earned All-America Awards for 800 free relay as well as the individual All-America in 500 and 1650 yard free. in 2014 Vanja was inducted to Missouri S&T Sports Hall of Fame. Within all swimming accomplishments, Vanja earned his Doctorate in Mining Engineering and Geophysics and has worked in Earth Science field.

Vanja's coaching and teaching specialty are age group swimmers as well as adults . He loves teaching all strokes in the pool environments as well as open water swimming. All levels of swimmers are welcome, as Vanja enjoys teaching the art of swimming to all. His ultimate goal and favorite thing about coaching,  is for people to enjoy the water and feel comfortable. Besides teaching swimming with Liquid Lifestyles Vanja isHead Coach for the CFYN Tigersharks Swim Team in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

Other than coaching, Vanja loves to spend time with his family, dogs and friends, hiking and traveling.  

Sarah Haley

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Coaching Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-swim: Children

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

Certifications

  • Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid/Lifeguarding

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Exercise Science and Psychology

Experience

  • Spent 6 years as a Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Instructor

  • Assistant Swim Team Coach since 2016

  • 13 years of competitive swimming experience , including Rec League, YMCA, USA Club, OHSAA, and NCAA Division 3

  • Children’s Church teacher since 2016


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GET TO KNOW COACH SARAH

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Enthusiastic

FAVORITE STROKE

Breaststroke – because it rhymes with “best stroke!”

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  •  I took one year of the Gaelic language in high school.

  • I was the only swimmer on my high school team during the years I competed.

  • As a biology major in college, I took a class all about bugs and collected 40 different bugs with a giant butterfly net to use in a project.

  • I also like land sports: I've played a lot of volleyball and ran in the Pittsburgh marathon relay twice!

  • I love my dog Daisy May--she only weighs 6 pounds and is white and fluffy, but thinks she's a tough guard dog.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

- Theologian Frederick Buechner

I started my swimming career when my mom brought me to our neighborhood pool day after day in the summer. I started swim lessons at that same pool, and would love to watch the “cool big kids” get in the water for swim team practice after I finished my lessons. Pretty soon, I had joined the team myself, and fell in love with the sport of swimming even though that small recreation team lost every single meet except for one my first season. Although I was so excited to swim for a second summer, an unfortunate fall down a driveway on a scooter left me with two broken fingers and kept me out of the water for most of the summer…so I discovered winter swimming, and never looked back. As I grew up, I got to compete for my YMCA, USA club teams, my high school, and eventually for Grove City College’s NCAA Division 3 swimming and diving program. I competed in breaststroke, individual medley, and freestyle events, and loved trying new events and ways of training. As I kept swimming, season after season, my love for the sport and the new challenging levels of training I experienced grew, and I dreamed of working with young swimmers who loved the sport like I did. As soon as I was old enough, I received my lifeguarding certification so I could teach swim lessons at my local pool. I loved working with athletes in a competitive setting as well, so after my freshman year of college I sought out my first coaching job, and found a place working with swimmers on the same recreational team that gave me my start.

Swimming taught me much more than just how to swim butterfly, how to pace a 400 IM, and to do a proper racing start off the blocks. Swimming taught me to overcome my fears of things like learning to dive or swimming a race again after it had gone badly. Swimming taught me how to keep working hard even when my goals seemed out of reach, and it taught me how to do hard things and persevere. It gave me an outlet to relieve stress from homework and an otherwise busy schedule, and it let me learn new skills and reach new limits that I never thought were possible. The highs and lows of my swimming career showed me that there is way more to sports than just winning a game or meet or race, and I am very passionate about sharing the amazing gift of swimming with others. I want others to be able to learn the same things I have about swimming, and see how the sport can help them to grow and learn new things about themselves. I love that I can share the love of the sport with anyone, at any level, and I find so much joy in coaching others to love the sport of swimming and grow through the challenges and victories it presents.

 

-Sarah Haley

Victoria Luma

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children & Adults

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Red Cross

  • Lifeguard certified 

  • CATCH kids club

EXPERIENCE

  • 10+ years of competitive swimming

  • 4+ years of Triathlons: Sprints, Olympics, 70.3, and 140.6

  • High School swim instructor (2011-2015)


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GET TO KNOW COACH VICTORIA

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Driven.

FAVORITE STROKE

Freestyle, only because I love distance swimming!

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I am currently pursuing a degree in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Akron.

  • I love spending my free time reading and completing 1000+ piece puzzles.

  • I have completed three marathons and would choose to race another marathon over a 5k!

  • Elephants are my favorite animal!

  • I have too many pairs of shoes to count and still continue to buy more.

Favorite Quote:

“One way to make the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure” 

- William Feather

I first learned to swim around the age of 5 where my mom put me in swim lessons run by my high school, near Sandusky, OH. Once I moved through all the progressions my mom noticed my love for swimming and had me join the schools swim team! From there I was a part of summer swim clubs and my junior high and high school swim team where my main events included the 200 IM and the 500 Free. During my high school years, I was a swim instructor for Margaretta high school where I taught kids aged 3-15 years old.

Once I started school at The University of Akron, I joined the triathlon club and fell in love with competing in different distance races! In the past four years I have completed many sprints, Olympics, 70.3’s and a 140.6 distance triathlon. I will graduate in the spring of 2019 with a degree in dietetics and nutrition where I hope to work with athletes to help them improve their performance through nutrition!

I love learning new things and sharing my knowledge with others which is why I decided to apply for a coaching position with Liquid Lifestyles. I believe it is important to feel comfortable and safe in the water and I am determined to help anyone I can to ensure they feel the same way and help them reach any goals big or small!

Eric Maynard

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coaching Specialty

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke


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Marisa Melchior

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

Experience

  • I swam competitively at Euclid High School and then at Wright State University. 

  • I have been coaching since 2014 at Five Seasons swim club, Kettering YMCA and Magnificat High School.

  • Before joining Liquid Lifestyles®, I was the Learn-to-Swim Director at the City of Wickliffe. 


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GET TO KNOW COACH MARISA

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Positive

FAVORITE STROKE

Freestyle - I was a distance freestyler so we got to know each other very well 😃

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I am an Interior Designer.

  • My favorite place to be is a beach.

  • I'm a terrible cook.

  • I have a Fine Art degree in Painting and landscapes are my favorite subject matter.

  • Giraffes are my favorite animal. 

FAVORITE QUOTES

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” - Norman Vincent Peale 

The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle." - Pierre de Courbertin

Swimming has always been a huge part of my life and being a coach is the perfect way to continue staying involved in this beautiful sport. I've loved water ever since I can remember. I was a synchronized swimmer for 7 years before starting competitive swimming in high school. Swimming in high school turned into swimming in college at Wright State University. During college I taught swim lessons both at school and during the summers. After graduating I started coaching a YMCA team in Dayton. When I moved back to Cleveland I began coaching for a USA club team, and then eventually took an assistant coaching position for Magnificat High School and Liquid Lifestyles. Its the perfect mix of clients for me and I truly enjoy every lesson and practice! 

When I started working with Coach Marisa, I had been swimming for over a year and but I did not fell like a swimmer. Since i’ve been working with Coach Marisa, I feel like a swimmer. She has fine tuned my technique and is patiently correcting my bad habits. There is still work to be done and I am sticking with Coach Marisa!
— Cheryl W.

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Specialty:

  • B.S. in Biology & Education

  • Personal Training Certificate

  • AEA Aquatic Fitness

Certifications:

  • Professional Certification

  • Arthritis Foundation Certification – Land & Aquatics

  • Ai Chi Instructor

  • American Heart Association CPR & AED

Experience:

  • Rehab Exercise Specialist/Personal Trainer

  • Assistant Age Group Swim

  • Coach Springboard Diving

  • Instructor/Coach

  • Swim Instructor

  • Former Home School Mom


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GET TO KNOW COACH JOY

Ten years ago, a serious car accident left me in a wheelchair for 3 ½ months but lead me back to the water. Always part fish, I learned to swim in a lake.  I competed in age group programs and then in college while adding springboard diving - just for fun.  It was a delight teaching my own kids to swim and dive and watching them compete in Cleveland triathlons as teams, but as a busy mom, I rarely got in the water. 

 Then came the accident.  To learn to walk again my first steps were in a pool!  On days when we didn’t have physical therapy, my daughter, also injured in the accident, and I would join the Arthritis Class at the local YMCA.  Amazed by the progress and strength we gained, I set out to become that someone who could direct and encourage others who need water therapy.

 Now as a personal trainer, I come alongside others in their rehabilitation journeys after injury or illness or surgery.  I love how inspiring my clients are as they work hard in the warm water to regain and maintain their fitness.  In addition to rehab clients, it’s a joy to be able to impart the love of swimming to kids and adults.  From swimmers just starting out, to competitive athletes, their progress and “ah-ha” moments put a smile on my face.  I am excited to join Liquid Lifestyles and see real progress by using tried and true techniques honed over the years by Leah and her team.

My three children are scattered across America, so my husband and I love to travel and visit them.  We have a small farm with a pet goat and two cats, and a big garden.  Besides being outdoors, there is nothing better than curling up by the fire and reading a good book while the snow swirls around us in the snowbelt. 

              Thank you for the privilege of coaching your child to love the water.  Hope to see you soon!

Leah Nyikes

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coaching SPECIALTY

  • Babies 6+ mos.

  • Anxious Beginners: Children & Adults

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Triathlon & Open Water

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Total Immersion™ Master Coach

  • USMS Master Coach Level II

experience

  • Owner and coach of Swimming by Design™ (1997-2008) & Liquid Lifestyles® (2008-present)

  • Directed 100+ weekend swim clinics across the country as a Master Coach and Regional Director for Total Immersion™ (2004-2016)

  • 18+ yrs as a competitive swimmer / High School state qualifier (2000)


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GET TO KNOW COACH LEAH

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Thorough.

favorite stroke

Backstroke. You can breath whenever you want!

5 fun facts ABOUT ME

  • I LOVE food (most swimmers do!), but am not much of a cook. With that being said, I have a “hands-off” role as the co-owner of 3 local food trucks. @Smokin’ Rock n’ Roll

  • Home remodeling, interior design, landscaping and power tools are my creative escape. I enjoy both large-scale and small-scale DIY projects and my house is constantly under some sort of home renovation undertaking. Asking for a drill press or Dremel for Christmas would be not be out of the ordinary.

  • If I had an hour to do anything I would probably find something to organize or clean. Except laundry. With 3 young boys, laundry is my kryptonite. No matter what I do there’s always still a pile.

  • My first and last triathlon was when I was 14. Mermaids aren’t very good at land activities.

  • I held an Avon Lake HS record in the 200 IM for over 17 years with a time of 2:22.53.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“The grass is greener where you water it.”

- Neil Barringham

Growing up “fishlike”

Swimming will always be a cornerstone of who I am. At the age of seven I joined the local swim team and excelled in the freestyle and backstroke events. The reality of bringing home a medal at the YMCA State Championships that first year was enough to get me hooked. I dedicated myself to the sport for the next eleven years. As a result of quality coaching and exceptional skill-based training I experienced the excitement of competing in the Ohio high-school state championships, winning conference titles, and setting high-school records.

My most influential swimming experiences developed under the direction of two prominent Total Immersion head coaches, Gary Fahey and Gene Mills. Their extensive knowledge of the sport, cutting-edge technique training, and thought-provoking practices were the impetus in my desire to succeed and subsequently coach years later. Despite our less-than-ideal training conditions; a pool that’s water was murky at best, temperatures that fluctuated daily, and air that hung low and thick, our coaches taught us how to find inspiration in ourselves and turn weaknesses into competitive strengths. The “Last Resort,” as we called it, became our experimental lab for developing new techniques, drills and kinesthetic awareness. Most importantly, we were encouraged to work with our teammates daily. We tested, analyzed and creatively communicated with each other new ideas –constantly in pursuit of a competitive advantage. Never settling with “good enough” our team soon dominated the local swim scene.

Solving swimming mysteries one student at a time

At the age of fourteen I volunteered as an assistant coach on our local summer rec. team. Using the core principles of self-discipline, responsibility and patience we explored innovative solutions to solving some of swimming’s most puzzling questions. The following year I experimented with these non-traditional training techniques privately, offering lessons to children that required more specific, goal-oriented instruction. By the third summer my parent’s backyard pool had become the local hub for summer swimming lessons. Happy children and pleased parents spread the word quickly and it wasn’t long before I was averaging 45 hours per week of private lessons and loving every minute of it.

After graduating from Miami University in 2004 with a degree in architecture, I announced my profound desire and dedication to swimming and pursued a full-time career in coaching. Collaborating with Total Immersion’s founder, Terry Laughlin, I was invited to become a licensed instructor of their internationally renowned training techniques and assumed the position of Regional Director in the Midwest. From Seattle to Dallas from New York to San Juan, I’ve worked side-by side with some of the nation’s best coaches while exchanging ideas and continually learning unique methods for improvement.

Discover your hidden talents!

To have discovered a career path so early in life that I can embrace with enthusiasm each day is very fortunate. It’s exciting and rewarding to work with swimmers of all ages and ability levels; students from non-competitive backgrounds, multi-sport athletes, adults with water phobia and children just learning their ABC’s. I find the teacher-student symbiotic relationship enlightening; continually awakened and constantly intrigued by the various learning styles of individuals. There is never a shortage of new questions and coaching challenges, however, with well-guided swimming advice, a bit of intuition and a willingness to investigate together we will find uniquely creative solutions to solving YOUR swimming obstacles.

Your swimming goals are attainable! Believe in yourself and anything is possible!

Joy Presley

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Special Needs

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CPR/First Aid/AED

  • PAP certified (Pupil Activity Permit for Coaches)

Experience

  • 20+ years swim coach and private lesson instructor / Developed LTS program for USA Club Program

  • Assistant High School Coach (6 years)

  • BA in Elementary Education / Taught grades 2-4 and several years of preschool experience

  • Director of a Daycare and Director of education for an after school learning program.


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Caring.

FAVORITE STROKE

Breaststroke. I swam it, all 3 of my girls swim it, and I love when it finally clicks for a new swimmer I am teaching it to.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I have visited 44 of the 50 states + DC

  • I have lived in Ohio twice, Indiana twice, KY twice, MI and MA.

  • I did my first mile swim when I was 8.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

"My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but better than I used to be."

- Dr Wayne Dyer

"Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear."

- George Addair 

"Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”

- Roy T. Bennett


* Sending quotes to my kids, their friends and past swimmers I coached is one of my favorite things to do, especially when it is championship season for any sport they participate in... 

I love swimming. I love everything about it...teaching it to beginners, coaching it, watching it, and especially cheering for my three daughters, that all do it competitively, and cheering for all the great swimmers I've had an opportunity to work with and see at meets throughout the year.  Swimming has always been connected to the best friendships I've had.  Lifelong friendships that started when I started swimming at age 6, friendships with former swimmers I've coached, and adult friendships that started sitting at a pool watching our kids compete.  I truly love teaching kids to swim and feel blessed I get to do what I love everyday!

Thank you, Joy!

(Sidebar: Scarlett and I went to Lowe’s on Friday and, of course, all the Christmas decorations are up. She was SO excited to see your name EVERYWHERE and pushed hard to get my husband to buy a 6’ lighted JOY sign for our front yard. Unfortunately, it was $700.)

Happy Thanksgiving!
— Happy Family

Henry Signore

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COACHING SPECIALTY

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard

  • CPR/ARE

  • First Aid

  • Water Safety Instructor

EXPERIENCE

  • 7 years of Competitive swimming

  • 2 years of Collegiate Swimming

  • 400 IM Record Broken at Saint Vincent College

  • 2 year Coach at Shaw JCC

  • Current Head Coach at Revere High School


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GET TO KNOW COACH HENRY

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Analytical.

FAVORITE STROKE

Butterfly.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I only started swimming in middle school after years of proven clumsiness in land sports. I found a way to injure myself somehow in every sport, from soccer, through baseball, track, and basketball.

  • I am a voice actor, music producer, audio engineer, map designer, video producer, singer, bassist (both electric and classical), keyboard player, and an online show host.

  • I broke the 400 IM record twice on the same day at an invitational during my first year of college.

  • My grandparents knew Michael Phelps’s mom when he was a kid. Apparently, she had no hopes of him being able to swim competitively, as he couldn’t focus.

  • I am part of an Audio and Video Recording Studio called Audio Bay Productions, run by the partner of Leah Nyikes, who is the founder of Liquid Lifestyles.

FAVORITE QUOTE

"Do or do not, there is no try." - Master Yoda


During my formative years, I tried many a different sport, all with similarly hilarious results. In baseball I had a 100% on base percentage, but that was because I got hit with the ball every time. In soccer, I played midfield, where the ball would always find its way toward my head. Similarly, in basketball, the ball would hit my nose more often than not. I sprained my ankle constantly in track, and most of my options were exhausted by 6th grade.

It was after all of this when my mom, who with my aunt broke several records in their home pool at Moon High School, suggested that I could try out swimming, as there was no possible way I could injure myself there. That, and I had freakishly long arms and legs, with large hands and feet… perfect for natural fins. She was right, for a time, but that’s another story. It took a while for me to get the hang of it, about 3 years before I could swim decently due to subpar coaching. Once I found a coach that knew what I needed and could articulate it, I started to blossom as a swimmer, and, in two short years, I went from barely being able to finish a 200, to making the 200 IM my main race.

I then went to college at Saint Vincent College to further my swimming ability, where I found that I had transformed into a distance swimmer. During the two years I attended college there, I became proficient in the 400 IM and the 1600 Free. After I transferred to Kent Stark, I focused more on my schooling, but then started to coach at the Shaw JCC, where I greatly enjoyed seeing the improvement that my swimmers had while under my tutelage. I also received my Water Safety instructor certification from the Red Cross during this time, which helped grow my teaching instincts immensely.

It’s the joy of a new swimming discovery that I want to see in everyone I meet, and I yearn to ensure that everyone has a much easier time getting into swimming than I did. I joined Liquid Lifestyles because I believe that their commitment to you, the learner, is far above what I have seen elsewhere, and I want to bring my unique approach to help improve any facet of your swimming that you may need.

Ann Skerkoski

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Coaching Specialty

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Triathlon & Open Water

Certifications

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard / LGI

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First AID

  • American Red Cross WSI

Experience

  • Head Coach –Summer Swim League

  • Assistant Coach – High School Swim Team, United States Swimming (USS) Team & Masters Swimming

  • 3 –time IRONMAN Finisher

  • 3-time Masters National Champion

  • Open Water Zones team member (5k)


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Aquatics have been a fixture in my life for almost my entire existence.  I excelled as an “8 and under” on my local summer swim team and couldn’t get enough.  As a result, I joined the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins and began my adventure as a year round swimmer.  The next step was joining my high school swim team where I set multiple school records, become the team captain and Most Valuable Swimmer.

With that experience under my belt, I earned a spot on the John Carroll University swim team, where I earned high point awards, All-Conference recognition, swimmer of the week, a school record and, my most coveted honor, team captain. 

Once I graduated from college, I knew that couldn’t be the end of my swimming career.  This was a lifelong sport, after-all!  That is where I got my first taste of USA Masters Swimming while in Graduate School.  As a member of the Kentucky Wildcats Masters Team, I earned 3-National Championships and multiple meet records.

Throughout every team and experience, I made friendships that will last of lifetime and I feel as though this is the most amazing aspect of the sport of swimming. I want others to get to experience this type of connection and passion in their lives. I credit much of my success in school to swimming since it taught me discipline and time management skills.

My most recent endeavor has been the sport of triathlon.  Having a swimming background has put me at a major advantage over most triathletes who are scared to death of the water.  With 3 IRONMAN finishes and 4 X 70.3 finishes, I have a passion for open water swimming and teaching athletes how to fine tune their techniques in open water environments. 

Due to the fact that I fell in love with swimming, I naturally decided that lifeguarding would be a solid fit. I become a lifeguard and lessons instructor and eventually added coaching to my resume. I started coaching summer league and then gradually added high school, USS and Masters Teams to my coaching collection. In addition, I was an Aquatics Graduate Assistant at the University of Kentucky which led to further certifications in the realm of Aquatics. I was a certified LGI (Lifeguard Instructor), Water Safety Instructor (WSI) and also taught and certified students in CPR/First Aid and AED. 

Summer Stearns

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COACHING Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children & Adults

  • Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults

Certifications

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard / LGI


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ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Approachable.

FAVORITE STROKE

Freestyle.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I am currently enrolled at LCCC with the Kent State Partnership to finish my

    Bachelors in Business Management.

  • I enjoy camping and being outdoors as much as possible and would love to move

    to Colorado one day.

  • On my down time I enjoy playing Mario Kart and Mario Party on the Nintendo

    Switch with my friends.

  • I live with my boyfriend of 6 years and we have two cats that are brother and

    sister named Rum and Coke.

  • My name is Summer but my birthday is in the spring!

FAVORITE QUOTE

“If you only knew all the love that I’ve found, it’s hard to keep my soul on the ground.”

- Sublime, Garden Grove

Hello! My name is Summer Stearns, I joined the Liquid Lifestyles crew in March of 2017 and I love it! Before I became a professional swim instructor I was once a kid learning to swim myself! In my early years I lived in Deerfield Beach of South Florida. My family and I lived just a fifteen minute bike ride from the beach and were around pools ALL THE TIME. At about 9 years old I joined my school's swim team because of my love for swimming. Turns out my dislike for competition at the time outweighed my love of swimming, so after one season I stuck to recreational swimming and splashing.

When I was about 10 years old my mom and dad decided they wanted to get out of the heat and move to North East Ohio. North Olmsted to be exact and that is where I spent my middle school and high school years. My sophomore year however, my mom decided I needed to get a job. As reluctant as I was, I took the American Red Cross Life guarding class at my local YMCA and received my certification. From there, I applied at my local recreation center and began life guarding at age 15. About a month in, my boss asked me if I was interested in teaching swim lessons as well. I said, "Yeah! That's got to be more interesting than sitting in a chair all day!" Thus my love for teaching swim lessons was created.

I taught lessons for 5 years at my local recreation center and decided I needed a change, so I applied for Liquid Lifestyles. I saw Liquid's Coaches working with kids while life guarding and was so impressed I needed to know more. Now working with the team, I know I was right to be impressed. These coaches are professional, experienced and completely passionate about helping children and adults learn one of life's most important skills, swimming.  It is this fiercely important feeling about water safety skills that connected me to the rest of the team, and I hope to share that connection with you!

Thank you for your help! We had tried for several years to get Blake to learn to swim using both group and private lessons at our local community pool, without success. By word of mouth, we had heard of Liquid Lifestyles and their successful swimming programs. We convinced him to try one more time to try to learn to swim. This past summer was a complete turnaround, with him now having both the confidence and the desire to want to swim! We attribute this to your program and especially Coach Summer’s work with him. Blake developed both confidence and trust in Coach Summer and what she would ask of him to do. Again, thank you and Coach Summer!
— Bob D.
My son has been in your swim program for a year now and we love it! I taught swimming lessons for quite a few years and now I teach third grade, so I know all that goes into teaching young kids. Coach Summer is knowledgeable, stern without being mean, and she has fun with the kids while teaching them. For this reason I go out of my way to set up my Carter with Summer.
— Happy Mom