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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. 

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

  • Triathlon & Open Water

Certifications

  • USA Swimming Certified

  • American Red Cross WSIT

  • American Red Cross LGI


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GET TO KNOW COACH MADELINE

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.

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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Shannon Cogan

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Specialty:

  • Age Group & Competitive Swimmers

  • Adult 4-Stroke

  • Adult Freestyle

Certifications:

  • Liquid Lifestyles®

  • USA Swimming Registered Coach

Experience: Assistant coach past 3 years for club swim team, working with age group & competitive swimmers


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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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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.  

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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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

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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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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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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GET TO KNOW COACH JOY

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

Kevin Rapien

COACHING Specialty

  • Competitive: Age-Group

  • Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke

  • Triathlon & Open Water

Certifications:

  • USA Swimming Certification

  • American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level II

Experience

  • Sr. Assistant Swim Coach Cleveland State University 2012-Present

  • Sr. Assistant Swim Coach University of North Dakota 2010-2012


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Age Restrictions: Coach Kevin is full time coach for Cleveland State University Swimming and due to NCAA recruiting rules and regulations, cannot give lessons to high school age persons.

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