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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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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.  

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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Currently not available for private lessons.

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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!

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.