This is Coach Tyler’s fourth season coaching the Amherst Summer Swim Team. He began his swimming career on the team when he was five years old. Throughout his time as an athlete Coach Tyler swam with teams including the Vermillion Torpedoes and Amherst Steele Swimming and Diving Team, where he served as team captain. Coach Tyler continued his swimming career as a varsity participant and captain on the University of Mount Union’s swimming and diving team.
Coach Tyler studied English Literature during his time at Mount Union, and, this past May, he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree. With this, he hopes to pursue a future career in education.
Coach Tyler is excited to share all the things he has learned throughout his time in the pool with another generation of swimmers!
Asst. Coach Jordan Kneisel has been in competitive swimming since 2009 when he first started on the Torpedoes Swim Club and later transitioned to the Amherst High School Swim Team favoring freestyle and butterfly. He continued to swim year round for all 4 years of high school by continuing to swim for the Torpedoes Swim Club and Lakeshore Swim Team in the offseason. Jordan is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in English Lit. in order to teach abroad and is still an avid swimmer. He hopes to pass on some of the techniques and knowledge that he has acquired over the years to younger swimmers who can fully benefit from it.
Coach Don is the Aquatics Director for the city of Westlake. As Aquatics Director, he is responsible for the pools at Westlake Recreation Center and Clague Park. His first job was as a lifeguard at Elyria Country Club. In college, he swam for Cleveland State University. His favorite events while at CSU included the IM and the backstroke.
Coach Don has coached many swim teams, beginning with Elyria Country Club, and currently with Amherst Summer Swim Team in the summer months and Vermilion YMCA Torpedoes during the winter months. Several of the swimmers that he has coached have continued in their swimming careers to compete at the national level.
Coach Don enjoys focusing on the techniques of each of the four swim strokes and the flip turn with the swimmers that he coaches. Technique and mechanics are what he teaches during the Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30 AM practices. He spends time watching each of the swimmers during the 6:30 practice to give them tips to help them improve their strokes and flip turns.
Coach Don now enjoys volunteering his time to the Amherst Summer Swim Team by helping out at the swim meets in various ways. He helps make the meets as exciting as possible for the swimmers. His experience and help is greatly appreciated!
This is Coach Gabbie’s fourth year coaching for the Amherst Summer Swim Team. She previously swam with the team for 14 years. In high school, she was a four year varsity swimmer while she was on the team. She works as a lifeguard at the pool and teaches swim lessons during the summer.
She attends Bowling Green State University and is studying Economics during her time there. During the school year, she is also a lifeguard at BGSU and teaches swim lessons there as well.
Her favorite thing about coaching is creating a bond with all the kids on the team and becoming a role model for them to look up to. She also loves watching the kids excel in swimming and seeing all their hard work pay off in their races. She hopes that these kids fall in love with swimming like she did many years ago and continue to stay with the sport as they get older. A piece of advice she has for the swimmers is to simply, “Keep a positive attitude and most importantly have fun!”
Coach Brad Golski is a recent graduate from Amherst Steele High School, where he was a four time varsity letter winner in swimming. Brad’s favorite events are the 200 Individual Medley and the 200 Breaststroke, and has qualified for the OHSAA Swimming Northwest District meet the past three years. Brad has been swimming for the Amherst Summer Swim Team for the past eleven years. He has been a member of Lake Shore Swim Club for the past four years and also swam for the Vermilion Family Y Torpedoes for eight years. Coach Brad is looking forward to watching his swimmers improve their stroke technique and developing a passion for the sport of swimming.
This is Coach Katie’s thirteenth season as a member of the Amherst Summer Swim Team and her third season as a coach! She recently graduated from Amherst Steele High School, where she swam for four years. Her favorite events through high school were the 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle. Additionally, in the past Coach Katie has also swam for the West Shore Sea Turtles and Vermilion Torpedoes. This fall she will attend Kent State University to study nursing, with the hopes of one day becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. Coach Katie is looking forward to another great season and is excited to watch her swimmers improve over the summer! She hopes that along with improving their swimming, her swimmers learn what it means to be part of a team, make new friends, and most importantly, have fun!
My name is Addie Tellier. This fall I will be a Junior at Steele High School. I have been on summer swim team for 9 years and the Steele girls swim team for two. Besides being a sub coach for summer swim, I also will be lifeguarding at Maude Neiding Pool. In my free time, I like to travel, be with friends and play tennis. I look forward to meeting all the new swimmers at the pool this summer!
This is Coach Sam’s first year coaching for the Amherst Summer Swim Team. He graduated from Amherst Steele High School in 2017, and currently attends The University of Toledo, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Sam was a four-time varsity letter winner on the high school swim team, where his favorite events were the 200 Freestyle and the 500 Freestyle. He also was a member of the Amherst Marching Comets while in high school, and is a current member of the Rocket Marching Band at The University of Toledo. Sam swam for the Amherst Summer Swim Team from 2007-2017, and was a helper in Lane 1 at 8:30 practice from 2015-2017. He is excited to be a new coach this summer, and is looking forward to seeing all of the swimmers improve their technique through the course of the season, as well as making ASST the best it can be.
Coach Jacob is very excited about his 4th year coaching the Amherst Summer Swim team! Jacob was on the team for 11 seasons as a swimmer, as well as being a part of the Vermillion torpedoes for 7 years. Jacob was a 4 year varsity letterman in Amherst High School Swimming where he was a member of the back to back Southwestern Conference Champion teams. He has taught swimming for 4 years now in various programs around the county and is currently attending Lorain County Community College as a sophomore Computer Animation major. At LCCC he currently runs Cross Country and was a Scholar Athlete All-American last year. He hopes to transfer to Valencia College and pursue a career with the Walt Disney Company.
Coach Emma is thrilled to join the Amherst Summer Swim Team coaching staff for her second year! Emma has been on the team for 11 seasons, as a swimmer, as well as swimming for the Vermilion Torpedoes for 7 years. Her favorite events are the 100 freestyle, and the IM. She is a 3-time varsity letterman on the Amherst Steele High School swim team, and a 2-time District Qualifier. As well as a varsity letterman in cross country and track. Last year was her first year officially being a coach, but she has been a “lane one helper” for the past 6 years. Emma is currently going into her senior year, and is planning to attend Rollins college in Florida. She is going to study Broadcast/Journalism, and hopes to become a sportscaster one day! Emma is also planning on continuing her swimming career in college, on the Rollins team. Last year was such a wonderful & rewarding experience, and she is so excited to work with all the little fish this summer!