Coaches

Coach Scott

Coach Scott was raised in North Ridgeville and began competitive swimming at the age of eleven. He swam for various USA teams and the Mills Creek Swim Team during the summer months.  He continued competing through high school at North Ridgeville High School.

Coach Scott began coaching in 1983 for Mills Creek Swim Team.  He has also coached various USA teams including Sylvania Swim Club, Vacationland, and Explorer’s Aquatic Club.  He was chosen to become a zone coach twice and was selected to attend the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to be instructed by the world’s best coaches.  He coached Sylvania High School during his college years and was the first coach of Amherst Steele High School.  He was chosen SWC Coach of the Year in 2000.

Coach Scott has coached the Vermillion YMCA Torpedoes since 1995.  He has also been the Avon Lake High School coach for the past three seasons and has been coaching for Oberlin College for one season.  Coach Scott has been the Head Coach for Amherst Summer Swim Team for over fifteen years.

Coach Scott believes in the self-discipline learned from the sport of swimming.  He has enjoyed each and every one of the thousands of swimmers he has coached over the years, stating, “Each swimmer brings something special to the team concept.”  He is very proud of the growth of the Amherst Summer Swim Team over the years, and finds the role the swim team plays in our community to be valuable and important.

Coach Don

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! 

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Coach Gabbie

This is Coach Gabbie’s third year coaching for the Amherst Summer Swim Team and her fourteenth year swimming with the team as well.  She has competitively swam for the West Shore Sea Turtles for one year in 2009, and then joined her current club team, Lake Shore Swim Club in 2010.  She is a four year varsity swimmer for the Amherst Steele High School Swimming and Diving Team and a five time district qualifier in 2016 and 2017.  She and three of her former teammates hold the school 200 medley rel

ay record which they broke this past year.

She works as a lifeguard at the pool and teaches swim lessons as well.  In highschool, she was a member of the National Honor Society and spent her time volunteering for the Special Olympics swim and track team.  Gabbie graduated high school and plans on attending Bowling Green State University this fall to study and major in Economics at the BGSU College of Business Administration.  Her favorite thing about coaching is creating a bond with all the kids on the team andbecoming 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!”

 

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Coach Brad

Coach Brad Golski is going into his senior year at Amherst Steele High School, where he is a three time varsity letter winner in swimming. Brad’s favorite events are the 200 Individual Medley and the 500 Freestyle, and has qualified for the OHSAA Swimming Northwest District meet the past two years. Brad has been swimming for the Amherst Summer Swim Team for the past nine years. He also swam for the Vermilion Family Y Torpedoes from 2009 to 2015 and has been a member of Lake Shore Swim Club for the past three years. Coach Brad is looking forward to watch his swimmers improve their strokes while developing a passion for the sport of swimming.

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                                                                 Coach Katie
This is Coach Katie’s twelfth summer swimming for the Amherst Summer Swim Team and her second year coaching. She is very excited to be back for another season! In the past, Coach Katie has swam for the West Shore Sea Turtles and Vermilion Torpedoes. This winter will be her fourth season swimming for Amherst Steele High School, where she will be a senior in the fall. Her favorite events are the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. She is also a member of the Amherst Marching Comets, concert band, and National Honor Society.

 

 Coach Tyler

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!

 

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   Coach Katlyn

This will be Coach Katlyns second year coaching with the Amherst Summer Swim Team and she is very excited to see how everyone improves throughout the season! Katlyn is a swimmer for Amherst Summer Swim Team and the Amherst High school Swim Team. Katlyn has been swimming for 7 years and has been with the Amherst summer swim team for 6 years. She has qualified for districts in the 200 Medley Relay and 100 Breaststroke, then later broke the relay school record with three of her teammates. She will be a senior in the fall and plans to earn her 4th varsity letter. Her favorite events include the 100 breast stroke and 200 IM. She also participates in track and runs distance. Her words of wisdom are “If you ever feel like giving up just look back at how far you are already” She also wants to remind you to smile through every practice because swimming is supposed to be fun!