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The OLY coaching staff has over 40 years of  experience developing swimmers from the novice level to Olympic gold medalist. The program prides itself on the professional and highly qualified coaches it has. If you have any questions that are related to: workouts, meets, goal setting, and other swimming related needs; please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Jeff Cooper

Head Coach

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Coach Cooper is entering his 29th year of coaching and his 20th year as the Head Coach of Oakland Live Y'ers.  In his 29 years of coaching, he has developed swimmers from beginner to Olympic Gold Medalist.  Jeff graduated from Oakland University with degrees in Secondary Education and Mathematics.  While at O.U. he was a 13 time All American Swimmer and the team captain.  Coach Cooper is currently on the USA National Team Coaching Staff and was also a member of the staff in 2013. Coach Cooper was also “coach of the year” at the 2007 NCSA Junior National Championships in Orlando. Jeff was nominated in 2003 as USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year and has been recognized by the American Swim Coaches Association for "High Level of Excellence" for the past thirteen consecutive years. Since 2000, Coach Cooper has had a current member of the Live Y'ers represent the team in every Olympic Trials up through the 2012 Olympic Trials. Coach Cooper was also the guiding force in bringing OLY to "Silver Medal Status" in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program.  He resides in Ortonville with wife, Lyn, and children Hannah (13), Michael (10), and Emily (10).

Ahern Naylis

Head Age Group Coach

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Ahern is returning to OLY for his 15th season. Ahern is the Head Age Group coach and responsible for the development and implememntation of the OLY age group program. Ahern has been the guiding force behind the early development of many of OLY's national level swimmers. Coach Naylis brings 18 years of age group coaching experience to the OLY program. Ahern came to OLY after 3 years as the Head coach for the Rockford Riptide.  He attended Grand Valley State University with a major in English. He has also served several times as Age group coach for the Michigan Zone team and was also Program Development Director for Michigan Swimming from 2006-2008. He resides in Oxford with his wife Traci and their children Ashlyn(4) and Grady(1).

Andy Cebull

Head Senior Assistant

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Andy is returning for his third year with OLY.  Prior to his arrival he was the head coach of the Plymouth-Canton Cruisers for 4 years after serving as the head age group coach for 3 years.  Andy is responsible for the Senior 2 group which is the development group below the national group. Coach Cebull is instrumental in bridging the gap from our age group program to our senior program at OLY. He currently holds a Level 3 Certification from the American Swimming Coaches Association.  Coach Cebull has represented Michigan Swimming as a coach for the Central Zone Championships and is currently on the Meet Selection Committee.  In college, he competed in distance freestyle events for Eastern Michigan University from 1999 – 2003.  While at Eastern, Andy contributed to 4 consecutive Mid-American Conference team championships and received MAC Swimmer of the week honors during his senior season. He ranks among the top 10 performers in EMU history in the 500 Freestyle.  Andy lives in Northville with his wife, Annie, and their new daughter Macey.

Ryan Golden

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Nicole Salmeto

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Board of Directors

Joe Pang

President

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Dione Szydlowski

Vice President

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John Ekleberry

Treasurer

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Judy Kent

Secretary

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Jeff Cooper

Head Coach

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Cathy Daniel

Member at Large

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Anant Kamat

Member at Large

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Jeff Tenniswood

Member at Large

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Scott Westgate

Member at Large

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Trish Liddiard

Past President

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