Alexandra "Z" Platusich-Morgan
Z Platusich-Morgan returned to Michigan to lead the Cruisers in the spring of 2010 after a season with YOTA, in Raleigh NC. She had started her coaching career in 1999 with Ann Arbor Swim Club and continued on in Ann Arbor through the merger and creation of Club Wolverine’s age group team.
Since joining the Cruisers Coach Z was recognized by American Swim Coaches Association as Michigan’s Age Group Coach of the Year (2011-2012 seasons), invited to the Olympic Training Center by USA swimming for their Age Group Conference (Fall 2012) and selected for USA Swimming’s Coaches You Should Know (2/2014) spotlight.
Since starting with the Cruisers, she has lead the Age Group program to multiple Team State Championships, multiple individual State Champions, Zone Champions, Sectional qualifiers and Junior qualifiers.
Coach Z hails from the University of Michigan where she has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Hydrodynamics from the school of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. She lives with her husband, and co-head coach, Josh Morgan, and her two little daughters, Penny and Elsie. Her favorite book is Bo’s Lasting Lessons by Bo and John U. Bacon, her favorite movie is Spirited Away, her favorite Pandora station is FUN and she loves NPR.
Josh Morgan joined the Cruisers in June of 2010. He has worked with all levels of athletes during his 14 years in the coaching world. Josh provides balance between group and individual coaching to the PCC Senior groups. The team has seen a steady rise in its state and national rankings since the 2010 LC season, consistently ranked as Michigan's 2nd strongest team.
Josh was the 2007 & 2008 ASCA Age-Group Coach of the Year for the Michigan LSC and has been the primary coach for USA Olympic Trials, Nationals & Junior Naitonals qualifiers, for many National Top 10/16 ranked athletes, and State and Zone Champions, including the age group develpopment of Olympian and World Champion Allison Schmitt.
Before joining the Cruisers, Josh was the Assistant Head Coach for the FISH swim team in McLean, VA (FISH), the Head Age-Group Coach for Club Wolverine (CW) and the Co-Head Coach for the Ann Arbor Swim Club (AASC). He was also the Head Coach for the South Lyon HS women's and men's teams and two summer club teams.
Josh lives with his wife and Co-Head Coach, Alexandra (Coach Z), daughters Penelope & Elsie and their furry family of three dogs and five cats in Chelsea, MI.
James A Whitehead
Jim Whitehead begins his time with PCC this 2015-16 Short Course season. Jim's coaching career began in earnest in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and has led him to Michigan Swimming two years ago. He has coached every level of swimmer in his 13 year coaching career and is currently coaching National and Age Group levels with PCC.
Jim is the primary coach for two swimmers at the Olympic Trials in June '16. He has coached multiple SR & JR National event winners, Sectional and Zone Champions, National Top 10/16 ranked swimmers & relays, and coached multiple AL and MI State Champions.
Before joining PCC, Jim was Head Coach of the SMAC swim team out of Monroe and Dundee, Michigan. He lives with his wife, Laura, a Health Education graduate from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and their two cats (Bubba & Relay).
Assistant Coach & Team Admin
Chris Thompson joined the PCC Coaching Staff in December or 2011. Working primarily with the PCC Senior Groups, Coach Chris likes to use his considerable experience from both sides of the blocks to help athletes achieve their goals. In addition to his on deck duties, Chris works with Coach Josh, Coach Z and the PCC Treasurer to organize, update and maintain our team database and monthly billing records and works at Roush Industries in Livonia.
Chris' most recent coaching duties were a departure from the USA Swimming scene. He coached at the Navy Special Warfare Prep School in Illinois where he helped prospective Navy Seals prepare for the their training. Chris also coached with USA swim teams in Illinois and in Ann Arbor.
As an athlete, Chris was a member of the US Olympic Team in 2000 (Sydney, Australia) where he won a bronze medal in the 1500, becoming the second American to break the 15:00 mark. He has held American records in the 1500m, 1650y and 1000y freestyle events, was a NCAA Champion in the 1650, a 7 time US National Champion, a 9 time Big Ten Champion and has represented Team USA on many international teams throughout his career.
Chris graduated from the University of Michigan in 2002 with a BA in History & Classical Studies, and completed his MS Sports Management at EMU in 2007. He currently lives in Dexter, MI with his wife, Lindsey, son, Connor (Born April 2015) and their furry companion, Oliver.
Assistant Coach/Mini Cruisers Director
Emilia joined the Cruisers in May 2013 after moving to Michigan from Washington, DC. She swam competitively from the ages of 6 to 18 and has been coaching ever since. While going to school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she spent a year coaching for the Chapel Hill YMCA. While in DC, she coached for a summer team for four summers. She also coached a local high school for two years and was an Assistant Coach for Sea Devils Swimming, a local club team in Potomac Valley.
Emilia is excited to join PCC and can’t wait to help swimmers improve and have fun in the water. She graduated for UNC in May 2011 with a BA in Chemistry and currently lives in Ann Arbor.
Eric Lynn joined the Cruisers in May of 2014 and coaches all levels on the team.
Growing up in Plymouth, Eric is a PCC alumni. Prior to coming to the Cruisers, Eric was the head coach of Spartan Aqauatic Club. Outside of PCC, Eric is also the Physical Education teacher at New School High and is the head coach of Salem High School boys team, as well as the assistant girls coach. Eric graduated from Oakland University (BA Communication) as a four year swimmer, captain, and school record holder in 2006. In 2011 he obtained his second degree (BS K-12 Physical Education, Adaptive Physical Education, Speech) from Eastern Michigan University 2011.
Assistant Coach/Stroke School Director