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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, most recently with a second place finish at the 2012 MI 13-14 & Open State Championships, the highest finish in the team's history.
Josh was the 2007 & 2008 ASCA Age-Group Coach of the Year for the Michigan LSC and has been the primary coach for National Top 10/16 ranked athletes, Junior National Qualifiers, State and Zone Champions, including the age group develpopment of Olympian and World Champion Allison Schmitt. Most recently, Josh guided 15 year old Miranda Tucker to the 2012 Olympic Trials and a spot on the Naitonal Junior Team.
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), daughter Penelope and their furry family of three dogs and five cats in Chelsea, MI.
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 an US Olympian 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, and their furry companion, Oliver.
Lead Assistant Coach
Derek joined the Cruisers in August of 2010. He regularly works with all of the practice groups and most often works with the Senior Green and Junior Groups. He started his coaching career during high school with the Ann Arbor Swim Club Mini and Junior groups.
Derek swam for Ann Arbor Swim Club and Canton High School before continuing his swim career at Ohio University and the University of Pittsburgh. Derek is currently studying Sports Management at Eastern Michigan University.
Senior Group Coach
Bryon joined the Plymouth Canton Cruisers in January 2013. He will be coaching alongside Coach Josh and Coach Z with the PCC Senior groups where he can help our athletes achieve their individual and team goals. He has worked with all levels of athletes from age group swimmers to college swimmers during his coaching career. Bryon prides himself on being able to relate to the swimmers’ needs in the water as well as providing the mental and emotional support to accomplish their swimming goals.
Bryon’s passion for coaching started during his senior year of college, where he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. He spent the time that was meant for the water and training on the pool deck coaching his teammates and gained invaluable knowledge and perspective of the coaching world. Since college, Bryon has coached at the university level as a volunteer assistant at the University of Richmond and at several prominent USA swim clubs around the country including the Oakland Live Y'ers, Poseidon Swimming, and Dallas Mustangs.
While attending Oakland University as a student-athlete, Bryon earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management with a minor in Finance. Bryon swam for Oakland University from 2003 to 2008 where he was a two-time captain for the Men’s Swim Team and was the Summit League Swimmer of the Year in 2005. He also achieved First Team Summit League Honors and All-Summit League Academic Honors from 2003 to 2008. Bryon is married to Danielle Tansel, assistant swim coach at the University of Michigan, and they currently reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Senior Group Coach
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