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Hello and welcome to CLE Swimming! Our staff consists of experienced coaches with professional backgrounds. All of our coaches are coach members of USA Swimming and the American Swim Coaches Association. We are here to support your swimmer's needs in every way possible.

If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your individual coach first.

For all questions related to administrative issues such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Head Coach, Rich Szczepinski by clicking below.


Rich Szczepinski

Head Coach, Team Director

Coach Rich founded CLE Swimming in the Summer of 2013 to help re-establish and grow the sport of competitive swimming Western Cuyahoga and Lorain County.  Rich has been coaching club and high school swimming since 2002. Most notably, Rich served as the Head Coach at Toledo St. Ursula where he was named Northwest Ohio High School District Coach of the Year in 2012.  He also served as an assistant for five seasons at Toledo St. Francis High School where he helped lead the Knights to five District Titles and multiple Top-3 finishes at the Ohio High School State Championship.   

In addition to his successful High School coaching experience, Coach Rich has over 15 years of club and age group coaching experience.  While working with Toledo St. Ursula and St. Francis, Rich served as an assistant coach at the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club.  Working with then Head Coach, Keith Kennedy, GTAC had swimmers qualify for every National Championship and Olympic Trials from 2000-2012 and achieved Silver Medal Club status with USA Swimming.  

In 2012, Coach Rich moved to Lorain County to serve as the Head Coach of the French Creek YMCA Marlins, a YMCA/USA club team in Avon, Ohio, and the Head Coach at Elyria Catholic High School.  The Marlins had their most successful seasons in program history while swimmers at Elyria Catholic achieved 100% lifetime bests and broke school and Sectional records.  

Coach Rich is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association, the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, and the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Association.  He was elected as the Vice Chair of Finance for Lake Erie Swimming and was recently  re-appointed as the Treasurer for the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Association. 


Katie Pierce

Team Administrator, All Groups Coach, Creative Director, Yoga Instructor


Kevin McCaffrey

Assistant Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach


Gabby Smith

Age Group Coach and Olmsted Otters Coach


Patrick Kennedy

Assistant Senior Group Coach

Stephanie Hopwood

Assistant Age Group Coach

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