Coaches’ Corner

Shawn Kornoelje – Head Coach

Shawn is returning for his third season as Head Coach.

Shawn just finished his 12th season as the Associate Head Coach of Oakland University. Finishing his 28th year of coaching, which has included working with all levels of swimmers from Novice to International, Shawn is looking forward to getting back to where he started, coaching a great summer club!

Among Shawn’s best memories; He coached multiple medalists for the United State Paralympic teams, with many swimmers posting multiple American and world record-holding swims. Along with the time at Oakland University, his coaching has been a great experience. In 2012 Shawn was bestowed with his second Order of Ikkos Medallion, presented by the United States Olympic Committee, for the 2012 London Paralympics. The Order of Ikkos is a special order reserved for the coach of an Olympic/Paralympic medalist. The United States Olympic Committee awards this medallion which signifies the highest level of excellence that a coach can achieve.
Another coaching experience Shawn is proud of was being a key member of the S. Paralympics coaching staff from 1998-2004. Assisting in the training and preparation for team camps going into the 2000 Sydney Games, the 2002 World Championships in Argentina and the 2004 Athens Games, where he served as the head coach of the men’s swim team. Shawn also served as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Michigan’s women’s swim team, which finished as the NCAA championship runners-up in 1995.

Shawn grew up in Zeeland, Mich., and is a 1991 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, His coaching experience includes stints at the high school and club level. Shawn led Ann Arbor Huron High School to back-to-back Class A state runner-up finishes for both the boys and girls in 1990 and 1991. Shawn lives in Clinton Township with his wife, Cheryl Angelelli, a 3x Paralympic Swimmer. She won 2 Bronze in 2004 Athens, and 2 Silver in 2008 Bejing Paralympic Games. Shawn has two ‘furry’ children, Lexi and Charlie, Shih Tzu’s that like barking at anything that moves outside!

Aaron Helander – Assistant Coach

Aaron Helander has been swimming competitively for 15 years. He started his career at his local YMCA where he got the nick name “iron lung” for his love of playing underwater.

Aaron is a recent graduate from Oakland University and is looking forward to returning as a 2nd year HHSC coach. While at Oakland he served in several leadership positions such as being a Leadership Consultant, a Success Coach, and being an Orientation Group Leader where he welcomed over 2,500 freshmen to OU!

When he’s not busy studying, swimming, or taking his girlfriend on romantic dates he can be found exploring trails and creeks! Aaron is looking forward to having a lot of fun with all of you this summer!

Kate Svisco – Assistant Coach

Kate has been swimming for 14 years. She swam for Utica Shelby Swim Club for 11 years and Eisenhower High School for four. She is a junior at Wayne State University and is a member of the swim team. She is majoring in Communications with a minor in New Media.

Kate has been a lifeguard for the past three years. She is a Division ll NCAA qualifier in the 200IM. Her favorite stroke is breast stroke, however she likes to swim IM more. She is extremely excited to be a coach this summer, and looks forward to helping everyone grow as swimmers, but most importantly making sure everybody has a great, fun summer. If you have any questions for Kate or are interested in private lessons feel free to contact her at or (586)-553-2201.

Maxwell Chen – Assistant Coach

Hi! My name is Maxwell Chen. I am a senior in high school and have been competitively swimming for over 14 years. I’ve swam for BBA, BBD, and KAW as well as at Troy High School. I’m a multiple state champion in the breaststroke and IM events and a national meet qualifier as well.

To me, the best thing any swimmer can learn is to have fun and enjoy the sport! I enjoy the outdoors and you can often find me long boarding or doing some other activities. I’m excited to help out at Heart to both share my experience as a swimmer and also have a good time with the team!

Dillon Hong – Assistant Coach


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