All coaches are USA Swimming Coach Certified

Head Coach:  Wally Forsythe since 2011

  • Has been coaching since 2007 within the South Suburban Conference.
  • In additional to being our Head Coach, he is a local High School Girls Head Coach, Diving Coach and is dedicated to the sport.
  • All certifications (First Aid /CPR /AED/Water Safety) are current and is a proud member of USA Swimming. 
  • Level 2 member of ASCA
  • ASEP certified.
  • Alumni swimmer & diver of Oak Lawn Community High School.

Assistant Coach:  Kaylee Furiasse since 2015

  • Brings coaching skills for our beginner levels with several years of swim lesson instruction.
  • Several years of age group and high school swimming experience.
  • Began as a volunteer with our team. 

About US

The mission of the Oak Lawn Lightning Swim is to create and sustain a nationally recognized, competitive swimming program. We emphasize the involvement of all ability levels, the highest quality and consistency of coaching, and family participation. We promote community, cooperation, and sportsmanship, in an inviting and supportive environment, while encouraging each swimmer to maximize their potential. The success of our program is defined by the lifelong enjoyment of swimming, developing champions in and out of the pool. 

Our Vision for OLSA Lightning Swimmers: Constant improvement of self-discipline and self-improvement; the commitment to excellence and pride of sportsmanship; the joy of swimming in a supportive and productive team environment.

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Assistant Coach: Michelle Blake since 2016

  • Several years of age group and high school swimming experience.
  • Began as a swimmer with our team. 
  • Enjoys teaching all levels of swimmers

Assistant Coach: Steven Forsythe since 2019

  • Several years of age group and high school swimming experience.
  • Began as a swimmer with our team. 
  • Excellent with swimmers of all ages

Part-Time Assistant Coaches:  Vicki, Przemek
Meet Operations:  Linda Forsythe

Safe Sport Commitment - - Certified through 2022
All OLSA Lightning Coaches, Officials and key parent volunteers are all members of USA Swimming as Non-Athletes an are committed to safe sport rules.

Learn more about Safe Sport at USA Swimming.

Refer to the Parent Handbook for Policies and procedures for Bullying Prevention and Reporting and Electronic Policies in place. Visit Safe Sport page for more information.

Parents Education is available on USA Swimming Website.  Learn More

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