Kelton Graham, the former head coach of Club Wolverine, has been hired as the new head coach at Lakers Aquatic Club.
Graham took over as head coach of Club Wolverine in 2011, and continued coaching there up until late June where he was arrested at the 2016 Olympic Trials on the suspicion of soliciting prostitution in Omaha. He plead guilty to the charges. After the arrest he was officially relieved of his duties at CW.
Graham was formerly a collegiate swimmer for Eastern Michigan, qualifying for the MAC Championships in all four years.
After swimming Graham turned to coaching, beginning at a minority team in Ann Arbor called the Aquademics. He also coached the Ypsilanti Otters and Ann Arbor Huron High School and earned the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year award during his time there, the first African American coach to do so.
He then moved onto Club Wolverine, beginning with the team in 2006 and moving onto head coach halfway through his time there. He sent numerous swimmers to Division I, II and III schools and over a dozen to the Olympic Trials this past summer.
Read Lakers Aquatic Club full release on the addition of Graham below:
“Kelton swam for Eastern Michigan swim team where he made the MAC squad 4 years in a row. His highest place was 3rd in the 200 yard breast stroke. After his swimming career ended he turned to coaching. He began at a team named Aquademics, a minority team in Ann Arbor; there he placed swimmers at the State meet while coaching at the Michigan swim camps in the summer. From there he coached at the Ypsilanti Otters where the team set 50 club records and placed 11th in the 12 and Under State meet and had multiple swimmers place at the open states and zone meets. He rose up from a high school coach at Ann Arbor Huron where they won the Div 1 state title and the following year they were State runner ups.
Kelton was named the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year, becoming the first African American to receive this award. From there Kelton took over Club Wolverine where he has had numerous swimmers go on to swim in Division I, II and III schools and more than a dozen go to Olympic trials this year alone, CW has won Sectionals under Kelton, placed 5th at NCSA Junior Nationals, 15th at Speedo Junior Nationals. Kelton has great connections at EMU, UofM, WSU, Ohio State and other colleges. He has managed a club of more than 300 swimmers. We are very excited that Kelton has decided to join the Lakers family.”