White Shirt: Coach Amro Hassan
Coach Amro Hassan was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. He started swimming for the Alexandria Sporting Club Junior Team at the age of 8 years old. By age 10, Amro broke the national record for the 100 meter freestyle and the 50 meter butterfly, in his age group. He continued to excel throughout his pre-teen and teen years, particularly in his specialty stroke of freestyle. When Amro was 15 he won gold, with new records, at the Middle Eastern Championships in the 1500 meter and 400 meter freestyle. At age 16, Amro finished 6th in the world in the 400 meter freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Germany. He held that same status and remained a member of Egypt's National Team until he retired from competitive swimming at age 20.
Today, Amro resides in Medina, Ohio, is still an active member of the Alexandria Sporting Club and participates in Egypt's National Championships. He is an active member, competitive swimmer and coach with United States Masters Swimming. Most recently, Amro won 8 gold medals and best swimmer of the meet award at the 2008 National Egyptian Masters Swim Meet. Amro coaches the Medina Masters Swim Club and assists in coaching the Medina Makos Swim Team. Amro enjoys spending time at the Medina Community Recreation Center where you will often find him playing basketball with his daughter, Ayah, coaching and swimming.
Red Shirt: Coach Lou Schaefer
Lou Schaefer has coached with the Medina Recreation Summer Swim Team, the Medina High School Swim Team and helped start the Medina Masters Swim Club. Coach Lou’s mission is to provide good technique and training methods, teach swimmers focus and good sportsmanship and guide them to love the sport of swimming. He attended and swam competitively for Berea High School and The Ohio State University where he earned a Degree in Industrial Management. Lou resides in Medina , Ohio and has owned and operated four companies all related to industrial high temperature furnace manufacturing and construction.
Lou started swimming competitively at age 8, with the Cleveland Swim Club. He traveled the Midwest to compete in AAU age group meets. At age 13, he won the Junior National 200 yard backstroke in Philadelphia . At age 16, he held the High School and American National record in the 100 yard backstroke. Lou was the Captain of the Berea High School Swim Team and had wins at the State High School Championships three years in a row. At age 18, Lou set an unofficial world record in the 100 yard backstroke, as well as placing 3rd in the 1960 Pan American Games. As a freshman at OSU, Lou excelled in NCAA competitions and just missed making the Olympic Team. Lou placed 1st in the NCAA medley relay, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke, as Co-captain of the OSU Swim Team. At age 40, Lou continued his swimming success by placing 1st in the 100 & 200 meter backstroke at Masters Nationals.