Lawrence North High SCHOOL


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Meet The Coaches

Head Swimming Coach - Joel Elber

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Coach Joel Elber comes to Lawrence North after a seven year stint as an assistant coach for Hamilton Southeastern High School and head age group coach at Southeastern Swim Club. He previously coached at SwimMAC in Charlotte, N.C. and for the Ohio State Swim Club.  

Elber grew up in Brunswick, OH where he was a three-sport athlete (tennis, swimming, baseball) at Brunswick High School.  He earned a swimming scholarship to The Ohio State University, where he was a Big Ten champion and 7-time NCAA All-American.  A three-year captain, he helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2010 Big Ten team championship. He also qualified for the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and swam professionally for a time with Team Elite in Charlotte, N.C. 

Joel is a married to (ex-swimmer) Becky Elber, and they have two children, Prescott and Greylynn.  He is a hugh Cleveland sports fan and passionate about anything outdoors.  

Favorite Quote:  "Prepare the athlete for the path, not the path for the athlete." 

Diving Coach - Rafael Alvarez
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Coach Rafael Alvarez began his diving career as a freshman at Lawrence North.  After participating in his first practice, he knew he had stumbled across something that would change his life.  Through hard work and training, he was a four-year state qualifier for the Wildcats, finishing in the top 10 three times.  He was All-State his junior and senior year, a two-time NISCA All-American, and the IHSAA state runner-up in 2004.  He still holds the LN school records for 6 and 11 dives.  Rafael attended Indiana University where he dove for the Hoosiers until his career ended in 2007.  He has coached 2 state qualifiers, one with a 4th and 3rd place for the girls.  He also coaches for the Indiana International School of Diving, where he has also coached a diver to the USA Diving Nationals.  "I'm very fortunate to be a part of the diving family, this community, and my alma mater, Lawrence North." 

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