School of Life and Health Sciences
Exercise and Sports Science
M.S., 2008, Wayne State University
B.S., 1980, Oakland University
Head coach of Olivet’s first swimming program, Coach Teeters joined Olivet’s faculty in 2011. He also teaches several classes in the exercise science and physical education curricula, as well as teaching aquatics classes in the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center.
In their inaugural year, the ONU men’s and women’s swim teams made their mark on the national scene by placing third (men’s) and fourth (women’s) at the NAIA National Championships. In addition, under his leadership, the Tiger swimmers earned more than 20 All-American honors. As the team has grown and developed, he has added these honors: 2014 NAIA National Coach of the Year (Men's and Women's Swimming), 2015 NAIA National Champion of Character winning team (Men's and Women's Swimming), 2016 NAIA National Coach of the Year (Men's Swimming), 2016 NAIA National Championship (Men's Swimming), 2016 NAIA National Runner Up (Women's Swimming).
As the coach of the Oakland Live Y’ers, Rochester, Mich., he produced more than 30 national qualifiers and a national record holder. His swimmers went on to claim NCAA national titles in all three divisions, and one went on to become a three-time Olympic medalist. He also coached swimming at Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University, where his swimmers qualified and placed at the NCAA Division I Nationals.
He is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; American Swimming Coaches Association; College Swim Coaches Association of America; and an active USA swimming coach.
Before coming to Olivet, he coached swimming at the high school and college levels. With a master’s degree in adaptive physical education, he worked with disabled children, including those living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Applying for and receiving a grant, he created a swimming program for Michigan’s Southfield Public Schools. He also taught adaptive physical education, physical education and health education in an urban public school for eight years.
Helping people is his passion — anytime, anywhere. He is active in mission work. While working with Africa Christian Ministries, he lived in a South African Zulu township. As part of his ministry, he built a soccer field; shared the Gospel with the local people; and encouraged the Zulu pastor and his wife.