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Coaching Staff

The team's coaching staff has over 100 years of combined coaching experience. Each coach is a college graduate with varying degrees, ranging from kineseology to education. Many of our part time coaches are also local teachers in the DuPage county area. Please feel free to contact any of the coaches by clicking the contacts link above and we will return your call or email as soon as possible.

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Bob Strube

Bob StrubeBob Strube has been coaching since 1977, and in the area since 1986. His list of accomplishments are nearly unparalleled in Illinois and across the country. He has coached 16 Olympic Trials swimmers, countless National Champions, and dozens of state qualifiers. Many of his swimmers have earned college swimming scholarships and have been named Captain of their college teams. Many others have gone on to enjoy successful college careers. Bob is the two time recipient of the YMCA Long Course National Coach of the Year award. He is also an assistant coach to Marc Gamble for the College of DuPage Swim Team.

Because of Bob's personal experience in swimming, having not begun swimming competitively until the tenth grade, he is committed to providing something for everyone, regardless of their ability or experience. He believes that teaching swimmers Life Values through competition is more important than fast times. He feels that learning the value of hard work, discipline and self-respect though sportsmanship, respect for others, will result in an overall successful person. Designing and implementing a program which allows swimmers to achieve these things will have successful swimming as a by-product.

 

Chris Del Galdo

Chris del GaldoChris Del Galdo has coached swimming since 1989.  Chris's teams have won 5 JO State Championships and 12 YMCA State Championships. Chris's swimmers have competed in 44 top 6 team finishes in Age Group State Meet competition, over 75 individual event State Champions, many relay state champions as well as several State Records. Chris is the head coach of the Glenbard Co-op Swimming and Diving Team, which encompassed Glenbard North and East High Schools and has included 12 state qualifiers and a state relays in 2010 and 2015 and a top 20 finish at the high school state meet.   He also has coached the COD swim team in 1994, 1995, 1996 and assisted Marc Gamble as a College of DuPage coach, where he helped coach the team to a second place finish at the NJCAA Championships. Chris has coached all ages and ability levels during his 29 year coaching career.

Chris believes that young swimmers should be involved in many activities as they grow up, so that they can choose to participate in an activity which they enjoy. This helps create an atmosphere in which swimmers feel they are involved in the true sport of their choice once they reach the upper levels of the swim team. He believes that each athlete deserves a full explanation of all training and technique principles which are used in the program. As a result, swimmers come to adopt their own philosophies rather than to simply believe things “because the coach said so."

Chris and his wife reside in Wheaton and have two daughters who attended Wheaton Warrenville South High School. They participated in swimming collegiately - Lauren at Eastern Michigan and Taylor at Rutgers University respectively.

Chris is also the Wheaton Swim Club private lesson coordinator.  Please contact Chris if you are interested in scheduling private lessons with any of the coaches on the staff.

 

Jason Maddux

jasonJason is a former Wheaton North and Wheaton College alumni who began swimming as a freshman the first year that the Wheaton Co-op was formed.  He competed at the varsity level all four years of high school, and during the two years he attended Wheaton College.  During his swimming career, Jason competed in numerous IHSA Championship meets and YMCA Nationals.  After graduation, he started his coaching tenure as a volunteer for the Wheaton Co-op.  He developed experience by joining the Wheaton Swim Club staff in 2008.  In 2009, Jason became the co-head coach of the Glenbard Co-op.  Over the next two years Jason helped create two high school swimming programs for Glenbard West and Glenbard North/East.  In 2012, Jason obtained a secondary education teaching certificate in English from Trinity Christian College and relocated to Champaign where he began coaching and teaching for Centennial High School.  During his time at Centennial Jason coached 15 IHSA State qualifiers (including one top 12 finisher), won two sectional titles, and was named Coach of the Year by the News-Gazette for two consecutive seasons.  Jason has been teaching freshman/sophomore English at Centennial and will begin teaching Sophomore/Junior English at Wheaton Warrenville South High School this fall.
 
Jason has had the privilege of learning the sport of swimming from some of the best coaches in the state of Illinois, including Jacob Ayers, Jon Lederhouse, Chris del Galdo, and Bob Strube.  He believes that swimming is one of the greatest sports to help young athletes build confidence, nurture self-esteem, and develop as strong leaders. 

 

Séamus Stacey 

seamusSéamus is a former Irish Senior National Squad member with multiple Irish Senior National titles to his name in 200, 400 & 1500 meter freestyle. He had the honor of being Irish national team captain on several occasions and competed abroad for his country at meets around Europe and at the US Open

Séamus is a graduate from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Business Studies, where he spent two years training under the tutelage of 1996 Irish Olympian Earl McCarthy with whom he spent time on deck assisting in 2015 once he hung up the goggles.

Séamus moved to Naperville last year from Ireland and is currently working as a Finance & Accounting Associate while studying to complete his CIMA qualifications in Management Accounting.

 
Holly Higgins

Holly HigginsDiving Lessons are instructed by Holly Higgins. Holly competed at the international level, where she was coached by Ken Armstrong, currently the USA Diving National Team Coach. Holly coached in Canada, where she developed several age-group and senior divers who later would final at the Olympic Games, most notably David Bedard, Mark Rourke, Debbie Fuller, and Wendy Fuller. Diving lessons are also assisted by state high school qualifiers. Holly has a BSC in Physical and Health Education and an MSC in Community Health from the University of Toronto. While working towards these degrees, she also coached the York University Varsity Team, the University of Toronto Diving Team, and the Etobicoke Diving Team. Holly also coaches the Wheaton Co-op Diving Squad (for Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South) where she has coached numerous state qualifiers and finalists, and was the only coach in the nation to place three divers in the Top 100 Nationally in 2011. Holly recently coached Lyons High School to two High School Team State Championships.  Holly and her family moved to Wheaton in 1998. She is married to John Blanchard (not the founder of Wheaton College) and she has two sons, both of whom swam for the Wheaton Swim Club

 

Carlie Herich

Wheaton Swim ClubCarlie Herich graduated from Wheaton College with an undergraduate degree in Sociology.  Carlie swam for Wheaton College competing in the 1650, 500, and 200 yard freestyle and the 200 yard backstroke.  She was a three time conference champion and she qualified twice for the NCAA DIII National Championships.  Carlie is from Northern Kentucky where she swam for the Northern Kentucky Clippers.  Carlie has been coaching and teaching swim lessons since 2008.  She is currently working as a financial associate at Benjamin F. Edwards & Company.


 

Kaylee Kucera

kayleeKaylee grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in accounting. She swam for Iowa state competing primarily in the sprint backstroke and butterfly events. She medaled 10 different times in the top 3 at the Big 12 Championships. Kaylee is a Three time All Big 12 second team member. She has been coaching the Blue, Bronze and Orange team for a year while teaching swim lessons and coaching since 2012, and currently working at Cedarstone Partners in downtown Wheaton as an accountant. Kaylee is the Wheaton Swim Teams lead private swim lesson teacher and is responsible for many swimmers transitioning from lessons to the Orange team. 

 

Taylor Del Galdo

taylor delgaldoStarting swimming at 8 years old, Taylor is a former Wheaton Swim Club member and over the years swam under Wheaton coaches Bob, Chris and Jake. 

Taylor graduated from Rutgers University in the Communication & Information field.

While on the east coast, she was named the team captain and swam the individual medley, breaststroke and distance freestyle events.

An alumni of Wheaton Warrenville South High School, she swam under Wheaton Swim Cloub coach Jacob Ayers for the Wheaton Co-op team. Taylor participated on numerous USA National teams and meets.  Taylor qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials in 400 IM, 100 and 200 breastroke.  During the summer she coached lessons for Wheaton Swim Club from 2004-08, and Rutgers (2008-2012).

Taylor is currently working in business development for Billtrust and resides in Wheaton.

 

Victoria Cimino 

victoriaVictoria competed for the Wheaton Swim Club and Wheaton Coop High School team under the guidance of Bob Strube and Jacob Ayers.  Victoria has been teaching group and private lessons with the Wheaton Swim Club for 6 years and coached the Blue and Bronze teams this Spring and Summer.  Victoria graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Health and Human Science degree and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Speech Pathology.  



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