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North Aquatics Club Coaching Staff

Maureen VanSwol

NAC Director of Coaching

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  • Joined NAC staff in 2008

    Marian Catholic Varsity Swim coach 
  • Marian Catholic Varsity Water Polo Coach
    Founder and  Head LAW coach
  • Former Head Coach Homewood Flossmoor HS  
  • Mother to Coach Zach, Kyler, and Josh, all of whom swam at the Collegiate level. 
  • Son Kyler and former NAC alumnus is a 2-time Olympic trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly

Zach VanSwol

Head Coach (Gold)

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Joined the NAC staff in 2013

4 year letter winner at UIC

Currently holds UIC school record in the 1000 Freestyle (9:23.20; 2010) and 1650 Freestyle (15:37.86; 2010)

Four-year letter winner for the Griffins ... guided team to a sectional championship every year of his high school career ... earned All-Southwest Suburban Conference accolades, as well as All-State and All-American honors during his prep campaign ... named to the high honor roll ... competed with the North Aquatics Sharks club for three years, setting club records in numerous events ... also a four-year letter winner for Lincoln-Way's water polo team

Former Head Lincoln-Way East Water Polo coach, turning a program with a losing record to it's first appearance in the State Quarterfinals

Favorite events: distance freestyle

 

Callan McDermott

Head Coach (Great White)

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Joined the NAC Staff in 2015

4 year varsity letter winner at University of Illinois

3 time Academic All-Big Ten honoree

IHSA state qualifier in the 400 free relay, 200IM, 100 backstroke, and 200 Medley relay 3 years at Lincoln-Way East

Prestwick Country Club-Assistant coach  (2010-2014)

Favorite events: 200 IM

 

 

Scott Carl

Lead Coach (Purple)

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Joined the NAC staff in 2016

4 year letter winner at Michigan State University

Team ranked in the top 25 in the nation all four years, including an 11-1 finish in 1990

Academic All big ten honoree

Named to the  HS All American team while at Stevenson High School (1989)

Named to the Illinois All-State Team (2nd place 100 Backstroke and 3rd place 100 butterfly)

 

 

Abigail Maze

Lead Coach (Purple)

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Joined NAC staff in 2016

4 year All Varsity at Illinois Institute of Technology

Lincoln-Way East alumnus

NAIA National Qualifier 2012 and 2013

Favorite events: 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle

 

 

Elizabeth Sands

Coach (Tiger Sharks)

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Varsity Swimmer at Ball State University

Swam with the Joliet YMCA JETS (a long time ago), the inaugural Valley View Gators. Lincoln-Way did not have a team way back then!!

Coached the Valley View Gators, Delta High School in Muncie, IN and the Joliet YMCA JETS.

Teaching the newest swimmers as they embark on their fantastic swimming journey is a great place to be!

Gary DeGraff

Head Coach (Emeritus)

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Cell # for emergency calls and texts  708-267-2151

Board of Directors

John Maze

President

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Wally Meagher

Vice-President

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Thomas Burt

Treasurer

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Matthew Greenawalt

Registrar

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Jessica Sredzinski

Volunteer Coordinator

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Todd LaCognata

Concessions Coordinator

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Rick Smith

Apparel Coordinator

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Jamie Johnson

Special Events Coordinator

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Mary Maze

Meet Administrator

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