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Coaches and Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

North Aquatics Club Coaching Staff

Maureen VanSwol

NAC Director of Coaching



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)


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


Scott Carl

Lead Coach (Purple)


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)



Katelyn Kresal

Lead Coach (Slurple)


Joined NAC in 2016 


4 year letter winner at Illinois State University 

Team Captain of ISU swim team for the 205-16 swim season 

Held ISUs 200 backstroke record from 2015-2016 

Earned MVC Honorable Mention honors and MVC scholar athlete honors 


4 year Varsity swimmer at Marian Catholic High School and well as a 4 year varsity Soccer player at Marian Catholic

3 year IHSA state qualifier in the events of 200 and 100 free and record holder of both events at Marian Catholic 


Favorite event- 200 backstroke

Tom Vander Velde

Lead Coach (Silver)


Joined the NAC staff in 2016.

4 year Varsity swimmer and 3 year Varsity water polo player at Lincoln-Way East High School 

2 year IHSA state qualifier (200 Medley Relay)

2012 Varsity Swimming Captain 

3 year All-Sectional and All-Conference water polo player (2010-2012)


Favorite Event - 100 Freestyle

Callan McDermott

Head Coach (Great White)


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



Susie Murphy

Coach (Great White)


Joined the NAC staff in 2017

Susie is a Physical Education teacher at Lyons Township High School where she swam and played water polo "back in the day!" After briefly swimming at Ball State, she began coaching instead of competing. She has coached summer league teams, Including Prestwick CC as well as Lyons Swim Club. Susie spent 10 years as the Frosh-Soph Swim coach at LT and 11 years as the Girls Varsity Water Polo coach at Lyons before she had her own kids. Her daughters, Teagan and Logan have swam for the Sharks for three years now. She's super excited to be working with our Great White Sharks on Mondays and Wednesdays!

Favorite Event: 500 Free

Board of Directors

Anna Letsos-Gonzalez



Valerie A. Williams



Thomas Burt



Julie Johnson

Volunteer Coordinator


Rick Smith

Apparel Coordinator


Jamie Johnson



Carisa Dirienzo

Meet Administrator


Ashlee Chambers