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We teach everyone and we're outstanding at teaching everything!

We know how to develop swimmers…And we do it better than anyone else!

While not everyone will achieve at the highest levels of the sport, everyone can receive the best foundation for their own future success.

The WAVES team at every level is an active learning environment.  We give our swimmers the tools they can use to develop the achievement-confidence crucial to their future outcomes.

Parents...give your child the best foundation for success, make the choice to surround him or her with the best learning environment, with the best coaches, and with teammates who share the same growth-oriented and excellence-striving habits of achievement.

WAVES Swimming...the proven pathway to success!

If you are an experienced swim team family, you can see the difference in programs and the quality of coaching your child is receiving on a daily basis, as well as in the level of performance possible with the WAVES.

Coaching Staff

Charles Yourd

Head Coach

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Head Coach Charles Yourd helps WAVES athletes of all ages improve and achieve success at higher levels.

Coach Yourd is certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) as a Level 5 coach, ranking among the top 2% of ASCA member coaches.  WAVES head coach since August 1998.

Coach Yourd contributes to a positive training environment of happy, inspired, hopeful, interested, improving athletes...who love to come to practice, and who ask to do more!  Wow...what a fun team to coach!

Interested to learn more?...Contact Coach Yourd.  "I love meeting new people and talking swimming.  Parents love to talk about their kids. What could be more fun!  Let's get to know each other, and find out how I can help you."

Higher levels of success are possible with the WAVES, Here are some achievements since 1998:

  • since 1999 five Illinois high school (IHSA) state champions have come from the WAVES swim program:  Lindsay Gendron, Caitlin Hamilton, Monica Drake, Justin Wolfe, Kyle Jackson.
  • The only local athletes to become NCAA Division I All-Americans since the 1960s were developed in the WAVES program: Emily Hanson, Michigan; Caitlin Hamilton, Purdue; Lindsay Gendron, Tennessee; Monica Drake, Arizona; Jacob Hanson, Eastern Michigan
  • Since 1999, 15 athletes developed to  USA Swimming National Championships (summer meet):    Noelle Peplowski, Eliot Kennedy, Melissa Pish, Grace Ariola,Justin Wolfe, Jacob Hanson, Lissa Tommerdahl, Lindsay Gendron, Matt Houser, Monica Drake, Caitlin Hamilton, Emily Hanson, Jamie Engan, Colleen McReynolds, Kyle Jackson.
  • The only local athlete to compete in  FINA World Championships: Emily Hanson 2009, and 2010 Open Water world championships.
  • The only local athlete to become a  USA Swimming National Team member since 1999: Emily Hanson 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 seasons.
  • The only local athletes to compete in FINA World Junior Championships: Grace Ariola 2015 and 2017; Melissa Pish, 2015.
  • The only local athete to compete in FINA World Junior Open Water Championships: Eliot Kennedy 2016
  • The only local athlete to compete in Junior Pan Pacific Championshps: Grace Ariola 2016
  • The only local athletes to become a member of  USA Swimming National Junior team since 1999: Monica Drake, 2005-2006 season; Grace Ariola, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 seasons; Eliot Kennedy, 2016-2017 season, Melissa Pish, 2015-2016 season.
  • The only local athletes to get on the  podium at USA Swimming National Championships or Trials meet, (top 8 finish against the best swimmers in the country of all ages): Grace Ariola, Monica Drake, Emily Hanson, Caitlin Hamilton.
  • National Age Group record - Colleen McReynolds, 11-12 800m FS.

Awards

  • 7-time Illinois Swimming Senior Coach of the Year: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.
  • Illinois Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year: 2002
  • American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of Excellence: 2007

Prior to becoming the WAVES Head Coach, Yourd was an assistant coach with the National squad at the Santa Clara Swim Club, learning from International Swimming Hall of Fame Coach Dick Jochums, and helping them to the 1998 men's USA Swimming National Championship team title.  Athletes in Yourd’s middle distance group at Santa Clara included  Tom Wilkens, 2000 Olympic medalist (200 IM) and 1998 USA national champion (200 BS); Tate Blahnik, 1998 ranked 30th in the world (200 BK), and two teenage girls who were sub-1:59 in the 200 yd IM (that was still fast in 1998).

As an athlete, Yourd swam at the University of Michigan for USA Olympic Head Coach, Gus Stager, and was coached as young swimmer by Olympic 1500m freestyler, Bill Farley (4th at 1960 Tokyo Olympics); by NCAA Div 1 championship 1650 freestyle finalist Jack Daly; by National High School Champion team coach Dennis Hill, and by Hall of Fame coach Jack Simon.

Coach Yourd is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a BA in Economics. In his spare time he enjoys reading out-of-print history books and gardening.

Scott Clegg

Junior & SwimFit Squads - Lead Coach

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Paul deDianous

Novice Squad - Lead Coach

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"I help swimmers prepare to step up to the next level."

Primary goal: helping swimmers acquire the foundation to succeed when they move up to their next squad.

Paul deDianous coaches the Novice squad. Previous experience: Head Coach of Marlins swim team (2009 season) and age group coach with Marlins since 2006.  Paul ran cross country in his youth for the Southern California Road Runners and was a member of their national champion team in both the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups.  He graduated from Cal State San Bernardino,  served in the Air Force Reserves, and is currently a Database Systems Administrator for State Farm.  Paul has four children, two sets of twins.

Sean McNicholas

Assistant Coach

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Jake Nelson

Assistant Coach

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Amber Scarbeary

Assistant Coach

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