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COHO Lead Coaches

Practice Groups

Lead Coach

Contact Information


Jeff Napolski

Age Group

Jacob Weber


Nancy Reese

Lead Coaches are a good contact source for parents with questions. Please talk to Lead Coaches before or after practice, or contact them via email. We ask that you do not try and talk to the coaches during practice while they are working with the swimmers. Parents are also never allowed on the pool deck unless they are volunteering as assigned at a meet.

In addition, Head Coach Nancy Reese, Head Age Group Coach Jacob Weber and Head Developmental Coach Jeff Napolski are all full-time coaches who can be contacted in the office. Their office hours are NOT typically 9-5, but if you send an email or leave a message they will get back to you promptly.


Links to important USA Swimming pages:

PARENTS click HERE      OFFICIALS (or potential officials) click HERE


Team Suits

When participating in meets (except for Developmental meets) all Coho swimmers must wear a COHO team suit and team cap. To purchase a team suit please contact one of the Team Store Directors: Sabina Holzman or Erica Hammack


Mission and Objectives

Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, if you need any special accommodations to participate in an activity, please notify Jeff Nehila at 847-572-2612.

RESIDENCY NOTE: All District 109, 112 & 113 residents are considered residents for the COHO program.

This includes families living in Deerfield, Bannockburn, Riverwoods, Highland Park, Highwood, and Fort Sheridan.


Coho Mission

The COHO Swim Club is a developmental and competitive program co-sponsored by the Deerfield Park District and the Park District of Highland Park open to swimmers of all ability levels and ages.

Our mission is to provide coaches, facilities, and support for increased proficiency in competitive amateur swimming; to encourage and develop sound swimming skills; and to develop good sportsmanship, individual integrity and a supportive and positive team atmosphere.


COHO Objectives

To build a base from which we can expand membership to share our sport with as many people as we can.

To encourage and develop excellence in developmental and competitive swimming.

To promote competitive swimming on a local, regional, and national level.

To provide training, development, and support for the coaching staff.

To develop and promote a club social program to encourage attendance, develop team unity, and build long term friendships between team members and club families.

To encourage and develop a supportive parent and administration layer.

To develop and administer an adequate evaluation system.

To provide equipment and facilities which promote excellence in swimming.

Coho Practice Groups


New group descriptions as of Spring 2017



Masters Summer 2018 Registration Form

Coho Masters coach Todd Keil is a local product who swam for the Lake Forest Swim Club from age group through high school.  He went to Rice University in Houston, Texas on a swimming scholarship.  Todd graduated with a degree in engineering and has worked in that industry for 35+ years.  He returned to swimming in 2011 and found it extremely painful and humbling.  He also discovered how great the people are and how supportive the Masters swimming community is.  Todd recently competed at the FINA World Championships in Montreal where he and his wife met one of our Coho swimmers.  He can be reached at: if you have questions, suggestions, or complaints.  Be careful with the complaints as he has an "old school" fondness for 1650 time trials as a part of practice.

For swimmers age 19 and over, Coho offers a Masters Training Program. Masters swimmers do NOT need to pay the USA/ISI Swimming registration fee, or the Coho Club Fee.

During the school year practices are Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:30-9:00pm and Sundays from 8:00-9:30am all at Deerfield HS unless otherwise noted on the schedule posted on the website Masters will share the pool with other COHO groups in the new pool at DHS on weeknights, and occassionally on Sundays. New for Fall 2016 we are offering a Sunday only option!

During the summer, practices are Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm,  Saturdays from 8:00-9:30am and Sundays from 8:30-10:00am all at Deerspring. Saturday & Sunday practices will be moved to Mitchell or DHS the weekend of the COHO Summer Classic Meet in July. Please note: Masters will occasionally share the pool with Silver or Gold during the summer.

Stuff for Swimmers

Swimmers: Have you had a chance to check out the new USA Swimming DECK PASS Program? Click HERE to check it out!

There is also a section just for SWIMMERS on the USA Swimming website. You can find articles, information and tips HERE.

Training & Technique Senior Scholarship
Strength & Conditioning The Talk In The Lanes
Nutrition Champions
Mental Training How Much To Do
Swim Meet Etiquette Rules Of Racing
Healthy Meals For Swimmers On The Go The Importance of Confidence
Nutrition Quick Tips 2008 Summer Olympics


Gold Workouts Fall-15

Gold Workouts Spring-16

Gold Workouts Fall-16

Gold Workouts Spring-17

Gold Dryland at home (or on vacation)


Coho Annual Banquet Video

Every spring the club gets together to hand out awards, recognize scholarship winners, and celebrate the team with food and a raffle



Facilities, pools, and places we swim

Deerfield High School - 1959 Waukegan Road DF, IL 60015 (224-632-2000)

Highland Park High School - 433 Vine Avenue HP, IL 60035 (224-765-2000)

Sachs Recreation Center - 455 Lake Cook Road DF, IL 60015 (847-572-2600)


Summer only:

Deerspring Pool - 200 Deerfield Road DF, IL 60015 (847-945-7610)

Mitchell Pool - 951 Wimot Road DF, IL 60015 (847-945-7760)


Coho Scholarship


In addition to supporting the development of swimming skills and competitive talent, the COHO Swim Club also supports the development of well-rounded athletes. For this reason, the Parent Board offers scholarships ($1,000 each) for graduating high school seniors every year at the COHO Annual Awards Banquet.

  • 8 or more applicants the board may award up to 3 scholarships
  • 4 to 7 applicants the board may award up to 2 scholarships
  • 3 or less applicants the board may award 1 or more scholarships

These graduating seniors must exemplify “spirit, character and pride” both within and outside of the swimming environment.

Welcome Message from the Board

Senior Swimmers:

Congratulations on making it to senior year.  We would like to invite you to apply for the Coho Senior Scholarship. 

Before you read the details and eligibility requirements below, we want to point out a few things.    Please know that the Coho Senior Scholarship is not an award for the best swimmer.  It is not a lifetime achievement award for the swimmer who has been on Coho the longest. 

It is an award for the swimmer (or swimmers) who best exemplify “spirit, character and pride.” We really think all eligible seniors should apply.  Pay special attention to the essay.  Explain to the scholarship committee how you think you have exemplified “spirit, character and pride.”  Give examples.  The essay is your chance to let the committee know about you and your Coho experience.

Again, the details are below, but it’s really a simple process.  And who couldn’t use $1,000 for college?  Oh, and don’t be late.  We need to stick to the application deadline.  No exceptions.  So start working on the application now. 

Thanks, and good luck – The Coho Parent Board!

Application Timeline

  • Information and directions are emailed to eligible swimmers in January.
  • Application and essay are due March 1st  (only complete electronic submissions will be taken)
  • Interviews for finalists are set up in March or early April depending on the date of the Banquet.

Eligibility Criteria

Any graduating high school senior meeting the following criteria is eligible to apply. The applicant must:

  • Have participated on COHO for at least three years, and be an active participant on COHO during at least one season in his/her senior year.
  • Have participated in at least 10 (ten) USA Swimming sanctioned meets total over the past two years, and a minimum of at least 3 (three) USA Swimming sanctioned meets in each of the past two years.
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average at the time of submitting this application.
  • Plan to continue his/her education the next year following high school graduation.

Application Components

  • Completed electronic application form
  • Attached: Essay (typed), up to 1000 words (approximately 1 to 3 pages), answering the following question: “How have I exemplified Spirit, Character & Pride as a representative of the COHO Swim Club.”
  • Optional – One to two letters of recommendation

Selection Process

The selection will be based on a review of the applicant’s overall spirit, character and pride including COHO team participation, leadership, sportsmanship and team spirit.  The committee will also take into account areas such as community service, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, awards and recognitions.

  •  Applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a committee (see below for information on the committee), late or incomplete applications will not be accepted, no exceptions.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by the committee.


Selection Criteria

The applicants will be judged based on all of the components

  • Interview
    • An opportunity for the applicant to sell themselves and help the committee understand why they are deserving of the award
  • Essay
    • Explain to the scholarship committee how you think you have exemplified “spirit, character and pride.”  Give examples.  The essay is your chance to let the committee know about you and how you have grown from your Coho experience.  Essay should be approximately 1 to 3 pages, typed and no more than 1000 words.
  • Application
    • Should be written as if it is the only information the Committee will receive, please do not assume there is time to enhance answers during the interview process.  The application responses should be robust enough for committee to gain an understanding the applicants’ experiences beyond swimming. 

Communication process

  • Winner(s) will be chosen and all applicants will be informed of their application status prior to the COHO Annual Awards Banquet.
  • Winner(s) will be announced at the COHO Annual Awards Banquet and the Spirit, Character & Pride Senior Scholarship Award will be given at that time. The recipient(s) of the award will be given a $1,000.00 check for the continuation of his or her education in any field.


Scholarship Committee

A committee of 3 members will choose the award recipient(s). This committee will consist of COHO Parent Association Board members (parents of applicants are not eligible for the committee).   The Head Coach will be in attendance for the interview process only and is not a voting member of the scholarship committee.


If you have any questions please contact COHO Head Coach Nancy Reese at 847-572-2622 or and she will connect you with a Scholarship Committee member.


Please follow this link to go to the application.


Parent Handbook

Download a copy of the Parent Handbook here.