Naperville Porpoises YMCA
Summer Swim Team
We are getting ready for the
Porpoise's 2019 summer season; Porpoise's practices start on May
28th at the Kroehler YMCA
pool. The Team will practice throughout June and July.
Our last practice will be Thursday, July 25th (Classic July 20
/ City: July 26 & 27).
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Registration for Porpoises
Summer Swim Team will close on June 15,
Meets will be held Tuesday and/or Thursday
evenings (4:30 PM warm up, 5:30 meet start) as well as
Saturday mornings (7:30 AM warm up, 8:30 meet start). Meets are
approximately 4 hours in length. Some meet participation
is expected, 3 meets minimum, 5 meets is
recommended. The Conference requires a minimum
of 3 meets - ALSO, EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO SWIM IN THE CLASSIC
AND/OR CITY MEET(S) IN JULY. Please log into the web
site and select the meets you wish to participate in. The last
date to drop out of, or add into, a meet will be 3
days prior to the meet (unless otherwise
noted). Parents may decide the events each swimmer
will swim; Coach Brad will choose the events if no events are
chosen. Please visit the "EVENTS" and "Swim Meet Info" tabs
for more Summer meet details.
If your child is participating
in a swim meet, a parent must volunteer to work a "job" during the
meet (or a job to prepare for, or clean up after, the
meet). On this website when you look at any swim
meet event, there will also be a button for volunteer
jobs. This link allows you to select the job you wish to
have and gives you instructions on how to sign up. There are
many jobs available (timing, officiating, concessions, clean-up,
etc.) during and after the meet.
The swim meets and swim season cannot run
without the help of volunteers, therefore every parent must
participate! If you sign your swimmer up for a meet but do not
sign up to volunteer then we will assign you a
June 3rd will be
the last day to apply for a refund without a medical excuse.
Coach Brad grew up swimming at
his local YMCA in New Jersey. As a senior in high school, he placed
16th in the 50 Free at the Y Nationals. A few months
later he was the state champion in the 50 Meter Free. He then swam
four years at Eastern Kentucky University, eventually breaking
the 50 Free team record.
After graduating, he was an
assistant swimming coach for the Model Lab School which won the
Kentucky State Boys and Girls High School Championships (Beverly
Acker won the 100 Breaststroke as a freshman on that team; a few
years later, she swam on the World Games USA team.) Coach Brad then
coached in the Louisville, Kentucky area for the next five years.
He mainly coached 9-14 year olds; several of those swimmers won
state championships and were nationally ranked.
Coach Brad then left swimming
for many years while pursuing other professions. He worked as a
Youth Minister, College Dorm Director, Academic Advisor and
Registrar. During those years he earned a Master’s Degree and
eventually a Ph.D. in Teaching.
Coach Brad and his family
moved to the Chicago area in 2011. After being laid off in 2016 due
to a reduction in force, he began coaching part-time for the
Academy Bullets. He started coaching full-time at the Y in June,
2017. Coach Brad and his wife Barb have three children (one out of
college, one in college and one in high school); they also have a
dog and an inside cat that yearns to escape.
“I saw a t-shirt once
that read: Building a tradition of excellence one
stroke at a time. I’d like to build a tradition
of excellence at the Naperville YMCA. Come to practice; do your
best; have fun! I want you to swim through high school. You
will get better – I promise to work with you to discover how
much better you can be!”