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, 2019.

Swim Meets

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.

Volunteer Jobs

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 job.
June 3rd will be the last day to apply for a refund without a medical excuse.

Coach Brad's Bio

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!”