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

Coaching Staff

Chris Bertana

Head Coach / Silver and Gold Coach

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 Chris started coaching 1995 and has been the Head Coach of the Blue Devil Swim Club for the last 6 years. His  passion for coaching comes from a deep love of working with children to accomplish their dreams and helping them become valuable citizens in their communities through hard work, dedication, time management, a love for working hard and reaping the benefits that comes from that committment.

Under Chris' direction the team has finished with 2 top ten finishes, 2 top 15 finishes, and 2 top 30 finishes at the Illinois Age Group State Meet. At the Senior State Meet level, the club has finished in the top 20 over the past 4 years and most recently finished 2nd at the Summer Championships. As a member of the Northwest Illinois Swim Conference (NWISC), the club has captured the championship spot in multiple seasons. Most recently, the club finished in second place.

Under Chris' direction the club has produced many Regional and State Champions and recently qualified 3 individual swimmers in 9 events and 1 relay for the USA Swimming Junior National Swim Meet and has 3 swimmers qualified for the USA Swimming Senior National Swim Meet, 2 swimmers qualified for the 2012 Olympic trials and placed a swimmer>

OFFICE HOURS

I will be in the office from 10am-2pm Monday - Friday. These office hours are listed for parents or swimmers as the best time to contact me via my cell phone. My cell phone is>

Karin A Brown

Asst. Head Coach/Head Senior Coach

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Karin has been coaching with the Blue Devil Swim Club since September 2007 and has assisted with th e various high school age swimmer groups. She is the Assistant Head Coach,  Lead Senior Coach and  is also  responsible for running the strength  and conditioning program for the senior swimmers. She hails from the beautiful coastal town of Cape Town , South Africa.  
 
Karin has always liked working with young student athletes, at colleges in South Africa  and now through BDSC. She feels it is such a unique honor guiding and witnessing them blossom into well round individuals, often displaying characteristics like discipline, focus, time management, skill mastery, coping with successes and failures - all skills learned as a swimmer and athlete.  She looks forward to another great and exciting year.
 
 

Kevin Kowalski

11-13 Practice Group Coach

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Kevin graduated from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. His day job is with Wm W Meyer & Sons in Libertyville, IL. Kevin went through the Red Cross swim lesson program as a child and has been swimming recreationally his entire life. 

Kevin's first job was teaching swim lessons for a few summers with the Wildwood Park District. He swam competitively in High School at Warren and was a captain his Junior and Senior years. 

Kevin has been coaching with the Blue Devil Swim Club since the Summer of 2005. He currently coaches the 11-13 group and you may see him helping out with other Age Group practice groups. On his days off he enjoys time with his wife, time with his daughter (9-10 swimmer) and step daughters (not swimmers), working on his house, and rooting for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jami Omachel

10 & Under Asst. Coach

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Jami graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Education and also has an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design. Jami started coaching for BDSC in the fall of 2018. She began her coaching career in California with the Aquazot Swim Club as the head 12 and under coach. While at AZOT they won countless championships and set new Southern California records.

Before joining BDSC, Jami was an aquatics Director at a private health club in Glen Ellyn, IL. She currently works as a freelance graphic designer in between running her 2 boys to swim practice and other activities. Jami is very happy to back coaching.

Jami coaches the 10 & under group and is excited to see their achievements!

Madison F Rinaldi

Silver and Gold Coach

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Devin Rosenquist

Junior Devil Asst. Coach

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Devin started swimming when she was 11 years old.  She swam competetively for the Gurnee Park District Stingrays, Blue Devil Swim Club, and swam Varsity all 4 years at Warren Township High school.  As a teen she gained experience working with children of all age groups as a Swim Lessons Instructor for the Gurnee Park District. 

During the day she works as a Medical Assistant/Phlebotomist for DuPage Medical Group.  Ultimately, she would like to go back to school to become a Nurse.  On her days off she likes to spend time with her twin boys, who also swim for BDSC, and her 3 dogs!

Devin will be coaching the Junior Devils. 

Alexander Michael Larrivee

Asst. Age Group Coach

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Gabriel Naryan Beutel

Asst. Age Group Coach

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