Darby S Brtva
Coach Darby has been with
the Buehler Blue Marlins since 1997. She took over as the Head
Coach Summer of 2005. She is ASCA Level Three certified and Level
Four Educated. Coach Darby graduated from Hoffman Estates
High School where she swam and ran track. She then moved on to Harper College for one year where she
continued to swim and qualified to Nationals, she also ran
track. Coach Darby then
attended Eureka College where she graduated with B.S in Physical
Science (chemistry & physics) with secondary education
endorsement. She continued to swim and qualify for Nationals. She
even placed in the top 8 in the country achieving All-American
Status. Her senior year she was named captain of the swim team.
Coach Darby also was on the pom pon squad, wrote for the school
newspaper, was president of her dorm, named to the dean’s
list, a member of sigma zeta (math and science honor fraternity),
and graduated with honors.
After college, Coach Darby returned to Hoffman Estates High school
where she taught chemistry and physical science and also coached
the girls’ swim team. After Hoffman, she moved on to Hersey
High school where she coached the pom pon squad. After teaching for
a few years, Coach Darby moved to the private sector and became a
chemist. After 8 years of being a chemist, she retired when she got
married to Dave Brtva.
Coach Darby & Dave welcomed Alexander John Brtva into the world
on September 9th, 2008. Then on March 27th, 2012 The
Brtva's welcomed William Franklin Brtva.
Coach Darby is the 1st female and the 1st coach to
be elected Illinois YMCA Swimming State Chair. This occured in
2016. Prior to that she was the Illinois YMCA Swimming Secretary.
She has also been the Chicago District Chairman and the Chicago
District Secretary. Recently Coach Darby became a level 1 YMCA
Coach Darby currently is
the lead coach of the Striped and Black Groups. She also helps on
Turquiose, Atlantic, and Pacific. She had the honor of coaching the
Blue Marlins’ first ever-national qualifier and currently has
coached 15 National Qualifiers. She has had two swimmers finish as
YMCA All Americans, and one swimmer finish as an USA Swimming All
American. She also has had the honor of coaching the first ever
girls’ 8 & under District Champs and the boys’ 8
& under Area Team Champs both in 2008. She also has the honor
of coaching several district and State champions through
out the 20 plus years she has been with the team.
2009 & 2014 Finalist for YMCA National Coach of the
15 YMCA National Qualifiers
Multiple Top Ten YMCA Age Group National
Multiple Top Five YMCA Age Group National
2 YMCA National Finalist
2 US Jr. National qualifying relays
1 US Jr. National Swimmer
2018 Girls’ 10 & Under Long Course State
2018 Girls’ 10 & Under District
2016 Girls’ 8 & Under State
2016 Girls’ 8 & Under District
2015 Girls’ 21 & Under District
2014 6th Place Team Finish at the IL State meet
2013 Boy's 11-12 Chicago District
2013 Women's 13-14 Chicago District
2012 Chicago District Summer Boys’ Team
2012 Girl's 11-12 Chicago District
2012 Men's 13-14 Chicago District
2011 Chicago District Summer
2011 Chicago District
2011 Girl's 9-10 Chicago District Team
2011 Boy's 9-10 Chicago District Team
2010 Chicago District Summer
2009 Chicago District Summer
2009 Girl's 8 & Under Chicago District Team
2008 Boy's 8 & Under Illinois/Missouri Area Team
2008 Girl's 8 & Under Chicago District Team
2005 Chicago District Summer
Fun Facts Coach
Darby Provided for us:
swimmer past or present is….. This is hard, I have
had the chance to meet so many swimmers Pablo Morales, Anita Nall,
Diana Munz, Gary Hall Jr., Rowdy Gaines. They were all so down to
earth and nice. I think Janet Evans, Amy Van Dyken, and
Jenny Thompson influenced me during high school and college.
Now that I am older, I am impressed by Dara Torres. I think
there are many great swimmers out there, but the ones thath really
stand out are the ones that are great role models. They are someone
I would want my team to look up to. They make good choices in and
out of the water.
movie…. Do I have to pick one??? I am a huge Disney
Fan. I really like Finding Nemo, Meet the Robinsons, Chicken
Little, But Snow White is my Favorite! But on the flipside...
I love horror movies!!! I like being scared. I love musicals and I
will never miss a chance to watch Gone With the Wind.
My favorite past
time…. If I am not in the water swimming
myself, I am surfing the web, playing a computer games, or spending
time playing with Zander & Will.
food… tough choice… I love deep dish cheese
pizza, McDonald’s French fries, and Chinese
Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. Till the good is better, and
the Better is Best!
book…. I really don’t have a lot of
time to read, but when I do… it is normal Dean
Koontz… it is supernatural scary type of
My favorite sport
other than swimming… I like baseball, Go White
Soxes!!! I like football, in fact I have won my mom’s work
football pool for the past 10 years and have won my husband's
work football pool as well!
cartoon character… Snow White
group/singer… I like all types of
Kimberly A de Jonckheere
Head Developmental Coach
Kimberly began swimming competitively at the age of 7, with
the Green Bay YMCA team. She quickly came to love the road trips
and team atmosphere the club provided. She really found her stride
in swimming after attending swim camp and moving to Waukesha,
Wisconsin where she started specializing in the distance events
with Waukesha Express. From the age of 9 she was a multiple event
state championship qualifier, but came to love the distance events
especially the 200 fly, 400 IM and 1000 free. She swam for Waukesha
North High School, where she was a state qualifier and captain of
the team her senior year. A demanding academic schedule in
architecture and business kept her from swimming in college.
She credits the foundations of discipline, hard work,
goal setting, competition, time management and dedication, which
she learned from swimming to her successes in
She continues to remain active in endurance length events, having
run several marathons, half Ironman and completing her first
Ironman triathlon in 2009. Kimberly met and married her husband,
Ryan while doing triathlons and they have 2 girls. When not
coaching she enjoys renovating her historic house, and crafting
with her girls.
Kimberly has been coaching at the age group
development level since 2007 and enjoys making competitive swimming
fun and exciting for beginning swimmers. She currently
coaches our Turquoise, Atlantic/ Pacific and Stripe groups.
Swimmer - Summer Sanders, Janet Evans and Mark Spitz. Yes
he's a little before my time, but so amazing for what he
accomplished with no cap, goggles or fancy swim
Movie - I love sports movies with a message to never give
up - Rudy, Remember the Titans and Blind Side are my favorites.
Mary Poppins is my favorite kid movie.
3. Favorite Past
time - Besides swimming, I like to run, ride my bike,
swing on the swings and spend time with my family and friends. I
also like to do craft projects.
4. I LOVE
food, that's why I work out! My favorites are Sushi, Ice
Cream, Pancakes and Macaroni and Cheese.
5. Quote -
"What does not kill us, makes us stronger" and "In God, all things
6. Book - I
really like John Irving as an author but my all time favorites are
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and the Anne of Green Gables Series. I
love reading Dr. Suess to my daughter.
7. Sport other than
swimming - I really like to watch football, and I like to
Character - I love monkeys so it's probably Curious
9. Singer -
Counting Crows, Snow Patrol, and Train
Kim A Leidolf
Coach Kim started
swimming lessons at the age 4 because her mom couldn’t
swim. At age 9, she joined her first swim team, Waubonsie
White Waters in Aurora. At 12, she joined the Naperville
YMCA, where she had many good and a few bad coaches. At 15,
she started teaching swim lessons in the summers and continued
through college. At 16, she was one of the inaugural members
of the Maverick Swim Team in Naperville. Coach Kim swam
Varsity all four years at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora
and also played Water Polo. Her senior year she qualified for
state in a Free Relay. Coach Kim continued to swim in college
at North Central College in Naperville for only three years because
she graduated early with a degree in accounting. She also
earned her CPA in 2000. Coach Kim continued to swim after
college on a masters team and that is how she got her first
coaching job with the Great White Sharks in Wheaton, a
developmental team. She coached for them for 5 years and then
moved to the BR Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn. That same year
Coach Kim married her husband George. For 5 years, she was
head of the White and Green groups and moved many swimmers up to
competitive levels to earn Y state and Age Group cuts. Upon
having their second child, Allison in October of 2009, Coach
decided she wanted to be closer to home with her husband and their
son George, who was born in December of 2007, so she interviewed
here at Buehler. After coaching for less than an year, she
had her third child, Katelyn, in April of 2011. All three of
her children are swimming on the team currently.
Fun Facts Coach
Kim Provided for us:
Favorite swimmer – Tom Jager and Janet
Favorite Movie – There are so many, but with
the kids we have watched a lot of Disney lately, so I have to say
Aladdin, Finding Nemo and Toy Story. I also like Pirates of
Past time – I love to play with the kids and
relax on the couch with a warm blanket.
Favorite food – I love any kind of pasta
especially my mom’s homemade spaghetti and
Quote – Don’t really have one of
Favorite book – I like to read all the James
Favorite sport not swimming – I like to
watch football on Sunday’s.
Favorite cartoon character – If I have to
pick one, I guess it would be Goofy, because he is so
Favorite Group/Singer – Pink, Toad the Wet
Sprocket, Counting Crows
Nicole C Mitchell
Coach Nicole has been Coaching since 2018. She has been a swim
instructor and lifeguard at Buehler Ymca for the past 13 years.
Coach Nicole has not been a competitive swimmer, she has loved the
water since she was little! She loves teaching children and loves
getting kids to when everything clicks! She was an active member on
her high school and college flag teams (colorguard). Coach Nicole
attended Illinois State University, (Go Redbirds!). She has a
Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Human and Education
Fun Facts Coach Nicole Provided for us:
1. Favorite swimmer- Katie Ledecky
2. Favorite Movie– I am big
movie fan! The top of the list is Avengers, Star Wars, anything
Disney and a good comedy!
3. Past time– I love to
read, bake and I am a very crafty person, always trying to make
4. Favorite food– Sausage
Pizza, sushi and desserts
5. Quote– Do or do not,
there is no try. -Yoda, Star Wars
6. Favorite book– I read
too many that they all become my favorite!
7. Favorite cartoon character–
Stitch from "Lilo & Stitch" and Rapunzel from "Tangled"
8. Favorite Group/Singer–
Panic at the Disco, Queen, Fall Out Boy
9. Favorite Color- Hot Pink