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>th, 2008 and welcomed their second child William Franklin Brtva>
Coach Darby currently coaches the Striped and Black Groups. She had the honor of coaching the Blue Marlins’ first ever-national qualifier and currently has coached 15 National Qualifiers. 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 area champions through out the 20 years she has been with the team.>
Fun Facts Coach Darby Provided for us:
My favorite 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>
My favorite movie…. Do I have to pick>
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.
My favorite food… tough choice… I love deep dish cheese pizza, McDonald’s French fries, and Chinese food.
Quote… Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. Till the good is better, and the Better is Best!
My favorite 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 stuff.
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 5years.
My favorite cartoon character… Snow White
Favorite group/singer… I like all types of music.
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.
Kimberly has been coaching at
the age group development level since 2007 and enjoys making
competitive swimming fun and exciting for beginning swimmers.
She continues to remain
active in endurance length events, having run several marathons,
half Ironmen and completing her first Ironman triathlon in 2009.
Kimberly meet and married her husband, Ryan while doing triathlons
and they have one daughter, with another one on the
She credits the foundations
of discipline, hard work, goal setting, competition, time
management and dedication, which she learned from swimming to her
successes in life.
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.
Fun Facts Coach Kim Provided for us:
1. Favorite swimmer – Tom Jager and Janet Evans
2. 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 the Carribean.
3. Past time – I love to play with the kids and relax on the couch with a warm blanket.
4. Favorite food – I love any kind of pasta especially my mom’s homemade spaghetti and meatballs.
5. Quote – Don’t really have one of these.
6. Favorite book – I like to read all the James Patterson books.
7. Favorite sport not swimming – I like to watch football on Sunday’s.
8. Favorite cartoon character – If I have to pick one, I guess it would be Goofy, because he is so funny.
9. Favorite Group/Singer – Pink, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Counting Crows