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Coaching Staff

Danielle Carlson

Blue & Roman Coach

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Danielle Carlson is the Director of Aquatics at Latin. Danielle is a Latin Class of 2006 alumna, and served as a second grade assistant teacher in the lower school. She has also worked at Latin's summer camp for 10 years teaching swim lessons, and has been coaching the Chicago Latin Club Team for 5 years. Danielle learned to swim as a 3-year-old at the Chicago Park District’s Portage Park pool and went on to swim on the Portage Park swim team. Danielle began swimming for the Chicago Latin School Club team at 12 and went on to attended high school at Latin. As a member of the girls swim team, she qualified multiple times for state. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Colby College, and her master's degree in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University. Danielle still holds Colby's school record in the 400 individual medley and was part of the 800 freestyle relay record team. While swimming for Colby, Danielle was captain her senior year and was also was recognized with a Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America honorable mention and academic All-American Honors. Danielle has her USA Triathlon coaching certificate, and participates in marathons, open water swims, and Ironman Triathlons in her free time. 

Bryan Williams

Blue & Orange Coach

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Bryan Williams is a 2014 graduate of Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, he swam for the varsity program all four years. In that time he was a member of the 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle, 200 Medley, and 400 Medley record setting relays. He also had the opportunity to represent Michigan State at both the 2012 Olympic Time Trials, swimming the 100 Butterfly, and the 2013 World Championship Trials, swimming the 50 Butterfly as well as the 100 Butterfly. After college, Bryan when back to his hometown to coach his high schools girls varsity swim program, as well as his old USA swim club, Birmingham Bloomfield Atlantis. Bryan is starting his second year here at Chicago Latin Swim Club. When he is not coaching swimming he is teaching 10th graders at Pritzker College Prep World History and AP World History.

 

Emily Haugen

Blue Coach

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Emily Haugen started working for the Latin aquatics department in 2013 in her freshman year of
college when she moved to Chicago. Since joining the team as a Learn to Swim instructor, she
has held a position at Summer at Latin as an instructor for three years, and as a Lower School
Extended Day staff member going on three years this fall. Emily took her first swimming lesson
before her first birthday, and began assisting swim instructors at the age of eleven. Prior to
moving to Chicago she swam for her school swim team, the Pontiac Pacers, and later became a
Red Cross Certified Lifeguard, guarding at her local swimming pool. Here she worked as a
lifeguard for two years, overseeing their swimming lessons program, before holding the
position of manager for the next two years. Emily just graduated from Columbia College
Chicago with a degree in Marketing Communications, and is going into professional event
photography. This is Emily’s second year coaching the Chicago Latin Swim Club’s Developmental
lane.

Jon Wong

Blue Coach

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Jon Wong starting swimming at age twelve for the South Side YMCA Gators. He swam there for four years before attending Whitney M. Young High School. While are Whitney Young he swam Varsity for four years. He was a part of the 2006 City Champions team and was captain in 2010 when they won City again. After high school Jon played NCAA Division II water polo at Notre Dame College in South Euclid Ohio. He returned to Chicago after his sophomore year and began teaching swim lesson at the East Bank Club. While at the club he taught private and age group swim lessons for four years and was the Aquatics Supervisor for one year. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies at Roosevelt University.

Morgan Graves

Blue Coach

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Morgan Graves began swimming at the age of seven with the Lincoln-Way Swim Association Gators. After many years with the Gators, she ended her club swimming career with the Academy Bullets. In 2016, Morgan graduated from DePauw University located in Greencastle, Indiana. At DePauw, Morgan swam on the varsity program for all 4 years, and was Team Captain as a Senior. Throughout her swim career, Morgan specialized in Butterfly and Breaststroke events, specifically the 200 and 100 Butterfly. Since graduating from college, Morgan has begun her teaching career here in Chicago, and is currently in her first year, teaching Bilingual 3rd Grade Math and Science in Humboldt Park.

Johnny g Krug

Developmental Coach

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Johnny Krug is born and raised in Chicago & has been with The Latin School of Chicago's Aquatics program since 2012. He has held the positions of Swim Instructor, Summer Aquatics Coordinator, Substitute Club Swim Coach, and Director of Learn to Swim. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from DePaul University in 2016, and currently is a Program Assistant for Latin 360. This is Johnny's first season as a swim coach for the Chicago Latin Swim Club, and he is excited to welcome swimmers to competitive swimming as coach the Developmental group! 

Tessa Harris Bonney

Substitute Coach

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Tessa Bonney joined the Latin aquatics family in 2014 as a Summer at Latin swim instructor.  Before starting at Latin, Tessa coached high school girls' swimming at Roberto Clemente High School, where she also taught freshman and sophomore Biology and Chemistry.  Tessa currently holds Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard certifications, and has been teaching swimming lessons to children and adults since 2006.

Tessa swam for the Kansas City Blazers club swim team in Kansas City in middle school and in high school.  She also swam on her high school swim team, serving as captain her senior year.  Tessa qualified for Kansas State Swimming Championships all four years of high school.

After high school, Tessa attended DePaul University, where she earned a B.S. in Biology. After graduation, Tessa taught for two years through the Chicago Teaching Fellows program.  She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Pat Falconer

Substitute Coach

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Pat Falconer began swimming competitively at the age of 6. He is a 2014 graduate of Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, he swam for the varsity program all four years. In that time he was a member of the 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle, and 400 Medley record setting relays. He also had the opportunity to represent Michigan State at the 2012 Olympic Time Trials, swimming the 200 Freestyle. Pat has previously coached 2 seasons at Patriot Aquatic Club in Lincolnshire, IL. Currently, Pat works as a Zoning Analyst for a Telecommunication Firm.

Tony Pascolla

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Tony Pascolla is currently a Physical Education teacher at Frances Xavier Warde middle school in Chicago. He has coached and trained athletes in multiple sports such as soccer, softball, and wrestling. Tony has a B.S. in Physical Education from DePaul University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Sport, Fitness, and Recreational Leadership. Tony is a certified natural trainer and specializes in natural body movements that promote functional fitness and enhances an athlete’s performance.

Tim Cleveland

Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Tim Cleveland is in his second year as the strength and conditioning coach at Latin. Tim received his Associates in Health and Fitness Management from Robert Morris University, where he played 2 years of soccer. Tim is also finishing a B.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Prior to Latin, Tim has been in the fitness industry for 5 years. The summer of 2014, Tim worked at a youth camp on the east coast as a soccer, and head strength and conditioning coach. In 2015, he started working at Latin in our Fitness Center, then working with the Romans varsity soccer team as assistant coach. He holds a personal training certification from the AFPA, and is a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST). In his free time, Tim enjoys training, playing sports, continuing his education (school, books, seminars), being outdoors, and spending time with family.