Coaches & Directors

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

Coaching Staff

Paul Meyer

Head Coach

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Paul began swimming in Indiana where he swam club in Indianapolis and college at Wabash College. During his collegiate career he excelled as a butterfly and IM specialist; and won HCAC Conference Champion in the 200fly his sophomore year. 

 

He began teaching and coaching swimmers when he was 17 years old.  Paul currently teaches swimming to youth and adults at a swim school in Chicago.   

 

At practice expect to be challenged, encouraged, and exhausted after a solid workout.  Practices are designed to incorporate specific drill work, interval training, aerobic training and anaerobic training.   

 

Paul is the loving father of two children who are also auxiliary coaches.  This is Paul's third season with the Illinois State Champion Chicago Smelts!

Victoria Bolf

Assistant Coach

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Vicki moved to Chicago from Southern California in mid-2009 for grad school, discovered the Smelts in early 2010, and never looked back. A swimmer since childhood, she swam competitively on high school, club, and college teams in SoCal and played water polo on high school and club teams. She has been teaching swimming to adults and kids since 2014, and enjoys helping people make small adjustments that yield big results. She also enjoys helping triathletes learn that swimming is actually the best part of triathlon, not the worst, so please come talk to her about that if you are a triathlete! Outside the pool, Vicki can be found doing triathlons, running, cooking, and advocating for the Oxford comma. She also has a hound named Messi who is objectively the mellowest, best dog ever.

Rudy Espino

Assistant Coach

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Rudy Espino started swimming at the age of 8 in Panama City, Panama. He loved the competitiveness and individual traits of the sport but mostly he loved the swimming community.

At his first meet, Rudy took 1st place in the 25 meter backstroke and 25 meter freestyle, and 3rd in the 25 meter breastroke (shedding a few tears for not touching the wall first). He moved to the United States and 1985 and when he set foot at LAX he said to himself, “I’m Home,” and never looked back.

Rudy had a great swimming career, and retired from the sport in 1995. He joined the Chicago Smelts in 2003. At his first swim practice – a Saturday workout – Channing Greene was the first person who introduced himself to Rudy.

Rudy is excited to work with the Chicago Smelts and help our swimmers achieve their goals, from improving their swimming techniques to swimming their best times at the State Meet.

Rudy coaches at Gill Park on Tuesday nights.

Steven Gilberg

Assistant Coach

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Steve started swimming when he was eight years old.  In an early act of defiance, he registered for the local swim team to sidestep his mother's rule of "no swimming unless it's over 80 degrees outside".  That was the beginning of his five-day-a-week swims.  Steve joined the Chicago Smelts in 1992 to prepare for the 1994 Gay Games in New York, then took about eight years off and rejoined in 2006 for the Gay Games held here in Chicago, and has been swimming with the Smelts ever since.  His favorite stroke is butterfly and his favorite event is the 50 Fly. (He enjoys the 100 Fly as well, but it's painful.)

Steve is a substitute coach.  Subs cover for the full-time coaches when they're ill or have a conflict.  

What Steve likes most about the Chicago Smelts is the sense of family, and the best part about coaching for Steve is making a difference in another swimmer's life.  He takes great pleasure in working with swimmers to improve efficiency and speed.  Steve likes to compete, so his favorite time of year is the winter competition season, December through April.   

As a former Co-Chairman of the Chicago Smelts (2013-2014), Steve has a lot wrapped up in swimming - it's his sport, hobby, volunteer work, and a good portion of his social life.  Steve loves his Smelts!  In addition to swimming, he likes spending time with his family, his partner, and his handsome dog, Joey.

Brock Hamilton Jones

Assistant Coach

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Brock grew up in Pacific Northwest and spent his summers swimming in the mountain lakes and his family's back yard pool and swam at the age-group club Spokane Area Swimming throughout high school. 

In high school, Brock began coaching for the city rec-league and went on to lifeguard and teach swimming throughout college, including a master's swim team in Portland, Ore. He has taught countless kids and adults to swim and believes swimmers of any level can improve their focus, technique, and feel in the water. 

In 2013 Brock swam in his first IGLA (International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics) Championship and found the family of gay swimmers across the globe. He joined the Seattle Orca Swim Team shortly afterward and coached for this team as well. In 2014 Brock won Gold in the the 2 Mile Open Water swim at Gay Games 9 in Cleveland and has medaled in subsequent IGLA championships. He is committed to promoting inclusion in athletics, especially among queer people in aquatics, and to promoting community through sport. 

Dan Perkey

Assistant Coach

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Dan started swimming competitively at age 8 with the Crafton Crocodiles, the same team his dad grew up swimming for, where he won the "Future Great" award and set a record in the 25 back. At age 12 he came to his senses, ditched backstroke and became a breaststroker, but unfortunately told his coach he could "swim pretty much anything" and got stuck doing the IM for the rest of his life. In high school he finally got good at swimming and was Pennsylvania all-state in the 100 breast. After not being good enough to swim for the Big East, he got back into the swimming life when he was recruited to be an assistant coach at the Carlynton Aqua Club and then had the privilege of returning to head coach the Crocodiles before moving to Chicago and joining the Smelts.

When not coaching, Dan works at a museum, enjoys brewing his own beer, roots for the Pittsburgh Pirates, trains for triathlons, and waits for Jeopardy! to call him. While Dan is decidedly not a morning person, the Smelts make the 4:31am alarm every Thursday worth it.

Dan coaches at JCP on Thursday mornings.

Barry Revzin

Assistant Coach

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Barry started swimming in his bathtub at 3 weeks old and never looked back. He swam competitively in high school in the DC area, where he discovered his lifelong love for breaststroke, and then in college for MIT. Somewhere in that time frame, he discovered the international swimming scene and has been hooked ever since - even when that means having to wake up at 2am in order to watch the live feed from the Shanghai World Championships. Last year, Barry found an outlet to channel his insatiable swim nerddom as a semi-regular contributor for SwimSwam Magazine. You can recognize his writing by the excessive ratio of numbers to words. When not swimming, talking about swimming, or writing about swimming, you can find Barry answering questions on StackOverflow or trying to do this new fangled running thing.
 
Barry joined the Smelts in 2014 and is excited to be making his coaching debut in 2017. 
Board of Directors

Sara Chapman

Co-Chair

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Emily Traw

Co-Chair

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Chris Benning

Treasurer

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Ryan F Goudge

Registrar

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Dana Boulukos

Social Chair

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Lauren Moore

Social Chair

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