Cyclones Staff

We are here to support your needs. 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 the Aquatic Supervisor, Steve Gard.

Coaching Staff

Jeff Baeder

Senior Team Coach


Jeff has been involved with swimming for a long time starting out as a swimmer on DCST's team in DeKalb and all through college at Valparaiso University where he swam distance free and butterfly. He has been a coach for both Boys and Girls High School teams at Fenton High School, where he is a science teacher, as well as the Elgin Cyclones. As his kids got older and became involved with activities other than swimming, Jeff took a hiatus to be involved with his kids activities. Now that both kids will be attending Lewis University in the fall, it was time for Jeff to get back into coaching the sport he loves. He was back coaching the Fenton Girls team last fall part-time and is excited to be their Head Coach this fall and back with the Elgin Cyclones as well!  Jeff and his wife Pat (also a swimmer at Valpo) live in Hampshire with their daughter Elizabeth and son Andrew (both of whom swam for ECST, and now play lacrosse at Lewis University) and their three dogs, chickens, and sheep.

Alec James Schmidt

Gold Team Coach


Alec has been competitively swimming since the age 4 for the Dundee Dolphins.  He has also swam for the Jacobs-Dundee Crown co-op, participated in the Loras College swim program, and began swimming for the Cyclones in the summer of 2011. He devotes almost as much time to swimming as he does to academics and is currently enrolled as a full time student at ECC. He is currently in the process of expanding his athletic horizons beyond the pool and beginning to dabble in triathlons with his ultimate goal of completing the Iron Man in 2015. Alec is currently living with his family in the Dundee area.

Rod J Adams

Silver Team Coach


Stacy Marie Cherwin

Bronze Team Coach


Stacy has been in the swimming world for a long time.  She started swimming on her park district swim team at the age of 8.  She also swam all 4 years at Hoffman High School and then swam 2 years at Harper College.  She has worked in aquatics since she was 18 from being a lifeguard, to teaching swim lessons, and then to managing outdoor facilities. 

Stacy has a Master's Degree in Reading in Education and is a 2nd Grade teacher in Huntley.  She lives there with her 2 kids, Dillon and Jillian.  Both of her kids swim on the Elgin Cyclones.  She loves to cheer them on along with all of the other swimmers.  

Janet E Perry

Cyclones Swim Academy


Coach Janet started swimming at age 9 on the Glen Ellyn Park District team.  As an adult, she's been recruited from lap swimming by fellow swimmers and coaches, and has enjoyed swimming competitively on a series of teams.  She's currently swimming with Elgin Blue Wave Masters.  She's been teaching all levels and ages of swimmers for over 20 years.  She started coaching age group swimmers in 2009.

She graduated from NIU as a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy, and received paralegal certification from Roosevelt University.  She has been on the executive boards of two paddling organizations, where she put her efforts into youth development and adaptive athlete training. In her spare time she teaches paddling as a USCA instructor, and competes in marathon disciplines for kayak and canoe.

Steve Gard

Aquatic Supervisor