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.
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
Janet E Perry
Cyclones Swim Academy
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.
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.