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 aquatics supervisor, Greg Bruggeman.

Coaching Staff

Janet E Perry

Cyclones Swim Academy


Coach Janet started swimming at age 9 on the Glen Ellyn Park District team.  She was recruited from lap swimming on several occasions, by fellow swimmers and coaches, and is now swimming with Elgin Blue Waves.  She’s been teaching swimming to all levels and ages of swimmers, and started coaching in 2009.  She’s currently a Level 2 ASCA coach.  

She graduated from NIU as a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy, and got a paralegal certification from Roosevelt University.  She works as a freelance writer and editor.  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."

Rodney J Adams

Silver Team Coach


Rod Adams received his B.F.A from Drake University. Rod is employed full time with Kane County Department of Employment and Education. Competitive swimming began for Rod at age 6 with the Glenview Playdium Penguins. Throughout his years in the water, Rod has participated in AAU, park district, open water, high school and college swimming.

Coach Rod has been a member of the Elgin Blue Wave Master's Swim Team since 2003, and began coaching the Elgin Cyclones in 2007.  He is currently an American Swim Coaches Association Level II certified coach.

Alec J 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.

Elizabeth M Skerke

Senior Group coach


Elizabeth Skerke is an Indiana native and a 2001 graduate of Valparaiso University, where she still holds numerous top 5 times. She is an ASCA Level 1 coach and has 8 years of age group coaching experience in Indiana and Elgin. She has coached all levels from novice to college, including several national qualifying swimmers. She was, until recently, a middle school social studies teacher in Hampshire. Elizabeth currently lives in Gilberts with her husband and two daughters.

Courtney R Pierce



Courtney Pierce is a Pennsylvania native. She began swimming at the age of 5 with her hometown YMCA swim team. She swam all the way till she graduated High School. She also swam all 4 years in high school. She has coached for 3 years in the past for Mount Prospect Park District and also for 1 year with the cyclones before leaving to raise her daughter. She is very happy to be coaching again. Courtney currently lives in Elgin with her husband and her two girls.

Stacy M Cherwin

Bronze Team Coach


Bronze Coach. Biography coming soon!