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We are dedicated to supporting your swimmers' development as athletes and well-rounded young men and women. We are always happy to discuss anything with you. Since most of our coaches are part-time employees, please contact one of the head coaches listed below with any questions you may have. For all questions related to administration, registration, and dues, please contact Coach Fish. For swimming-related questions, please contact Coach Tommy.

Coaching Staff

Teresa Fish

Owner/Head Coach

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Coach Fish has been the head men's and women's swimming and diving coach at Illinois Wesleyan since 1995. She founded the Funky Fish Swim Club in 2012.

A native of Darien, Ill., and a graduate of Hinsdale South High School, Fish earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1988 at Kenyon (Ohio) College, where from 1985-88 she won 14 NCAA Division III swimming titles and earned 27 swimming All-American honors as well as being named an Academic All-American. In September 2005, Fish was part of the 1986-87 Kenyon swim team that was inducted into the Kenyon Athletic Association Hall of Fame. The 1987 Kenyon women's swim team won the national Division III title, taking 15 of 18 events including all five relays.

Fish earned a master's degree at Duke University and was pursuing a doctorate in biochemistry at Duke when she elected to start her coaching career at IWU. In Durham, N.C., she coached United States Swimming and YMCA age group programs and also coached the Durham Academy girls' team to a high school state championship in 1994.

Teresa lives in Bloomington with her husband John and son George, who swims for FFSC.

Daniel Ratner

Gold

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Katie McHugh

Silver 3/Bronze 2

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Coach Katie is in her fifth year with FFSC, and she is the lead coach of the Silver 3 and Bronze 2 groups. She grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, where she was a state qualifier, team captain, and Female Athlete of the Year at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. In addition to swimming, she played water polo for four years and was an All-Sectional selection. Katie swam in college at Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating in 2013 as one of the most decorated swimmers in the history of the program. At IWU, Katie was a 5-time individual conference champion and four-year National qualifier. She was named CCIW Swimmer of the Year in 2012, team MVP and captain in 2013, and she was a 3-time CSCAA Scholar All-American. In her final race as a Titan, she finished third at Nationals in the 200 fly, the highest finish ever by a Titan swimmer. She currently holds IWU school records in the 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM, and she is a member of all 5 school-record-holding relays. As a senior, she set the CCIW conference record in the 200 fly.

As a coach, Katie's goal is to inspire swimmers to develop a passion for the sport through hard work, great technique, and a fun and supportive team atmosphere. She completed her master's degree in public health at the University of Illinois-Springfield, and when she's not at the pool, she works for the McLean County Health Department.

Morgan S Bishop

Silver 2

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Coach Morgan joined the FFSC staff in April 2015, and he primarily works with the Silver 2 group. He graduated from Normal Community in 2014, and while he was in high school, he swam for FFSC during its first two years of existence. He is currently a student and swimmer at Illinois Wesleyan, where he's majoring in physics (pre-engineering). He was named the team's Most Improved Swimmer his freshman year, and he ranks in the top 10 in IWU history in the 100 back, 200 back, and 400 IM. Morgan is also a coach with the Four Seasons summer league team. 

Cameron Loyet

Bronze 4/Silver 1

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Cameron joined the FFSC staff in fall 2015. He is the lead coach of the Bronze 4 group, and he can also be found working with the Silver groups. He grew up swimming and playing golf in his hometown of Highland and is currently a senior biology major at IWU. Cam is the co-founder of Honey Moon Chocolates, a bean to bar chocolate company he started with his fiancee Haley this past year.

Rebecca Bishop

Bronze 3

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Coach Rebecca has been with FFSC since fall 2015, and she currently works as the lead coach of the Bronze 3 group. Her love of teaching is put to good use in all of her jobs. During the day, she works at Fairview Elementary as a math intervention specialist, and in the evenings, she can often be found coaching with either FFSC or Four Seasons. She lives in Bloomington with her husband John and their 3 kids, Morgan (who also coaches for FFSC), Tristan, and Devan.

Lisa Cheng

Silver 2/Bronze

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Coach Lisa joined the FFSC staff in September 2016 and has worked with both bronze and silver groups during her tenure. She grew up in Vernon Hills, where she swam for CATS and Vernon Hills High School. She is now a junior psychology major at IWU, where she swims sprint free, breast, and fly (or anything that Coach Fish tells her to swim). She was a National qualifier as a freshman and sophomore, and she currently holds school records in the 100 breast and all three free relays. She is excited to share her knowledge and passion for the sport with younger swimmers.

Luke Witteveen

Bronze

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Coach Luke joined FFSC in September 2016 as a Bronze coach. He started swimming when he was 7 years old for the Itasca Dolphins and swam for them each summer. Before high school, he swam a couple seasons for Wheaton Swim Club and a couple more for the West Chicago Sharks. In high school, Luke swam varsity for 3 years on the Glenbard North/East co-op under Coach Troy.  Luke is currently attending Illinois Wesleyan University and pursuing a degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in History.  Luke is now a distance swimmer for the IWU men's team and loves every minute of it!  Luke looks forward to helping young swimmers foster their love for the sport while continually developing their techniques.

Rachel Tomazin

Bronze 1

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Vicki Kobel

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Sam Schulz

Bronze/Silver

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Kayla Palczynski

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Coach Kayla joined the FFSC coaching staff in May 2015. She works with the bronze and silver groups. Kayla grew up in Wheaton, in the west suburbs of Chicago, and in college, she swam breaststroke for the Titans. She graduated from IWU in 2016 and currently works as a nurse at OSF St. Joseph in Bloomington.

Josh Kercheval

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Josh grew up in Sullivan, IL, and spent his age group career with Sullivan Blue Dolphins and Decatur Swim Club.

He was a standout swimmer at Eastern Illinois University from 1999 to 2003, winning 9 conference titles and earning Summit League "Swimmer of the Year" honors in 2002. He was a captain in 2002-03 and has held the school record in the 400 IM for 14 years.

Josh works at State Farm, but he can usually be found at the pool. In addition to working with all FFSC groups as needed, he is in his 5th year as an assistant coach at IWU, and he has continued his post-college swimming career with the Central Illinois Masters. His impressive masters swimming resume includes 9 national championships in open water and distance events and the Illinois state record in the men's 25-29 1650 free. In October 2014, he competed in the longest race of his life, a 10-mile open water swim in the Tennessee River Gorge, where he finished second to an open water Olympian.

Tommy Gilbert

Asst Coach/Administration

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Coach Tommy has been with FFSC since its inception in the fall of 2012, and he was the head senior coach from August 2013 to August 2016. He began his coaching career as an assistant with Glenbrook Aquatics. At GA, he worked with a wide variety of swimmers, ranging from beginners to age group state champions, and was mentored by longtime coaches Kelly Brown and Rob Bond. Tommy was an assistant coach with the girls’ and boys’ teams at Normal West High School in 2012-13. In September 2013, he was hired as an assistant coach at Illinois Wesleyan, and he became a full-time coach at IWU in 2016.

His goal is to develop swimmers who excel in high school and college while loving the sport and keeping the drive to work hard and improve. During his tenure as FFSC’s senior coach, the team placed several athletes in the finals at sectionals and senior state.

Tommy is a native of Northbrook, IL, and graduated from Glenbrook North High School. Growing up, he swam year-round for Northbrook Spartan Swim Club (now Glenbrook Aquatics), where he was coached by Vlad Pyshnenko. As a high school swimmer for coach Josh Runkle at GBN, Tommy swam on three All-American relays, and he was an Academic All-American, a member of the IHSA All-State Academic Team, and the winner of the school's sportsmanship award his senior year. He continued his career at Illinois Wesleyan, where he was a two-time All-Conference selection, a team captain, and IWU’s male recipient of the Merle Chapman Leadership Award.

When he’s not at the pool, Tommy enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing and playing other sports, and watching the Cubs.