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Swim Club Coaches & Board Members

The GA coaching staff is dedicated to supporting your swimmers needs first and foremost. If you have questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting or other swimming related needs, please contact one of the HEAD COACHES listed below.  The majority of our staff have full time jobs outside the pool in addition to their families and are employed on a part time basis.  The head coaches are full time and happy to discuss all matters with the appropriate staff in response to your concerns, questions and comments.

For all questions related to administrative issues, such as dues or fees, parent volunteering or officiating please contact one of the board members listed below or email glenbrookgatorregister@gmail.com.

Coaching Staff

Kelly A Brown

GA Head Coach & Silver Coach

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Coach Kelly has entered her 24th year of coaching and could not be prouder of the fact that she was instrumental in the formation of the Northbrook Spartan Swim Club, now known as Glenbrook Aquatics. Glenbrook Aquatics has consistently finished their state team performances within the top 25 teams, many times in the top 20 teams in Illinois at the Age-Group Championships and Senior Championships for the past tweleve years! Glenbrook Aquatics has also developed many state champions and top 16 state finishes as well as junior and senior national qualifiers and zone qualifiers.  She is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) level 4 certified coach as well as a previous member of the Age Group Committee for Illinois Swimming.

A year round club swimmer herself from age 6-18 with the Arlington Alligators, she is convinced her heart and soul are within the pool and furthermore coaching the wonderful sport of swimming! After finishing a four year Varsity swimming career at Saint Viator High School, she chose to embark on coaching rather than competing while studying for her college degree. After receiving a BA in Criminal Justice and having no luck at obtaining a position within the court system, the idea of full-time coaching presented itself and she instantly took the chance. She tried a brief stint in the corporate world and has found that coaching Glenbrook Aquatics has become such a intricate part of her life, career and dream.

She looks forward to continuing to promote the club philosophy which produces great swimmers that stay in the program for the long haul as well as developing into tremendous individuals.  Alongside a remarkable and supportive coaching staff at Glenbrook Aquatics, the athletes are all bound and determined to become well-rounded and respectful athletes. Glenbrook Aquatics is  so proud to offer "something for everyone" within all of our aquatic programs!  

Kelly has two beautiful girls which I am sure will be seen around the pool for years to come.  She and husband Brian (who also coaches swimming) reside in Palatine and are very busy these days with coaching, raising the girls and playing with their crazy dog, Flyer.

Amy Holt Oliphant

Head Developmental Coach

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Coach Amy grew up in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School.   She began swimming competitively at the age of 6 but at the age of 12 she decided to put her swimming career on hold to pursue her dream of playing collegiate tennis.  After playing Varsity tennis at New Trier for four years she continued her playing career at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Despite her success in tennis, her heart always missed the pool so when her oldest daughter began swimming for Glenbrook Aquatics the door back to the pool opened.  Amy has been an active member of Glenbrook Aquatics ever since.  She became a board member and when a coaching opportunity became available she jumped on it and has been coaching ever since.  She is an ASCA level 2 coach , pursuing her level 3 certification.  Amy has coached every level at Glenbrook Aquatics and has been the head Development Coach since 2013.  She is passionate about the sport and Glenbrook Aquatics.  Her goal for the development groups is to give each child the opportunity to reach their potential both in and out of the pool by developing kids with strong character and good technique.  She encourages all of her swimmers to DREAM BIG! 

Samantha D'Andrea

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Sam started swimming competitively at the age of seven. She swam for both the Schaumburg Barracudas and the Palatine Tiger Sharks. She also swam all four years for the varsity level at Fremd High School in Palatine and was named Captain her Senior Year. She attended Winona State University and majored in Family and Consumer Science. While swimming is still her main passion she doesn’t find herself jumping in the pool as often as she should; instead as another form of exercise she participates in most drylands with her Silver Group. Coach Sam currently lives in Downtown Palatine with her sister Kristina. She enjoys the location because it just so happens to be next to her all time favorite restaurant which can be both a blessing and a curse for her body and bank account. She has no children but she does have two cats, Stanley and Reginald, and a bunny named Hubert Cumberdale. Any free time Coach Sam has is usually spent with her pets, her friends and of course, Netflix. 

She joined the Glenbrook Aquatics coaching staff during the winter of 2009. Coach Sam works mostly with the Silver Group but can also be seen helping out with the Gold Groups from time to time. She has also taken on an administrative role within the club putting herself in charge of all the GA swimmer’s achievement points (so be nice to her), some meet entries, organization of home meets and much more. Usually when you see Coach Kelly, Coach Sam isn’t too far behind. She has thoroughly enjoyed watching Glenbrook Aquatics grow in both athletes and achievements and is extremely excited to see what is in store for GA. 

Patrick Griffin

Assistant Gold Group Coach

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Coach Patrick was born and raised in Palatine, IL and swam competitively  with the Palatine Park District Tigershark Swim Team since he was 6 years old.  He also swam with Patriot Aquatic Club in Lincolnshire for a short stint but his heart was with the PPD Tigersharks. He attended Palatine High School swimming all four years on the varsity club and achieved three school relay records in his career there. He then chose to extend his education at the University of Northern Iowa and Eastern Illinois University and was a proud member of EIU Conference Championship swim team.

Patrick graduated in 2005 with a degree in Recreation Administration, minor in Business Administration. His past employment includes a Palatine Park District Employee for 10 years, served as the interim Head Coach of Palatine Park District Swim Team. Has previously worked at Rolling Meadows Park District and the Northbrook Park District. Currently he is working at the Buffalo Grove Park District running the district's Aquatic programs and facilities. He has been happily coaching with Glenbrook Aquatics since the spring 2007 and specializes in working with the Gold Conditioning, Competitive and Extreme groups.  Outside the pool, Patrick enjoys spending time and relaxing with friends and family.

Steve Grzybek

Assistant Gold Group Coach

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Yet another product of the Palatine swim group, Steve followed quite a few big names in the swimming community, including the Griffins and Sorensens (and I guess even the D'Andrea's). While he leaned much harder toward the sport of water polo, he understands the importance of swimming competitively and even attempts to stay in shape (since the idea of losing a race to the kids keeps him up at night). Currently a head coach for the boys water polo team at Prospect High School, where Steve tries to channel his appreciation for coaching and the sport by making people believe he knows what he's doing with inaudible yelling and arm gestures. His current goal is to turn Prospect into a legitimate state contender eventually. 
 
Beginning his second year with the GA family, Steve has a great time helping the kids in the upper Gold Groups improve their technique and swim faster, while learning from his fellow coaches and trying to solve the mystery of why they keep him around.

Kristina D'Andrea

Assistant Silver Group Coach

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Coach Kristina was born in Schaumburg but lives in Palatine, IL with her sister Sam. She started swimming competitively at the age of six with the Schaumburg Barracudas and Palatine Tiger Sharks. Kristina swam at the varsity level for Fremd High School her freshmen and sophomore year before deciding to focus all of her attention on water polo. She played water polo at Fremd her junior and senior year and was able to be a starter during that time as well as team captain senior year. Her team was able to make it to state both years she played and placed third overall. After high school, Kristina attended Illinois State University where she graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. 
 
Kristina is now a part-time preschool teacher in Wilmette, part-time substitute teacher in Schaumburg, and part-time swim coach with Glenbrook Aquatics. She joined Glenbrook Aquatics in Spring 2015 and works with the silver group. Kristina is very excited to continue to get to know the swimmers and watch them achieve their goals in and out of the water! In her spare time, Kristina likes to hang out with her friends and family, her adopted pets, and binge watch her favorite tv shows on Netflix. 

Traci L Jablonski

Assistant Silver Group Coach

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Coach Traci was born and raised in Palatine, IL and swam competitively with the Palatine Park District Swim Team since she was 6 years old.  She attended Palatine High School and was on the varsity swim team all four years.  She was a four year state qualifier.  She was also the team captain her senior year.  Traci went on to swim for Illinois State University.  She graduated in 1999 with a degree in human development and a minor in sociology.  After college she became a flight attendant for United Airlines.  She got laid off after 9/11 and went to National Lewis University and got her Master’s degree in elementary education. 

Traci has been with Glenbrook Aquatics for 11 years now.  She works with the silver group.  She loves kids and enjoys watching them grow in and out of the water.  Traci and her husband Tom, live in Fox River Grove where they are the proud parents of Maggie and Charlie.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and catching up on her favorite TV shows.

Daphne Frank

Assistant Silver Group Coach

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Coach Daphne joined Glenbrook Aquatics in 2013.  She began her competitive swimming at the age of 7 in Little Rock, Arkansas with the Little Rock Racquet Club Dolphins swim team.  She was a state and zone qualifier in her early years.  Daphne moved to Northbrook, IL in 1991 to start High School at GBN where she was a 4 year varsity swimmer, state qualifier, and her senior year was All-State in the 200 free relay.  She then continued to swim at Northern Illinois University.

Daphne graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2000 receiving her degree in Athletic Training.  She worked for AthletiCo physical therapy for 7 years until her husband, Daniel, moved them to Madison, WI to pursue his medical career.  He is now an Oncologist in the western suburbs and swims on the Glenbrook Aquatics Masters team whenever possible.  They now live in Northbrook with their two kids, Gabriel and Lital, who also swim for Glenbrook Aquatics.  This is her third year coaching the developmental groups and is also the assistant director of the SwimAmerica program for Glenbrook Aquatics.  Daphne is also currently a school board member for District 31 where her kids attend school in Northbrook.

Ali Georgacakis

Lead Gold Gator Coach

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Coach Ali was raised in Bettendorf IA.  She grew up playing a number of sports, including of course, swimming!  After high school graduation Coach Ali attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.  There she received her B.A. in Elementary Education. Coach Ali has taught  eighth grade (South Beloit, IL), seventh grade (Skokie, IL), fourth grade (Gurnee, IL), and aided in a Kindergarten classroom (Buffalo Grove, IL).  As you can see, Coach Ali loves helping children learn! 

Ali’s returns for her fifth year on staff with GA.  She is now heading up the Gold Gator grou and runs our Master practices a few times a week after having worked primarily with the Blue and Green Groups in the past. Her goal in coaching is to help each swimmer reach his/her personal goal(s).  You may see Coach Ali holding two future swim champs, if so, make sure you say hello to her boys!  Outside the pool she loves to spend time with her husband, Justin, kids and dogs.

Robert L Gilbert

Assistant Coach Gator Groups

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Coach Bobby enjoyed 15 years of year-round competitive swimming, most of them with Glenbrook Aquatics. He swam breaststroke and I.M. on the varsity team at GBN, and he also swam during his freshman year at Illinois Wesleyan University. He has been teaching swim lessons since 2009, started coaching with GA in 2013, and is excited to be working with the Pre, Junior, and Mighty Gator groups. He graduated from IWU in 2015 as a psychology major and plans on pursuing a master’s degree in counseling. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, read fiction, and play disc golf.

Michelle Schueler

Assistant Gator Group Coach

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Michelle has grown up in Arlington Heights since 1991. She started swimming when she was ten years old, first for the park district and then swam on Arlington Alligators. Michelle attended Prospect High School where she swam on the varsity swim team for all four years. She also played varsity water polo for all four years where she was chosen for the all sectional team her senior year. She then attended DePaul University where she majored in Elementary Education and received her minor in business administration. After graduation in the summer of 2015, she started coaching the developmental groups of Glenbrook Aquatics. In her spare time she enjoys running and has ran in two Chicago Marathons raising money for the organization Misericordia. She also enjoys volunteering at her local homeless shelter and works full time at a therapeutic day school in Palatine as a teachers assistant hoping to one day have a classroom of her own.

David Silvert

Assistant Gator Group Coach

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Coach David was born and adopted from Russia, grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania as well as Northbrook Illinois. He graduated from Glenbrook North High School and is thrilled to be coaching with the Glenbrook Aquatics team. Coach David hopes to coach college swimming in the future and his swimming career began with Glenbrook Aquatics at the age of 10. He swam for Coach Rob through all of high school and thoroughly loved swimming and training with the varsity swimmers his senior year. Coach David keeps his competitive nature and want for success in and out of the pool by training hard for the opportunity of swimming for UW-Oshkosh, as a college student, and a coach who is driven to learn. Coach David’s goals as a coach are to work hard, inspire others, and learn as much as he can from the extraordinarily skilled and experienced coaches, he gets to work alongside.

Traci Johnston

Admisinstrator

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Coach Traci is a former GBN Varsity swimmer where she earned All Conference honors during all four years and All-State honors three years. Traci went onto swim for the Illinois State University and was proudly named Team Captain her senior year. This is Traci’s seventh year coaching for Glenbrook Aquatics (formerly Northbrook Spartan Swim Club) and she enjoys working with the all the groups of the club. Traci has currently taken on the roll of Administrative assistant for GA.

Coach Traci also is the GBN Boys JV/Freshman swim team coach and is a GBN school Administrative Assistant for a the PE departments. Traci and husband Brian are the proud parents of two daughters, Taylor and Teagan as well as the newest addition, Walter, their rescue dog.  In Traci's spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and attending Brewer games.

Board of Directors

Arthur Del Muro

President

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Joanie and Dana Gilbert

Treasurer

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Lorraine Grod

Former President

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