Jory J Blauer
Head Coach; 847-722-8841
Jory began his coaching
career as a teenager in conjunction with his own competitive
swimming. Early on as a coach and a swimmer, he had a great
ability to make the connection between bio-mechanic efficiency in
the water and fast times on the clock. Jory went on to swim
for the University of Iowa where he continued to excel in the water
as a Hawkeye swimmer.
As a coach of 20+ years,
Jory has continued to apply his great bio-mechanic efficiency
knowledge with each swim club he has coached helping many swimmers
attain their goals. A student of the sport, he began learning
various coaching philosophies and strategies, applying parts of
each to his own creating a well stocked tool box.
Jory's enthusiasm for
swimming & working with children is unmatched. His
coaching philosophy is simple: The whole child makes the whole
swimmer. Only by acknowledging who each swimmer is, what they
value and how they approach life, can you help incorporate
successful swimming into their lives. Jory's goal with every
swimmer is to help them become smarter in the water, apply what
they learn in the sport to the rest of their life and develop a
life long love for the sport.
Jory lives on a small
hobby farm in Beach Park with his wife Mea and two sons Andrew and
Matthew. Gardening is a close 2nd to swimming as a life's
passion, and whenever he gets the chance, he loves to
Timothy John Sirois
Tim is a math teacher at HPHS and is
the head boy's swim coach. Back when Tim founded HPAC in
2006, Highland Park lacked a quality competitive swim program.
Tim is extremely proud of Highland Park's return to
prominence in Illinois swimming, and is excited about the future of
the program. Tim has had the privilege of coaching high
school All-Americans, IHSA State medalists, and numerous
ISI JO and Senior Championship qualifiers, as well as athletes
who have continued their swimming careers at the NCAA Division
Tim is enthusiastic about the
opportunities that HPAC brings to the Highland
Park community. He is a strong believer in using swimming as
a vehicle to teach character, integrity and a strong work ethic to
his athletes. As a high school teacher at HPHS, he views the
pool as a classroom for teaching our swimmers valuable
His love of the sport is surpassed
only by his love for his family. He is the proud father of 5:
Kelly, Steven, TJ, Danielle and Natalie.
Donald A Sanderlin
Assistant Senior Coach
Don has over 10 years of
club coaching experience in Illinois and Missouri, as well as
serving as a graduate assistant for Drury University from
1999-2001. While at Drury, Don helped the 2000 womens
team become NCAA Division II National Champions, and
achieve a 2nd place finish in 2001. On the men’s
side, his team finished in second place in 2000-01. Don has had
coached for several teams in Illinois including: COHO Swim Club,
Mundelein Mustang Swim Club, Blue Devil Swim Club and most recently
with Lake Forest Swim Club.
Don swam at
Missouri and Western Illinois University, graduating in 1994 where
he excelled in the breastrokes and IM’s. Growing up, Don swam
at Lake Forest Swim Club and was a junior national qualifier from
1988-91 in the breaststrokes, as well as swimming in the IHSA state
meet from 1987-90, finishing 7th in the 100 BR. in 1990. Don
was coached by his father at Waukegan H.S.
Don has a Bachelor of Science in
Natural Resources from Western Illinois in 1994 and a Master in
Education from Drury University in 2001. Don’s has over
twelve years experience working full time for the federal
government, National Park Service and U.S Navy civilian, water
Tim v Richardson
Age Group Coach
Coach Richardson brings
to HPAC over 35 years of experience in managing swim
programs. He was an All-American collegiate swimmer at
Western Illinois University. After college, Coach
Richardson taught high school physical education for 30
years until he retired from Evanston Township High School.
During his high school tenure, he spent 22 years coaching high
school swim teams. Over his career, he coached several
state champions and All-Americans.
emphasized the importance of good stroke mechanics and really
enjoys seeing the development of his swimmers. HPAC is honored to
have him on staff.
Ileana M Blauer
Age Group Coach
Mea Blauer grew up
swimming in Romania where she developed into a National level
swimmer and was recruited to swim at the University of Iowa.
Mea took her talent in the pool and used it on deck when she
began coaching shortly after graduating with a BS in Geography.
She coached for the Searcy Sharks for 1 year before moving to
Chicago where she coached with the Blue Devil Swim Club in Gurnee
for 5 years. Mea has a deep passion for the sport of swimming
and loves to share that with swimmers.
Mea loves gardening,
living on a farm and anything to do with nature.
Diana Ong Castro
Age Group Coach
Diana Castro joins the
HPAC staff bringing with her an unmatched enthusiasm for
swimming. Diana began swimming several years ago and has
become a student of how to move through the water. She works
for Highland Park HS as the Media Center Coordinator and also
coaches the High School Girls Freshman Soccer
Age Group Coach
Christine grew up as a
COHO swimmer and swam in high school for Loyola Academy. She
coached with HPAC in its first year of formation in 2007. We
are happy to have her back as an HPAC Coach, as well as the HPHS
Girls Water Polo Team Coach.