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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 Head Coach, Jory Blauer

Coaching Staff

Jory J Blauer

Head Coach; 847-722-8841

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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 fish.

Timothy John Sirois

Senior Coach

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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 I level.

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 life-skills.

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

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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 survival division.

Tim v Richardson

Age Group Coach

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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. 

Coach Richardson 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

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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

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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 Team.  

Christine Pasquesi

Age Group Coach

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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.