Director of Competitive Swimming
Coach Ashleigh has been professionally coaching since 2012
following her departure from her service to the United States Air
Force. Ashleigh grew up in Palos Park, Illinois, and swam
competitively with Westmont Swim Club and Palos Orland Swim
Association. She went on to letter in NCAA Division I Swimming at
the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral
Sciences, Counseling and Human Development, and commissioning into
the Air Force, Ashleigh served for over six years all over the
world as a Force Support Officer (Food Service, Lodging, Fitness,
Recreation, and Human Resources Officer). In the past, she has
volunteered heavily with Special Olympics Alaska, the J. Kyle Braid
Leadership Foundation, and the Chicago Chapter of the USAFA
Association of Graduates.
Ashleigh's leadership philosophy, which has molded her coaching
philosophy, is rooted in the tradition of Servant Leadership which
she acquired from her Master of Arts degree in Organizational
Leadership at Gonzaga University in 2009. Coach Ashleigh
believes in coaching with mutual respect, precision, and
Coach Ashleigh lives locally and is actively involved in caring for
her Niece and two Nephews. She has two dachshunds, Jack &
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri - 12:00-3:30 pm @ Avery YMCA
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur - 4:30-8:30 pm @ Galowich
Sat - 6:00-8:00 am @ Smith
Head Age Group Coach
Marissa started swimming
when she was 9 years old and swam for the JETS for 8 1/2 years.
She also swam varsity for Joliet Township High School all 4
years. Since 2012, Marissa has been coaching a diverse range
of swimmers from novice to top 10 finishers at the state level.
Marissa has been coaching with JETS since 2015. She is currently an
ASCA level 2 coach. She also has experience coaching the
Central Zones Diversity meet for Team Illinois and is involved with
the Illinois Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Marissa is very passionate about coaching, where her
philosophy is to have fun and enjoy swimming, not only as a sport
but to make lifelong friends. In her spare time, Marissa
loves swimming and exercising, listening to music, reading,
photography and watching true crime shows. Marissa has a
daughter named Savannah, and is currently expecting another child.
She is currently studying psychology with a goal of
completing a masters degree.
Office Hours: Tues-Thur 12:00pm-4:30pm, Fri
Coach Marissa is the Lead
Group Coach for the Stunt Pilots, Glider 1's, and the Co-Lead Coach
for the Zeppelin 2's.
Assistant Swim Coach
Beth swam on the JETS for 10 years, and continued to swim for
Lewis University for 2 years. While on the JETS, she was a 4 time Y
National team member in the breaststroke events. Beth has been
coaching with the JETS since October of 2014. Her philosophy is to
ensure that the kids are always having fun, all while having a huge
focus on technical development and healthy habits. She is currently
attending Lewis University in pursuit of a Bachelors in Chemistry
with a minor in Biology. Besides coaching, Beth also is a research
assistant for the Chemistry Department at her school. In addition
to that, she is also the Team Manager for the Lewis University swim
team. Beth also enjoys watching movies, sewing, and swimming. Beth
also has 2 siblings who swim for the JETS.
Lead Group Coach- Glider 2/ Stunt Pilot
Alyssa swam for the JETS for 8
years and also swam all 4 years as a varsity level swimmer for
her Joliet Township High School team. She has been
coaching with the JETS since 2015 where she strives to
create a strong team environment while bringing out her goofy
side to have some fun. Alyssa graduated from Joliet
Junior College with an Associate Degree in Arts, and is currently
studying Fine Arts. She expresses her creativity through drawing,
painting, crafting and many other artistic techniques. Additional
hobbies include playing video games, swimming for fun, and eating!
Alyssa boasts a personal record for eating 52 pieces of sushi
in one sitting (you'll have to ask her about that one). Coach
Alyssa is the lead for our Glider 2 group and Co-Lead for our Stunt
Lead Group Coach-Zeppelin 1
Jessie began competitively
swimming at the age of 11 on the Joliet Jets. She continued
swimming through high school at Lincoln-Way. She was the
breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay that placed 10th in state
in the year 2000. After not swimming competitively in college, she
returned to the pool to swim with the Naperville masters swimming
club. She participated in Big Shoulders 5k swim race in Lake
Michigan in 2009. Jessie also taught swim lessons at Lockport
Township from the age of 15 to 24. She coached on numerous teams
prior to kids-Plainfield High School Girl's JV Swim Team, assistant
coach at Naperville YMCA and head coach for the Lemont Dolphins.
Jessie believes that each child should have a fond and
memorable swim experience while improving their technique, strength
and endurance. Jessie graduated from Eastern Illinois University
with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a teacher's
certification. Prior to her 3rd child, she was a high school math
teacher. Currently, she is self employed as a math tutor. When
Jessie can find the time, she enjoys hiking, camping, reading
celebrity gossip and running. Jessie has 4 children, a 9, 7, 5 and
2 year old, all who she homeschools. Her older three swim for
the Joliet Jets. Coach Jessie is our lead group coach for the
Steven A Vallejo
Lead Group Coach-Zeppelin 2
Coach Steven is a former JETS
swimmer, having swam for about 8 years. He has been with the JETS
swim team as a coach for about a year and half. He is a Junior
coach for JETS and is currently a student at Yorkville High
School. Steven's coaching philosophy is to make
sure the swimmers are having fun, working hard, and making lifelong
friends in the sport. Coach Steven currently resides in Yorkville.
When Steven is not coaching, his other passions include beat
boxing, mixing music on his sound board, and riding his dirt bike
and other off-road vehicles. Another fun fact about Steven is he
likes the swimmers to call him Coach Stevo (that is his nickname).
Coach Steven is currently the Lead Zeppelin 2 coach.