Head Coach; Genesis, LC Senior Lead
Mark began swimming competitively at the age of 8. He competed for the Cress Creek Country Club in the Naperville Park District, the Naperville YMCA, Naperville North High School, The University of Iowa, and North Central College. He was a four-time high school All American and thirteen-time NCAA D3 All American. Mark captained both the Naperville North and North Central College Swim Teams. He has earned Bachelor Degrees in Management from North Central College (’91), and in Elementary Education from Benedictine University (’97). Mark has been coaching swimming since 1985. He was a three year assistant coach for the Cress Creek Country Club and a two year assistant coach for the Downers Grove Area Swim Team. Mark was the head coach of the Huntington Estates Swim Team for 9 summers. Mark is the original Head Coach and one of the founding members of the Maverick Swim Club (est. 1994). Mark resides in Aurora with his wife, Katie, and son, Logan.
PreCore & LC Black Lead; Admin Coach
Megan swam competitively from the age of 5 to 17,
mainly for the Cress Creek Rebels in the summer and Maverick Swim
Club in the winter.
Megan began her coaching career at Cress Creek in
2000 and coached there for fifteen summers. She coached for the
Champaign YMCA Aquachiefs/Heat during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008
SC seasons while attending the University of Illinois and earning a
Bachelor's degree in Education. Since 2008, Megan has been coaching
for Maverick. In 2009, she led the Mighty Mavs group. In 2010,
Megan became the lead coach of the PreCore group. She loves to help
the youngest swimmers establish positive habits as swimmers. During
2016 and 2017 LC seasons, Megan was honored to join the Team
Illinois coaching staff for the Central Zone meets. In 2018, Megan
served as a the head coach for Team Illinois. TIL was victorious
all three years!
Away from the pool, Megan is a fifth grade
teacher in Glen Ellyn at Park View Elementary School with a
Master's degree in Educational Technology.
Core 1 Lead Coach
Coach Jim has swam competitively for the Naperville Park District,
Maverick Swim Club, Naperville Central and Ball State University.
His main event was distance freestyle. He was team captain of the
NCHS swim team his senior year when they won the State
Championship. Jim was also an individual state champion with
Mavericks his senior year. He swam 4 years at Ball State University
and majored in Elementary Education. Jim has been coaching with
Maverick Swim Club since 2006. He has also coached past years in
the Naperville Park District as head coach for Hobson West and
Steeple Run. Outside of Mavericks, Jim teaches 5th Grade at Steeple
Run Elementary School in District 203.
SC Core 2 & LC Blue Lead Coach
Krista started swimming at age 6 for a YMCA team in Brainerd, Minnesota. She continued to swim through high school and into college at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. While at Stevens Point, Krista earned a degree in English Education. Krista has coached for high school teams in Minnesota and Wisconsin and most recently worked for the Wausau TIDE Swim Club as a coach, swim lesson coordinator, and parent liaison for the last 6 years. Krista joined the Maverick staff in the fall of 2015 and has worked as a C2 and Genesis assistant coach. Krista and Ben have two children: Elyse and Colin.
Core 3 Lead Coach
Coach Missy started swimming at the age of 5. She swam in the Naperville Park Distict, the Naperville YMCA, B.R.Ryall YMCA, and Naperville Central High School. Missy received her bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University and taught for 5 years. She began coaching with the City of Plano Swimmers in Plano Texas in 1998 until moving back to Illinois in 1999 where she started coaching with Maverick Swim Club. Missy has been with Mavericks for 12 years, and this year will be her sixth year as lead coach for the Core 1 group. She also founded the Mighty Mavs group four years ago. Missy’s husband Jay is also a Maverick coach.
Breakout Group Lead Coach
Kim began swimming at the age of 8. She swam for a YMCA in
the northwest suburbs, Conant High School and Augustana
College where she received her bachelors degree. She competed
regularly in many championship level swim meets, including YMCA
Nationals, High School State finals and was ranked in the top 10
nationally for breaststroke in NCAA DIII. She was co-captain
of her High School team for two consecutive years, where she first
got the itch to coach after being asked to help new
swimmers on the boys team with their technique. She began head
coaching summer teams in 1994 (currently Woodridge Sea
Lions) and has been coaching with the Maverick Swim Club since
2014. She has a passion for building and improving on swimmers
stroke techniques to aid them in dropping time and enjoys
paying back her love for the sport to new generations of
swimmers. She also has three children who all currently love the
sport of swimming as well.
Coach Nora started swimming at the age of 7. She swam in the Naperville Park District, the Naperville YMCA, , Naperville North High School and North Central College. During high school and college, Nora coached at Naper Carriage Hill and Centennial Beach.. After college she coached for the Lyons Swim Club, the Downers Grove Area Swim Team and the College of DuPage before starting the Maverick Swim Club along with Mark Townsend and Sue Hubbard. She resides in Naperville with her husband Dave and children Riley and Jackson.
Senior Lead Coach
Keith started swimming at the age of 6 for the Lincoln Trail
Sharks, out of Park Forest, Illinois. He graduated from
Illinois State University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of
Science in Parks and Recreation, and became the head coach of the
Princeton Met Jets in Princeton, Illinois for 3 years. Keith
returned to school in 2004 to earn a Master’s of Education
from Aurora University, graduating in 2007. During the 2006
and 2007 seasons, he was an assistant for the boys’ varsity
team at Naperville North High School. Keith was hired by the
Plainfield School District as a middle school physical
education/health teacher and became an assistant coach for the
Plainfield 203 Cooperative Boys Swim Team in 2007, where he still
coaches. He has been with the Maverick Swim Club Since 2012.
Away from the pool, Keith is a Visiting Professor and coordinator
of the Physical Education/Health Education Teacher Licensure
program in the School of Education and Human Performance at Aurora
University. He resides in Aurora with his wife Beth and their two
children, Sam and Anna, who also Maverick swimmers.
Mighty Mavs Lead Coach
Amy began swimming competitively at the age of 5 at the Elmhurst YMCA and then moving to the Hinsdale Swim Club and Hinsdale Central High School swim team. In 2000, Amy joined the Children's Aquatics staff at Edwards Health and Fitness Center teaching group and private swim lessons and also assisting with the swim program development. In addition to teaching swimming, Amy also still enjoys swimming competitively with the Naperville Waves Masters swim team and has been an active member since 1999. Amy has had many roles with the Maverick Swim Club from parent, board member and most recently coach. Amy has been the lead Mighty Mav coach since 2010. Away from the pool Amy enjoys spending time with her husband Tony, and their son and daughter.