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Head Coach (Gold)
Joined the NAC staff in 2013
4 year letter winner at UIC
Currently holds UIC school record in the 1000 Freestyle (9:23.20; 2010) and 1650 Freestyle (15:37.86; 2010)
Four-year letter winner for the Griffins ... guided team to a sectional championship every year of his high school career ... earned All-Southwest Suburban Conference accolades, as well as All-State and All-American honors during his prep campaign ... named to the high honor roll ... competed with the North Aquatics Sharks club for three years, setting club records in numerous events ... also a four-year letter winner for Lincoln-Way's water polo team
Former Head Lincoln-Way East Water Polo coach, turning a program with a losing record to it's first appearance in the State Quarterfinals
Favorite events: distance freestyle
Coach Julie is originally from southern California. Started coaching club in 1993 with the South Pasadena Sea Tigers. Since then, she has coaches high school, college, masters and now the NAC Sharks! Her coaching philopshy is everyone counts and she loves helping swimmers set goals and improve technique. She has lived in Illinois since 2005 with her husband and three daughters!
Joined the NAC staff in 2017
Susie is a Physical Education teacher at Lyons Township High School where she swam and played water polo "back in the day!" After briefly swimming at Ball State, she began coaching instead of competing. She has coached at Lyons Swim Club and Prestwick CC. Susie spent 10 years as the Frosh-Soph Swim coach at LT and 11 years as the Girls Varsity Water Polo coach at Lyons before she had her own kids. Her daughters, Teagan and Logan have swam for the Sharks for four years now.
Favorite Event: 500 Free
Joined NAC staff 2015
Lauren Vander Velde
Joined the NAC staff in 2017
Lauren swam age group from 2nd grade through her junior year at LWE
4 year Varsity water polo player at Lincoln-Way East High School
SWSC Blue All-Conference water polo player (2014)
Favorite Event: 500 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke
Coach (Great White)
Joined the NAC staff in 2018
Paula teaches at Camelot Therapeutic Day School in Naperville
Swam throughout high school and coached age group at HF before joining NAC
Mom to two boys who swam age group and high school
Enjoys teachng basic stroke technique to help swimmers swim faster and move to the next level
Favorite Stroke: Butterfly
Sarah J Jackson
Joined the NAC staff in 2019
Sarah has been swimming for 9 years and is a former SHARK
4 year swim and water polo player at Lincoln-Way North and East
Currently, swimming for Indiana Wesleyan
Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke
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