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We are here to support your needs. If you have questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact Head Coach Mike Forsythe. For all questions related to administrative issues, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Mike Forsythe

Head Coach

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Coach Mike has been coaching for almost 15 years. He started his coaching career as a Jr Coach for BSA. After graduating from Reavis High School, he became an Assistant Coach for BSA then joined OLSA with his father, Wally Forsythe. Coach Mike became Head Coach at OFSA in 2016. After three years at head coach, he joined GILLS as an Assistant Coach under legendary coach, Shawn Walsh.

 

Coach Mike's Philosophy: 

"I strive to create a positive environment within my organization. My goals are to: build relationships with my swimmers, develop my swimmers to be successful inside and outside the sport of swimming, and build confidence by developing achievable and challenging goals. My philosophy on coaching is to foster a positive environment that helps the development of swimmers of every level to achieve their goals.

I feel the reasons why I coach have shifted throughout my many different roles in swim programs over the last ten years. However, one reason has been constant all these years, I coach because I want to inflame the sport of swimming within athletes. I want my athletes to push themselves to achieve something they never thought they could achieve. I want my swimmers to look back and say they were pushed to be their absolute best at all times."

 

Coach Mike is currently enlisted in the Illinois National Guard and an OEF Veteran. All certifications are present and is a proud member of USA Swimming. Coach Mike is currently a Level 2 ASCA Certified Coach and ASEP Certified.

Brittany Kamper

Assistant Coach

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Brittany joined POSA in the spring of 2014 as an assistant coach. She started her swimming career with the Burbank Stingrays when she was 6 years old. She transferred to the Hickory Willow Swim Club a few years later. Brittany was a varsity and state swimmer all 4 years at Sandburg High School; and competed at the Junior Nationals Championship Meet twice. Brittany went on to swim at Lewis University. She holds records at both Sandburg and Lewis. Her favorite stroke is backstroke!

Jake Grella

Assistant Coach

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Coach Jake joined POSA in the Fall of 2016 as an assistant coach. He began swimming competitively during his freshman year at Sandburg High School. He continued to swim and also play water polo for all 4 years. He also is the Sandburg Assistamt Water Polo Coach for the boys team.  His favorite strokes are breaststroke and the IM!

Dan Mroz

Assistant Coach

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I’ve been swimming since I was 7 and have been swimming at POSA since I was 10. I’ve also swam for the Stagg swim team for 4 years and played water polo my freshman and sophomore year. My favorite strokes are fly and free but i also like sprint free.

Colleen Donnell

Junior Coach

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I started swimming on POSA when I was 6 years old & I swam for 11 years. I played water polo and swam for Sandburg’s varsity team for 4 years. My favorite stroke is backstroke, but I also love sprint freestyle.

Erin Barry

Junior Coach

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I started swimming for POSA when I was 8. I currently swim at Sandburg, where I've been a varsity swimmer since freshman year. I play water polo as well. My favorite strokes are fly and free. 

Bella Kamykowski

Junior Coach

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I’ve been swimming on POSA since I was 5 and have been on Sandburg’s swim team since freshman year. I love backstroke but the 500 freestyle is definitely my favorite event. I’m also on the waterpolo team at Sandburg and I’m excited to be a coach on the team I’ve been on for so long. 

Board of Directors

Tracy Pautsch

President

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Kate Donnell

Vice-President/Meet Director

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Mary Barry

Treasurer

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Candi Kamykowski

New Member Liaison/Registration

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Neveen Swais

Fundraising

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Donna Driscoll

Board Member

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Lindsie Fransen

Board Member

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Erin DuBois

Board Member

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