Coaches & Directors

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 one of the board members.

 

Swim Team Office Hours

Tony:  M - F 2:00 - 3:30 pm 

Dustin: M - F 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Lucas, Seth, Adam, Branon:  By appointment only

(Coaches may not be in the office the Monday following competition)

Coaching Staff

Tony Gallagher

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Head Head Coach/Swim Team Coordinator

Tony Gallagher has been the Head Coach/Swim Team Coordinator for the Tiger Sharks since 2013, after being the Head Developmental Coach and Head Age Group Coach from 2009-2013. After making stops as an assistant coach at Western Illinois University , The University of Georgia Swim Camps, and in his home town with the Munster Swim Club, Coach Tony has enjoyed being a part of the team's continued growth and success.  He possesses an in depth plan in stroke mechanics, seasonal progressions, and dry land training throughout the program's levels. Before PPD, Tony was a national team swimmer at BR Ryall, PPD, and Munster Swim Club. Coach Tony was team captain at WIU during his Junior and Senior seasons as well as the 2010 13-14 Girls Illinois Zones Coach, 2011 11-12 Illinois Zones Coach, and 2012 Head Illinois Zones Coach . Tony has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a K-12 Teaching Certificate from Western Illinois University. Additionally, Tony has previously served as a member of the Illinois Swimming Age Group Committee from 2010-2017.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dustin Thompson

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Head Age Group Coach

Originally from Munster, Indiana, Head Age Group Coach, Dustin Thompson, began his swimming career at the age of eight with the Munster Swim Club. He has accumulated numerous age group and high school swimming state championships in the freestyle, butterfly, and IM events. After high school, Dustin attended Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. At PSU, he competed in the butterfly and IM events, in addition to being team captain his Senior year and National Qualifier. Thompson was named a Coach for the 2012, 2013, 2014 10 & Under Illinois Zones Team, and 2015 and 2016 Head Coach of Illinois Zones Team. Coach Dustin looks forward to leading PPD's age group program, focusing on stroke technique, swimming smart, and having fun interactions in and out of the pool.

Seth Sabel

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Age Group Coach

A former Hoffman Hawk, Coach Seth has a lengthy background swimming in the area at the club and high school level, as well as at Western Illinois University. As a member of the PPD coaching staff, Seth has been an important part of the development of the age group swimmers. Seth has an amazing support staff with his wife and family allowing him to coach and work full time as an Enrolled Agent with the accounting & tax firm BJS & Associates, LTD.  He has volunteered for some time now and is looking to give back to the sport that he loves.

Lucas Osterbur

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Senior Coach

 

A 2009 graduate of Hope College, Lucas Osterbur joins the PPD Tiger Sharks as a Senior Coach. Coach Lucas comes to Palatine after receiving his Masters Degree from the University of Illinois. While in Champaign, Coach Lucas also coached with the Champaign County YMCA Heat. While with the HEAT, Osterbur worked with a variety of different age groups, as well as some of the fastest swimmers in the state. Coach Lucas is very excited to continue his coaching career with the Tiger Sharks.

Adam Longo

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Age Group Coach

Coach Adam graduated from Conant High in 2007, where he was part of both swimming and water polo teams. After graduation, he attended Harper College and Northern Illinois University, graduating with a degree in Rehabilitation Services.  Coach Adam has been coaching since 2008 with a variety of ages and ability levels. He enjoys working with all swimmers and encourages learning and fun! Longo has been with PPD since 2016 and has been an invaluable piece to the team’s success.

Coach Adam also serves as the assistant Boys’ Water Polo coach for Hoffman Estates High School and Harper College.

 

Branon Renick

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Age Group Coach

Branon Renick started coaching in 2011 and came to PPD in 2016. Before PPD, Branon was the Head Age Group Coach of Maverick Aquatics (MVA) in Lafayette, IN. In this role, he guided athletes to state and zone cuts as well as multiple new team records! In addition, he served Catch the Sprit and Age Group Memorial camp staffs. Before MVA, he served two long course seasons as an assistant coach for Sugar Creek Swim Club and spent three summers with the Frankfort Swim Club in a variety of roles including Head Coach. Branon is a recent graduate of Purdue University and currently works at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Rolling Meadows. 

Agnes Wojtas

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Age Group Coach

Coach Agnes started her swimming career with the PPD Tiger Sharks as an age group swimmer and was a member of the Palatine High School swimming and water polo teams. Agnes joined the Tiger Sharks coaching staff in 2012, while finishing up her Bachelor's degree from Carthage College. While at Carthage, she was a standout water polo player, and team captain. With such a wide variety of experience in the water from a leadership and athletic standpoint, Agnes has been an outstanding addition to PPD's age group program. Coach Agnes has been able to help foster an environment of learning and fun, while helping develop PPD's youngest athletes. 

 

Jon Michael Burgess

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Developmental Coach

Coach Jon-Michael Burgess joined the Palatine Tiger Sharks in the fall of 2017. JM arrives to Palatine after four successful years at Michigan State University. While at MSU, he played water polo for the Spartans and was a member of the 2014 Big Ten Champions. Coach JM started his swimming career in high school and has been teaching swim lessons for the past eight years. The addition of JM’s enthusiasm and knowledge is a welcomed addition to the Tiger Shark program. 

Board of Directors

Jennifer Bolger

President

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Susan Savage

Vice President

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Teresa Stepp

Treasurer

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Janet Borre

Escrow

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Darcie Bestor

Registrar

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Agata Rulkowski

Communications

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Cindy Hooten

Manna/Fundraising Director

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Doug Hill

Corporate Sponsorship Director

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Emil Borre

Meet Director

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Jill Berls

Volunteer Coordinator

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Erin Grady

Secretary

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