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 1:00 - 3:30 pm 

Dustin: M - F 1:00 - 3:30 pm

All other coaches:  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 swam primarily with Munster Swim Club and made stops with BR Ryall and PPD during summers in college. 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.

Sean Rodney

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Age Group Coach

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.

Jon Michael Burgess

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Age Group 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. 

Kim Leidolf

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Age Group Coach

Joining the PPD Tiger Sharks for the short course 2021-2022 season, Coach Kim Leidolf started swimming lessons at the age of four. When she was ready for swim team, Kim started at Waubonsie White Waters and made stops at Naperville YMCA, and Maverick Swim Team. Coach Kim swam Varsity all four years at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora and also played water polo.  At the conclusion of a successful high school career, Coach Kim continued to swim in at North Central College and graduated with a degree in accounting. Over her extensive coaching career, Kim has coached championship level swimmers with the Great White Sharks in Wheaton, BR Ryall YMCA, and Buehler YMCA. Coach Kim and her husband, George, reside in area and have three children who also swim with PPD.

Samantha J Borre

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Age Group Coach

Currently a junior at Conant High School Sam Borre started her swimming career with the Schaumburg Barracudas at seven years old and ultimately made the transition to the PPD Tiger Sharks at nine. Coach Sam has been with the PPD Tigersharks ever since and has grown up with the program. She has competed at the Regionals, State, and Zones levels in the past, and is currently a member of our the Senior 1 training group. Sam looks forward to getting to know all the swimmers and helping them grow as athletes on the PPD Tigersharks. 

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.

Mike Miklius

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Senior Coach

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. 

 

Board of Directors

Emil Borre

President

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Lindy Maupin

Vice President

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Talitha McKinney

Treasurer

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Madi Verdet

Escrow

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Marija Conic

Escrow

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Kate Palarz

Recording Secretary

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Erin Grady

Registrar

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Eriona Baholli

Communications

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Julie Wheeler

Manna/Fundraising Director

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Agata Rulkowski

Corporate Sponsorship Director

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Ravi Gopu

Meet Director

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Brian Dombroski

Meet Director

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Kari Kaleta

Volunteer Coordinator

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Jenna McClurg

Volunteer Coordinator

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Niraj Parikh

Cash Manager

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