Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Jonathan A Cabel

Co Head Coach / Gold Team Lead Coach


Jon Cabel first came to the St Charles Swim Team as a swimmer, then an Age Group Coach and in 2000 he became Head Coach till 2007 when he became Co Head Coach with Tim Lewarchick.  Jon’s coaching career began with the St Charles Swim Team in 1994 when he coached a variety of groups within the St Charles Swim Team.  In 1996 Jon became an assistant coach with the New Wave Swim Team in Raleigh North Carolina where he continued his coaching with age group swimmers.  Jon became the Head Coach of the Homewood Flossmoor Swim Club in 1998. 

As an athlete Coach Cabel first discovered competitive swimming with a local club in southern Indiana the Linton Stingrays.  Swimming with different clubs in Indiana; Vincennes YMCA, Bloomington Gators and Donner Swim Club lead him to swim for his brother Joe Cabel at Columbus North High School.  Jon then swam in college at Eastern Michigan University under Coach Peter Linn.  During the summers of his college career is when Coach Cabel swam for the St Charles Swim Team.

Since 2000 Coach Cabel has help the SCST grow from a 150 swimmer team to a club that has over 440 swimmers participate yearly.  During his time with the Team Jon has coached SCST State Champions, State Record Holders, National Top 16 Swimmers, Junior National, Senior National and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.  While at SCST Coach Cabel has worked with four Team Illinois’ Zones Staffs and Head Coach twice.  Jon was recognized as Illinois Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year, he has also served as Illinois Swimming Age Group Vice Chair for Illinois Swimming.

Coach Cabel is married to former SCST Swimmer and Coach Holly Earls Cabel, they have 3 boys Austin, Ben and Charlie Joe.  When Coach Cabel is not at the pool or with his family he enjoys fishing, music and working around the house.

Laurie L Chokran

Age Group Lead Coach - Orange Team


Mary R Dauw

Age Group Lead Coach - Blue Team


Coach Mary Dauw began coaching with the St Charles Swim Team in 1999 and is the Lead Coach for the Blue Team (9 & 10 year old swimmers).

Mary began swimming at the age of 5 and competed through high school for the BR Ryall YMCA.  She was a multiple time National YMCA Champion, IHSA State Championa dn competed in the 1976 Olympic Trials.  Coach Mary swam for the University of Michigan in college, achieving All-American honors in the backstroke and individual medley events.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, prior to coaching Coach Mary enjoyed a career in Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiology.

All three of Mary's children participated in the St Charles Swim Team program before going on to enjoy successful collegiate swimming careers at the University of Tennessee and University of Michigan.

The high point of coaching for Mary is helping swimmers to achieve goals that they did not think were possible.  Coach Mary places a strong emphasis on the development of good stroke technique and strives to keep the "fun" in fundamentals.

Matthew a Munz

Age Group Lead Coach - White Team


Matthew began his swimming career at the YMCA swimming for the Lincoln Trail Sharks out of Governors State University at 5 years old. He grew tired of sitting in the stands watching his 2 older siblings (Steven & Amy) have all the fun. Matthew attempted all organized sports growing up (baseball, football, basketball, soccer, track and field) but swimming was always his favorite. Matthew swam for a number of other teams (Valley View Gators & Homewood Flossmor Vikings) before joining the St. Charles Swim Team in 1990 at 9 years old.

Matthew was never an individual age group champion but was part of numerous state championship relays his entire age group career. He was always benefiting from a good team that surrounded him. Matthew was the epitome of a “late bloomer” swimmer. As a senior swimmer he finally captured multiple individual state championships, setting the 200 IM state record as well as winning Swimmer of the Meet his senior year. Matthew also qualified for Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals (reaching finals in every event his senior year at Junior Nationals), as well as earning a scholarship to swim at Southern Illinois University in 1998. In 2000, Matthew qualified for the Olympic Trials in several races, competing for both St. Charles Swim and Southern Illinois University.

Matthew enjoyed his prep time at St. Charles High School, earning First Team All American Honors (8x) as well as being a member of the 1997 state championship team. He won the mental attitude award all 4 years, was the teams' co-captain his senior year and voted most valuable swimmer. (Shared the award with Shane Whildin) Matthew finished his high school career the record holder in the 200 medley Relay, 200 IM, 200 free relay and 100 back. 

During his collegiate career Matthew enjoyed further success. He was a multiple conference champion, conference record holder and school record holder (100 & 200 Back). Matthew was voted most valuable swimmer and SIU's male athlete of the year for the entire school in 2001.

Matthew joined the coaching staff in 2011 after years of working for a private manufacturing company after college. After some soul searching Matthew realized his true calling was swimming and began coaching full time. He started as an assistant with the White team helping Denise Mitchell. Since that time, Matthew has coached multiple levels on the team (Jr Team, Pre-Team, Blue Team, Gold Team and Senior Team). Matthew is most proud of his swimmers when they beat his old records.

During his free time, Matthew enjoys being with his family, golfing, fishing, bowling, watching movies, listening to music, making his own music, gaming, working out and working on his car.  

Brian s Mitchell

Age Group and Senior Assistant Coach


Brian Mitchell joined the St. Charles Swim Team coaching staff in the spring of 2007.  He began coaching in 2000 as an unpaid, volunteer coach for Conant High School girls swim team.  He spent 3 years at Conant before being offered to coach their cross city rival, Schaumburg High School.  Brian took over the boys program in the fall of 2003, when numbers and interest in the program began to dwindle.  In his short tenure, he was able to increase participation on the team by 50%.  With a growing family in near-by South Elgin, now totaling four children, and seeing his career as a coach beginning to take shape,  Brian jumped at the opportunity to coach with program that is rich in tradition and known nationally.

Coach Mitchell has been fortunate to have coached swimmers in our Age Group program who have gone to have success at the Regional, State, High School, Collegiate and Junior National levels.  His philosophy, teach children to love the sport, respect the sport and each other.  “If you do things right, fast will find you…it may not be today, but it will find you.” 

Marina L Cowart

Age Group Assistant Coach - Orange Team


Coach Lark has 19 years of competitive swim history as an athlete including State and Championship teams.  She has trained under some of the best coaches in swimming including Mark Schubert, Richard Quick, Dave Salo and Jim Steen.  Throughout her swim career she focused on swim mechanics and was interested in discovering what makes a good swimmer great.  Lark realized she would not be one of the greats in swimming but learned that she loved the sport and enjoyed helping others achieve their full potential.  This lead her to team management and coaching.  Coach Lark believes that in order for our athletes to reach their full potential, as coaches we must foster growth in all areas of child development including physical, emotional, and social development.

In addition to coaching swimming, she has experience coaching championship athletes in the sport of Canoe & Kayak and was a Junior National Development Team coach at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. 

Nicole Kucera

Age Group Assistant Coach - Orange Team


Coach Nicole has always been involved in the swimming world.  She started swim lessons at one year old.  At 13 she started teaching swim lessons at the Norris Rec Center.  Now she teaches swim lessons and coaches the Junior Swim Team and the Orange Team.  She has worked with Coach Laurie and the Orange Teamers since 2011.  Her philosophy of coaching is to make sure everyone is having fun and learning how to be a fantastic swimmer.  In her time outside the pool she enjoys reading and spending time in Door County, Wisconsin.

Jim Nickolov

Age Group Assistant Coach - Blue Team


Coach Jim was born and raised in Bulgaria- Europe. He started swimming at the age of nine, since the city he was born in was located at the Black Sea Riviera. In 1972 Coach Nickolov graduated from the sporting school called “Olympic Hopes”, located in Sofia – Bulgaria. Since the age 14 years old he was a member of the Bulgarian National Swim Team. In 1975 he graduated from a special college, a college for coaching swimming. Jim re-located to the United States in 1978. From 1983 to 1989 he was the Head Coach of Merrillville High school in Indiana, coaching varsity boys and girls. During the same period of time he was also a head coach of the Merrillville Aquatic Club in Indiana, where he coached numerous nationally ranked swimmers. In 1985 he was honored with the Indiana High School Coach of the Year Award. From 1989 through 1992 he was the Head Coach of Munster Swim Club. During the years from 1994-2000 he was the Head Coach of the Hanover Park Sailfish swim team. From 2001 – 2012, he was the co-head coach of the Bartlett Electrix Swim Team. Coach Jim; Loves to Coach, Coaching is his Life, Coaching is what he does.

Kent C Pearson

Age Group Assistant Coach - White Team


Rob s Rooney

Senior Team Assistant Coach


Julia V Shallcross

Age Group Assistant Coach - Blue Team