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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.

Coaching Staff

Tim Lewarchick

Aquatics Dir/Co Head Coach/SR Lead Coach

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Tim Lewarchick is currently a Co-Head Coach for the St. Charles Swim Team, where he has been coaching with SCST since 2006, leading the senior team.  Tim has coaching experience at the collegiate and high school levels that spans more than 25 years and includes coaching an Olympic Athlete, 2 Olympic Trial finalist; Bronze Medalist in the Pan American Games; numerous Olympic trial qualifiers; National Age Group record holders; as well as Sectional, Junior National, and Senior National level swimmers. Before relocating to Saint Charles in 2006 Tim served as Head Coach for Sheridan Swim team in Quincy, Illinois where he produced 9 High School All-Americans. Between the years of 1990 – 2002, Tim was the Head Coach of FAST (Firestone Akron Swim Team).  During the years of 1991-2002, Tim also served as the Head Coach of Firestone High School Men’s and Women’s Team, where he produced 72 High School All-Americans and 5 Top 5 nationally ranked teams.  He was awarded the “Ohio State Coach of the Year”.  He was also recognized as the “Lake Erie Coach of the Year” during his tenure in Ohio, he has inducted into the Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016.

Jonathan A Cabel

Co Head Coach / Age Group 4 Lead Coach

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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 1 Lead Coach

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Laurie has been involved in swimming since age 10. She competed for Southeast Delco YMCA in Chester, PA, and Archbishop Prendegast High School in Drexel Hill, PA until she graduated High School. While she did not compete at Penn State, she was a regular in the lap lanes during open swim. Her coaching career began in 1999, when her children began swimming competitively. She coached at the Southern Chester County YMCA, and was the Head Men's Swim Coach at Avon Grove High School in Chester County, PA 1999-2000. When her family was relocated to Illinois in fall of 2000, she joined the SCST coaching staff as lead 8 & Under coach. Her 4 children all proudly came up through the SCST program.  They swam at very different levels. However, they all love the sport the same.... even today (as proud SCST Alumni). The thing that Laurie loves most about swimmming is that there is a place for EVERYONE in the sport. She considers it a privledge to be able to watch all the athletes blossom into strong, confident young adults who also love the sport. 

Mary R Dauw

Age Group 2 Lead Coach

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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.

Jim Nickolov

Age Group 3 Lead Coach

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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.

Marina L Cowart

Assistant Coach

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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. 

Brian T Englert

Assistant Coach

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Coach Brian has 15 years of competitive swim history. Brian started his swimming career right here with the St. Charles Swim Team at the age of 7. He knew right away that this was the sport for him. After swimming all through grade school, middle school, and high school, Brian took his swimming career a step further and swam for the NCAA Division 3 at Carroll University. If you ask him what he primarily swam over a course of those 4 years, he will probably tell you that he did a little bit of everything (Primarily focusing on distance his first 2 years and the IM, Breaststroke, and Sprint Freestyle his last 2 years).

Coach Brian joined the coaching staff beginning of 2018. He is always excited for what each practice brings and to see our swimmers progress every single day. He has a driven passion for this sport and truly believes that having fun, keeping a strong work ethic, and staying positive are the three key pillars of what makes for a great swimmer.

If not at the pool coaching, there’s a pretty good chance he’s on a plane flying somewhere. Like swimming, he has a strong passion for traveling out of the country, site seeing, exploring, meeting new people, and embracing other cultures.

Nicole Kucera

Assistant Coach

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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.

Brian S Mitchell

Assistant Coach

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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.” 

Adam Musial

Assistant Coach

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Julia V Oelslager

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Hannah J Pearson

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Rob S Rooney

Assistant Coach

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Robert Rooney is the Head Men’s and Women’s Head Swimming and Diving Coach at St. Charles North High School and is the Assistant Senior Coach for St. Charles Swim Team.

Robert started swimming for St. Charles Swim Team in 1976 and Swam for the St. Charles High School Teams until 1986. He attended Western Illinois University as a student – athlete for one year before transferring to Clemson University. At Clemson he was a student – athlete until his Junior year then he severed as a student manager for the Athletic Department. Robert graduated from Clemson with a degree in Economics and Political Science. He worked in Chicago at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from 1992 – 1996. During that time, he obtained a degree in Education at Northern Illinois. Robert has a master’s in Educational Administration from Aurora University and is currently a Physical Education Teacher and Aquatic Director at St. Charles North High School.

Robert Started Coaching for the St. Charles Swim Team in 1993 as an Age Group Coach and Assistant High School Coach for St. Charles High School. In 1997 he became the Head Girls Coach at Waubonsie Valley High School and coached The Fox Valley Swim Team in Naperville. In 2000 Robert came back to St. Charles as a teacher and swim coach for St. Charles North High School and the St. Charles Swim Team.

Robert has two children and a wife that live in St. Charles and have attended St. Charles East High School. Riley and Reese are former swimmers and play currently play Lacrosse. Riley is a student – athlete at Illinois Wesleyan and Reese is a student – athlete at St. Charles East High School.

Ashley H Shanel

Assistant Coach

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Benjamin Y Sherman

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Amanda Stiberth

Assistant Coach

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Amanda has been involved with swimming for most of her life.  She started swimming competitively when she was 9 for the Warren, Ohio YWCA in the winter season and the Warren Elks Club team in the summer.  She swam with these teams into her high school years.  She qualified for YWCA Nationals in 8th, 9th, and 10th grade. 

She was the head coach at Trumbull Country Club in Warren, Ohio after her freshman and sophomore years at Bowling Green State University.  She has been the parent in charge of her neighborhood swim team, The Windings Waves, for 16 summers and started their motto “Windings Waves, We have FUN!”  She was an assistant coach at Kishwaukee YMCA swim team from 2008-2016.  She has been with SCST for 2 years and assists Coach Jon with Age Group Performance.

Amanda has her undergraduate degree from BGSU in elementary education and her master's degree from The Ohio State University in training and development.  Upon graduating from OSU, she received an internship at Arthur Andersen's world headquarters training center in St. Charles.  After completing her internship, the summer of 1989, she was hired full time as an instructional designer.  She has been in the St. Charles area ever since.

Amanda and her husband, Tommy, have 2 daughters. Cailey is 24 and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and currently lives and works in LA.  Grace is a junior at Hobart William Smith College in Geneva, NY.

Amanda's passion is swimming.   She has been a master’s swimmer for 17 years.  She competes in meets regularly including Master’s State and swam at Masters' Nationals (2013 & 2018) when they were held at IUPUI.  She is also an avid crossfitter, runner, and cyclist and loves to cook and bake!