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If you have any questions regarding SWIFT Aquatics, upcoming meet information or your athlete's progression, please feel free to contact a member of our Coaching Staff.

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Seth L Orlove

Program Director

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Coach Seth Orlove has been a part of many swimming programs in and around the Skokie community for over 20 years. He has taken great pride in being an important part of the growth, development, and raising the level of competiveness in the area. He has had the opportunity to work with many great athletes - YMCA District & State Champions, YMCA National Qualifiers and Runner-ups, USA/IL Swimming State Qualifiers, State Champions, and Junior National Qualifiers.

He has been a part of the Niles North High School Viking Swimming and Diving Programs for the past 20 years; and, is currently the Head Coach of the Boys Team and Assistant Coach of the Girls Team.  As Head Coach of the Boy’s Team over the past 15+ years, he has had over 80 CSL All Conference Athletes, numerous IHSA State Qualifiers, All State Athletes, and has led the team to setting over 35 new school records and winning 5 CSL North Conference Championships.

Being involved in the athletic arena throughout his entire life, both as a competitor and as an avid observer, he has a true appreciation of the intrinsic values that sport (especially swimming) can have on an individual. A sense of belonging; motivation, determination, and self- esteem; hard work, commitment, dedication, and perseverance - these serve as both building blocks and cornerstones for successful athletes and successful people. Teaching these values to future generations of athletes will provide them with the necessary skills to lead fulfilling swimming careers and lives.

 

TJ Moran

Head Age Group Coach

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Bio’s are funny, they are supposed to be written in the third person but you know it’s just the person talking about themselves. It’s more of an autobiography, and those can be written in the third person. Here mine goes!

My name is Tj Moran, yes TJ is short for something. No, I am not going to tell you what (...you have to guess). I have been coaching for almost 20 years. If there is one thing I can tell you it’s I truly LOVE my job. My goals for coaching are simple. Have Fun. Swimming fast is fun! Doing things you once thought were impossible is fun! Becoming better is fun!

I have coached all levels and all ages. From athletes who didn’t know how to swim to state champions. I have been the Head Age Group Coach here at Swift since the beginning and I am the Head Girls and Assistant Boys Coach at Niles North. During the day I also coach at Crossfit Illumine in Niles. I guess you can say I like to coach.

The best part of being a coach is watching young swimmers develop and grow up. I have had the privilege to coach some really great athletes that have gone on to become really great adults. There is no job on earth that can be this rewarding. Some of them have been fast swimmers. All of them have been a pleasure to coach.

I have 2 major beliefs for my coaching, we can call them philosophies...

#1 is, more is not better, better is better. We will become better by doing the small things better. Quality > Quantity  

#2 KISS Keep It Super Simple . There is no reason to over complicate things. Keep it simple makes for a much easier conversations.

That’s it. That’s me in a nutshell. Feel free to reach out and ask any questions. See you on the pool deck!

 

Manuel Twillie

Head Stroke Development Coach

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Jayne Artwick

Senior Team Coach

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Leonore Moran

Stroke Development/Age Group Coach

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Summer Phuong Tran

Pre-Competitive/Stroke Development Coach

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Josh Newman

Stroke Dev, Age Group & Seniors

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Some interesting things about me.

-I grew up in Evanston and swam for 10 years at McGaw Y Swim Team (MYST) , Wildkit Swim Org (WSO) and Evanston High School.
-I coached for MYST for 7 years.

-I have a Bachelors of Arts in Adventure Education from Prescott College in Arizona. ADVENTURE EDUCATION, look it up!
-My college did not have competitive athletics, it  was too small. So instead of swimming, I began a recreational swim team at the local Y and was the Head Coach for the Prescott Storm Swim Team for 3 years.
-I grew up going to as a camper and working at Camp Echo for many summers. I'm still very involved with Camp, volunteering where I can. I just finished a 7 year term on the Camp Echo Board. I have all sorts of camp Stories.
-I spend as much of my free time camping as I can. I've explored almost all of Michigan, ah I love Michigan, especially in the fall! I have recently been exploring Indiana.
-I love Pad Thai!
-Coach TJ and I met in High School.

-This is my 3rd season coaching with Swift. I love this team. I get to work with all of the groups; get to learn from Seth, TJ and Matt; and work with some of the most motivated swimmers I've had the pleasure to coach. It is nice to see the progress you all are making!

-During the day I drive for Uber and Lyft.
-I’m currently certified by the American Swim Coaches Association as a Level 2 swim coach, working on becoming a Level 3 and am working on a Personal training certification with the International Sports Science Association (ISSA).

Ksenia Kopylova

Senior Team Coach

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Ksenia was born in Russia and is a retired competitive swimmer. Four-time letterwinner in swimming at Niles North High School (Ill.) Two-time Conference Champion. Named team captain and MVP in her senior year. All-conference honoree in her sophomore, junior and senior year. Biggest athletic thrill to date is going to State senior year (100 butterfly - 59.24)

University of Illinois NCAA Division I Athlete (Swimming) 2011-2015

Swim Instructor/Lifeguard at Lifetime Athletic 2015-2017

William G Lefler

Senior Team Coach

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Gerry Meehan

Pre-Competitive/Stroke Development Coach

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Allison Joanna Putt

Age Group/Senior Coach

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Allison Putt recently moved back to the area after teaching high school special education in Peoria, IL for the past four years. She is currently teaching special education in Northbrook, IL at Field Middle School She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University, her LBS1 (Special Education Certification) from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and her Master’s in Special Education from Illinois State University.   She was a member of the Women's Swimming and Diving teams at Niles West High School and at Eastern Illinois University.  She has teaching and coaching experience at multiple levels.