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Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Ed Richardson

Head Coach / Lead Senior Coach

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Office hours:    Monday                  7 - 11:30 a.m.

                          Tuesday                 off

                          Wednesday           7 - 11:30 a.m.

                          Thursday               7 - 11 a.m.

                          Friday                    7 - 11:30 a.m.

Grant Dahlke

Lead Intermediate Coach/ Asst. Senior

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Coaching Background:
  • Assistant team coach and 8-12 age group lead coach for Streamwood Park District summer seasons 1980 & 1981
  • 9-10 & 11-12 age group assistant coach for Palatine Park District summer seasons 1985 & 1986 (Conference champions)
  • Head coach for the Hanover Park Park District summer seasons 1994 & 1995 (Two time DuPage Swim Conference champions)
  • Assistant coach for McHenry Marlins Aquatic Club winter season 2013
  • Assistant coach for Crystal Lake CC Stingrays 2012 to 2014 (North Central IL Swim Conference B Champions, A conference 3rd place)
  • Assistant Senior coach for Sage YMCA Piranhas 2013 to present, Intermediate Lead coach 2016 to present (2016-2019 Northwest District Champions, 2016-2018 YMCA Short Course State Championships second place large team, 2017 ISI Open Water Championships second place team, 2018 YMCA Long Course state champions, 2019 Y MCA Short Course state champions)
 
Swimming Background:
Coach Grant's swimming journey began at age 11 with the Mt. Prospect Park District. At 13, he joined one of the best teams in the state, Camp Duncan YMCA, which enjoyed a good rivalry with Coach Ed's NW Suburban (now Lattoff) Y team. Despite torn rotator cuffs as a high school senior, he placed  24th at the IL high school state meet in the 50 free. Later that year, he was the Y state champion and placed 8th at Y Nationals to earn All-American honors in the 50 free. In college, he earned All-American honors in the 50 and 100 free. Most recently, he trained for U.S. Masters competitons and placed top eight in the sprint freestyle events at the short course national championships while competing against former Olympians. Swimming has become a family journey as his children, Logan and Morgan, have swam and coached for Sage.
 
Favorite Sayings:
"Light it up."
"No regrets."
"You have to swim fast to swim fast."
"Conduct yourselves like champions...in and out of the water."
"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."
 

Liz Forsberg

Strength/Dryland Coach

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Maggie Gomberg

Lead Age Group Coach / Asst. Senior

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Molly Gomberg

Intermdiate and Senior Coach

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Meghan Uhl

Pilates Coach

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Coach Meghan is certified comprehensively in pilates through Balanced Body, a student of the Pilates Method Alliance, is a Master BODHI Teacher Instructor Trainer, and holds a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Coaching Swimming from The University of Northern Colorado.

Coach Meghan's experience dates back to 1998 where she worked as a strength and conditioning assistant coach for Northwestern University's women's athletic teams. In the following years, she became an Assistant Fitness Director for the Wilmette Park District Health and Fitness Center and later was the Aquatics Director for the Glenview Splash Landings Aquatic Complex. 

Coach Meghan brings life experiences, years of application, and teachings to every class. Her gold standard education allows her to tailor exactly to every individual need.

Entering into her fourth season working with the kids on the Sage swim team, Coach Meghan has learned both though education and the swimmers that everyone can benefit from pilates.

 

Favorite Sayings:
“The hardest part of any workout is just getting through the door.”

"Movement is medicine." (Joseph Pilates)

Igor Komarov

Age Group and Intermediate Coach

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Coach Igor began swimming at age seven witth the renowned  Dynamo Lviiv in the Ukraine. His father swam for this same team and was a USSR national team member and USSR champion in the 200 and 400 meter IM races.

At age 13, Coach Igor joined the Dynamo Lviv water polo team and competed in matches before returning to the swim team in 1999.

In 2006, he graduated from Lviv State Institute of Physical Culture with a specialist diploma in Physical Training and is a certified Coach/Sports Instructor. 

Breaststroke is Coach Igor's favorite stroke to swim and coach.

Favorite Sayings:

"Don't count on luck...everything is in your hands!"

"If you want something, go get it!"

 

Bryan Sewell

AG and Intermediate Coach

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Kristina Mertes

Asst Coach (Summer Lead AG)

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Viktoria Orosz

Asst Coach (Summer Lead Intermediate)

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Logan G Dahlke

Asst Coach (AG and Intermediate)

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Caitlin R Pieroni

Asst Coach (AG and Intermediate)

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Michaela R Pieroni

Asst Coach (AG and Intermediate)

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Noah V Siegmeier

Asst Coach (AG and Intermediate)

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Carly L Wolf

Asst Coach (AG and Intermediate)

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Carley Frisch

Asst. Coach (Summer AG and Intermediate)

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Allie M Kriegler

Asst Coach (Summer AG & Intermediate)

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