Coaches & Directors

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If you have any questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of our coaches. For all questions related to the PAC and volunteering, please visit the PAC page to contact a current PAC member.

**All three of our head coaches are USA Swimming, ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association), and YMCA Swimming certified**

Coaching Staff

Joel Wallace

TOPS Swim Team Head Coach


Coach Joel has over 30 years of swimming experience.  As a swimmer he was a 15 time All-American and swam Div. I at the University of Tennessee.  During his swimming career he achieved 5 Olympic trial cuts and was ranked in the top 100 in the world.  He is a ASCA level 3 & certified stroke technician with 18+ years of coaching experience.  Under his instruction his swimmers have won over 30 State Championship titles and have qualified for NCSA Jr. Nationals, YMCA Nationals and USA Jr. & Sr. Nationals.

Paul Moniak

Head Age Group Coach


Paul has coached at various levels, including USA swimming, NCAA, and USMS for 26 years. Most recently (2014 - 2017) Paul coached with Hickory Willow Swim Association in Palos Hills, IL where he worked the Elite Training Group. While at HWSA Paul coached numerous NCSA and USA Swimming Jr.National qualifiers. Prior to HWSA, he was head men’s and women’s coach at University of Illinois at Chicago from 2001-2014. While at UIC, Paul was named Horizon League Coach of the Year five times, 2003, 2005, and 2009 (men) and 2002, 2013 (women). Paul has had the pleasure of working with athletes that have qualified for 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Trials. From 2001 - 2014 Paul also coached with Chicgao Masters Swim Club. In the 1990’s he was assistant coach with University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, North Shore Swim Club, Univerity of the Pacific, and Tiger Aquatics. 

Beth Miller

Head Developmental Coach


Coach Beth has been teaching swimming in some way since 1986 and started coaching swimming in 1989. She began her teaching career in 1994, teaching music. She began coaching with TOPS in 2004 with the Tiny Tops. She is now the Head Developmental Coach and oversees the Tiny Tops, the Red, and the Yellow training group. She has her American Swimming Coaches Association Level 3 certification and is  currently qualified to instruct and certify lifeguards, First Aid, and CPR/AED. She strives for every member of her groups to learn competitive swimming through organized fun.


Rebecca Robinson

Aquatic Coordinator & Water Polo Coach


Rebecca has over eight years of experience working in aquatics, starting as a lifeguard/swim instructor, and moving to new roles from there. She worked at the University of Iowa as an Aquatics Event Technician for three years where she managed the timing systems for swimming events as big as Men's NCAA Championships! She swam at OPRF for three years and just finished her nineth year of water polo, playing for The University of Iowa's club team. Rebecca began coaching with the TOPS developmental levels and water polo team in November of 2017, and now coaches with the OPRF Girls Water Polo teams. While she's fairly new to coaching, Rebecca is excited to keep learning and growing while helping swimmers achieve their goals!

Christian Hernandez

Age Group Assistant Coach


Hannah Connell

Age Group Assistant Coach


Terrence McCoy

Developmental Assistant Coach