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Coaches & Directors
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Coaching Staff

Bob Strube

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Coach - National Group

Bob Strube has been coaching since 1977, and in the area since 1986. His list of accomplishments are nearly unparalleled in Illinois and across the country. He has coached 16 Olympic Trials swimmers, countless National Champions, and dozens of state qualifiers. Many of his swimmers have earned college swimming scholarships and have been named Captain of their college teams. Many others have gone on to enjoy successful college careers. Bob is the two time recipient of the YMCA Long Course National Coach of the Year award. Because of Bob's personal experience in swimming, having not begun swimming competitively until the tenth grade, he is committed to providing something for everyone, regardless of their ability or experience. He believes that teaching swimmers Life Values through competition is more important than fast times. He feels that learning the value of hard work, discipline and self-respect though sportsmanship, respect for others, will result in an overall successful person. Designing and implementing a program which allows swimmers to achieve these things will have successful swimming as a by-product.

Chris Del Galdo

Head Coach

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Coach - Junior National Group

Chris Del Galdo has coached swimming since 1989.  Chris's teams have won 5 JO State Championships and 12 YMCA State Championships. Chris's swimmers have competed in 44 top 6 team finishes in Age Group State Meet competition, over 75 individual event State Championships, many relay state champions as well as several State Records. Chris is the head coach of the Glenbard Co-op Swimming and Diving Team, which encompasses Glenbard North and East High Schools and has included 12 state qualifiers and a state relays in 2010 and 2015 and a top 20 finish at the high school state meet.   He also has coached the COD swim team in 1994, 1995,1996 and assisted Marc Gamble as a College of DuPage coach, where he helped coach the team to a second place finish at the NJCAA Championships. Chris has coached all ages and ability levels during his 29 year coaching career. Chris believes that young swimmers should be involved in many activities as they grow up, so that they can choose to participate in an activity which they enjoy. This helps create an atmosphere in which swimmers feel they are involved in the true sport of their choice once they reach the upper levels of the swim team. He believes that each athlete deserves a full explanation of all training and technique principles which are used in the program. As a result, swimmers come to adopt their own philosophies rather than to simply believe things “because the coach said so." Chris and his wife reside in Wheaton and have two daughters who attended Wheaton Warrenville South High School. They participated in swimming collegiately - Lauren at Eastern Michigan and Taylor at Rutgers University respectively. Chris is also the Wheaton Swim Club private lesson coordinator.  Please contact Chris if you are interested in scheduling private lessons with any of the coaches on the staff.

Jason Maddux

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Coach - Gold Group

Jason is a former Wheaton North and Wheaton College alumni who began swimming as a freshman the first year that the Wheaton Co-op was formed.  He competed at the varsity level all four years of high school, and during the two years he attended Wheaton College.  During his swimming career, Jason competed in numerous IHSA Championship meets and YMCA Nationals.  After graduation, he started his coaching tenure as a volunteer for the Wheaton Co-op.  He developed experience by joining the Wheaton Swim Club staff in 2008.  In 2009, Jason became the co-head coach of the Glenbard Co-op.  Over the next two years Jason helped create two high school swimming programs for Glenbard West and Glenbard North/East.  In 2012, Jason obtained a secondary education teaching certificate in English from Trinity Christian College and relocated to Champaign where he began coaching and teaching for Centennial High School.  During his time at Centennial Jason coached 15 IHSA State qualifiers (including one top 12 finisher), won two sectional titles, and was named Coach of the Year by the  News-Gazette  for two consecutive seasons.  Jason has been teaching freshman/sophomore English at Centennial and will begin teaching Sophomore/Junior English at Wheaton Warrenville South High School this fall.

Seamus Stacey

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Coach - Gold Group

 

Séamus is a former Irish Senior National Squad member with multiple Irish Senior National titles to his name in 200, 400 & 1500 meter freestyle. He had the honor of being Irish national team captain on several occasions and competed abroad for his country at meets around Europe and at the US Open.  Séamus is a graduate from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Business Studies, where he spent two years training under the tutelage of 1996 Irish Olympian Earl McCarthy with whom he spent time on deck assisting in 201. Once he hung up the goggles. Séamus moved to Naperville last year from Ireland and is currently working as a Finance & Accounting Associate while studying to complete his CIMA qualifications in Management Accounting.
 

Taylor Del Galdo

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Coach - Silver Group

Tayor starting swimming at 8 years old, and is a former Wheaton Swim Club member where  over the years she swam under Wheaton coaches Bob, Chris and Jake. Taylor graduated from Rutgers University in the Communication & Information field. While on the east coast, she was named the team captain and swam the individual medley, breaststroke and distance freestyle events.An alumni of Wheaton Warrenville South High School, she swam under Wheaton Swim Cloub coach Jacob Ayers for the Wheaton Co-op team. Taylor participated on numerous USA National teams and meets.  Taylor qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials in 400 IM, 100 and 200 breastroke.  During the summer she coached lessons for Wheaton Swim Club from 2004-08, and Rutgers (2008-2012). Taylor is currently working in business development for Billtrust, resides in Wheaton and is engaged to be marrried in May of 2018.

Kaylee Kucera

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Coach - Orange, Blue and Bronze Groups

Kaylee grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in accounting. She swam for Iowa state competing primarily in the sprint backstroke and butterfly events. She medaled 10 different times in the top 3 at the Big 12 Championships. Kaylee is a Three time All Big 12 second team member. She has been coaching the Blue, Bronze and Orange team for a year while teaching swim lessons and coaching since 2012, and currently working at Cedarstone Partners in downtown Wheaton as an accountant. Kaylee is the Wheaton Swim Teams lead private swim lesson teacher and is responsible for many swimmers transitioning from lessons to the Orange team. 

Victoria Cimino

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Coach - Senior, Orange, Blue and Bronze Groups

Victoria competed for the Wheaton Swim Club and Wheaton Coop High School team under the guidance of Bob Strube and Jacob Ayers.  Victoria has been teaching group and private lessons with the Wheaton Swim Club for 6 years and coached the Blue and Bronze teams this Spring and Summer.  Victoria graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Health and Human Science degree and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Speech Pathology.  

Carlie Herich

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Coach - Sub 

Carlie Herich graduated from Wheaton College with an undergraduate degree in Sociology.  Carlie swam for Wheaton College competing in the 1650, 500, and 200 yard freestyle and the 200 yard backstroke.  She was a three time conference champion and she qualified twice for the NCAA DIII National Championships.  Carlie is from Northern Kentucky where she swam for the Northern Kentucky Clippers.  Carlie has been coaching and teaching swim lessons since 2008.  She is currently working as a financial associate at Benjamin F. Edwards & Company.

Christine Schrom

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Coach - Silver Group

Christine earned her teaching degree from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN and her Masters degree in Administration from Aurora University.  She is the Math Intervention Specialist at Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  She has 3 daughters who all swim for Wheaton Swim Club - Jordan (also swims at Naperville Central High School), Mackenzie, and Molly.  Christine has been coaching 8 & under and 9/10 age groups for the Woodridge Sea Lions summer swim team since 2012 and received her USA Swim Coach license in 2017.  In her spare time, she also coaches her daughters basketball teams.