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The WEST Swim Club coaching staff has over 150 years of combined coaching experience with numerous state champions and 100's of swimmers going on to compete in college.  All coaches are college graduates and almost all have swam Collegiately for four years.

 

 

Coaching Staff

Adam Arnold Cremieux

Head Coach/Ex Director

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Adam started as head coach at WEST in the fall of 2004. Adam has been coaching swimming for over twenty-five (25) years and has coached numerous State Champions, Junior and Senior National qualifiers, multiple Olympic Trial Qualifiers, including a Finalist, and a swimmer to the World Championships in that period.  He was also a multiple recipient of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Certificate of Excellence award winner and served on the Board of Directors of Illinois Swimming, Inc.

In 2015, Adam became the first coach in Illinois history to build and own their own aquatic training center, WEST Superior Training, located in Willowbrook.  

Adam attended Amos Alonzo Stagg High School where he was a three-sport athlete.  He swam varsity for four years; three-year state qualifier; All State senior year; school record holder in the 50-yard freestyle. Adam was a four-year NCAA Division I swimmer, team record holder in three events and was honored with the Leadership Award by a vote of his teammates.  

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Lead 11 and 12 Coach
Lead National Team Coach
Senior Team
Sectional Team

Joel Alexander Wallace

Head Senior Coach

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Coach Joel Wallace comes to us from TOPS Swim Team where he was the Head Coach.  He has over 30 years of swimming experience and believes in the WEST MISSION of helping every swimmer become successful by becoming the best in the water and out of the water that they are capable of becoming.  He believes in progression and TEAM.  He is the lead Sectional Coach and will be assisting with the Senior and National group.  

Some of Coach Joel's accomplishments:

  • Was a 15 time All-America Swimmer
  • Swam for the University of Tennessee
  • Olympic Trial Qualifer
  • American Swimming Coaching Assocation Level 3 and certified stroke technician
  • 19+years of coaching experience
  • His swimmers have won over 65 State Championship Titles
  • Qualified swimmers for the USA Junior and Senior National Championships


Groups -
Lead Sectional Team Coach
National Team 
Senior Team

 

Kirby C Igoe

Head Age Group Coach

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Coach Kirby is previous member of WEST Swim Club and has come full circle as he enters his first year as an assistant coach for the club. Kirby assists with the 9-10, 11-12, Senior and National practice groups. He has over 13 years of coaching experience at the age group, high school, and summer club levels. Kirby enjoys bringing a positive, enthusiastic, and energy-filled style to the team.

Kirby’s experience with age group swimming began at the age of seven at Riverside Brookfield swim club. Kirby finished his age group swimming career at WEST Swim Club. Under Dave Krotiak, he was state qualifier in seven events and a finalist in three.  Kirby swam high school swimming as a Fenwick Friar and Riverside Brookfield Bulldog.

Kirby was previously a lead coach at Academy Bullets Swim Club where he coached several swimmers to their first Regional, State, and NCSA cuts. 

Kirby was a graduate of Elmhurst College with a degree in history, but his heart and passion remains in the pool.  He is proud and excited to be a member of the WEST Swim Club family.


Groups - 
Lead 8 & Under Coach
Lead 9 and 10 Coach
11 and 12

Barb R Grosshans

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Coach Barb has been with West Swim Club since 2005. Barb has been in and around the pool as a swimmer, instructor, coach, meet director, parent, and volunteer for many years.

She began her competitive swimming career at age 6, following her brothers into the water. She has been an instructor of all ages (age 5 - adult) since her teens. In addition to age group swimming, Barb was a two-time Nebraska High School State Champion in the 100 butterfly. She placed in the top 5 in State in a variety of events all four years of high school. Barb went on as a scholarship athlete to The University of Kansas. Again, placing in the top 5 in her events at the Big Eight Championships, with her team winning the conference title. Barb received a BA degree in Speech Communication from The University of Nebraska.

Barb and her husband have three children that have all been swimmers for WEST Swim Club and Hinsdale Central High School. She enjoys coaching every level of swimmer at any age!

Fun Facts:
Barb was also on her high school synchronized swim team!
Barb's best events were 100/200 fly and 200/400 IM, although her favorite is 50 fly and 100 IM!
Barb held the high school 100 butterfly record for 25 years.
As an adult, Barb swam around Manhattan Island in New York in 7 1/2 hours.
Barb currently swims with our WEST Masters early morning group.

Groups - 

11 and 12
Pre Team

Kristen E Silvey

Assistant Coach

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Kristen joined the West Coaching staff in the fall of 2016. She grew up in Columbia, Missouri where she began swimming competitively for the Columbia Swim Club at age eight. Kristen continued swimming through high school where she was a State Qualifier, and into college at Lewis University, where she competed for four years. Kristen was a team captain her senior year. Kristen’s best events included 100/200 fly, 100/200 breast, and 200/400 IM.

While at Lewis University, Kristen earned a degree in Computer Graphic Design and Marketing and is pursuing a career in the design field in her time away from West.

Since Kristen has come to West, she has worked with all age groups but most frequently 8&U, 9-10s, and the Senior group. Kristen is also involved in the West Group Lesson program. Kristen grew up by the water and is happy to be able to be back around the pool and share her passion for the sport with swimming’s next generation!

Groups -
Lead Senior Team Coach
National Team

Sectional Team
9 and 10
8 and Under

Jason R Holbrook

Assistant Coach

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Coach Jason is entering his 13 year as a coach for the WEST Swim Club.  Over those years Jason has brought an incredible amount of fun and energy to practices and meets.  Jason was a swimmer at WEST Swim Club, starting when he was seven years old.  He is a graduate of St. Ignatius Prep in Chicago, where he swam and played water polo.  A 2001 graduate of the University of Dayton, where he majored in Marketing.

Prior to joining WEST Coach Jason was the coach of the Clarendon Hills Sealions for five years in the summer.  He now manages the Edward Jones office in La Grange Park and resides in Chicago.

Groups:
8 & Under
9 and 10
11 and 12

Amanda J Collins

Assistant Coach

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Swimming has been a part of Amanda’s life since birth, as she was born into a swimming family and grew up at the beach constantly open water swimming in Lake Michigan in her hometown St Joseph, Michigan.  (Where her swim teams were lucky enough to have beach practices weekly in the Summer!) She began swimming competitively at age 5 and continued from age group to college swimming.  Amanda was a 3 year high school state team qualifier, 3 years named to the All-Conference Team, and 2 years named to the All-State Team. 

Upon completing both undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Illinois, Amanda worked as a Human Resources Generalist for UBS Global Asset Management. She eventually left the corporate environment to be a stay at home parent.

Amanda has a variety of coaching experience with country club teams, YMCA adult, child, and infant swim classes, and private lessons.  In addition, outside the pool Amanda has been teaching preschool classes at the Western Springs Recreation Department for the past five years.

Amanda resides in Western Springs with her husband Mike, and their two children Quinn and Maeve, who are current West Swim Club swimmers.

Groups -
8 and Under
9 and 10

Morgan M Meyer

Assistant Coach

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Coach Morgan started her journey with WEST as a previous member of WEST Swim Club, and has found her way back to the pool deck.  Morgan started swimming for WEST at 7 along with her two older brothers under Dave Krotiak, as well as Coach Adam, Coach Scott, and Coach Jason.

 

Morgan grew up swimming club through her high school days at Immaculate Conception HS in Elmhurst.  She continued her swimming career at Monmouth College.  She graduated from UW-Whitewater.  Morgan continued her education in getting certificates in Phlebotomy/EKG and getting her Medical Assistant Degree.  Morgan works full time at Edward-Elmhurst Hospital in the Neuroscience Institute. 

 

It seems Morgan could never get away from the pool.  She has been working at Edgewood Valley CC for the past 12 years.  Not only does she help run and manage the pool, she is also the EVCC Sports Camp Coordinator.

Groups -
11 and 12
Senior Team
Sectional Team

Kimberly Ackley

Dryland Coach

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Sarah J Coady

Assistant Coach

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Assistant Coach

Coach Sarah began coaching at WEST in the winter of 2016. We are happy to have Sarah return here to her home club where she began swimming at age 5. 

Sarah graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and competed for the varsity Women’s Swimming and Diving team. Sarah spent three years in South Bend, Indiana and coached both Irish Masters at the University of Notre Dame and the local YMCA age group team while working full time as an Engineer for Honeywell Aerospace. She is currently a Design Engineer for Exelon Corporation at the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant in Morris, IL. She is also enrolled in graduate school classes working towards earning her MBA from Ball State University. Sarah is a certified Level 1 and Level 2 masters coach from U.S. Masters Swimming. 

Sarah completed the 2015 Steelhead Half Ironman and the 2016 Chicago Marathon. She placed 6th out of all women in the 2017 Big Shoulders 5K Open Water Swim. She also continues to compete in Masters Swimming and was crowned the Illinois State Champion in both the 50 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2016 and 2017.

Sarah resides in Westmont, IL with her dog Pepper.

Christy Vitek

Assistant Coach

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Coach Christy is starting her second year at Westmont Swim Club.  Previously, she was an assistant coach at Lyons Swim Club for seven years.  Christy began her competitive swimming career at 7 years old, and ever since then has been involved with the sport.  She was an All-American swimmer with Lyons Township High School, and trained in the off season with Westmont Swim Club under the direction of Coach Dave Krotiak.  She also was an All-State First team Water Polo player for LT, and continued her playing at the University of Illinois where she graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education/English.  Christy began Coaching Swimming at the age of 16 and has coached High School, summer teams, winter clubs, college swim camps, and everything else in-between.  She has been a Head Coach, an Assistant Coach, and even a YMCA swim instructor, and has worked with every ability of swimmers imaginable.

When not coaching swimming, Christy is a mom to four, residing in Western Springs, and teaching Preschool at her local church.

Groups:
Lead 8 and Under Coach,
9 and 10

Judy Coady

Assistant Coach

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Coach Judy has been involved with Westmont Swim Club for sixteen years, longer than any other family currently on the team.  She is the team manager, in charge of arranging all hotel and flight reservations for travel meets, team apparel, and many other tasks.  She is also starting her fourth year as an Assistant Coach, working directly with the 10 and under groups.  Judy graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Foods in Business.  After a ten year career at Wendy's International and Johnson and Johnson, she "retired" to raise her two daughters, Sarah and Jennifer, who began swimming with Westmont in 1996.  Beginning in the fall of 2012, both her daughters will be swimming for the University of Illinois.

In her years here at Westmont, she has watched thousands of hours of practices, attended hundreds of meets and cleaned the "blue room" at the pool too many times to mention.  Judy has served as the Club President several times in the past and has been a Stroke and Turn Judge and an Administrative Judge for Illinois Swimming.

Besides working at Westmont, Judy is a Customer Service Representative for Special T Unlimited, a custom screen printing and embroidery company in Hillside.  She resides in Hinsdale.

Groups:
8 & Under