CWAC Coaching Staff is here to support you and your
swimmer. If your questions are related to workouts, meets,
events, goal setting and other swimming related needs, please
contact your child's coach. For all questions related to
administration, such as dues, safety or policy issues, please
contact David Stephens.
Coach David Stephens has been involved in swimming for over 30 years both as a swimmer and a coach. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and swam for the Dynamo Swim Club and was an All-American at Marist High School. He continued his swimming career at the University of Michigan and lettered all four years while swimming under Olympic coach Joh Urbanchek. Following his graduation from the University of Michigan Coach Dave moved to Chicago for law school and became a swim coach along the way. He completed his JD program at the John Marshall Law School and passed the 2004 Bar Exam. He started the CWAC program in the fall of 2004. Coach Dave is the Development Accounts Manager at St. Ignatius College Prep and also serves as the head coach of the men’s and women’s varsity teams. His high school teams have won 27 IHSA sectional titles the past sixteen years. Coach Dave served as the head coach for Team Illinois at the Central Zone Championship, was the former Safety Chair for Illinois Swimming and is currently on the Rules & Regulations Commitee.
Coach Dave Gass grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and swam for Space City Swimming and Grissom High School. He went on to be a four year letter winner and team captain at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Dave began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at Delta State during the 1999-2000 season and has been coaching full time ever since. Coach Dave was one of the founding coaches of Nitro Swimming in Austin, Texas helping grow the team to over 750 swimmers and helping the team become a power in the Texas swimming scene. His next and final stop in Texas was the Dallas/Fort Worth area as Head Age Group coach of Metroplex Aquatics, where the club was one of only a few teams to place in the Top 10 at both the Texas Age Group State meet and Sectionals. Dave has helped his swimmers reach many milestones over the years including NCAA DII All-Americans, NSISC Conference Champions, numerous individual Texas Age Group State Champions, Texas State Record Holders, and USA Swimming Top 10 ranked athletes. His coaching philosophy centers around developing well rounded swimmers who truly embrace and enjoy the challenges necessary to take their swimming to the next level. Dave jumped at the chance to relocate here along with his wife (a Chicago native); giving them the opportunity to raise their son amongst family. He has been with CWAC for over three years.
Coach Kyle grew up in Wisconsin swimming for the Waukesha Express. He held several national age group records and was a member of the United State National Junior Team. He was the National High School Swimmer of the Year in 2004 and 19 time NCAA All-American at Northwestern. Kyle was also a member of the Northwestern relay that held the NCAA & US Open record in the 400 medley relay for several years. Kyle has coached at Waukesha and New Trier and is excited to be a part of the CWAC staff.
Coach Jim Clarke has been involved in swimming for nearly forty years. He grew up in Evergreen Park and in his early years swam with the EP Barracudas for Illinois coaching legend Jim Bart, as well as CPD Ridge Park and the EP Stingrays. He was a four year varsity swimmer, record holder and captain at Evergreen Park Community High School before lettering in swimming at Lake Forest College. Upon college graduation, Clarke taught and coached at his Alma Mater EPCHS for ten years. In that time, his club and high school teams combined to win ten conference titles. He was named District 231 Educator of the Year in 2006-2007; South Suburban Conference Coach of the Year for the Girls 2008, Boys 2008-09, Girls 2009 and Boys 2009-10 high school seasons; He coached IHSA State Finalists in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009. His EPCHS swim teams received the SSC Sportsmanship Awards in four consecutive seasons and his coaching staffs were two-time recipients of the IHSA SAWA (Sporting A Winning Attitude) Report (1999, 2009). In 2006, Clarke collaborated with Dave Stephens to bring CWAC to Evergreen Park and was the lead CWAC coach there the next four years. In that time Clarke coached numerous Regional, State and Sectional Qualifiers, CWAC record holders and a US Nationals Qualifier in 2009. After a brief hiatus, Clarke returned to coach CWAC Gold groups at UIC from 2012-2014 and has been a member of the St. Ignatius College Prep girls and boys coaching staff since 2012. Coach Clarke returns to head the CWAC Evergreen Park site and is excited to soon welcome his daughter Maisie to the Wolfpack as she begins her swimming career.
Coach Anderson is an Arlington Heights native that has been involved in the sport of swimming for the past 25 years. He developed a love of the sport while swimming with the Arlington Muskies, and then the Arlington Alligators. In high school he was a four year varsity letter winner, four time IHSA state qualifier, and five time school record holder at Rolling Meadows High School. After high school he continued his career at Eastern Illinois University, where he was a four year varsity swimmer, 8 time conference finalist, two time school record holder, and was elected captain his senior year. Upon graduation in 2006, Coach Anderson took a position as the head boys assistant coach for the Addison Trail-Willowbrook (AT-WB) Coop where he worked with swimmers that ranged from new to the sport all the way to state finalists and All-America selections. In 2007 he also took over as the head girls coach for AT-WB where he has grown the program from 13 to 50 swimmers and has coached numerous All-Conference and All-Sectional selections, had 31 IHSA state qualifiers, won 2 back to back WSC Gold Conference championships, had three IHSA finalists, and two All-America selections. Coach Anderson believes in goal setting, pushing beyond what one perceives to be possible or comfortable, and enjoying the sport day in and day out.
Alyssa is homegrown EP. She started swimming at the age of 8. She swam for the Evergreen Park Stingrays, CWAC and Evergreen Park Community High School before a two year career at Western Michigan University. In addition to competing, Alyssa was a swim instructor for five years before entering graduate school. She is currently studying applied behavior analysis and works as an in-home therapist for children with autism.
Brian Edgeworth is the Silver 1 coach at EP. Brian was a four year varsity swimmer at EPCHS. During this time he was a co-captain, three-time MVP and five-time All-Conference swimmer. In 2006, Brian helped the high school team win their first conference title in thirty years. Brian is a former CWAC swimmer and still holds several team records. He also works with the EP high school team. Brian is now an avid triathlete.
Coach Kevin grew up in Arlington
Heights and swam for Lattof YMCA and John Hersey High School. After
high school, Kevin attended the University of Iowa where he
competed with the Triathlon Club and was the club's swim
instructor. Kevin has coached with Lattof YMCA, Northbrook Spartan
Swim Club and Glenbrook Aquatics. Outside of coaching, he is an
attorney with Chicago Public Schools. He spends his free time with
his wife, Amie, son, Hayden, and dog, Chewy.
Coach Amanda grew up in Hinsdale, and swam for Hinsdale Swim Club, along with Hinsdale Central’s Varsity swim team. After high school, Amanda swam for the University of Chicago. Coach Amanda began her coaching career at the Oak Brook Park District, where she coached all ages and levels of swimmers for 4 years. She recently joined a Masters Swim team, and looks forward to competing in swim meets. In addition to coaching, Amanda works downtown for Constellation Brands, and tutors during the school year. She’s extremely excited to work with CWAC and to get to know all the swimmers!
Swimming has been a part of Coach Clair’s life since she was born, from running around a pool deck while her Mom coached, to swimming with the Waukesha Express Swim Team and with the UIC Flames. While swimming with Waukesha Express, Clair was a Junior National Qualifier and an All-American in the 100 backstroke for Waukesha South High School. During her four years with UIC Clair produced three individual school records in the 100 and 200 backstrokes and the 200 IM as well as being part of three record holding relays. Clair graduated from UIC in May 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Communications. She is excited to continue in the sport as a coach with CWAC.
Nicole was born and raised on the Southside and currently lives in the Beverly neighborhood with her husband Chris and three children: Delaney (6), Charlie (5) and Conor (3). Nicole found her passion as an educator for Chicago Public Schools, teaching middle school science for the last 16 years. She began swimming at the age of 6 and continued through her college career. Nicole has given back to the sport by officiating and coaching at the high school level. She loves the sport and loves sharing that passion with young swimmers.
Coach Kyle O'Brien grew up in Juneau, Alaska and swam for Glacier
Swim Club and Juneau Douglas High School. During his high school
career Kyle took home 5 individual state titles and was a two time
All-American. After high school Kyle attended Northwestern
University and swam for the Wildcats while studying environmental
science. He competed at the Big Ten Championships and was awarded
Academic All-Big Ten honors. After school Kyle began his coaching
career at Six Point Aquatics where he was an assistant age group
coach for two years and the head age group coach for two more.
During that time Kyle was also the assistant swimming coach at
Whitney Young High School for 3 women's seasons and 4 men's
seasons. This will be Coach Kyle's second season with the
Wolfpack and looks forward to it.
Coach Samantha is head of the Wolfpack Swim School. Over the past 3 years she has developed a curriculum that designed to give all participants a comprehensive introduction to the water and the world of swimming. The swim school strives to teach water safety as well as proper swimming technique with the goal of preparing swimmers to join the state ranked Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club. Our instructors are highly qualified and trained using our proven teaching philosophy and tiered lesson curriculum.
Brooke Telander grew up in Evergreen Park and swam club for the Evergreen Park Stingrays, Beverly Country Club and CWAC. She is a two-time Academic All-American and four-time All-Conference swimmer...Named to the Illinois All-State team...HS Team MVP for three years...Four-time varsity letter winner at Evergreen Park Community High School...Three time IHSA finalist. Named team captain her senior year. Represented CWAC in the US SCY National Meet in Federal Way, Washington in 2009. Brooke swam for MIchigan State University, representing the Spartans in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back and relays at the Big Ten Championships in the 2010-2014 seasons. She is a record holder at EPCHS, MSU and CWAC and will be helping with the Blue groups at EP this season.