The 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.

Coaching Staff

David J Stephens

Head Coach


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.

David C Gass

Associate Head Coach - National Team


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.

Kyle C Bubolz

UIC Gold I & Silver I Coach


Coach Kyle joined CWAC in the Fall of 2013 and places great emphasis on having fun and enjoying the experience while at the same time holding his athletes to a high standard.  Prior to joining CWAC, Kyle coached for the Waukesha Express and New Trier swim teams.  Growing up, Kyle also swam for Waukesha Express, holding several National Age Group records and was named the 2004 National High School Swimmer of the Year.  Kyle continued his swimming career at Northwestern University, where he was a 19 time NCAA All-American and member of the winning Northwestern 400 medley relay that held the NCAA & US Open record for several years.  In 2014, Kyle was inducted into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame.  Most recently, Coach Kyle was named the 2017 IL Age Group Coach of the Year as well as the 2017 IL Developmental Coach of the Year.  Finally, Kyle currently serves as a member on the IL Age Group Committee.

James F Clarke

EP Head Coach


Coach Jim Clarke grew up in Evergreen Park where he swam with the EP Barracudas, Ridge Park, and the EP Stingrays. He was a four year varsity swimmer, record holder and captain at Evergreen Park Community High School and lettered at Lake Forest College. 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 worked with Dave Stephens to bring CWAC to Evergreen Park and was the lead coach there the next four years. In that time Clarke coached numerous Regional, State and Speedo 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 returned to head the CWAC Evergreen Park site in 2016, and has since coached multiple Regionals and State qualifiers, an Illinois State Champion, an Illinois State Meet Record Holder, a United States Record Holder, and a Futures qualifier. He has enjoyed coaching with several of his former swimmers and watching his daughter Maisie in her early days with the Wolfpack. 

Alyssa C Burns

EP Bronze II & Blue II Coach


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 C Edgeworth

EP Silver II & Bronze I Coach


Justin A Fernandez

WY Bronze 3 Coach


Coach Justin grew up in Chicago, IL and swam for Chicago Wolfpack Aquatics Club and Swift Aquatics. He attended Lane Technical High School and was a four-year varsity swimmer. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and was an all-conference finalist for four consecutive years at UWSP and obtained 2 NCAA DIII "B" Standards in the 400 IM. Justin has coached a country club league swim team for Sunset Ridge Country Club for 5 years, coached swim camps at UWSP, and fifth-year coached the Men's and Women's Swim Teams at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  Justin graduated from UWSP in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Marketing and International Business. He interned for an up and coming sports media company called JAFA in Metro London, United Kingdom in Fall 2017. 

Kevin W Kaufman

WY Silver III Coach


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. 

Elizabeth C Lyon

Wolfpack Swim School Supervisor


Lizzy grew up in Zionsville, Indiana where she swam for Zionsville Swim Club. She was a 4-year varsity swimmer for Zionsville Community High School, where she helped her team to a state runner-up finish as a team captain her senior year. She currently holds the 500 freestyle record at ZCHS. She was actively involved in the swim lesson program at Zionsville, where she taught lessons for 4 years in high school. Lizzy went on to swim for Purdue University and competed primarily in the distance freestyle events and 400IM, making the all-time top-10 lists in those events. At Purdue she was awarded the Big Ten Sportsmanship award her Freshman year, and was named to the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten lists her Sophomore through Senior years. She graduated Purdue with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Lizzy is very excited to bring her passion for the water and experience teaching swim lessons to the Wolfpack Swim School!

Clair E Martin

UIC Silver II & Bronze II Coach


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.

Garrett M Mulchrone

UIC Gold 3


Coach Garrett is no stranger to CWAC having been a member of the Wolfpack when he was in high school.  Garrett was a captain at Saint Ignatius where he was a 6 time All-American and 12 time state qualifier.  Coach Garrett continued his swimming career at the University of Wisconsin where he was a four year letter winner.  Garrett competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials and represented Wisconsin at the NCAA Championships.  He is excited to be back with the CWAC program and working with the swimmers.

Nicole Mulcrone

EP Pack Prep Coach


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.

Samantha R Stephens

Wolfpack Swim School Director


Coach Sam grew up just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio swimming for Countryside YMCA and Mason High School. She swam briefly at the University of Cincinnati, before ending her swimming career and beginning her coaching career at a local summer club before eventually joining the Cincinnati Marlins staff. Moving from Cincinnati to Chicago in 2012, Coach Sam began assistant coaching CWAC’s Silver 2 group. Over the years she has coached many of our age groups, but now focus her attention on the Wolfpack Swim School and coaching the St. Ignatius Girls Swim Team. 

Using her coaching experience and years of teaching swim lessons, she has developed a curriculum for the swim school that is designed to give all participants a comprehensive introduction the world of competitive 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. Coach Sam is now married to Coach Dave Stephens and together they have three girls who will hopefully one day go through the lesson program and join the CWAC swim team.

Brooke E Telander

EP Bronze II, Blue I & II Coach


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.

Danny W Tucker

UIC Senior Coach


Coach Danny grew up in Naperville and swam for Maverick Swim Club and competed with the U.S. Junior National team in Dublin, Ireland. He was a 4 year varsity swimmer at Naperville Central High School where he was a team captain and part of the State Championship team. He went on to swim at Purdue University where he qualified for the NCAA championships 3 years in a row, won All American Honorable Mention for 2 years, broke the University record in the 100 free, received 2 MVP awards, and was elected team captain. During Danny's career he qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2012 and 2016, and won the U.S. Open 100m Free in 2013. Danny is excited to join the Wolfpack and share his passion of swimming.

Margaret R Pircon

UIC Gold 3 & Blue Coach