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 35 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.  Coach Dave then 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 women’s varsity team.  His high school teams have won 29 IHSA sectional titles the past nineteen years and produced over 200 All-American performances.  Coach Dave was selected as one of the top 10 national age group coaches of the year in 2019.

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 & 2018 IL Age Group Coach of the Year as well as the 2017 IL Developmental Coach of the Year.  He was a 2018 top ten finalist for national age group coach of the year.  Coach Kyle currently serves as a member on the IL Age Group & Performance Committees.

James F Clarke

EP Head Coach


Coach Jim Clarke grew up in Evergreen Park where he swam with the Barracudas, Ridge Park, and the EP Stingrays. He was a four year varsity swimmer and captain at Evergreen Park Community High School and lettered at Lake Forest College. Clarke taught for 8 years and coached at his Alma Mater EPCHS for 10 years. In that time, his club and high school teams combined for ten conference titles. He was named District 231 Educator of the Year in 2006-07; 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, and 2009. His EPCHS swim teams received the SSC Sportsmanship Awards in four straight seasons and his coaching staffs were two-time recipients of the Illinois High School Association 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 coaching Regional, State, Speedo Sectional Qualifiers, CWAC record holders and a US Nationals Qualifier. After a brief hiatus, Clarke coached CWAC at UIC from 2012-14 and St. Ignatius College Prep from 2012-16. In 2016, Clarke returned to head CWAC at EP and has since coached Regionals, State and Futures qualifiers; Illinois State Champions; Illinois State and United States Record Holders. 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.

Justin A Fernandez

UIC Bronze I / Blue 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. 

Susan E Haney

UIC Silver III / Bronze III Coach


Coach Sue’s passion for swimming has brought her back to CWAC this time as a coach. From 2009 to 2013 she was a parent of a CWAC swimmer, a stroke judge and a starter.  Sue grew up in the Chicagoland area and swam for the Lake Forest Swim Club and graduated from Lake Forest College.  At Lake Forest Sue was part of All-American relay teams that placed in the top 15th in the nation on a yearly basis. Individually, she finished sixth in the 50-butterfly and 10th in the 100-butterfly. Her junior season she was the Foresters' Most Valuable Swimmer. Sue was also a team captain as a junior and senior. Lake Forest was 38-4 in dual meets during Sue's four seasons and its ninth-place national team finish is, at the time of her induction into the Lake Forest Hall of Fame, the best in the program's history. She also helped the Foresters win their first conference championship. Most recently, Sue is active in scuba diving. She also competes in triathlons, and in US Masters Swimming meets.

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.  Coach Clair was named 2018 Developmental Coach of the Year in Illinois.  She is excited to continue in the sport as a coach with CWAC.

Gabriella N Motter

UIC Senior II / Gold II Coach


Coach Gabby joined CWAC last Spring season and coaches the Senior 2 and Gold 2 teams. Gabby is originally form Allentown, Pennsylvania and swam for Salisbury Senior High School. She went on to swim distance freestyle for Indiana University of Pennsylvania and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. Gabby recently moved to Chicago from Savannah, Georgia where she coached at Low Country Aquatic Club while earning a Master’s degree in Coaching Education at Georgia Southern University. She has been swimming since the age of 10 and started coaching for her summer league team at 15, eventually becoming the head coach for 2 summers. She has coached a range of age groups and abilities and believes in the talents of each of her swimmers. She finds pride in being a coach and works to develop lasting and meaningful relationships to aid  her swimmers development in and out of the pool. 

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

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 I 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.

Elizabeth C Tucker

Swim School Supervisor & Blue Coach


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!