Coach Amie has been the Head
Coach of the Dundee Dolphins since 2013.
Her swim career started as a kid where she split her time
between the Rolling Meadows and Mount Prospect Park District Swim
teams. Amie then swam four years at Rolling Meadows High School and served
as Varsity Co-Captain her senior year. Her coaching career also
began at Rolling Meadows High School where she was the Assistant
Coach for both the boys and girls swim team and helped run the
Township High School District 214’s summer camp for two
years. In addition to coaching the Dolphins, Amie has been the JV
Coach for the Dundee Crown High School Girls Swim Team and
continues to help when needed.
Coach Amie has a B.A. in
Psychology and received her M.S. in School Counseling from Eastern
Illinois University in 2009. In addition to coaching, she works at
Oakton Community College as a Dual Credit Specialist and enjoys her
role in Academic Affairs.
Coach Amie's coaching
philosophy in her own words is, “I believe involvement in
sports fosters success later in life as athletes learn the
importance of hard work, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Swimming is
more than just a competitive sport. It teaches self-discipline,
encourages healthy habits, can enhance a child’s self-esteem
and shows the athlete what they are capable of both in the water
and in life. I think it is extremely important to engage all
swimmers and promote a positive environment so the athlete enjoys
the spirit of competition and growth."
Lead Assistant Coach
Coach Deidre started coaching with the Dundee Dolphins in 2018.
Her swimming career started when she was 9 years old with the
Freeport Aquatic Swim Team (F.A.S.T.). At her team tryout they
recommended that she get swimming lessons before trying again the
following season but ended up letting her join reluctantly. Within
her 1st year, she qualified for the age group state championship
meet and went on to win a few age group state championships to top
it off. So anyone looking to join our team for the 1st time, please
keep that in mind! And to our veteran swimmers as well, the sky is
Coach Deidre went on to compete for Freeport High School where
she also won an Illinois High School State Championship and was
awarded All American 9 times. She finished out her swimming
career with the University of Minnesota where she also majored in
Coach Deidre now has two young daughters that you might see
around deck occasionally as well!
started swimming with Trails when she was 12 and continued until
she was 18. She swam with the DeKalb County Swim Team for four
years, starting at age 11, and for DeKalb High School varsity team
for four years where she was voted Captain for two of
those years. Kayleigh has multiple state medals.
previously worked as lifeguard and swim instructor for
Lifetime Fitness, teaching lessons to swimmers of all ages. She was
also Head Coach of a Lifetime Swim Team.
Kayleigh has been a big supporter of her younger sisters,
helping them to hone their technique, especially in freestyle and
starts/turns and is passionate about swimming. Kayleigh stays
active at the gym and is a certified personal trainer and group
is currently working on a certification in Sports Nutrition and
loves staying active outdoors!
Faith Kenaga started coaching for the Dolphins in the Fall of
2016 as a senior at Dundee Crown High School. Having grown up on
the dolphins and having swam competitively for Dundee Crown High
School, Faith brought years of coaching techniques she learned as a
swimmer while also building on her experience as a swim lesson
instructor and as a coach for the Jr. Dolphins Swim Team. She
is currently studying Nursing at Carroll University and we
enjoy the positive energy she brings back on holiday and summer
Reid has been coaching with the Dolphins since 2017, inititally
starting out as a dry land coach for the 13+ age group. With his
extensive swim background, he quickly adjusted to a full coaching
role for the following season and brings a great energy to the
team. Reid is currently attending Maryvale University and will be
back coaching on holiday and summer breaks.
Pat Tucker has been around pools for most of her life. She grew
up with a pool in her backyard, joined the Coho Swim Team
(Deerfield, IL) as a child, swam on her high school team, and
continued swimming for all four years at Augustana College, where
she was a two-year National Qualifier. It is also at Augustana
where she met her husband through the hazy fog of chlorine while he
was the Assistant Men’s coach.
Through the years, Pat has taught swimming lessons, lifeguarded,
coached a high school team, and still enjoys swimming laps in the
morning before heading to her full time job as Human Resources
Manager at International Teams in Elgin where she does her part in
bringing people together to help the oppressed. Pat has worked at
this organization for over twenty years, and loves the meaningful
work she does there.
All three of her adult children swam competitively at some point
in their lives as well, so she brings experience as a swimmer,
coach, instructor, and parent to the team. She has been a fantastic
addition to our team as she shares her love of aquatics with