Alessio De Rosi
Alessio has been professionally coaching for
almost 20 years; previously he was a competitive swimmer ranked 4th
in Italy in the 200 IM and 100-200 Breaststroke. In the past 4
years as the NASA Head Coach, the team has broken 30+ State records
and 2 National records. Under Alessio's tenure, NASA achieved
Bronze Level in 2011 and 2012, Silver level in 2013 2014, 2015,
2016 and 2017, finished in 5th place at the '13 SCY Age Group
Champs and in 4th at the '13 JNat's. Previously, as head coach of
his former team (Aurelia Nuoto) in Italy, his swimmers achieved
medals at regional, national and international level
competitions. Along with a frequent interaction with other
head coaches, Alessio had the opportunity to work with, and learn
from, Cesare Butini, his former coach, head coach of the Italian
National Swim Team. With a focus on technique, Alessio can
quickly assess a swimmer’s level (beginner to professional
athlete) and develop drills sequences to help them advance in any
of the competitive strokes. As a certified Physical Ed.
teacher in Illinois & Italy, Alessio integrates the fundamental
principles of learning through fun and positive attitude in his
teaching philosophy. Alessio is looking forward to using his
knowledge and passion to help swimmers achieve their full
Head Age Group Coach
Kate grew up in Chesterton and swam for Duneland Swim Club and Chesterton High School, where she held various records and specialized in sprint freestyle. She was conference, sectional champion, and All-State in many events each year, helping her team remain undefeated. She was awarded Conference MVP, Team MVP, and Senior Athlete of the Year as a senior and qualified for Senior Nationals beginning in her junior year.
Kate attended the University of South Florida and then Eastern Michigan University on swimming scholarships. Unfortunately, illness forced her to stop swimming for several years. Eventually she returned to swimming as a Master’s swimmer, where she was ranked nationally in the top ten for many years in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle. She earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in biology and geologyand her Master's in Sport Management from Indiana State University.
Kate began her coaching career while still in high school when she became an assistant coach for Duneland Swim Club. While working on her degree at the University of Texas, she became Head Age Group Coach of the Irving Swimmers in Irving, Texas. Since that time, she returned to Chesterton as an Assistant Swim Coach for both Duneland and Chesterton High School, later becoming a coach for the Chicago Park District, then as Head Coach of Portage Porpoises in Indiana. In addition to coaching, she has over twenty year's of experience as a learn-to-swim instructor. Kate has a son, Calvin, and a dog, Odie.
Jeffrey M Frydenlund
Jeff started swimming competitively in Minnesota when he was 13. He competed in club and High School where he placed at state in both. After high school he went to Colorado School of Mines where he received a scholarship to swim and in 1995 graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering. During his 5th year at CSM he worked as an assistant coach and helped lead the team to their first conference championship in 8 years. He then worked in R&D as an electrical engineer for three years before realizing that coaching was what he really wanted to do.
In 1998 Jeff began his coaching career in Colorado and moved to Illinois in 2003. While at New Trier Swim Club he was the Head Age Group coach and a Lead Senior Coach. He was the Head Coach for the Rockford Marlins and the Head Senior Coach at Barrington Swim Club. Throughout his years coaching he has worked with all levels of athlete from novice to national qualifier. He has developed multiple age group state champions, state record holders, regional qualifiers, age group championship qualifiers, senior championship qualifiers, Zone qualifiers, Jr. National qualifiers and National qualifiers.
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Jeff began swimming at the age of 5 for the McGaw YMCA Swim Team. After a brief hiatus of swimming in middle school Jeff realized that he was much more successful at in-water sports and swam for the Leaning Tower YMCA through high school. Almost immediately after graduating high school he began coaching for NASA while he attended UIC, and has been coaching ever since!
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Giacomo studied and swam at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he broke and still holds the 200-400IM and 800 free relay school records. He was able to qualify to the fastest SCY meet ever (NCAA Championships) twice (2013 & 2014). He still owns the Mountain West Conference and Mountain Pacific Conference records in the 400IM.
He won multiple junior national titles in Italy in the 200-400IM and he earned a spot in the Italian Junior National team for the 2008 European Junior Championships and for the Latin Cup in Argentina where he placed second in the 200IM.
Giacomo was also the Student Assistant Coach for the University of Nevada in the summer of 2014 where he oversaw mid-sprint, distance and IM training group facilitating technique and specific skills training regularly. Giacomo also coached in Italy (Como) where he designated and implemented specific training programs for a group of seniors and master swimmers.
He graduated with a degree in Multidisciplinary studies in Business Management & Hospitality.
Developmental Group Coach
Joe is enjoying his 6th year as a NASA coach, but has been teaching swimming to people of all ages and abilities for nearly three decades. In addition to coaching NASA developmental swimmers, he also works with adults, teens, and children who are at the beginning level. Joe has also been a regular morning lap swimmer for many years.
In his other professional life, Joe works for a company that services association professionals. In his free time, he enjoys bike riding and checking out the swim facilities wherever he travels.
Phil J Andrew
Dev & Cubs Coach
Phil Andrew, has been swimming, teaching and coaching aquatics for
over 25 years. Prior to NASA, he taught and coached
Skokie Country Club, the University of Illinois, Regina Dominican
High School, Lawrence Kansas Masters Swimming, New York's Badger
Aquatics Club and New York's Westchester Aquatics Club. Phil
captained the Loyola Academy Swimming and Water Polo teams
receiving All State Team honors and was inducted into LA's Athletic
Hall of Fame. He attended the University of Illinois on an athletic
scholarship where he was twice Captain of the Illini Swimming Team
and helped set relay records that stand today! At Illinois,
Phil received the George Huff Academic/Athlete Award, was nominated
for the NCAA Valor Award and received a Congressional Award for
Heroism and Bravery. Phil continued to play club water polo
locally and internationally while attending DePaul University
College of Law and practicing law
in Chicago. He makes a point of getting in the water wherever
his work takes him. His love of the water and water sports is
evident in the enthusiasm he brings to
working with swimmers of all ages from learn-to-swim, elite
competitors to the adult triathlete and open water swimmer. He
still competes in US Masters Swimming, open water races, Swim
Across America and the occasional triathlon. Phil is committed to
each athlete's personal development through a focus on technique
and positive feedback.
Alex began swimming in eighth grade in a small town in Michigan.
She continued her swimming career throughout college at Missouri
State University as a 100-200 Breaststroker while obtaining her
Mathematics degree. While attending MSU, she started teaching
lessons for Missouri State Aquatics. It was during that time that
she realized her passion for teaching others to
After finishing school, Alex moved to Chicago and began her
coaching career in 2010 with Chicago Blue Dolphins as an instructor
and Masters coach.
In 2011, she began her six year stay with Highland Park Aquatics
Club (HPAC) where she worked her way through the ranks from
Assistant Coach to Head Age Group Coach. During her time there she
developed several Illinois Regional and State swimmers/champions as
well as Central Zones swimmers.
Alex has experience working with every level of swimmer from very
beginner to elite, young children to adults, and
believes that swimming should always be fun. As a
technique based coach, you'll see her making corrections to
swimmers' form and challenging them to make changes in creative
Katherine M Horstkotte
Katherine has been swimming for most of her life, starting her
competitive career at the age of 6 on a Michigan summer league, and
making the transition to year-round swimming in Kentucky when she
was 9. She joined NASA as a swimmer in 2001, and she has been
involved in the club as either a swimmer or a coach ever
since. Katherine’s first experience coaching came
at New Trier, where she was a captain of the girls’ swim
team, giving lessons through the NT Guard program. In college, she
took a two-year break from swimming to play other sports, but she
was drawn back to the pool and competed for Macalester College
during her junior and senior year, representing Mac at the MIAC
conference. She joined NASA as a coach soon after finishing her
Katherine loves the time she has been able to spend on deck as a
coach. Even though she has come and gone over the years, exploring
other jobs and locations and even getting an advanced degree or
two, she always looks forward to being back on her home deck,
sharing her love of the sport and helping our swimmers to grow as
both athletes and people.
Brian S Walsh
Brian swam for NASA Wildcat Aquatics from 2001-2013. He was part of
NASA’s 2009 13-14 Boys National record setting 4X100M
freestyle relay. He attended New Trier high school, where he had
the pleasure of being on the state championship winning teams in
2012 and 2013. He went on to study Business at Carnegie Mellon
University, where he holds the record in the 100Y Butterfly. He has
returned to coach at NASA Wildcat, as it has been a home for him
for such a large part of his life
Lauren swam at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the
Runnin’ Rebels (2012-2016) where she received her B.S. in
Kinesiology. After moving to Chicago in 2016, she earned her M.S.
in Kinesiology focusing on sport psychology. Along with coaching
for NASA Wildcats, she is a program manager for the LulaFit
wellness company and specializes in strength and conditioning as a
CF-L1 coach and personal trainer at River North CrossFit.