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Alexis D Keto

CEO/Head Coach

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5th year at New Trier Aquatics
25th year coaching
CEO/Head Coach
Lead Coach: Senior High Performance, Masters, Semi-Pro Elite, D6 (New for 2020!)
B.A. Northwestern University
M.A. North Carolina State University

 
Coach Alexis Keto is the current CEO & Head Coach of New Trier Aquatics in Winnetka, IL. She believes in the well-rounded, socially-aware athlete and infuses this philosophy into each workout, competition & team endeavor. Each swimmer has the potential to be successful, and she feels that coaches should help swimmers discover their pathways to success and to their goals on a personal and individualized level.
 
Over her 20-plus years of coaching, Alexis has had the good fortune of coaching at every level of the sport - summer league, high school, club and college. In her twelve years at Colorado, the team grew from 4 state qualifiers to 75 state qualifiers, 40+ Sectional qualifiers, Multiple State Record Holders, Junior National (USA/NCSA/ISCA) Qualifiers and  National/Olympic Trial athletes. This tradition of excellence continues at NTA with World Championship Trials and Senior National finalists.  Perhaps her greatest pride, however, is her ability to use her college coaching/recruiting experience at NC State & Northwestern to help athletes find the perfect college - whether at Division 1 schools or NAIA schools. Over 50 athletes have continued their swimming career at the collegiate level with an impressive number becoming team captains during their college tenure. 
 
Every swimmer has something to give to the team and has something to gain from the sport and Coach Alexis is eager to develop all facets of the athlete. She is also actively involved in the development of the sport of swimming at state and national level, currently serving on national committees, formerly very active in the development of the Western Senior Zone Championships and she has held several positions in the Colorado LSC. Her involvement is not just in governance, as she has coached and developed several local, zone and national camps & teams -  as part of the task force for the inaugural 2018 Leadership Summit and as head coach of the 2018 Eastern Zone Select Camp. She currently is on the USA Swimming Club Development Committee and the Awards Committee. 

Laszlo Hruza

Director of Water Polo

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3rd Season at NTA
15th year of coaching
B.A. Arizona State University -Tempe

Laszlo comes to New Trier Aquatics with a wide range of coaching experience throughout all ages and skill levels. The Hungarian native built a well-known reputation of developing players and programs both domestically and internationally. He coached on four different continents and his players continuously compete and won in the NCAA, University Games, World Championships and some even made Olympic teams for various Nations.

Currently, he is a FINA lecturer, conducting coaches’ clinics around the world in his free time. In addition, recently he worked with the International Olympic Committee’s Solidarity program to reestablish a sustainable water polo program in Barbados and this fall in Ghana.

In Illinois, he worked tirelessly with numerous programs and athletes to try to grow and elevate the prestige of Illinois Water Polo. He has worked with several high school and club programs and helped many athletes to get to the collegiate level. He even started an “elite” water polo training session where he invites the top players from around the State for some high-performance training.

On the colleigate level, he worked with Arizona State University and Michigan State University - the latter to back to back Big Ten Championship (2008, 2009) and to the National Championship (2008). He also, earned the prestigious Big Ten Coach of the Year Award in 2009.

“I am very excited to get this opportunity with New Trier Aquatics. The club’s vision for water polo is unparalleled in the State of Illinois or even in the Nation, and I’m so honored to lead it. As a director of Water Polo, I can promise you that I will work tirelessly to help every single athlete to reach their full potential, not just as an athlete, but as a successful member of our community.”

Kristen Tanakatsubo

NTA Business Manager

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5th year at New Trier Aquatics
2nd year as Business Manager
Yoga Teacher, E-RYT200
20 years of coaching

Kristen uses her background in independent athletics, as well as body balance awareness and mental training and coaching for athletes. 
We are excited to bring Kristen in as our Business Manager after a long spell as part of our support staff. 

Gregory L Hartman

Senior Program Coordinator

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9th Year at New Trier Aquatics
 24th Year Coaching

Head Senior Assistant Coach
Lead Coach: Senior Performance/Senior Advanced
B.S. University of Illinois at Chicago

Throughout his career he has proudly guided swimmers to multiple Club Team Records, ISI Regional, ISI State, Central Zone, Speedo Sectional, NCSA National, USA Junior National, USA Senior National, and Olympic Trial Levels. Many of his former athletes have moved on to compete and excel at the collegiate level. Greg believes in a “Think, Swim, Fast, Win” philosophy. This philosophy lends the various aspects of commitment and hard work developed through the sport of competitive swimming to overall development of an individual. This belief provides the competitive athlete an experience that will extend well beyond the pool.  

Greg prior to making his return to NTA was with the Patriot Aquatic Club and Stevenson High School from 2006-2015. Greg served as the Head Age Group coach from 2006-2011 and the Senior Advanced Coach 2011-2015. He had helped coach the program to multiple ISI Age Group Top Ten Finishes and ISI Senior State Championships. He had crowned multiple ISI Regional and ISI Age Group State Champions. Greg also served as the Head Boys Swimming and Diving Coach at Stevenson High School and had lead the program 2008-2015. During his tenure the program flourished posting a 39-6 Dual Meet Record, 3 Lake County Championships, 6 North Suburban Conference Championships, 3 IHSA Sectional Championships, an IHSA Top Ten Finish, and multiple NISCA All Americans. In 2012 he was named by Pioneer Press Lake Shore Coach of the Year and in 2014 was named IHSA Sectional Coach of the Year. Most recently, in the fall of 2019 Greg was inducted into the Evanston Township High School Hall of Fame along with the 2005 State Champion Boys Swimming and Diving program. 

Greg currently holds an ASCA Level IV coaching level. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Greg currently resides in Norwood Park with his wife, 2 daughters, and his dog.

Brendan C Hulseman

Lead Coach

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3rd Year at New Trier Aquatics
Lead Coach: Junior Performance & Junior Advanced
B.S. St. Louis University

Brendan is our Lead Coach for both the Junior Performance and Advanced level groups. He swam for NTSC (2007-2016) under the direction of Bob Kizer, Kyle Bubolz, and Andrew Hodgson. He Graduated from Loyola Academy in 2012, where he was a multi sport athlete excelling in swimming and water polo. In 2011 and 2012, he was an All American on the all of the Relays for Loyola Academy. Brendan attended St. Louis University where he continuted to excell in pool as varisty member from 2012-2016. He was school record holder on all the SLU Relays as well as 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly.  Brendan earned his degree in B.S. Buisness Administration with a concentration in Sports Buisness.  After graduating from SLU Brendan served as the general manager for Cyclebar in Evanston. He also currently serves as an assistant coach for the boys water polo coach at Loyola Academy. Brendan currently resides in Lincoln Square and when he is not on the pool deck you may find him on a bicycle, as he is an avid rider.

 

Keith Yavitt

14 U Water Polo Coach

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3rd Year at NTA
10+ Years Polo Coaching experience 

14U Lead Coach
 

James R Helm

Lead Coach

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2nd Year at New Trier Aquatics
8th Year Coaching

Lead Coach A10 
Assistant Coach; Age Group

B.S. University of Findlay

James Helm will be entering his second season and first full year at New Trier Aquatics. He restarted his coaching career working long course seasons with the Lincolnwood Lightning 8 years ago. He has spent the last 6 seasons with the Iguanas Swim Club (Chicago) where he was an extremely successful lead age group coach.

 

Coach James has proven track record of developing proper stroke technique had the unique opportunity to work with and successfully develop swimmers of multiple skill levels. He is extremely excited to bring his energy, passion and love of swimming to New Trier Aquatics. Helm has been privileged to work with multiple Club Team Record Holders, ISI Regional, ISI State, Central Zone and Speedo Sectional Levels qualifiers and Champions.

 

James is a native of the south side and attended Mount Carmel High School (Chicago) where he swam and played water polo all four years. Helm continued his swimming career at the University of Findlay (Ohio), excelling in short distance sprints. He was an individual record holder, National Qualifier and member of four school record setting All-American relays.

 

In his spare time when not coaching swimming, basketball or baseball, Coach James enjoys spending time with his family and walking his disobedient dog, Daisy.

Christopher L Kearney

Lead Coach

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Lead Coach - Junior 
Assistant Coach - Senior Performance, Senior Advanced

3rd year at NTA

Chris is a former National qualifier and State Finalist as a Loyola Rambler, specializing in the freestyle events. As an athlete, Chris was also part of the Illinois Swimming LSC Board and was a passionate advocate for athlete rights. A scholarship athlete at Miami of Ohio, Chris has a passion for Astronomy and a penchant for random trivia and fun facts. He also currently trains with our Semi-Pro group as he continues a casual competitive career. 

Robert Stafford

Lead Coach

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2nd Year at NTA
4th Year Coaching
Lead Coach: D7 & D5

Rob is excited to begin his second year at NTA and his first season as Lead Coach of D7! He previously  spent 2 years at Big Blue Aquatics . He began his swimming career at the age of 8 for Willow Knolls Country Club in Peoria, Illinois. Shortly after, he began swimming year round for Brian Points of Docs Swimming and continued every year in high school. After high school, he found his passion for teaching swim lessons while at the University of Iowa. While teaching swim lessons, he worked individually with swimmers to improve their skills and successfully achieve goals of swimming competitively.  In addition, he has previously worked with adults with special needs and specialized in developing adapted swim programs for non verbal adults and children with autism. Rob believes swimming is an inclusive sport that teaches lifelong motivational skills and patience. As a coach, he views being safe while having fun, is the first priority and is constantly looking for new and creative ways of teaching technique. He also believes strong communication between parents, athletes and coaches is key to success.

Rob resides in Lakeview and in his spare time he can be found playing pickup basketball, and bass fishing in one of the many surrounding Forest Preserves.

Lindsey Parr

Lead Coach

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1st Year at NTA
5th Year Coaching
Lead Coach: A9 & A8, Assistant Coach - Masters
B.A. John Carroll University

Lindsey grew up swimming at age 6 in Boulder, Colorado. She went on the study and compete at John Carroll Univeristy in Cleveland, Ohio. While at JCU, Lindsey won multiple conference events and was awarded the Clyde Lamb Award conference award for athletics and academics. She graduated with a degree in English and Exercise Science and five school records in her name. After graduation, she moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and quickly joined the TAC TITANS coaching staff. In her four years with the TITANS, Lindsey worked primarily with the age group program including both the elite 11-12 and 13-14 groups as well as the advanced 9-10 year olds. Lindsey's coaching philosophy centers on creating strong technical skills for all four strokes and actively creating swimmer engagement during practice. When not on deck, Lindsey enjoys staying active, working on her hand-lettering, and exploring new places with her husband. She is excited to be a part of New Trier!

Brian Hulseman

Lead Coach

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2nd year Coaching
9th Year at NTA
Lead Coach: Senior
B.A. John Carroll University

Brian is a longtime NTA swimmer and has been coaching with us for the past year. We are excited to have him lead our senior group as his colleigiate experience as a butterflyer and general competitor will bring a new edge to our newest Senior program. 

Kathryne Tao

Lead Coach

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Lead Coach - Novice
4th Year as an NTA Coach
15th Year as part of the NTA family! 
Senior at Northwestern University

Kathryne is a longtime member of the NTA family - as a swimmer and coach. She is very excited to take leadership with the Novice group this season. As a swimmer at NTA, Kathryne was an NCSA & HS State qualifier as well as well-known for her amazing underwater kick! The past three years, Kathryne has been assisting our Novice and D groups so we're really excited she will be taking the reins this season.  
She is majoring in Psychology at Northwestern. 

Brian R Solmos

Lead Coach

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Lead Coach - Novice
2nd Year Coaching at NTA
4th Year with NTA
Sophmore at Northwestern University

Brian has been an invaluable assistant coach with our program and we are excited to have him lead our Novice groups with Coach Kathryne. He was a state & sectional qualifier as a swimmer and a Varsity swimmer & polo player at Loyola. He is currently studying engineering at Northwestern & also enjoys caddying on the weekends at local golf courses! 

Josh Queyquep

Strength & Yoga

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2nd Year at NTA
10+ Years of Coaching and Instruction Experience
Assistant Coach: SHP

Dryand and Conditioning Coordinator
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Amanda Shomgard

Assistant Coach

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1st Year at NTA
14th Year Coaching
B.S. Towson University - Exercise Science
Assistant Coach

Coach Amanda started coaching for New Trier Aquatics in the spring of 2019.  Coach Amanda was previously the head coach of Big Blue Aquatics for over two years before the two teams merged.  She works primarily with A8 and A9 as well as assisting with all other groups on the team.

Coach Amanda began her coaching career in Pennsylvania where she grew up helping her coach build a brand new team. She decided to follow her passion of coaching throughout her college career and coached for six years for Merritt Athletic Swimming in Baltimore, Maryland creating a full-time position in aquatics.  Coach Amanda then moved to New York City to coach full-time for Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics, a USA Swimming National Club Excellence Gold Medal Club, and then moved back to be closer and help her family in Pennsylvania as full-time Head Age Group Coach for Blue Eagle Swim Team. Throughout the years, she was able to work in all areas of aquatics including teaching lessons for the Michael Phelps Swim School, Head Coach of two summer swim teams, competitive swimming clinics, lessons, and camps, and masters swimming.  

She believes that swimming is a very rewarding sport that helps athletes develop many important skills that benefit them throughout their life. She believes in strong communication with parents and athletes, a technique-first approach with training, and to create a unified team where swimmers feel motivated, respected, and supported by their teammates, parents, and coaches in a fun, educational environment.  She is committed to helping all athletes set goals and help them through the steps needed to achieve them. Coach Amanda is eager to be part of New Trier Aquatics and apply everything she learned throughout the years!