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Coaches & Directors
New Trier Aquatics Staff

Alexis D Keto

CEO/Head Coach

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3rd year at New Trier Aquatics
23rd year coaching

Head Coach/CEO
Lead Coach: Senior High Performance

B.A. Northwestern University

 

Coach Alexis Keto is the current head coach & CEO 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 managed several local, zone and national camps & teams - most recently as part of the task force for the inaugural 2018 Leadership Summit and as head coach of the 2018 Eastern Zone Select Camp.

Matt T Zachan

Director of Sports Performance

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7th year at New Trier Aquatics
10th year coaching

Head Age Group Coach
Lead Coach: Junior Performance,
Assistant Coach; Senior/Age Group Programming

B.S. California State University, Chico
M.A.T. National Louis University
 

Matt began his coaching career in Atlanta with Dynamo Swim Club, a perennial USA Swimming gold medal award winning club. While at Dynamo Matt was fortunate enough to work alongside some of USA Swimming's best coaches and coach some of the top athletes in the country. In his time at Dynamo he coached swimmers who achieved first place finishes at Age Group State, multiple top 10 finishes at Age Group State, multiple top 10 Power Point scores in the Georgia LSC, multiple Senior State qualifiers and was selected as a Georgia Zone coach in 2011.

Matt came to New Trier Aquatics in the fall of 2013. In his time at New Trier, Matt has coached athletes who have achieved USA Swimming Summer National and Junior National time standards, top 20 all time USA Swimming times, NCSA Junior National top 3 finishes, Illinois Swimming records, NCSA Junior National time standards, first place finishes at Age Group State, multiple Illinois Swimming top 10 times, team records, Summer and Spring Sectional times, and Senior State times.

Matt is a firm believer in creatively approaching swimming. He consistently strives to keep swimming interesting by inventing new drills and writing innovative workouts. His creativity can be seen>Drill of the Week along with other videos that showcase the things he does in practice everyday.

Matt grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Edgewater with his wife and two dogs.  

Gregory L Hartman

Director of Personnel

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8th Season at New Trier Aquatics
 22nd Year Coaching

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

Greg most recently 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.

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 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, daughter, and 2 dogs.

Laszlo Hruza

Director of Water Polo

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2nd 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.

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 colligate 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.”

Blake J Mock

Director of Operations

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I am excited to have joined the New Trier Aquatics Team as Director of Operations in March of 2018.  Swimming has been in my life in some form or another since childhood, swimming for the North Suburban YMCA in the winter and the Northbrook Park District in the summer. I continued my swimming career into high school at Glenbrook North High School. I also lifeguarded and taught swimming lessons during the summer. 

About 10 years ago, I continued my involvement with swimming by joining the official’s side of the pool. I have earned an N3 national status at all levels of officiating. Some of my experiences include:
- Club level, high school, and college meets
- Open Water- State, Zone, Junior Nationals, and Nationals
- NCSA Junior Nationals and Age Group Championships in Orlando
- Junior Nationals
- Nationals
- TYR Pro Series
- Speedo Sectionals
I have traveled to many cities officiating and have met many wonderful people, all dedicated to the sport of swimming. In addition to this role, I also serve as a mentor and a trainer in all aspects of officiating. 

From 2010-2014, I was Vice President of Events for the New Trier Swim Club. NTSC, now NTA,  began a culture of leadership in hosting Official Training Clinics and Recertification Clinics. For myself, I learned how to manage the whole meet experience to provide the best opportunities for our swimmers. 

I have served as Vice Chair of Program Operations of Illinois Swimming  from 2013 - 2017. This position helped me widen my knowledge of swimming from a local club level to a successful LSC level and beyond. I oversaw safe sport and consolidated Rules and Regulations for Illinois Swimming.  Currently, I am General Chair of Illinois Swimming which is a term that runs through 2020.

I have 2 children: Emily, 23, who swam at New Trier. She is currently earning her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Drake University. Nick, 20, is finishing his sophomore year at Oakton Community College and plans to go to Franlin College in Franklin Indiana to get a B.A.  I live in Northbrook with my wife Sarah. 

The dictionary says swimming is a sport or activity of propelling oneself through water  using the limbs. Although true, I believe that swimming also builds character, sportsmanship,  and the knowledge that hard work pays off. See you at the pool! 

 
 

Katie Crider

Lead Coach

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2nd Year at New Trier Aquatics
5th Year Coaching
 
Lead Coach; D Groups, Assistant Coach; Age Group/Senior, Strength and Conditioning 
 
BBA, Georgia Southern University
MS, University of Florida
 
Katie comes to New Trier with an intuitive and creative, but analytical approach after having gotten her start coaching in 2013 in her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana with the club she grew up swimming with, Counsilman Center Swim Team. She then went off to get her Masters in Human Performance, specializing in performance psychology and elite athlete training at the University of Florida. While there, she coached some of the top 11-12 year old swimmers in the country with Gator Swim Club. Upon graduating, Katie moved further south to take the opportunity to be Head Age Group Coach at Saint Andrew's Aquatics in Boca Raton, Florida. During her time at Saint Andrew's, she coached all age groups and abilities, from those just dipping their toes in the pool for the first time to some of the top age group swimmers in the US.
 
After moving from one side of the country to the other, Katie is excited to return to the Midwest with more knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming that she loves to share with swimmers and their families. 

Sarah K Erickson

Office Administrator

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8th Year at New Trier Aquatics
8th Year Coaching


Lead Coach; Senior, Evening Masters Assistant Coach; Age Group/ Senior Programming

Sarah has been coaching or swimming for New Trier Aquatics for over 15 years. Her passion extends to every group as she helps as she believes that each swimmer matters. She serves as our office manager so that our communication as a team can move to the next level in community engagement and service.  Sarah often serves as our Team Manager on many of our Team Travel Trips. She is currently pursuing a nursing degree at Northeastern University so that she can make even more of a difference in our community. 

Sarah currently resides in Evanson and in her free time, she enjoys pottery, great food, and having fun exploring Chicago! 

Marie Antoinette Flores

Lead Coach

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3Rd year at New Trier Aquatics
11th year in Aquatics Instruction

B.A. - University of Texas-Austin

Lead Coach; Intro, Novice, and A8, Assistant Coach; Age Group

 

Marie Antoinette Flores hails from the Texas border city of El Paso. Marie started swimming at the early age of 4 years old and was in competition by the age of 6. Joining a top private international team, El Paso Aqua Posse, Marie swam competitively for all of her childhood, high school and one season at UT Austin. Marie was a four time Texas Age Group Swimming champion from 1988-1992, and was a long time Southwest region record holder for girls 10 & under 200 meter IM and 100 meter Butterfly.

Marie chose to follow the performing arts upon entering her second year of college and moved from Austin to Chicago to pursue a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and Theater from Roosevelt University. Ms. Flores has performed in many Chicago theatre/opera productions and can be heard in various voice over spots in local and national commercials.  

Marie Antoinette loves being a part of the New Trier Aquatics Coaching team and is delighted to be working in an inclusive, nurturing and dynamic swimming community.

 

James R Helm

Lead Coach

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2nd Season at New Trier Aquatics
8th Year Coaching

Lead Coach; A9, A10/ Assistant Coach; Age Group
B.S. University of Findlay

Brendan C Hulseman

Lead Coach

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2nd Season at New Trier Aquatics

2nd Year Coaching

Lead Coach; Junior Advanced, Senior Advanced
B.S. St. Louis University

Brendan is joining the NTA Staff as our Lead Coach for both the Senior and Junior Advanced level. 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

Lead Coach

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Mac Guy

NTHS Girls Head Coach

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Mac is thrilled to be returning to NTA! He began his coaching career at the age of 15 for the Old Willow Club, and for the past twenty years, he has coached swimmers in competitions ranging from summer league meets to the NCAA Championships. After coaching the senior group at NTSC for a bit, he took on a grad assistant position on the Northwestern University Women’s team in 2008 while finishing his Masters in Education. He then began his high school teaching career at Neuqua Velly High School before moving back to his alma mater, New Trier High School, in 2011. In his five years as head of the girls’ program at New Trier, the team has won two state championships and five conference championships. He has published articles for ASCA and helps to edit the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Journal. He is also an assistant coach for the New Trier Boys Swim and Dive program and the Boys Water Polo program.

Josh Runkle

NTHS Boys Head Coach

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Josh Runkle is starting his first season with NTSC.  Coach Runkle is currently the Head Coach of the New Trier Boys Swimming & Diving team and serves as the Aquatic Director and teacher in the Kinetic Wellness Department at NT.  He has over 20 years of experience at the high school and club level.  Prior to coming to New Trier, Coach Runkle was the Head Coach of the Boys Swimming team at Glenbrook North for 11 years.  During his tenure, he coached 11 HS All Americans and his was named Sectional Coach of the Year 3 times.  While at GBN, he also served as an assistant with Glenbrook Aquatics as well as coaching football and water polo.  His first head coaching job came at Highland Park High School, where he was in charge of both high school programs and worked with the COHO Swim club.  Coach Runkle received his B.S. in Health Science from Western Illinois University in 1995 and Masters of Education from National-Louis University in 2002.  Coach Runkle lives in Highland Park with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Ellie.  

Robert Miner

Strength and Conditioning

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1st Year at New Trier Aquatics
4th Year Coaching

B.S. - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
M.S. - Concordia College

Lead Coach- Strength and Conditioning

Coach Rob comes to New Trier with a diverse coaching background. Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, he started his career in athletics teaching lessons at the age of fourteen. Since then he has progressed and enhanced his passion for teaching, motivating, and learning. Rob has served as a Head Coach as well as various other positions within organizations and clubs throughout the Midwest. During his career, he has experience through the full spectrum of talent, from novice beginners to athletes competing at the national level. No matter the ability, Rob takes great pride in getting young athletes excited about the sport that he loves. He brings a fresh, new approach to swimming and all it has to offer. 

Rob graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he was a 4 year Division 1 athlete, serving as team captain his senior year. Rob finished his athletic career with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Minor in Human Development. He has recently expanded his education by pursuing a Master's Degree in Kinesiology. For additional hands-on experience, outside of the pool, Rob also completed two Sports Performance Internships, one with the University of Minnesota and one with Northwestern University. Rob has a unique way of combining all he has learned both as an athlete as well as with his academic and fieldwork. He applies this experience and knowledge with the goal to make each swimmer faster, stronger, healthier, and better athletes as a whole.

Along with his work with NTA, Rob also works as a Strength Coach for New Trier High School. Outside of work, Rob enjoys playing a variety of sports with friends and family as well as travel. 

Tyler Hines

Strength and Conditioning

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Tyler comes to NTA with a strength and conditioning background. He Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from University of Kentucky in 2016 where he majored in Kinesiology. While in Kentucky Tyler worked with a wide variety of athletes; from middle schoolers just starting off, to players training for NFL combine. Following graduation Tyler became certified with the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and completed an internship with Northwestern Sports Performance program. As well as training NTA athletes, Tyler works with Loyola Academy’s girls and boys swim teams. 

Kristen Tanakatsubo

Yoga Instructor

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2nd year at New Trier Aquatics
15+ years of coaching and Yoga Instruction

Kristen comes to us as an active instructor at CorePowerYoga at Old Orchard and private figure skating instructor. She uses her background in independent athletics as well as body balance awareness and mental training and coaching for athletes.