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Coaching Staff and Board Members

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Mike Forsythe

Head Coach

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Coach Mike has been coaching for over 7 years. Previously, he was the Sr. Assistant Coach for the OLSA Lightning for the past 5 years and before that he was an Assistant Coach at BSA.

Before he started coaching, he was a swimmer for Reavis High School and specialized in breaststroke and freestyle. Coach Mike prides himself on his enthusiasm, knowledge of swimming, and attention to detail. He currently serves in the Illinois Army National Guard and is an Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran. Coach Mike uses his experience in every practice and meet and continuously expects his swimmers to portray professionalism and discipline at all times while enjoying the sport of swimming and making new friends along the way.

Coach Mike wants to foster a competitive environment where the swimmers can be themselves as well as learn how to handle stress and push themselves to be better every day. Coach Mike is an ASCA Level 2 Certified Coach and has certifications in Safety Training for Swim Coaches, First Aid, CPR, and AED.

Coach Mike is currently the Varsity Boys' Swim Coach and Jr. Varsity Girl's Swim Coach at Oak Forest High School.

Katie Gulli

Assistant Coach

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This is Coach Katie's second year coaching and in addition to coaching The Barracudas, she is also the assistant Boys Swim coach at Bremen High School.

 Coach Katie started swimming age group at the age of 8 and swam all the way through high school. She was also a certified life guard for 8 years and the swim lessons coordinator at Riviera Country Club for 3 years.

 Coach Katie is very excited to help the swimmers achieve goals they have set for themselves and help them become the best swimmers they can be!

 

*Coach Katie is certified in Safety Training for Coaches, First Aid, CPR and AED.

Becky Kerrins

Assistant Coach

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Hello Barracuda Family!  My name is Coach Becky.  I am one of the assistant coaches for the amazing Barracudas.  I work primarily with the beginner swimmers, but have been known to coach all of the kids!  I am a wife and mom of 2 girls, Kaycie 13 and Drew 7. Kaycie has swam since she was 6 and is about to start her last year before becoming a High School Swimmer (Yikes). Drew has dyskinetic quadriplegic cerebral palsy from a brain injury suffered at birth. She swims too, but it's for therapy. I began coaching swim in 2013 for the Oak Forest Swim Association. I did a little bit of everything, administrative work, coached all age groups and ran the lessons program. I have a Masters degree in counseling psychology from St. Xavier University, and although I do not currently work in the field, I utilize the skills, knowledge and experience everyday on and off the pool deck. I am a very strengths­-based coach. I have a lot of energy and passion for children and teens. I want swimmers to love the sport first and foremost. If they love it they will work at it. I celebrate successes, and believe every child contributes to the team in some way. I also organize an outreach program between our swimmers and children all over the world who have similar brain injuries as Drew.  The program is called Hope in Motion.   I am extremely excited to be back on the Barracudas after a short hiatus.  The Barracudas are like family to us.  I am always excited to get to know the kids and foster a love for swim!  

Mark Mensing

Assistant Coach

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This is Coach Mark's first official season as an assistant coach for the Barracudas. He has been helping out, when needed, over the last year. Mark swam for four years at Tinley Park high school, and also swam with the Sharks age group during the summer months. He was also a lifeguard at the Gingerwood pool, and taught swim lessons over the summer at TPHS. Currently, he works at Panduit in Tinley Park as a senior toolmaker and has been there for 25 years. He is married and has three boys, Ethan, Connor, and Jonah. Jonah has been swimming with the Barracudas for four years and Connor is on his second year. Mark is excited to be working with the Barracudas and looks forward to a great season!

Board of Directors

Chris J Earll

President

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Amanda Grage

Vice President

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Dana Chudzinski

Treasurer

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Sherrie VanderVelde

Administrative Official

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Lori Geigner

Secretary

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Beth Lindemulder

Membership Coordinator

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