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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 administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Brent Graham, YMCA Competitive Swim Director.

Coaching Staff

Brent G Graham

Director of Competitive Swim

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Brent is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana and has been involved with swimming for the last 20+ years as an athlete and as a coach.

As a swimmer he sompeted primarily in IM, Distance Free, Breaststroke and Open Water. As an age group swimmer, he competed at the state and zone level, and at the senior level was a High School State Finalist and Junior Nationals qualifier. In college he swam for the NCAA Division III program at Wabash College and was a school record holder in the 500 Freestyle and an NCAA Nationals qualifier in the 400IM. He still loves to be in the water and hopes to have the opportunity to compete in masters and open water events in the area.

As a coach, Brent has worked with kids of all ages and ability levels including summer recreational teams, High School teams and USA teams. He has coached school record holders, state champions, zone qualifiers and national qualifiers.

Brent strongly believe that excellence in swimming is founded on dedication, strong technique and purposeful practice. Swimming can not only be used to help the individual grow stronger physically but must also strive to help individuals grow mentally and spiritually. Swimming is a sport where success can be lost by one’s own actions but cannot be realized without the help of others. A swimmer must be a productive member of their team just as the team must contribute to the community for everyone to be successful.

Chester Alex Lake

Senior / Age Group Coach

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David Eric Hill

Age Group Coach

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David is back for his second year as age group coach for Blue Wave and is current summer Head Coach for the Riss Lake Riptides. He comes to Blue Wave from the Paul Henson YMCA. While there he served as a coach for their recreational swim program for 5 years, 3 years as the head coach, as well as a lifeguard, swim instructor and aquatics manager. David has also coached other recreational teams in Prarie Village and the City of Fairway for a total of 5 years. He also has coached USA swimming in the area for a year working promarily with age group swimmers. David is a fantastic addition to our family and is excited to be a part of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City Blue Wave Swim Team.
 

Tammy A Kime

Age Group Coach

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Coming on board to coach with the Blue Waves Swim Team for Tammy is a full circle story. Her first competitive swim team to be a part of as a swimmer was with West Toledo YMCA (Ohio) in the 1970’s which changed her life forever. Now, 40 years later, she is finally coaching with a YMCA. Over the years, Tammy has been a swimmer (youth and adult), triathlete, swim instructor, coach, sports nutritionist, parent of a swimmer, and coached for the first time with her daughter (Saige) this past summer. She has a lifelong passion for the sport of swimming and to assist others in achieving their goals both in the water and in life outside the pool. 

Claire L Schlimm

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Eric D Schourek

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Eric Schourek is originally from Algonquin, Illinois.  He was a competitive swimmer through High School.   Butterfly is his favorite stroke.  Eric started his High School Swim Team his senior year.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point.   Eric had a distinguished Army career of 24 years before retiring.

After retiring, Eric started as a volunteer swim coach and eventually became the YMCA's internal Swim Team Head Coach.   He grew that program from 15 to 56 kids in one year.   He has now decided to coach at a higher level of competitive swimming.

Chip Glidden

Volunteer Age Group Coach

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Chip has been a part of the Blue Wave Program since its beginnings as Swim Academy Blue Wave in 1996. Chip started swimming at age 7 and swam age group until high school where he was a 3 year Letterman and State champion in 400 yard free his senior year. He qualified from 1968 Olympic trials in 400 meter IM, was a 4 year Letterman at University of Northern Colorado and a 3 time NCAA all American. He has 56 top 10 age group rankings in United States Masters Swimming. In addition to his time with Blue Wave he has coached locally at Park Hill H.S. from 1972-79, As a Summer league coach from 1970-79 and a USMS coach 1981 - present.

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Brent G Graham

Admin for all Non-Coaching Issues

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