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Barracuda Coaches

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 administrative questions please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Scott Lattyak

Head Coach

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Greetings Barracudas!  This is my 5th season coaching with the team.  I started swimming at Fremd High School in 1994 as a freshman and fell in love with the sport and joined year-round at the Palatine Park District.  What attracted me to the sport was the amount of hard work and discipline it takes to be a competitive swimmer, the constant growth when you fully commit yourself, and of course the people!  Now many years later I do my part to provide others with a fun and positive experience and also coach the Cary Grove HS girls and the boys D-155 co-op Team.  

BJ MacDonald

15 & Over Coach

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My name is BJ MacDonald and I come to the team with many years of experience as a swim instructor and coach. I started my swimming career at Larkin High School where I was a member of the first girls high school team in 1974 when in it was a spring sport. This will be my seventh summer back with the Barracudas and I will be coaching the 15 and over swimmers.  This will be different from the past summer as I have always coached the 10 and under groups before, however I am up for the challenge and am looking forward to a GREAT SEASON!

Emma Boldwyn

Assistant Coach

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I’m a second year coach and a current college student, and before that I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years. I joined the Barracudas when I was 11 and swam on the Sage YMCA and high school swim teams too. Many of of my favorite memories are on the pool deck with my friends, and I’m thrilled to be able to coach and pass down that passion for swimming and having fun. I have lifeguarded and taught swim lessons for five years and love working with kids in and out of the water. I’m excited to be back on deck and having fun again this summer! 

Tessa Shorten

Assistant Coach

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Tessa, a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, spent 14 years swimming competitively, 11 of which were spent on the ‘cuddas! She has been coaching for 4 years and this summer is her second season of coaching on the Baracuddas. Tessa is excited to be back in the water and is looking forward to working with the 9-10’s and 13-14’s!

Payton Walsh

Assistant Coach

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The Barracudas has always been my favorite team, and it gets better every year. I swam with the Cudas for 12 years and have wanted to coach for at least 10 of those. I have always admired and appreciated the joyful atmosphere that my coaches brought to each practice. I hope I can make it just as fun and full of sunshine for my swimmers!

Ayden Donfris

Assistant Coach

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Hi my name is Ayden Donfris and I have been a competitive swimmer for the past 13 years of my life. I recently retired once I left for college, but before that I was member of Barrington swim club and a four year varsity athlete for the Cary-Grove High School team. Swimming has always been a passion of mine and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to share my favorite sport new athletes! I have taught swim lessons for the past 3 years, but am so excited be a part of the amazing community Cary Barracudas has to offer. 

Board of Directors

Megan Harris

Co-President

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Beth Gier

Treasurer

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Sarah Grant

Co-President

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