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Important Contacts

Below are list of both coaching and board contacts. 

-All general swimming and website (admin) questions should be directed to the head coach/team administrator. 

-If you have a question in regards to your swimmer's age group practices or meet events, please contact your age group coaches. 

-All meet volunteer questions can be directed to our meet director. 

-Our parent liasons are three veteran parents that can help in all simple or complicated questions involving new families. (Great People)

*When in doubt please email [email protected]

Coaching Staff

Chris Ranallo

Head Coach

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This will be Coach Chris's 12th season with the Geneva River Rats and 8th season as head coach. Before being head coach Coach Chris was Coach Joe's assistant coach for two years with the 13-18 age group. He then took over for Coach Joe as the head coach of the Geneva River Rats and has loved every minute! It has been awesome to watch our swimmers start as 6 & Unders and continue to swim until the age of 18!

Coach Chris, his wife Vicki and daughter Kinsley (now 2 years old) are excited for the Geneva River Rats this upcoming 2021 summer season. Vicki and Kinsley are the two most amazing individuals ever and Coach Chris is extremely lucky to have the best wife and daughter ever!

Coach Chris is also a physical education teacher and coach at West Aurora High School. He completed his eigth year last year as the head girls' and boys' swimming/diving coach. He has had a variety of experience coaching, including two years at Metea Valley High School as an assistant in their boys and girls aquatics program. He also worked with both the boys and girls programs at Naperville North High School while student-teaching. Coach Chris also coached water polo at Waubonsie Valley High School. Coach Chris is excited to get the season started again with the River Rats and can’t wait to see everyone for the winter, spring and summer seasons!!! GO RATS!!

Joe Neukirch

8 & Under Head Coach

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Coach Joe started his swimming career at the age of five with the Aurora YMCA Sharks and the Westwind Wahoos (old rival of Geneva) continuing through to college swimming at Southern Illinois University. Joe's events included the 200, 500, 1000, 1650, and 5 kilometer (open water) freestyle. Joe was five time YMCA National All-American, three time IHSA All State Second Team, three time MVP/Captain of the Aurora Sharks, and varsity letter winner along with team captain his senior year of college.

Joe started his coaching career in 1999 as an age group coach with the Aurora YMCA . Joe also had coached four seasons (2001-2004) for the Oswego Otters (another River Rat rival). Joe currently is a Assistant Principal at Jefferson Middle School.

Joe enjoys spending time with his family (Dee, Jaxson, Jameson, Layla) camping, swimming, biking, and traveling.

Janice Clark

9 & 10 Head Coach

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This is Coach Janice’s 23rd swim season as the head 9-10 year-old coach. She began her ten year swimming career as a nine year-old on the original Geneva Swim Team (and remembers when the team chose the name River Rats!). She swam in the “old days” when the Geneva pool wasn’t heated and when the swim blocks were huge “boxes” of wood that the timers had to sit on or else they would fall into the pool. Janice also swam for B.R. Ryall YMCA, and she was a Rosary Bead, stepping into the role of captain during her senior year of high school. After 33 ½ years of teaching English at Glenbard North High School, Janice retired in December of 2019.  Janice lives in Mill Creek with her husband, Doug, and their 15-year-old son, Dylan, who also loves being a River Rat! Janice is very proud to have such a long and fulfilling relationship with the Geneva Swim Team—and she looks forward to another fantastic summer!! Go Rats!

Martin Ambre

11 & 12 Head Coach

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Coach Marty began swimming when he was six years old. He and his older sister swam for multiple teams including Aurora Sharks, Delta, and Aqua Force. Upon starting high school, he swam for Coach Ranallo at West Aurora and Coach Nancy at Riptides which then started his journey with the Rats. After high school he swam for Illinois College earing him multiple distance records (200, 500, 1000, 1650 freestyle) and the captain position for his sophomore-senior year along with the title of MVP for all 4 years. He is now graduated from Illinois College and is working at Illinois Student Assistance Commission and is the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Illinois College. This is Coach Marty’s 6th season with the Rats as a coach and cannot wait to see what happens this summer.

Annika Ness

6 & Under Head Coach, 9 & 10 Assistant

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Coach Annika has been swimming since age 9 for the Academy Bullets Swim Club. Her favorite swimming memories are under Coach Ranallo for West Aurora High School, where she felt her swimming truly excelled. She is more than excited to continue her coaching career under Chris!
 
Annika graduated with two Bachelors' degrees from DePaul University and is continuing her education there to receive her Masters' in Sustainable Urban Development. She plans to keep studying and coaching for the Rats as long as humanly possible, as it's the absolute highlight of every summer! She absolutely can't wait to be coaching again. GO RATS!

Carolyn Kovanic

13 & Older Assistant Coach

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This will be Carolyn’s 3rd season as the assistant coach for the 13-18 age group and her 5th season with the River Rats.  Carolyn started swimming when she was 6 years old and swam with several teams over the years including Academy Bullets, River Rats and West Aurora High School.  She then went onto swim in collage at Carroll University and was captain of the women’s team for two years.  Carolyn graduated from Carroll University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018 and has been working for ATI Physical Therapy in Geneva. 

Brooke Jensen

11 & 12, 9 & 10 Assistant Coach

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Coach Brooke began swimming at the age of 10 and swam for a total of ten years. She swam for Aqua Force, Delta Aquatics, and the Yorkville/IMSA co-op high school swim team. After high school, Brooke went on to compete at a collegiate level for Illinois State University specializing in sprint and mid-distance freestyle. Her favorite swimming memory is competing in the IHSA State Championships her senior year of high school.

 

Brooke graduated from Illinois State University in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education (math, science, English language arts). She currently teaches 6th grade science at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton, IL. This is Brooke’s second summer season with the River Rats, and she is super excited to continue working with all the swimmers!

Kellyn Todd

9 & 10, 8 & Under Assistant Coach

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My name is Kellyn Todd, I am 20 years old and I’m a current student at Waubonsee Community College earning a degree in general education and earning a certificate to become a teacher’s assistant in Early childhood education. I have been coaching for this team about 6 years and also been working for the Geneva Park district as a before and after elementary school leader. I mostly can not wait for the rest of the season working with amazing kids and getting to know more of my coaching staff better!

Kelly Baughman

9 & 10, 8 & Under Assistant Coach

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Coach Kelly began her swimming career when she was six years old. She swam for Wheaton Swim Club, St. Charles Swim Team, and Geneva River Rats. Coach Kelly now swims for St. Ambrose University, specializing in 100 fly, 100 free, and 50 free. She has been a captain for the swim team for two years now.

Kelly is studying Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology and will continue on to Occupational Therapy school in the fall of 2022! This will be Kelly’s second season coaching the River Rats, but her first season coaching the 9/10 age group. She is very excited to coach the swimmers this season and continue her love for swimming with them!

Haley Ann Atkins

9 & 10, 8 & Under Assistant Coach

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Coach Haley is a freshman at Loyola University Chicago with a major in Biochemistry and started swimming at 9 years old and swam for a few teams including the Academy Bullets, West Aurora High School, and the River Rats. While she is not swimming in college she is very excited to work with new swimmers and help them love swimming as much as she does. This is her second season with the River Rats and is very excited to coach the swimmers and have an awesome summer season! Go Rats!!

Mitchell Regelbrugge

9 & 10, 8 & Under Assistant Coach

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Mitchell Regelbrugge is graduate from Geneva High school and has been swimming for the River Rats since he was 4 years old. Mitchell has taught swim lessons for the past 3 years and has loved everything about it. Currently he is planning on studying fire science and plans to be a firefighter in the future. This is his first year coaching and is excited to see what the season has to bring!

Annabel Noemi Olivo

9 & 10, 6 & Under Assistant Coach

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Coach Annabel is a rising senior at West Aurora High School and has been swimming since age 9. Annabel currently swims for the Fox Valley Riptides with Coach Nancy and serves as captain of the West Aurora Varsity swim team with Coach Ranallo. Annabel will also swim for the Geneva River Rats this summer!

Annabel is a state champion, national medalist, and record holder for the Riptides, River Rats, and West Aurora swim teams. This is Annabel's first season coaching with the Geneva River Rats and she is very excited to share her love for the sport with the younger athletes!

Channing Osborne

6 & Under Assistant Coach

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Channing is a senior at Batavia High School and has been swimming for the rats since she was 6 years old. Her favorite strokes are butterfly and freestyle. She has also swam for academy bullets, West Chicago sharks, and the West Chicago co-op high school team. This is Channing’s second summer coaching the 6 & unders and is excited to continue passing on her love for swimming.

Megan B Pierce

6 & Under Assistant Coach

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Megan is a senior at Batavia High School and has been swimming for the Geneva River Rats since she was 6 years old. She will be attending St. Norbert College next year to study biology on their pre-occupational therapy track. She will also be continuing her swimming career at St. Norbert as well. This is Megan's second summer coaching for the Geneva River Rats and she is super excited for the upcoming season!

Kylee Blaha

6 & Under Assistant Coach

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Coach Kylee will be a junior at West Aurora High School and has been swimming since she was 6 years old. She also swims on the West Aurora varsity swim team and Fox Valley Riptides club team. This is her first season coaching with the 6 & Unders for the Geneva River Rats and she is extremely excited to start working with them. She can't wait to see what the upcoming season will bring for everyone!