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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 genevariverrats@gmail.com

Coaching Staff

Chris Ranallo

Head Coach

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This will be Coach Chris's 10th season with the Geneva River Rats and 6th 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!

On January 16th 2019 Coach Chris and his wife Vicki welcomed their first child into the world! Kinsley Grace Ranallo has been amazing and I know that she is extremely excited to watch the River Rats this summer compete!

Coach Chris is also a physical education teacher and coach at West Aurora High School. He completed his seventh 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 21st 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. For the past 33 years, Janice has been teaching English at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream; she just finished another year of teaching Advanced Placement Literature, English 3, and World Literature (all seniors). Janice lives in Mill Creek with her husband, Doug, and their 13 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 West Aurora and many teams Aurora Sharks, Delta, and Aqua Force. Until he started high school and then swam for Coach Ranallo at West Aurora in which he then started at Rats. Marty’s favorite races to swim are the 200 free, the 500 free and the 1650 free. Coach Marty swims at Illinois College where he has six records and has the guys captain position. This is Coach Marty’s third season with Rats as a coach and he is very excited to be leading the 11,12 age group.

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 studied Business Management at Le Moyne College the past year, but is transferring to a Chicago University next year and switching to Political Science. She hopes to continue coaching for the River Rats as long as she is able to and watch her swimmers kick butt! GO RATS!

Carolyn Kovanic

13-18 Assistant Coach

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Coach Carolyn started her swimming when she was 6 years old. Through her swimming career she has swam for the Academy Bullets, Geneva River Rats and West Aurora High School. She then went on to swim in college at Carroll University where she specialized in breaststroke and mid distance free (if you ask her college coach); she was also the women’s team captain for two years.
 
Carolyn first started coaching with the Tanglewood Tigersharks before coming to coach the River Rats where she was the head coach for the 11/12 age group for two years. While in Wisconsin for school, she worked with Waukesha Express as an assistant coach for the high school swimmers. Coach Carolyn recently graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is very excited to be returning to coach in Illinois. This will be Carolyn’s third season with the Rats but her first season as the assistant coach for the 13-18 age group.

Brooke Jensen

11&12, 9&10, 8& Under 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 studies Middle Level Education with a focus on math, science, and English language arts at Illinois State University and is excited to graduate in May 2021. This is Brooke’s first season with the River Rats, and she is super excited to start working with all the swimmers!

Alexis Newendyke

9 & 10, 8 & Under Assistant Coach

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Alexis has been swimming for Rats since she was 9 years old. She loves swimming and her favorite events are the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. This will be her first year coaching for the rats and she’s very excited! Alexis has taught swim lessons and is a lifeguard. She’s currently a Senior at West Aurora High School. She swims for West Aurora’s swim team and on Wheaton Swim Club. 

Kellyn Todd

9 & 10, 8 & Under Assistant Coach

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Kellyn is a Geneva Community High School Graduate who loves her swim team and her job as a 6 and under coach. She also has a passion for her music and loves hanging out with her friends and making new ones.

Kelly Baughman

6 & Under Assistant Coach

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Kelly has been swimming for the River Rats since she was 8 years old. Her favorite events are the 100 fly and 200 IM. She now swims at St. Ambrose University, making it to nationals as a Freshman. This is her first year coaching this summer and she can’t wait! 

Channing Osborne

6 & Under Assistant Coach

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I am a student at Batavia high school and is on the high school's co-op swim team.  I have been swimming for Geneva River Rats since I was 6 years old. I love swimming and am very excited I get to be one of the coaches for my favorite swim team. This will be my first year coaching and I can't wait to pass on the love I have for swimming to others.

Nilan V Patel

6 & Under Assistant Coach

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Nilan has been swimming for about 12 years. He is passionate about swimming, swimming both as a River Rat and as a high school student. Nilan attends IMSA and has been on the team for two years. His favorite events are the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. This is his first year as a coach and he cannot wait for the summer season the start!

Mitchell Regelbrugge

6 & 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!