Mr. Thaddeus Whildin has lived most of his life around the
swimming pool. He was a competitive swimmer for fifteen years
before starting his own coaching career in 1997. Since that
point, his coaching experience continued at Benet Academy
(1999-2004) for five consecutive seasons, four of them as the head
varsity coach for the Boy’s team. In addition to that,
he was an assistant coach for the Procopian Swim Club (97-98), and
he is currently coaching at Kennedy Junior High School (Track &
Field '89-'18, Basketball '89-'99, and Football
'11-‘18). He is now entering his eighth summer
season coaching the Huntington Estates Swim Team.
Academically, Thaddeus has earned his Master's Degree in
Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University ('06) and a
Bachelor's Degree in Education from Benedictine University
('89). While professionally, he is just finishing his
20th year teaching sixth grade Science at Kennedy
Julia Carol-Irene Tautges
Julia started with Huntington Estates when she was in
6th grade. After her first summer swimming with HE, she
swum for Wheaton Swim Club for two years. After Wheaton
Swim Club, she joined the swim and dive team at Naperville
North High School. In addition to being a member of the
swim and dive team, she is also on the water polo team.
Julia will be a senior next year at Naperville North. As
part of her curriculum at NNHS, she has taken early
childhood development which a class where they teach
preschoolers 3-5 years old.
Emily is a freshman at NCHS and is returning to Huntington
Estates for her eleventh year on the swim team. She spends
her spare time volunteering with programs for children who have
special needs. Prior to being an assistant jr coach, Emily
was a junior coach for two HEBT seasons. She has been on the
Wheaton Swim Club for six years and completed her first year on the
NCHS swim team. Emily is looking forward to working with the
new and returning Seahawks!
Ella Gray Tucker
Ella has been swimming since she was 6 months old. She is
returning for her ninth season on swim team. She has also
been a member of Wheaton Swim Club for 5 years. Ella
also coaches for SB swimming. She is a sophomore and a
member of the Naperville Central Speech team, NCHS ambassadors, and
the French Honor Society. Ella is looking forward to
seeing the new and returning Seahawks and having a great
summer swim season!
Sarina Amari Betjemann
Sarina is a sophomore at Naperville North High School and has
been on the Huntington Estates Swim Team for 11 years. She is
a part of the NNHS swim team and swam for Mavericks for 8 years.
Before becoming a coach for HEBT, Sarina was a junior coach
for three seasons. Outside of swimming, she is on the Student
Advisory Board for the Alive Center and part of the club FPS at
NNHS. She is looking forward to coaching all the new and
Alex is a sophomore at Naperville North HIgh School and she has
been a member of the Huskie swim and water polo teams for the past
two years. She has been swimming since she was 9 at
Huntington Estates and has been a competitive swimmer for 5 years
at Wheaton Swim Club. This summer will be her 7th season as a
seahawk, and before becoming an assistant coach, she junior coached
for two seasons. She is looking forward to meeting all the
Seahawks and can't wait for an amazing season.
Maria Anne Sparacino
Mia is a sophomore at Naperville North High School and am a
member of the swim and water polo teams. She has been a
competitive swimmer for ten years, previously at Express swim team.
This year will be her sixth season as a Huntington
Estates swimmer. Before becoming an assistant coach,
she was a junior coach for two seasons at HEBT. Mia
is looking forward to a great season with the seahawks!
Mary Louise Weber
Mary is a sophomore at Benet Academy. She is a member of
the cross country and track team at Benet. Although Mary runs
cross country and track in high school, she enjoys swimming too.
Before becoming an assistant coach, Mary was a junior coach
for 2 seasons. This season will be her ninth season as a
seahawk! Mary is looking forward to a great season!