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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 our head coach. For all questions related to administrative, such as fees, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

The Huntington Estates Swim Team is pleased to announce our coaching staff for the 2020 summer season!

Coaching Staff

Thaddeus Whildin

Head Coach

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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 Jr. High.

 

Julia Carol-Irene Tautges

Assistant Coach

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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 Villazon

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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 returning Seahawks!

Alex Mantel

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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!

Board of Directors

Julie Lendzion & Rick Tucker

Swim Team Coordinator

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