Coaches & Directors

2021 Coaches

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal-setting, or other swimming-related needs, please contact one of the coaches individually or you can email all of the coaches at [email protected].

For all administrative questionssuch as dues, safety, or policy issuesplease contact the Bucs Parent Board at [email protected].

Coaching Staff

Natalie Lafferty

Co-Head Coach

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Senior at Carleton College 

In her second year as a coach for the Brookdale Bucs, Natalie is thrilled to be your Co-Head Coach for the 2021 summer season!  Natalie has swam competitively for Mavericks Swim Club since 2008, four years for Metea Valley High School, 10 years for the Stonebridge Sharks and three years for Carleton College.  She was a “Top 15 Finisher” in the MIAC Championships in 2019 and 2020. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, playing spikeball, hammocking, skiing, and running. At Carleton College, Natalie is majoring in American Studies (major), Math (minor) and plans to attend grad school to get a PhD in either American Studies or History.

“I have a strong passion for swimming, and my goal is to make it fun for others! Swimming is a way to make friends and connect. Therefore, I aim to create a positive and inclusive team culture."

Austin Martinson

Co-Head Coach

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Sophomore at Calvin University

After hanging up his Brookdale Bucs swim cap after 13 seasons and leaving a trail of 12 Brookdale Bucs team records, Austin returns this season as a Co-Head Coach and starts his fifth year of coaching for our team!  He’s also swam four years at Metea Valley High School, 12 years at Mavericks Swim Club and just completed his first swim season for Calvin University Swim & Dive.  During his time as a Brookdale Bucs swimmer, he was awarded the Jenni & Alli Award in 2012 and Buc of a Lifetime Award in 2020. Austin was also a two-time IHSA State qualifier and made the conference team at Calvin University.

In his free time, Austin loves to play games with friends (euchre is always a go-to game for us), listen to new music, and spend time with family. At Calvin University, Austin is studying Secondary Education Social Studies and Math.  He would love to teach middle school math and social studies or high school government.

“As a Bucs Coach, I hope that I can bring fun, positive vibes to the team, whether that is by wearing goofy costumes for different swim meet themes, making Bucs parodies to popular songs, etc."

John Tjards

Assistant Coach (13 & Over)

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Maddie Degraff

Age Group Coach (7-8 / 6U)

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College Freshman at Northeastern University

Maddie begins her second year as a Brookdale Bucs swim coach and 12th (and final) year as a Brookdale Bucs swimmer. She competitively swam four years with Metea Valley High School swim team, four years with the Metea Valley water polo team, one year with the West Suburban Water Polo Club and three years with Mavericks Swim Club. On top of her numerous City qualifications, Maddie holds the Brookdale Bucs medley relay record (13-14), Bucs most improved (7-8), received the Bucs Coach’s Award, was Student Athlete for the Metea Valley water polo team and the most improved freshman for the Metea Valley water polo team. 

In her free time, Maddie enjoys playing water polo, volunteering, hanging out with friends and family, travel, reading, and learning about other cultures. This fall, Maddie will begin college and will pursue International Studies or International Business as she aspires to work at a foundation or non-profit organization.

“I love to spend time with kids and can blow bubble-ring circles. I know how to use sunscreen now because one time I got a sun burn on my back that said ‘eat my bubbles’ after a Bucs meet."

Jack Damhorst

Age Group Coach (9-10)

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Lucy Siwicki

Age Group Coach (11-12)

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Madison Hastings

Junior Coach (7-8)

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Evan Lopez

Junior Coach (11-12)

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Connor Conley

Junior Coach (7-8)

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Elizabeth (Libby) Martinson

Junior Coach (9-10)

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Board of Directors

Deborah Hervey

President

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Rick Cotner

Vice President

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Zach Hensley

Secretary

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Carolyn Witte

Treasurer

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Lindsey Willhite

NSC Representative

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Carrie Cole

NSC Representative

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Nikki Guerrero

New Family Liaison

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