Coaches & Directors

2017 Season Bucs 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 Coaches@BUCSswimteam.com. For all administrative questions -- such as dues, safety, or policy issues -- please contact the BUCS Parent Board at ParentBoard@BUCSswimteam.com.

Coaching Staff

Sharyl Damhorst

Head Coach

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Coach D has been the Head Coach of the BUCS since 2009. She has been a resident of Brookdale since July 2001. Her daughter, Emma, began swimming with the BUCS in 2006, and her son, Jack, began in 2008. She will work directly with each age group this season.

Coach D began swimming at the age of 6 and swam for the Glen Ellyn Park District, Lombard Park District, B. R. Ryall YMCA and College of DuPage. As the team captain for B. R. Ryall YMCA, she led her team to Nationals. While attending College of DuPage, she was an All-American swimmer and Female Athlete of the Year.

At 18 years old, she began her coaching career as a head swim coach for the Glen Ellyn Gators. In addition to being a head swim coach, her resume includes teacher, reading specialist, tutor, swim pool manager, high school boys swim coach, assistant coach, aquatic coordinator, CPR and first aid instructor, swim instructor and lifeguard. As an assistant coach at B. R. Ryall YMCA, she worked primarily with the 10-and-under swimmers. Several of Sharyl’s swimmers became YMCA District and State qualifiers and champions. In 1994, the 8-and-under boys team that she coached won the YMCA State Championship.

Sharyl stresses swimming technique --- which includes strokes, starts, turns, and finishes --- during the team's practices. She makes sure her swimmers are always well-prepared for competition. Most importantly, she believes that swimming should be fun and rewarding!

Abby Smedley

Assistant Coach

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This year Abby will be a Junior at Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame IN. There, She’s studying Elementary Education and is looking forward to becoming a teacher! She enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, swimming, running, working out, reading, and relaxing in the sun! Abby swam with the Bucs for 10 years and played Water Polo and Volleyball throughout High school. This will be her fourth season coaching the swimmers. She really enjoyed being part of the Bucs swim team and cheering on her friends and wishes she was still swimming with them! Abby immensely enjoys coaching and loves working with the kids and seeing them grow as swimmers! 

[Updated May 2018]

John Tjards

Assistant Coach

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John is excited to be coming back for his 3 rd  year of coaching the Bucs. He will be a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University this fall where he studies Business and competes for the Men’s Swimming Team. He can’t wait for another great summer at the pool!

[Updated May 2018]

Jake Fleming

Age Group Coach

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Jake is going to be a freshman at the University of Kentucky to study nursing. He enjoyed swimming for Metea for 4 years. He is very excited for his third season as a coach. In his free time he enjoys to swim and lifeguard at the Brookdale pool, play games, and hang out with friends. Jake has swam for the Bucs for 10 seasons now. Jake has wanted to be a coach ever since he started swimming and can't wait to have fun and make memories this year and for many to come!

 

[Updated May 2018]

Connor Mitsch

Age Group Coach

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This is Connor's third year as a BUCS coach and 11th as a BUCS swimmer! He also has swam with the Naperville YMCA and Maverick swim club. Connor just finished his final year at Metea where he swam all 4 years. Connor will be continuing his swimming career at University of Illinois at Chicago as a freshman this fall.
[Updated June 2017]

Emma Rae Damhorst

Junior Coach

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Emma will be a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall, and will study Elementary Education! This is her 12th summer swimming for the Bucs and her 3rd year coaching for the Bucs. She also swam for Metea for 4 years and lifeguards at the Brookdale pool.  In her free time she enjoys shopping, traveling, and being around friends and family. She is excited to see what this swim season has in store!

[Updated May 2019]

Sophie R Magill

Junior Coach

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Sophie will be a freshman at Butler University in the fall and will be studying Secondary Education! This is her 6th summer swimming for the Bucs and her 3rd year coaching. She also works at Bear Paddle Swim School! In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and being outside. Sophie is very excited to see what this season has in store! 

 

Updated May 2018

Austin Martinson

Junior Coach

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Austin will be an upcoming junior at Metea Valley High School.  This is his second year coaching for the Brookdale Bucs.  Other than Bucs, he swims on Mavericks Swim Club along with the varsity swim team at Metea.  He started swimming on Bucs when he was 6 years old and this will be his 11th year of swimming.  Outside of swimming, Austin enjoys to sing in choir and take part in Metea's theatre program.  He is very excited to coach again and can't wait to see what the season has in store!

[Updated May 2018]

Tayler McCann

Junior Coach

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Tayler is going to be a senior at Metea Valley High School this upcoming year.  She has swam for the Bucs for 11 years and this is her 2nd year coaching.  Tayler has swam and played water polo for the three years in high school and is excited to continue in her last year.  Tayler is also a lifeguard at the Brookdale pool and loves seeing the swimmers when she is working or just hanging out with friends.  She is very excited to see what this season has in store for the Bucs!

[Updated June 2017]

Anna D Scovill

Junior Coach

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Anna will be an upcoming senior at Metea Valley High School.  She was on the water polo team and varsity swim team her freshman year and plans to continue to swim and play through out high school.  She started BUCS at age 7 and started competitively swimming year round at age 9 on Wheaton for one year and now she is on Maverick Swim Club and plans to continue on Mavs through high school.  Anna has been looking forward to coaching since she began BUCS and can't wait for the season!

[Updated June 2017]

Emily E Steinkuller

Junior Coach

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Julia Clare Lankisch

Team Captain

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I'm super excited to be a second-year coach!  I've been swimming with the Bucs since I was 7, and I plan to continue for as long as I can because everyone on this team is so fun and helpful!  Outside of swimming I really enjoy musical theater and singing in several vocal groups.  I can't wait to meet so many of the kids and to spend a lot of fun mornings helping them learn to be great swimmers!

[Updated June 2018]

Board of Directors

Deborah Hervey

President

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Tina Burk

Vice President

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John Schalk

Treasurer

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Tina Granger

Secretary

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Mindy Sinzheimer

NSC Representative

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Lindsey Willhite

NSC Representative

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