Robert A Young
Head Coach/CEO (SE, SR, JE)
Young has been HASA's Head Coach/CEO since
arriving in Hudson for the 2012-2013 season. Bob is an ASCA Level 5/4 coach
and has a long background as an Age Group and Senior coach,
including three years as the National Team and Head Coach at BR
Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn, IL. Bob swam for Eastern Illinois
University where he graduated with a BS and MS in Environmental
While under Bob's
leadership BR Ryall was named a Bronze Medal Club by USA Swimming
twice. His swimmers have been finalists at the Illinois,
Minnesota and Wisconsin High School State Meets, Speedo Sectional,
NCSA Junior Nationals, YMCA Nationals and USA Swimming Junior
Nationls as well as qualifiers at USA Swimming Nationals and
the US Open. Bob, himself, continues to compete at both
United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and USA Swimming meets.
While competing in USMS he has achieved several Top Ten Times
in his age group.
The long term
development of the athlete, both in and outside the pool, is a key
component of Coach Bob's philosophy; as demonstrated by the fact
that Coach Bob’s athletes have gone>
Jennifer L Ridge
Assistant Coach (Gold, Masters)
Jennifer Ridge is an ASCA Level 3 coach and has been coaching age group and masters swimmers for over 20 years. Jennifer has coached swimmers from developmental to national level swimmers. Her love of the sport is seen through her coaching as well as her continued participation in the sport as a world class Masters swimmer and a volunteer with USA Swimming. Jennifer is currently a member of USA Swimming’s Operational Risk Committee (former Chair) which works to proactively identify and manage risks in our sport and the former Safe Sport Chair for Illinois Swimming. She recently switch jobs and is a Financial Crimes Manager within the Wholesale Business Lines of Wells Fargo and has been a member of the American and Illinois Bar Associations since receiving her JD in 2002.
Jennifer’s swimmers benefit from the successes and challenges that she has faced in a swimming career that has spanned over 35 years. Jennifer’s coaching skills have developed from having trained under some of the finest coaches in the country including National Team Director Frank Busch. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she competed as an undergraduate, and Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Assistant Coach (Inactive)
Kurt Becker turned from being an involved parent to becoming a member of the HASA coaching staff after a year and 1/2 watching his children compete for HASA. He spent his youth as an Age Group swimmer and in college as a member of the United States Air Force Academy Swim Team. He continues his training both on land and in the water as a triathlete and masters swimmer. Kurt currently has a 3 children who swim for HASA; Signe is in Silver while Simone is in Senior and Sven is in Junior Elite.