Coaching Staff

Luke Towry

Head Coach


Head Coach Luke Towry joined the Patriot Swim Team in November of 2012. Luke was previously the Head Coach and CEO of the Rockford Marlins Swim Club from 2008-2012. Prior to that Luke was the Lead Assistant and Administrative Coach for the Palos Orland Swim Association. Luke has coached multiple Illinois State Champions, US Junior National Qualifiers, and US Senior National Qualifiers over the last 10 years.

Luke is a graduate of Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Science Secondary Education. He was a four year varsity swimmer at Millkin, where he still currently holds 2 records. Luke worked and taught in both the fields of history and special education after college. Before attending Millikin University Luke was a student at Andrew High School, in Tinley Park IL.

Luke has been a competitive swimmer since the age of five. Swimming for the Tinley Park Sharks (now NAC Sharks), the G.ILL.S, and the Palos Orland Swim Association.

Luke and his wife Tanna have 3 beautiful children, Henry, Andrew and Scarlett . They reside in Trevor, WI.

Office Number 262-947-3640

Business Cell Phone 262-620-7364


David R Dorak

Senior Group/Blue Group/Masters


(O): 262-947-3639

Dave Dorak joined the Patriots in May of 2015. Growing up in Two Rivers, WI and swimming for Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA, Green Bay YMCA, and Schroeder YMCA over the course of his youth and high school swimming carrier.  In college, Dave swam for the University of Missouri, where he still holds an All Time Top 10 time in the 100 fly.   After completing his degree in Natural Resources, he found that his true calling was coaching. 

After serving as the volunteer assistant coach for Shawano High School for 2013-2014 season, he accepted the Graduate Assistant position at Carthage College in September 2014. In fall of 2016 he joined the Patriots full time as the Head Senior coach.  An Eagle Scout and scout camp counselor for aquatics merit badges, as well as coaching swim camps for Mizzou and the College Swimming Camps, he has experience working with athletes of many ages and experience levels.



Derrick T Rendon

Head Age Group Coach, White Group


Derrick Rendon grew up in and attended Waukesha South. He currently will be a senior at Carthage College studying Accounting/Finance.

Derrick has been swimming competitively since age 11 on Waukesha Express. Derrick has received varsity letters from his four years in high school and is looking to do the same in college. He was a member of the high school team that won the WIAA state title in 2010 and runner up in 2011. While swimming in college Derrick has finished top 8 at the CCIW Conference Championships in the 200 Breast, 200 Fly, and 400 I.M.

Derrick has also previously taught lessons for swim America and helped with the Pre-competitive team with Waukesha Express for three years. He is also a swim counselor for college swimming camps at Carthage College. Derrick is looking forward in brining valuable experience and furthering others interest in swimming. 

Stephanie Schneider

Senior Group


Stephanie Schneider grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and swam for Bolles. She was a high school All-American and 2x high school state champion in the 500-yard freestyle. She was also an 18-and-under National Champion in the 1500-meter freestyle, ranked in the top 25 in the world, and a member of the USA National Junior Team. She was a 3x Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 400 and 800-meter freestyle, earning 8th place in the 800 in 2004.

In college, Stephanie swam for the University of Georgia for two years and was a member of the 2005 NCAA Championship team. After transferring to the University of Arkansas she earned NCAA All-American and Academic All-American honors, while earning a degree in Advertising/Public Relations. She competed at the SEC and NCAA Championships all four years of college. After her college swimming career was complete, Stephanie went on to be the Graduate Assistant coach at the University of Arkansas.

Stephanie and her husband, Daniel, just moved to the area from San Diego, California. She is an elementary Special Education teacher and is excited about becoming a part of Patriots Swimming!

David Watson

Barracuda Group Coach


Dave is a former high school and college swimmer.  He coached with the team in the middle 1980s. He has been coaching the barracuda group since 2008.

Billy Gilbert

Red/White Coach


Billy was a team captain and set several team records in his 4 years of high school and college.  He received his teaching license in physical education and married his wife in 1997.  In Minnesota, Billy taught Red Cross swimming lessons for three years, taught Swim America lessons for>He moved to Hutchinson Kansas and was privileged enough to be the head coach of the YMCA swim team for nine years.  During his time he was honored enough to help coach two state champions, two runners-up, and two junior national qualifiers.  He and his wife were blessed with three children in Kansas Trinity, William, and CJ.  

Billy moved to Cleveland Tennessee in 2006 where he was the head age group coach for the Cleveland Aquatic team.  In 2008 he and his family moved to Horseheads New York where he helped coach for the Horseheads Thrashers swim team, was the assistant coach for the Girls High School swim team, and welcomed his fourth child, Benjamin.  

He moved to Pleasant Prairie in 2013 and was honored to be a part of the Patriots Swimming Family!!

Michael James Annis

Assistant Coach


Mike joined the Patriots right before the start of the 2018 summer season. He grew up locally in Racine, WI where he attended and swam at Horlick high school. After high school Mike worked as an insulators apprentice for two years before deciding to go back to school at UW Parkside. Mike graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. Mike is currently working to finish his Master’s degree at Carthage College. 

Mike was working as a swim instructor at the Racine YMCA when he was asked to start coaching for SEA-Y at the same YMCA in 2009. After coaching for 3 years Mike was promoted to Head Age Group coach and when he graduated from Parkside began coaching full-time for SEAY. In 2016 Mike left SEAY to begin coaching for Carthage College as their graduate assistant for the next two years while working on his Masters in Education. 

Mike has coached Multiple Wisconsin state and Y State champions, Junior Nationals qualifiers, and Y National qualifiers while at SEAY. During his time at Carthage the Red Men won back to back CCIW championships, and the Ladies Reds won their First CCIW title ever in 2018 while also sending a swimmer to the D3 NCAAs for the first time in years. 

Mike current lives in Kenosha, WI with his girlfriend and their three dogs

Zachary J Nanul

Red Group Coach


Kevin Milak

Director of Competitve Aquatics


Kevin began full-time coaching in 2001 in that time has developed into an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certified level 4 coach, and is a ASCA Award of Excellence winner. He has coached swimmers at Junior Nationals, Olympic Trials, World Championship Trials, and the US Open.  

He was named the head men's coach of the NCSA Junior Team that competed in Dublin, Ireland in 2010; was on the USA Swimming National Team Coaches list; has been on the staff for numerous USA Swimming National and Regional Camps and Clinics. His swimmers have gone on to swim for numerous NCAA schools; have several swimmers have been named to the USA  National Junior Team. 

Kevin has his BS & MS in Exercise Science, was a 4 year letterwinner at University of Illinois-Chicago and Florida Atlantic University. He was a YMCA National Champion in the 200 IM, USMS National Champion in the 400 IM; and has competed in numerous USA Swimming Open Water National Championships. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a life member of the American Swimming Coaches Association.  Kevin currently serves on the Wisconsin Swimming Board as Senior Chair and Open Water Coordinator; the USA Swimming Age Group Development Committee; and Past President, Meet Director and Board Member of the National Club Swimming Association.