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Coaches & Directors

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 one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

John Thiel

Head Coach

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Head Coach John Thiel is in his third year with the Fox Cities YMCA Swim Team and his tenth year overall as a swim coach. His coaching career began at the Oshkosh YMCA coaching for the OSHY Swim Team. John spent 6 years there working in various roles throughout the program and with every group on the team. His primary focus was coaching the intermediate and advanced age group (14U) swimmers. In 2015 John became the Head Age Group Coach for the Newburgh Sea Creatures in Newburgh, Indiana. While with NSC he spent his time developing curriculum, implementing new progressions, and training athletes of all ages and abilities. In 2017 John’s path took him to Janesville, WI as the Head Coach for the South Central Swim Team.

John enjoys working with all athletes. Every swimmer from the smallest beginners to the oldest, fastest or most experienced competitors bring exciting challenges. The athletes and teams John has coached have had many successes ranging from team records, top ten team finishes at State, individual State Champions, National rankings and more. He is excited to see what the athletes at FCYST are able to accomplish!

John enjoys spending his free time hiking, camping, hunting, fishing or doing anything else outdoors. He also stays competitive by training for and competing in local sporting events and races.

Elizabeth Anne Gloudeman

Lead Coach

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Elizabeth started her swimming career at the age of 5 competing for the Green Bay YMCA Swim Team.  She was a 4 year letter winner for her high school.  During that time she competed at the local, state, and national level.  Elizabeth received a swimming scholarship to UW-Milwaukee.  She thought her time in the pool was over until her daughter decided to give swim team a try.  After being an FCYST swim parent for a year, she decided to give coaching a try.  Elizabeth has been coaching for FCYST since 2011.  

Elizabeth is a mother of 4 children; Gabby, Emma, Mallory and Sam.  All of her children have swam for FCYST at some point.  She is also a night shift nurse at a rehab facility in Appleton.  In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys being outside with her family and her 2 dogs, running and supporting her 4 children in all their activities.  

Scott T Dillon

Lead Coach

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Coach Scott- Has 12+ years of competitive swimming experience, including 4 years at D3 RIT in New York. Scott began coaching his hometown YMCA team during the summers while wrapping up school. He has a degree in Packaging Science and currently works as a Packaging Engineer at Oshkosh Defense in Oshkosh, WI. Scott is an avid football and baseball fan. He also loves superheros and Star Wars. He looks forward to being a lead coach for>

Ben J Davis

Assistant Coach

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Lesley Vogel

Assistant Coach

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Hi Parents,

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to coach your children.  Please know that I will do my best to provide a positive experience for each swimmer.  I have loved swimming since I was a young girl and wish to share my love of the sport in my roll as a coach.  I have been coaching swimming for many years.  All age levels from four year olds thru high school girls and boys teams.

At all levels, on thing that has remained constant, I enjoy coaching!  Swim kids are the best!!  My favorite quote and how I live my life: "Do what you love, love what you do!  Life is Good!"

Go FCYST!!

Leena M Meyers

Assistant Coach

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My name is Leena Meyers, and I have been swimming competitively for seven years, and have coaching experience through previous swim camps. This will be my second year attending and swimming for Lawrence University. I am a sprint freestyler and backstroker and I am excited to continue coaching at the Y!

Caitlyn S Lansing

Assistant Coach

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Hi! My name is Caitlyn Lansing, and I am a Sophomore at Lawrence University! I have been swimming competitively for 14 years and coaching for 6 years. I have coached the Swim America swim lessons, Swim America swim team, Rainbow Day Camp, Special Olympics, and Nike swim camps throughout these years. I am a breaststroker and IM’er, and I cannot wait to work for the Fox Cities YMCA Swim Team!
 

Madeline E Smith

Assistant Coach

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I started swimming when I was 13 years old on the Oshkosh YMCA Swim Team.  I also swam for Oshkosh West High School for four years and was a diver for this team for two years.  After five years as an OSHY swimmer I joined the Lawrence University Swim and Dive Team as both a swimmer and a diver.  My main events on this team are the 200 Free and both the one meter and three meter diving events.  

Gabriela Chavez

Assistant Coach

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Coach Gaby has a personal history of competitive swimming. She started at age 5, swimming for the Neenah/Menasha YMCA swim team and moved on to swim for Appleton East Highschool. She has years of experience teaching all ages including adults, coaching a non competitive swim team, and teaching Aqua Pilates.

She looks forward to getting to know more about each swimmer on the team and is eagar to keep learning more about the science of swimming.
 
Coach Gaby has two young boys, Landyn and Pierce. In her free time she still enjoys swimming independently and would love to do a triathlon in the near feature. 
Board of Directors

Mike Maddaloni

Vice- President

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Bruce Romberg

Meet Director

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Geoff Wendell

Asst. Meet Director

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Susan Blakewell

Volunteer Coordinator

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Jerry Davis

Equipment Manager

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