2018 Otters Swim Team Coaching Staff
Stephanie LaPorta, Head Coach. This is Coach LaPorta's 10th season with the Otters Swim Team as Head Coach. Coach LaPorta began her career with the Otters Swim Team in May 2009. Coach LaPorta is a School Counselor at NVHS for the Class of 2019 as well as the previous Assistant Coach to the Neuqua Valley High School's Girls and Boys Swim Team for six years. A familar face around the pool, Coach LaPorta assists at many of the NVHS swim meets and water polo games. A graduate of Downers Grove South High School in 2002, Coach LaPorta swam 4 years at the JV and Varsity level(200 IM, 100 Fly, 500 Fr) as well as managed the Boys Swim Team in the Winter and played Soccer in the Spring. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Psychology. She also holds a Master's Degree in Education, School Counseling from NIU and an endorsement in Educational Technology from SFU. She is married and has 1 daughter. She loves summer swim because most often this is where swimmers begin their experience being on a swim team and learning about sportsmanship and team spirit.
Jan Jensen, Assistant Coach Coach Jan Jensen has been with the Otters since 2005. She has been coaching for many years, most recently with the Fox Valley Swim Team . She also teaches swim lessons at Rush Copley Healthplex, and supervises the swim lessons at Neuqua over the summer. Coach Jan has been honored to serve on the Illinois Swimming Age Group Committee, and coached at many Illinois Swimming Camps. In 2014 and 2015, she coached the Illinois Swimming 11-12 Grand Prix Camp . She has coached many swimmers of all levels, and enjoys seeing swimmers progress and learn new skills. Coach Jan lives in Aurora, with her cat Dodger.
Cameron Casey, Assistant Coach Coach Cameron is a long standing swimmer for the Otters Swim Team and began Coaching in 2016 as a Junior Coach. Cameron graduated NVHS in May of 2017. Coach Cameron has swam his four years in high school as well as a water polo player in the spring. Coach Cameron will be co-coaching the 9-10s this summer with Coach Ariana.
Ariana Trekas, Assistant Coach Coach Ariana begin as a Junior Coach in 2016 however has been swimming with the Otters since a child. Coach Ari was also a swimmer at Neuqua Valley High School during her 4 years, including finishing her senior year training at the Varsity level as a distance swimmer. A Junior in college at Illinois State University, Ariana is majoring in Education. Her passion and drive is evident in the work she does with the swimmers. She also brings excitement and energy to the team which makes her stand out.
Todd Kuebelbeck, Junior Coach Coach Todd is a long standing swimmer for the Otters Swim Team and began Coaching in 2017 as a Junior Coach. Todd will be a sophomore at Rose Hulman in the Fall. Coach Todd has swam his four years in high school as well as a water polo player in the spring. Coach Todd will be co-coaching the 11-12 & 13-14s this summer with Coach Preston. Todd brings a lot of great ideas and new ways of thinking to the team!
Preston Waldusky, Junior Coach Coach Preston is new to the coaching staff in 2018 but not new to the team. Preston has swam for the Otters for the past several years and holds several team records. Entering his senior year at NVHS, Preston is a member to the Boys Swim Team. He will be co-coaching with the 11-12, 13-14s this summer. He is excited to take his knowledge as a Wildcat Summer Swim Instructor the past two years and apply it to his already strong knowledge of swimming. We are excited to have Preston on board this summer!!