Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Melissa Tyson Head Coach

Hello Everyone! The Dolphins Swim Team has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember! I joined the team at the age of 6 after watching my older sisters swim on the team for years. I swam until I was 18 on the team and my last season swimming, I decided to coach. I have now been coaching for a total of 13 consecutive years and became the Head Coach in the fall of 2016. 

I swam at BBCHS all 4 years and qualified for state every year. I also played Water Polo for 3 years at BB. I then took a break from swimming and attended ONU for my bachelors degree in Psychology and Elementry Education.  When I was completing my Masters Degree, I swam at ONU for 1 year and then became the Graduate Assistant for 1 year. In addition, I coached at the Kankakee Country Club for 8 years in the summers. As you can tell, coaching is 100% my passion and I truly enjoy it! 

This program has been a huge part of my life and it has been so amazing to watch this team grow and become successful over the years. I am very excited to begin a new season and see what the swimmers and team can do. Coaching is the most fun, yet rewarding job there is and I am glad to be a part of this "family". I love working with your children and getting to know them in and out of the pool! 

Ashley Porter Assistant Coach

I am so excited to be back for another season coaching the Bradley Bourbonnais (Dolphins) Swim Club. I started swimming as a BBSC swimmer myself when I was 8 years old. I swam for Dolphins and BBCHS until I graduated in 2001 at 18. I also coached this team for a 2 years during high school. I then continued my swimming career in college, swimming Division I at Bradley University in Peoria. While I was in Peoria, I coached the River City Swim Club, lifeguarded, managed the three outdoor pools, and taught swim lessons.

When I graduated, I returned to the area as a high school English teacher for Manteno High School, where I am still currently teaching.  I also coached the Dolphins again for a few years until I had my daughter, Hailey. I then took quite a few years off from coaching but taught both of my kiddos to swim at an early age. When Hailey decided to join the team at age 7, I tried to sit on the sidelines and support her as a parent. However, the love of coaching this sport brought me back to it. Now, with both of my children swimming and my husband coaching as well, we are back to being ‘Dolphins’ and couldn't be happier! 

I am a USA Swimming certified coach with certifications in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, and Water Safety Instruction (WSI).  I also hold degrees in English, Secondary Education, Masters of Curriculum and Instruction, and a Masters in Administration.

I look forward to working with your children and instilling in them the same passion and drive for the sport of swimming as I have had all of my life.

Jana Sheely Assistant Coach

Hi. My name is Jana Sheely my life’s motto is “Just Keep Swimming… Just Keep Swimming....”.  I have an extensive background in swimming, having been a Dolphin, BBCHS, and a Eureka College swimmer. Now that my son, Grant, is becoming more active in swimming, it only made sense that I went back to coaching the Dolphins, as I did earlier in my life. I currently work in the Kankakee School District and coach Special Olympics. I also own Sweet Connections of Kankakee. For fun, I like taking walks in nature, reading, and doing arts and crafts. I look forward to coaching your child(ren) and having an awesome season with the Dolphins.

Holly Knupp Assistant Coach

Hello! My name is Holly Knupp. I absolutly love swimming and joined the Dolphins when I was just six years old.  My freshman year I swam independently since my high school did not have a swim team. After that, I took up track and continued with staying active. As an adult I love keeping active. I have ran several marathons and participated in many triathlons. Swimming, of course, is my first love. Currently I teach in the Kankakee School District. I implemented Girls on the Run at my school. I truly believe in the importance of kids being active and being part of a team. I am a USA Swimming certified coach and am certified as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI).

Reily Kane Assistant Coach
My name is Reily Kane and I have been a competitive swimmer for about 10 years. I swam with the dolphins from age 10-17 and I am so excited to be back. I swam in high school for BBCHS as well as player water polo, I then went on to swim for Quincy university in their inaugural season. Unfortunately I ended my swimming career there because I was having shoulder problems. I have taught swim lessons for 6 years and coached for 5. I am looking forward to working on a lot of technique as well as being able to maintain some good yardage with the swimmers! Great technique will help prevent a lot of injuries in the future!
Cali Olshefski Assistant Coach
Hi there! I am Cali Olshefski and I am so excited to be back coaching for my second season. I have been swimming for BBSC since I was 9 years-old, as well as attending numerous Nike Swim Camps and several clinics at Olivet Nazarene University. I am currently a Junior at Manteno High School and have been swimming on Kankakee High School's co-oped girls swim team for all 3 years. Last season and during my freshman year season, we finished undefeated and I am so excited to be a team captain next year. I have obtained my American Red Cross certification in lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, and AED. I am also working towards becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant through KACC. From a young age, I have always had a passion for working with kids. I am a member of the National Honors Society at my school and I enjoy tutoring/mentoring younger students. I am also apart of Manteno Magic Show Choir and was selected as a High School helper for the middle school show choir called Grand Paws. I hope to broaden our swimmers knowledge of different swimming techniques, drills, and to build up their endurance. My goal is to be very supportive and encouraging towards our swimmers goals this season and I can't wait to not only watch them grow as an athlete, but also as a person!
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