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).

Adrienne Fritz Assistant Coach
Kelly Essler Assistant Coach
Cali Olshefski Assistant Coach
Jennifer Paul Assistant Coach
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