Coaching Staff
Coach Matt Elliott Head Coach

Coach Matt has a long history of swimming in Central Illinois. Coach Matt grew up in Peoria IL and started swimming at the age of 9. As an age group swimmer Coach Matt won several age group state titles as well as many age group state records. In high school Coach Matt was a 7-time Illinois state champion, swimming at Richwoods Highschool. He also was a National Age Group record holder in breaststroke. After high school Coach Matt swam at the University of Florida where he was an SEC Champion in the 200 breaststroke as well as an 11-time NCAA All-American and school record holder in both breaststroke events. After swimming Coach Matt started coaching part-time with Dragon Aquatics in Pekin, IL. Coach Matt then moved to Brownsburg, IN where he was the Head Age Group Coach and developed several Age Group State finalist and worked with several National level swimmers with their senior group. 

When Coach Matt is not at the pool he enjoys spending time with his wife Kristin and watching Chicago sports.

Coach Dylan Qualls Lead Age Group Coach

Hi, I am Dylan Qualls a junior at Illinois State University. I am originally from McHenry Illinois. I started swimming competitively at the age of 4 and continued until the end of high school. I chose not to swim in college due to my choice of major, physics. However, after high school I stayed with the sport and started coaching. I have now been coaching for a little over 2 years. Outside of the pool I enjoy lifting weights, playing video games, and anything to do with space. I am a science nerd at heart. I look forward to having a fun and successful season.   

Coach Charlie Clemons Assistant Coach
‘Coach Charlie is originally from Peoria and has lived in the Bloomington/Normal area with his wife Kelsey for 5 years. His favorite stroke is the butterfly as it is so mentally and physically demanding. He grew up competing in both swimming and club soccer. Charlie swam for PAWW swim club in Peoria for 8 years and 4 years varsity at Richwoods High School, earning multiple all-sectional honors and state final berths in the butterfly, freestyle sprint distances and medley/freestyle relays. Charlie spent a few summers coaching and teaching swim lessons before attending The University of Illinois. He played club water polo and soccer in college before graduating with his B.S in Community Health in 2013. Charlie is a marketing consultant at Country Financial and continues to swim on his own time. In recent years, Charlie has experience in personal training and coaching soccer for the local club. Charlie embraces an athlete-centered approach, highly based in technical stroke development and both long and short-term goal setting. Charlie is excited to get back into swimming and the opportunity to help our swimmers get the most out of their experience.’
Coach Kristin Elliott Assistant Coach

Coach Kristin has been around the pool almost her entire life. Coach Kristin began competitive swimming at the age of 4 in Tucson, Arizona. Moving to Columbus, Indiana at age 10, she joined Donner Swim Club. There she was a multiple age-group state medalist in the distance freestyle and butterfly events. In high school, she attended Columbus North High School. During her high school career, she was an 8-time sectional champion and swam in multiple state finals, as well as being an Indiana Senior State Champion in the 1000 freestyle. Coach Kristin was recruited to swim at the University of Virginia. After her freshman year, she transferred to Liberty University to continue her swimming career. At Liberty, Coach Kristin was a school record holder in multiple distance events and was a multiple conference finalist. After college, Coach Kristin moved back to Indiana and began her career in the business world. She still had a passion for swimming and began coaching the age group program at Donner Swim Club. Outside of the pool Coach Kristin enjoys spending time staying active and with her family.

Coach Bob Loy Beloved Coach

April 5 1955-October 29 2020


Coach Bob grew up in Bloomington-Normal and graduated from Bloomington High School. While at BHS, Coach Bob lettered all 4 years, earned All-State honors in breaststroke and held the school record for the 200 freestyle. On a swimming scholarship, Coach Bob attended Illinois State University and lettered all four years with five school records (100 and 200 breaststroke, 400 medley relay and both the 400 and 800 freestyle relays) His degree was in PE and Health Education. 

Accepting a position with BHS after graduating from ISU as a teacher and Swimming/Diving coach for both the girl and boys swim season. Teaching for over 38 years and coaching swimming for 40 years, Coach Bob produced over 125 All-State, 65 All-American swimmers/divers as well named Coach of the Year 26 times. 

Growing up in Bloomington-Normal, Coach Bob swam for the original BNSC program starting at age 10. He later returned to coach the program, which is now called Redbird Swim Club. During his six years at Redbird, he helped the team produce six state championship banners. Coach Bob will always be an inspiration to swimmers in the Bloomington-Normal area and will always invoke fond memories to everyone that knew him.

Coach Rachel Dean Beloved Coach

8/4/1992 - 9/14/2017

Coach Rachel loved the sport of swimming and wanted everyone she met to love it as well.

Rachel started swimming from a very young age, loving the water. She swam age group for the Marlins Swim Club. Entering high school her incredible talent began to shine. She swam Varsity for Normal West High School, all four years. She also swam in the senior group for the Bloomington normal Swim team. She was team captain and a true leader.

Rachel was a very familiar face in the community while teaching swim lessons and life guarding for Bloomington Park and Recreations. She became pool manager at O’Neil/Holiday and taught Red Cross Certification classes while continuing to teach swim lessons. Rachel taught 100’s of kids in our community to love the sport of swimming!!

After high school Rachel swam for Lincoln College achieving her goal of making it to Nationals and medaling in several events. She was an incredible backstroker!!

Entering Illinois State University she started coaching for Bloomington Normal Swim Club and Normal West High school. Summers she continued to manager Bloomington Park and Rec Aquatic pools and programs. She also spent time coaching kids for Special Olympics.

Graduating from ISU, Rachel was thrilled to taker her dream job teaching at Glen Oak Elementary school in Peoria.

BNSC was very lucky to have such a talented coach working with our swimmers day in and out. She encouraged kids to “keep on swimming.”