Coaching Staff

Nancy Reese Head Coach / Head Age Group Coach





NASM-CPT (National Academy of Sports Medicine-Certified Personal Trainer)

SSDC (Surge Strength Dryland Certified)


Nancy began coaching at COHO in 1996, and became the Head Coach/Head Senior Coach in 2002. Nancy grew up in Hanover Park, IL and swam for the Hanover Park Park District, Elgin YMCA, Elgin High School, and Illinois State University. In High School, Nancy was a 4 year Varsity swimmer, a 2 year Team Captain, and an IHSA State Qualifier, swimming mainly breaststroke and IM.  At the collegiate level, Nancy was a 4 year letter winner and an All-Conference selection while earning her Bachelors degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in Physical Education (Coaching/Sport Psychology). Nancy swam the 100 & 200 breaststroke and 1650 free at ISU and wishes she had been introduced to distance swimming much earlier in her career. This may explain why she constantly encourages swimmers to expand their horizons beyond what they think they can do and to give ALL events a chance!


In 2020 Nancy became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and revamped the Senior dryland training program. After coaching Seniors for 20 years, Nancy took over the Age Group Program as of the Fall 2022 season.


During her tenure as the Head Coach at COHO, Nancy has coached numerous State Champions, Sectional Medalists, Junior National qualifiers, and over 150 team records have been broken! Nancy has been selected as an Illinois Swimming Elite Camp Coach, Team Illinois Midstates Coach, Team Illinois Central Zones and Megazones Coach, and Team Illinois Age Group Zones Team Manager. Nancy served as a member of the Illinois Swimming Age Group Committee from 2004 to 2011, and Illinois Swimming Senior Committee from 2012-2014. From 2014-2018 Nancy served on the Illinois Swimming Board of Directors as the Coaches Representative.


Nancy lives in Lake Zurich with her boyfriend John, and their two rescue Great Pyrenees dogs, Woody and Ivy and an African Grey parrot named Payton. Away from the pool Nancy enjoys working out, and is always looking for new challenges!

Steve Frye Senior Head Coach




We are excited to welcome Steve Frye to our staff as the Senior Head Coach. Coach Frye has an impressive coaching resume, most recently with the Pleasant Prairie Patriots (PX3) in Wisconsin. 

During Coach Frye's time with PX3 the team saw much success:

  • Division 2 Team Champions: 13&Over Long Course State Champions 2021 & 2022, 13&Over Short Course State Champions 2022, 12&Under Long Course State Champions 2022 and Overall Open Water State Champions 2022
  • 2021 Paralympian - First Paralympian or Olympian ever in the club’s history
  • First American Record Set by a PX3 Swimmer
  • 2021 Olympic Trial Double Finalist and Top 40 all-time 100 & 200 Breaststroke Performances in History
  • Multiple Zone and Sectional Qualifiers and podium finishes
  • Multiple State Records Set
  • Multiple National Champions at the ISCA and NCSA meets

For the 2021-2022 season Coach Frye was a finalist for Wisconsin Swimming Senior Coach of the Year, and one of his swimmers was named Female Senior Swimmer of the Year and Disability Swimmer of the Year. Coach Frye is an ASCA Level 4 Performance Coach, and he was named to the USA Swimming National Select Camp-Boys Team Coaching Staff.

Coach Frye grew up in Conway, Arkansas. He moved to Illinois in 2003 and graduated from Richwoods High School.  He attended the University of Central Arkansas where he studied Kinesiology and was the Assistant Coach for Conway High School Swimming. He coached 11 State Champions and 1 All-American while at CHS. In 2010 Coach Frye moved back to Illinois to become the Head Coach at Peoria Christian School and the Dunlap Dolphins Swim Team Associate Head Coach/Head Senior Coach. He was promoted to Head Coach in 2013 and produced multiple Regional, State, Senior, Zone, Sectional, Junior National, and Senior National qualifiers, and a 2016 USA Olympic Trial qualifier. In 2017 Coach Frye returned to Arkansas as the Head Site Coach in Cabot for the Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team. During his time with the Arkansas Dolphins, he produced many State Champions, Sectional, NCSA and Futures qualifiers and the team was undefeated at the Arkansas LSC Age Group and Senior Championship Meets. In 2020 Coach Frye left Arkansas and took the job at the RecPlex to be closer to family.

Steve, his wife Sarah, and their two boys, Hudson and Henry, live in Mundelein.

Amy Oliphant Assistant Senior /Masters Coach

Coach Amy grew up in Winnetka and is a New Trier graduate. She played college tennis at the University of North Carolina. After graduating from UNC, she began coaching tennis. 

She took a break from coaching to start her family and when her daughter began swimming, she fell in love with the sport and started her swim coaching career with Glenbrook Aquatics where she coached for 11 years. She is an ASCA 2 coach.  A year ago, she became a certified mental training coach and visualization specialist and started her own mental training business. She is happy to back on deck with COHO and is looking forward to getting to know and work with the swimmers.

Patrick Abrahams Assistant Age Group Coach

Coach Patrick graduated with a degree in computer science from UW-Whitewater in 2019. At UW-Whitewater he was a four-year swimmer on the men’s team. While mostly competing in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly, Patrick was also a contributor in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke. Several times over his college swimming career, Patrick was named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference “Athlete of the Week”.

Patrick is also graduate of Deerfield High School. At DHS, Patrick was a four-year Varsity swimmer, and was voted Team Captain his senior year by his teammates. As a member of the COHO Swim Club, Patrick was a Senior State Finalist, Speedo Sectional and NCSA Junior National qualifier. In 2015 Patrick was awarded the COHO Spirit * Character * Pride Senior Scholarship, for his contributions to the program. Patrick is a fierce competitor and a great stroke technician. Having come up through our program, he understands the stroke development and progression that is the key to a successful swimming experience for our swimmers.

Kellen Scanlan Assistant Coach
Darron Damasius Assistant Coach