Coaching Staff

Nancy Reese Head Coach

ASCA LEVEL 3 – Head Coach Nancy Reese began coaching at COHO in 1996, and became the Head Coach in 2002. Nancy grew up in Hanover Park 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). In addition to breaststroke, Nancy also swam the 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!

 

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. In August 2014 Nancy was elected to the Illinois Swimming Board of Directors as the Coaches Representative for ISI.

Jacob Weber Head Age Group Coach

ASCA  LEVEL 4 – Head Age Group/Lead 10&U & 11-13 Coach Jacob Weber joined COHO in the Fall of 2002. Jacob grew up in Mexico City, Mexico

and then in Des Plaines. He swam for the Maine Township Aquatic Club, Maine East High School, and Northern Illinois University and was a distance swimmer.

At NIU Jacob earned a degree in Education (Spanish and Physical Education).

 

With 35+ years experience coaching high school, college, & club swimming, coach Jacob has coached Junior National qualifiers, dozens of swimmers and

relays ranked in the top 16 in the country, including state champions, state record holders, and zone champions. In addition to his responsibilities overseeing

the Age Group program at COHO, Jacob has been Assistant Swim Coach at Deerfield High School since 2003. “My proudest achievement at COHO is seeing

swimmers come up through the ranks of our Minnows program and progress all the way to watching several of them swim at the college level”. Coach Jacob is

also an extremely proud parent of a Coho Swim Club 11 and over swimmer

Jeffrey Napolski Head Developmental Coach

ASCA LEVEL 1 – Head Developmental Coach Jeff Napolski started with COHO in 2008. In 2009 he began a full-time postion with COHO that also involves running the learn to swim lesson program at the Sachs Recreation Center. Jeff attended Libertyville High School, and swam 200IM, 50 free, and 100 back. Coach Jeff graduated from the University of Illinois, and moved back up to the area and started teaching swim lessons and coaching with a summer league team before coming to COHO.

Darron Damasius Assistant Coach
Todd Keil Masters Coach

Our Coho Masters coach is a USMS National Champion and All-American. Todd Keil is a local product who swam for the Lake Forest Swim Club from age group through high school. He went to Rice University in Houston, Texas on a swimming scholarship. Todd graduated with a degree in engineering and worked in that industry for 35+ years. He returned to swimming in 2011 and found it extremely painful and humbling. He also discovered how great the people are and how supportive the Masters swimming community is. He can be reached at:  todd.keil346@gmail.com if you have questions, suggestions, or complaints. Be careful with the complaints as he has an “old school” fondness for 1650 time trials as a part of practice.

Erica Chu Assistant Coach

*Erica joined the Coho staff in 2012. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and was a 4 year member of the college swim team, and loved to swim the 200 IM and breaststroke. As an age-grouper she swam for the Maine Township Aquatics Club in Niles/Morton Grove, IL. Her coach at  MTAC  when she was an 8 and under swimmer was coach Jacob Weber. Coach Erica also graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge. If you get a chance, ask coach Erica about her record breaking collection of English tea cups and spoons.

Kee Ng Assitant Coach
Lauren Spray Assitant Coach
Patrick Abrahams Assitant Coach

Coach Patrick graduated with a degree in computer science from UW-Whitewater last year.  He now works in IT at a finance firm during the day. At UW-Whitewater he was a four year swimmer on the men’s team.  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.

Amy Oliphant Assitant 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.