FMC Aquatic Coaching Staff


 


 
Head Coach
National Team
&
Director of Facility, Programs & Events for the FMC Natatorium
at Ty Warner Park


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On April 1, 2020, Dave Krotiak officially joined us as FMC Aquatic Head Coach and Director of Facility, Programs & Events for the FMC Natatorium at Ty Warner Park.

Many in the swim community have known Dave for many years as he has had a strong presence in the local and national swim scene.  His coaching experience spans over thirty-eight years with thirty-five as a Head Coach/Director.

Dave is known for developing swimmers in all events at the highest levels. But Dave started out as an 8 & Under/Developmental Coach. From the beginning, he emphasized athlete-oriented coaching, excellence in skill development and soon started improving athlete’s race strategies and self-confidence. Known throughout the years as a true technician and student of the sport, Dave has presented at ASCA World Clinics, Gulf Coast TX, Napa California, and Illinois Clinics. His creative and challenging set designs prepare athletes to expand their perspective of what’s possible in training and competitions.

At FMC, Dave joins a talented coaching staff that looks to create an exciting atmosphere and culture of achievement, support, fun, and surprises. All awesome teams discover many surprises while establishing tradition! He leads a staff from young to those with decades of experience. The common denominator is that they all love swimming. Dave looks forward to blending each person’s unique talent, perspective, knowledge, and experience into a cohesive coaching core. FMC Natatorium at Ty Warner Park will be an awesome place because of the people.

Dave has long attributed his success and achievements to the commitment of his athletes, staff and parental support; a true partnership. 

Below are some of Dave's many accomplishments:

Head Coach/Director of Fox Swim Team (2002-2020), Westmont Swim Club (1982-2000) and Hinsdale Swim Club (1979-1982).

In addition, Dave has served at the LSC level on the following Board of Directors and Committees:

Performance Committee (2018-Present)
Senior Committee (2003-2005, 2015-Present)
Senior Vice-Chair (2005-2011
Board of Review (1996-2000)
Technical Planning (1992-1994)
Age Group Committee (several times from 1985 - 1995)

Four Illinois Senior Championships
Nine Illinois Junior Olympic Team Championships
Thirty top-3 finishes between IL, JO and Senior Championships
Illinois Senior and Age Group Coach of the Year
Men's Head Coach for NCSA All Star Team @ 2015 Irish National Championships
NCSA Coach of the Year 2013, 2019
ASCA Award of Excellence
USA National Select Camp Staff; Head Coach 2011 and Asst. Coach 2009
USA National Eastern Zone Camp Head Coach 2010
Illinois Head Coach for the following All Star Teams and Camps:
    -  Senior Elite Meet/Camps
    -  Zone Camps
    -  Mid States

Numerous Olympic Trial, National, JR National qualifiers, Nation Top-Ten Athletes and State Champions

Below is a list of many of the athletes Dave has coached throughout the years:

Kevin Zielinski, Jennifer Eck, Andrew Schnell, Jessica Wagner, Susie Sample, Nicole Molzahn, Megan Moore, Bridget Bowman, Bambi Bowman, Amanda Chan, Vince Allegra, Brian Alden, Kevin Overholt, Burke Sims, Grant Betulius, McKenna Stone, Kristen Stege, Conor Boyle, Aayush Deshpande
Gia Dalesandro (USA National JR Team, 2013/USA National Team 2014/15  (USA Nationals top 6 finish-100 & 200 FL)
Kevin Cordes (USA National Team, Gold medalist World Championships, American record holder 100 & 200 BR, NCAA Champion, 2012 Olympic Trials 100 BR, 3rd place),
Alyssa Gialamas (Paralympic World Championships, Montreal-bronze medalist)
Rachel Stege (2019 JR World Championships, Budapest, Hungary, bronze medalist)

Dave had an influence on the design of the FMC Natatorium. His vision was based on experience and was critical in spacing, function, multi-programming and the operations of the facility.

We feel extremely fortunate to have Dave Krotiak leading FMC Aquatic Swim Club, as well as serving as Facilities Director, as we enter this very exciting swim era at FMC Natatorium.  Please join us in officially welcoming Dave to the FMC family. 

 

 


 
Lead 11-12 Coach

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Coach Pierre Ruffin has over 30 years of experience as a swim coach. His bio is different than that of most swim coaches you will read because his story is markedly different than that of most swim coaches. Most notably missing is a list of Pierre’s personal experience as a swimmer.  This is because Pierre does not swim.

He came to swimming by a circuitous route. His four daughters wanted to participate in a sport and swimming seemed like a reasonable and somewhat accessible choice. Pierre attended their practices and events and became a student of the sport. A lifelong learner, Pierre began reading books to advance his knowledge of stroke and technique. To say that swimming changed his life, without being a swimmer, would be an understatement.

His 2014 interview with Gary Hall Sr. of The Race Club in Florida is included in this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzDbjyrf9H

Part of what makes Pierre unique is that he can likely list the names of all the swimmers he has coached and tell you a distinctive story about each. It has been Pierre’s personal approach that has so endeared him to his swimmers. The motto he has hoped to instill in his swimmers is to “never give up”. 

In addition to caring about each of his swimmers, Pierre also demands excellence and that each does his/her best. His attention to excellent form at a young age has prepared swimmers to excel as they advance in the sport.

His enthusiasm and passion for the sport bubbles over like a self-proclaimed kid in a candy store.  He has touched countless lives and is, in part, one of the inspirations behind the creation of FMC Natatorium at Ty Warner Park.

 


 

Lead 11-12 Coach,
   Lead Administrator,                    Senior Team
&
Owner/Manager of
Superior Training


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On September 1st, 2004, Coach Adam Cremieux was named Head Coach of WEST Swim Club and became the Executive Director of the team in 2008.  Adam held this title until the team merged with Ultimate Swim, forming FMC Aquatic Swim Team in 2019.  Adam has had incredible success coaching and developing all levels of swimmers and building strong well-rounded programs with an emphasis on character and morals.  His favorite line is “Everyone can handle success but it’s how you handle failure that shows who you really are and what you’ll become”.  Adam has been a head coach of two programs in his career.  Both of these programs doubled in size during his tenure with them.

Adam has been in this sport his entire life starting out watching his older brother swim when he was just an infant and he has been coaching for over twenty years.  Over those two decades, he has coached numerous State Champions, State Record Holders, Junior and Senior National qualifiers, multiple Olympic Trial Qualifiers, including a Finalist, and a swimmer to the World Championships in that period.  He was also a multiple recipient of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Certificate of Excellence award winner and served on the Board of Directors of Illinois Swimming, Inc.

In 2015, Adam became the first coach in Illinois history to build and own their own aquatic training center, Superior Training, located in Willowbrook. Superior Training will now be utilized by FMC Aquatic which will add scheduling flexibility and versatility for the club’s families.

Adam attended Amos Alonzo Stagg High School where he was a three-sport athlete.  He swam varsity for four years; three-year state qualifier; All State senior year; school record holder in the 50-yard freestyle. Adam was a four-year NCAA Division I swimmer, team record holder in three events and was honored with the Leadership Award by a vote of his teammates.

 


Lead 9-10 Coach &
Lead 8&U Coach


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Coach Kirby Igoe has been involved in the sport of swimming most of his life. His swimming career began at the age of seven. He swam for several teams in the Chicagoland area, including Westmont Swim Club under coach Dave Krotiak.  Now in his early 30’s, Kirby’s passion for the sport has grown.

As a USA Swimming Age Group Coach, Kirby has worked with a broad array of athletes. He has spent years coaching senior and elite level swimmers, but for the last five years he has focused on, and has had great success with those 12 and under. Kirby believes that stroke technique and skill development is PARAMOUNT for a long, successful, and injury free swimming career. With this strong foundation, Kirby has watched his athletes have success and stay in the sport through high school and beyond.

Below are some of Kirby’s coaching experiences and highlights:

Riverside Brookfield Swim Club (2005-2012) Assistant Head Coach
Academy Bullets (2012-2015) Lead Senior Coach at the Aurora Site
West Swim Club (2015-2020) Lead Age Group Coach
Assistant Coach Team Illinois (2017)
Zone Select Camp Assistant (Spring 2017)

Regional Team Championships (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020)
Illinois Age Group Team Championship (Academy Bullets 2016)
Several Illinois State Champions (Individuals and Relays)
Illinois Age Group Record Holder in multiple events
Central Zone Event Champion
NCSA Age Group Champions (Individuals and Relays)
More than a dozen new team records at West Swim Club

As FMC Aquatic Swim Team heads into its inaugural season, Kirby is going to lead the 8 and under, 9-10, and 11-12 age groups. He has seen the positive effects that swimming has had in ALL of his athletes both in and out of the water. FMC is the opportunity of a lifetime and Kirby looks forward to making FMC one of the premier clubs in the United States.

 


 

Lead Senior Coach

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When Coach Conor Ozog began coaching with Ultimate Swimming in 2015, his main responsibility was working with the senior athletes. Soon thereafter, the numbers grew. Over the following two years, his athletes began qualifying for senior championships, Speedo sectionals and NCSA’s. He continued to progress his athletes from participating to scoring. Through Conor’s leadership, his athletes learned to realign their goals and soon discovered their true potential. Conor looks to further develop his knowledge in all aspects of swimming with his expanding role at FMC Aquatic Swim Team. 

Conor’s passion is assisting athletes in realizing that they have untapped potential and motivating them to compete with confidence. He believes in setting challenging goals and illustrating that commitment and dedication helps foster improvement throughout an athlete’s season. In and out of the pool, Conor puts an emphasis on mental training, nutrition and recovery. Conor personally has many interests so he understands that having balance in life is important. His coaching style reflects that an athlete can have fun, enjoy the sport with teammates and friends while still taking time to enjoy their successes and accomplishments. 

Conor began his swimming career with the Downers Grove Swim & Racquet Club and Express Swim Team, finishing with Westmont Swim Club. Specializing in breaststroke, Conor was a summer junior national qualifier and 4-year Division 1 swimmer. 

When building a pool was first considered, Conor was instrumental in taking the idea from a “sketch on a napkin” to what now stands. He was invaluable in bringing suggestions to the planning process throughout the entire development.   

Outside of the pool, Conor is a Firefighter/EMT at the Western Springs Fire Department. After completing the full fire academy in 2015, Conor went on to EMT school to advance his life saving training. Emergency Medical Technicians are trained to assist with cardiac, trauma and respiratory emergencies, medical assessment and rescue techniques. With the WSFD, he also has trained in vehicle operations, HazMat and fire-ground tactics.  Conor’s training and background bring valuable life-saving skills to the pool deck every day, in addition to a calm and professional response to any emergency situation.

 

 


 
Coach
13-14 Team


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Coach Barb Grosshans has been part of the coaching staff since 2005 as the team has gone from Westmont Swim Club to West Swim Club, and, now FMC Aquatic Swim Team. Barb has been in and around the pool as a swimmer, instructor, coach, meet director, parent and volunteer for many years. She enjoys coaching every level of swimmer at any age. She is committed to coaching proper technique in a positive and productive manner.  Barb believes in promoting self-confidence, best effort, TEAM and FUN.  She teaches swimmers to focus on the little things because they become the big things that make a difference.

Barb began her competitive swimming career at age 6, following her older brothers into the water. She has been an instructor of all ages (age 5 – adult) since her teens.  In addition to her age group swimming, Barb was a two-time Nebraska High School State Champion in the 100 butterfly. She placed in the top 5 in State in a variety of events all four years of high school. Barb swam as a scholarship athlete at the University of Kansas. Again, she placed in the top 5 of her events at the conference championships, with her team winning the conference title. Barb received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Nebraska.

In addition to coaching at FMC Aquatic Swim Team, Barb swims with our early morning Masters group. She has swum around Manhattan Island in New York (28 miles, about 7 ½ hours) and swam in the freezing waters of Antarctica!

Barb and her husband have three children that all swam for Westmont (WEST) Swim Club and Hinsdale Central High School.  Their youngest is currently a member of the Miami University-OH Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. Barb enjoys an active lifestyle and being outdoors. She loves spending time with her family at her parent’s home in Jackson Hole, WY. 

 


 
Coach
8&Under Team
9-10 Team


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Coach Amanda Collins has coached for over twenty-five years, with the last five years at West Swim Club (now FMC Aquatic Swim Team). She works primarily with 8 & Under and 9/10 groups.  Her coaching philosophy is to create a fun environment with a huge focus on learning proper technique and helping each swimmer become the best person and teammate they can be.  Based on a solid foundation of technique and love of the sport, many of Amanda’s swimmers have continued their development in the sport of swimming and reached great success both on the age group state level, and IHSA State.  Amanda has coached all levels over the past 25 years, including infant, age group, adult, and country club teams.

Coach Amanda swam competitively from age 5 through college.  She grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, and has a deep love and respect for all water sports and activities.  She began swimming age group at St Joe Aquatics.  Followed by a high school career swimming at St Joseph High School, where she was a 3 year all- conference, and all-state team member.  She also was a two-year high school state top five finalist, and a school record holder.

After high school Amanda continued on to the University of Illinois.  Amanda graduated with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Corporate Education and Training.  Upon graduation, Amanda worked for UBS Global Asset Management as Associate Director of Human Resources. 

Coach Amanda and her husband Mike have two children.  Both her children, Quinn and Maeve, are current FMC Aquatic Swim Team members.  Amanda and her family live in Western Springs, where she also teaches preschool.

 


 
Coach
11-12 Team


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Coach Morgan Mitchell started her swimming career as a member of Westmont Swim Club under Dave Krotiak and Adam Cremieux.  As a coach, she has now come full circle by joining the West Swim Club, now FMC Aquatic Swim Team, coaching staff in the winter of 2018.  Morgan assists with 8 & under, 9 & 10s, and senior group. She comes with 12+ years of experience.

Morgan grew up swimming club through her high school days at ICHS in Elmhurst.  She then continued her swimming career at Monmouth College.  Her favorite events included the 100/200fly, 400IM, and the mile.  Morgan then graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in English and Communication, and a minor in Human Services: Social Work.  She continued her education by getting certificates in Phlebotomy/EKG and her Medical Assistant Degree.  Morgan works full-time at Edward-Elmhurst Hospital in the Neuroscience Institute.

It seems as if Morgan is never far from a pool. She has been working at Edgewood Valley Country Club since 2006.  Not only does she help run and manage the pool, she is also the EVCC Sports Camp Coordinator. In the past, Morgan also volunteered her time and knowledge as a water polo coach and dryland coordinator at Hinsdale South High School.