FMC Aquatic Coaching Staff


 


 
Head Coach
National Team
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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 Senior Coach

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With coaching and leadership roles spanning over a decade, Coach Kyle Kummer has the experience, knowledge, and dedication required to lead a successful team. Kyle began his coaching career with a Park District team in his hometown of Addison, Illinois.   Kyle grew this park district team from 60 swimmers to over 150 in only three summer seasons. The Addison team also won multiple conference championships and had numerous athletes who achieved age group and senior state qualifying times.

After coaching with the Addison park district, Kyle began coaching with Fox Valley Swim where he has coached for the past 7 years. Initially working as the Assistant Senior and Lead 11-12 coach, he eventually grew into the role of the Head 13-14 coach. As a lead coach with the 11-12 group, Kyle had multiple swimmers stand on the podium at Age Group State and Qualify for Central Zones. As the assistant senior coach, Kyle has been a part of teams that qualified multiple NCSA (National Club Swimming Association), Junior National, Senior National, and Olympic trial qualifiers. In 2019, they won Senior Championships and had top individual/relay finishes at NCSA’s. As the Head Coach of 13-14’s, Kyle has coached state champions, state record holders, National Zone camp qualifiers, and nationally ranked individuals and teams. Kyle has also qualified to coach at national level and state level camps. His previous club team achieved USA Swimming’s Silver Medal status in 2019. This status is identified by USA Swimming on an annual basis. The Club Excellence program recognizes USA Swimming’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes ages 18 years and younger.

In addition to coaching, Kyle has worked in aquatics management for over ten years. He was previously the Aquatics Director at Labs in Aurora, Illinois.  Kyle is currently the Aquatics Supervisor at the Lemont Park District where he manages indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities, oversees the swim school, develops and manages programs for all ages, coordinates special events, and manages over 100 employees on an annual basis. He holds a C.P.O. (Certified Pool Operator), F.S.S.M. (Food Service Sanitation Management), and an L.G.I. (Lifeguard Instructor) certification which he uses regularly to educate his staff.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Kyle holds a unique understanding of athletes at all levels. His motivation, reliability, and positive nature enable him to relate to people at all ages and fitness levels. Kyle’s coaching objectives are to (1) coach athletes of varying skill levels, (2) contribute personal experience and knowledge towards the growth of his team, and (3) promote team building and personal achievement.

Kyle is extremely excited to be a part of FMC Aquatic Swim Team and plans to contribute in every way possible. It’s an amazing opportunity for everyone involved and he feels very fortunate to be a part of it. 

 


 
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

Pierre has coached many outstanding athletes. Below are just a few that Pierre is particularly proud of:

Burley Bokos
Lauren Cox
Jacob Furlong
Jeffrey Hou
Jennifer Iverson

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
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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.

 


 
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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.

 


 
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Social Media Admin


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Coach Kristen Silvey began her coaching career in Illinois when she joined the West Coaching staff in the fall of 2016. She grew up in Columbia, Missouri where she began swimming competitively for the Columbia Swim Club at age eight. Kristen continued swimming through high school where she was a State Qualifier, and into college at Lewis University, where she competed for four years. Kristen was a team captain her senior year. Kristen’s best events included 100/200 fly, 100/200 breast, and 200/400 IM.

While at Lewis University, Kristen earned a degree in Computer Graphic Design and Marketing and has continued to use her skills for Marketing, Branding and Social Media for West Swim Club, Superior Training, and, now, FMC Aquatic Swim Team.

Kristen got her start in coaching as a three-year Head Coach of Wilson’s Beach and Tennis Club Swim Team in Columbia, Missouri; as well as teaching clinics for the program including one clinic lead by Olympic Medalist, Mark Gangloff.

Kristen has been the Head Senior Team coach and Assistant coach to the National Team, and 11-12s but enjoys bouncing around and helping all groups.

Kristen grew up by the water at the Lake of the Ozarks and is excited to be able to be back around the pool and share her passion for the sport with swimming’s next generation!

 


 
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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. 

 


 
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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.

 


 
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For the past two years, Coach Landon Mitchell has been coaching at West Swim Club (now FMC Aquatic Swim Team) and helps with all age groups. He primarily works with the 9-10s, Senior, and National age groups, also assisting in dryland practices during the week and on Saturday mornings.

Landon started swimming out of the Hinswood Community Pool and HOSC swimming program. He continued swimming while attending high school at Hinsdale South. Preparing for his senior year, Landon swam under Coach Adam for a short period of time.

Landon was fortunate to continue his swimming career at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he primarily swam the 50 Free, 100 Free, and 100 of anything else. He holds the 50 and 100 free records at Whitewater, as well as in many relays.  His senior year he was awarded to be a Second-Team All-American for his team’s performance at D III Nationals.

Landon’s 5th year he was a student assistant and helped create and coach the dryland program for Whitewater which led to many team records being taken down that next year.

Fun Fact:  Landon was also the Mascot at Whitewater for 2 years, GO Warhawks!

Landon is a teacher at a local middle school and enjoys teaching and coaching in all circumstances. During the summer, Landon is a pool manager at a local country club and runs their swim and dive 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.

 


 
Head Strength Coach

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Our strength and conditioning programs are led by Coach Lee Kobilca with the collaboration of Lead Coaches and Head Coach Dave Krotiak. Throughout the season, Lee will meet with each Lead Coach and staff members to review, educate, and influence programming. Lee believes in building a healthy lifestyle and foundation first through exercise and information. His patient approach of teaching proper movements, technique, injury prevention, and balance of total body fitness will enhance our athletes in and out of the pool. Lee’s experience, as a professional, spans over 20 years. He’s a graduate of Michigan State University, holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (Personal Trainer), USA Track and Field, and Precision Nutritional certification.

Lee has continued to maintain a high level of fitness well into his forties. He has been able to achieve this while holding a high stress career as a broker/trader and being a family man. He has used fitness to overcome many obstacles in his life, such as stress, asthma, a major accident, sports injuries and a debilitating back (diagnosed as needing surgery).

He believes in building a sustainable healthy lifestyle, balance, legacy, efficiency and high performance. Lee is an avid mountain biker, skier, foodie, swimmer, yogi, weightlifter and extreme motor sports hobbyist.

Lee has a life-long learning mentality. He continually researches and practices fitness, health and movement. 

 


 
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Coach Kirsten Fredrickson began coaching in the fall of 2012. She has enjoyed working with various age groups and watching the swimmers improve and grow their love of the sport.  One of her favorite coaching experiences is watching the camaraderie of the swimmers cheering each other on at meets.

Kirsten grew up swimming on Westmont Swim Club for Coach Adam Cremieux with her younger brother and sister. She also swam for four years at Hinsdale Central High School and one year at Illinois Wesleyan University.  Her favorite strokes were freestyle and breaststroke.

Kirsten graduated from Illinois Wesleyan with a degree Elementary Education and Spanish. When she’s not coaching, Kirsten works at Northern Trust Bank and enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family.

 


 
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Coach Jason Holbrook has been involved with West Superior Swim Club, now FMC Aquatic Swim Team, for a significant portion of his life. He started his swimming career here at the age of 7 and swam through high school under Dave Krotiak.

At St. Ignatius College Prep, Jason swam and helped establish the water polo team. He attended the University of Dayton, where he majored in finance. Upon graduation, Jason joined West Superior as a coach. Outside of coaching, he works full-time as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in LaGrange Park.

Jason enjoys competing in triathlons and has completed 2 full Ironman races, as well as over a dozen 70.3 races. He lives in the South Loop of Chicago where you can find him on the lakefront running and biking during the summer.