Coaching Staff
Jory Blauer Head Coach; 847-722-8841

Jory began his coaching career as a teenager in conjunction with his own competitive swimming. Early on as a coach and a swimmer, he had a great ability to make the connection between bio-mechanic efficiency in the water and fast times on the clock. Jory went on to swim for the University of Iowa where he continued to excel in the water as a Hawkeye swimmer.

As a coach of 20+ years, Jory has continued to apply his great bio-mechanic efficiency knowledge with each swim club he has coached helping many swimmers attain their goals. A student of the sport, he began learning various coaching philosophies and strategies, applying parts of each to his own creating a well stocked tool box.

Jory's enthusiasm for swimming & working with children is unmatched. His coaching philosophy is simple: The whole child makes the whole swimmer. Only by acknowledging who each swimmer is, what they value and how they approach life, can you help incorporate successful swimming into their lives. Jory's goal with every swimmer is to help them become smarter in the water, apply what they learn in the sport to the rest of their life and develop a life long love for the sport.

Jory lives on a small hobby farm in Beach Park with his wife Mea and two sons Andrew and Matthew. Gardening is a close 2nd to swimming as a life's passion, and whenever he gets the chance, he loves to fish.

Enrico McConney Head Age Group Coach

Enrico grew up on the island country of Barbados in the Caribbean where he started his swimming career at age 6.  He was a national age group champion and national record holder at the age of 12 in the 100 LCM butterfly.  At age 13 he moved to Jacksonville and swam with the nationally known and respected Bolles Sharks.  He continued to excel in the water as an age group swimmer winning State tiles in the 100 and 200 butterfly.  Enrico swam for Mandarin High School and Coral Gables High where he became All Dade County champion all 4 years and swam to a State Conference title.  After High School he moved back to Barbados and represented his country at the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia making the A final in the 200 butterfly.

From 2005-2012 Enrico was the Head Coach of the Pirates Swim Club in Barbados and developed numerous Barbados age group champions, Barbados record holders and Caribbean age group champions. In 2012, Enrico helped form a new club, the Titans Aquatic Swim Team.  With his new team, He traveled internationally with his swimmers to the Fina youth SCM World Championshis in Doha Qatar, the Youth Olympics in the Isle of Man and the Fina Gold Medal Clinic in Moscow.  Enrico planned and ran the largest Caribbean international meet anually with top level swimmers from all over the world.  

Timothy Sirois Senior Coach / High School Coach

Tim is a math teacher at HPHS and is the head boy's swim coach.  Back when Tim founded HPAC in 2006, Highland Park lacked a quality competitive swim program.  Tim is extremely proud of Highland Park's return to prominence in Illinois swimming, and is excited about the future of the program.  Tim has had the privilege of coaching high school All-Americans, IHSA State medalists, and numerous ISI JO and Senior Championship qualifiers, as well as athletes who have continued their swimming careers at the NCAA Division I level.

Tim is enthusiastic about the opportunities that HPAC brings to the Highland Park community.  He is a strong believer in using swimming as a vehicle to teach character, integrity and a strong work ethic to his athletes.  As a high school teacher at HPHS, he views the pool as a classroom for teaching our swimmers valuable life-skills.

His love of the sport is surpassed only by his love for his family.  He is the proud father of 5: Kelly, Steven, TJ, Danielle and Natalie.

Tim Richardson Senior Coach / High School Coach

Coach Richardson brings to HPAC over 35 years of experience in managing swim programs.  He was an All-American collegiate swimmer at Western Illinois University.  After college, Coach Richardson taught high school physical education for 30 years until he retired from Evanston Township High School.  During his high school tenure, he spent 22 years coaching high school swim teams.  Over his career, he coached several state champions and All-Americans. 

Coach Richardson emphasized the importance of good stroke mechanics and really enjoys seeing the development of his swimmers. HPAC is honored to have him on staff.

Paul Miller Age Group Coach
Sonny Tran Age Group Coach

Sonny's swimming/coaching journey began in 2014 when his eldest daughter started to swim competitively at a local YMCA.  After attending the first couple of meets, Sonny decided that sitting in the bleachers was not for him.  As a result, Sonny became a YMCA and USA Swimming certified official and when the team was looking for help at coaching, he joined the coaching staff.

Sonny is passionate and dedicated to the sport of swimming.  He likes to challenge his swimmers not only to be better in the water, but also better individuals outside of the pool.  To Sonny, swimming is more than a physical sport, it is about discipline, dedication, team work, respect and leadership.

Sonny and his wife, April, have 2 daughters, Kelly and Kailey who both swim for HPAC.  Sonny and his family enjoy going on road trips, good food and outdoor activities.

Diana Cirstea Age Group Coach

Diana Cirstea first started swimming at the age of 6 in Pitesti, Romania. She advanced to National level swimming and was recruited to swim at Illinois State University Swimming and Diving Team.  Diana began coaching in 2012 for the NASA Wildcats out of Evanston and switched to HPAC in 2016.

Ileana Blauer Age Group Coach

Mea Blauer grew up swimming in Romania where she developed into a National level swimmer and was recruited to swim at the University of Iowa.  Mea took her talent in the pool and used it on deck when she began coaching shortly after graduating with a BS in Geography.  She coached for the Searcy Sharks for 1 year before moving to Chicago where she coached with the Blue Devil Swim Club in Gurnee for 5 years.  Mea has a deep passion for the sport of swimming and loves to share that with swimmers.

Mea loves gardening, living on a farm and anything to do with nature.