Our Team

Coaching Staff
Nicole Thompson Aquatics Supervisor

Nicole joined our team in fall of 2015. She brings 10+ years of experience in the recreation field specifically Aquatics & Youth Programming. She was born and raised in Johnsburg where her passion for helping kids started at a young age. From her earliest years, she would assist in her mom's classroom helping kindergarten students at Edgerbrook Elementary School. Her passion for travel took her to Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where she graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business and Marketing. During her freshman summer, she took a job as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Duncan. It was her first foray into the recreation field and started a lifelong passion for making lasting positive memories for youth and families. Before coming back to her hometown, Nicole spent her life dedicated to the YMCA mission for the last 10 years. Her roles included Asst. Camp Director at YMCA Camp Duncan, Senior Program Director at the YMCA of Greater Tulsa with a focus on day camp, aquatics, and youth athletics, and Associate Executive Director for the YMCA of New Orleans. She brings a joy for serving the community, the team, and helping promote the MMAC mission and team vision..

Ryan Boland Head Coach (Gold/Red Lead Coach)

Ryan has 10 years of experience in competitive swimming between coaching and being a swimmer himself. His greatest achievment is seeing swimmers ask for help and then watching them improve in the pool. His coaching philosophy is work hard, play hard. There is a time to have fun and a time to get better. Getting better is fun! His biggest note for swimming is "Don't breath off your underwater!". He loves swimming because he loves the swimmers, especially the ones who have the drive to be better.  The interaction between the swimmers and other swimmers (even on other teams), the swimmers and the coaches, swimmers and the parents and the coaches and the parents is inspiring and builds life skills and great friendships.  Swimming is you versus a clock, never the other swimmers. It’s the only sport he has been around where you cheer on your teammates, swimmers from other teams, other families children and even swimmers who you do not know who may be new or struggling with a race. Swimming is different, swimming is a mental sport more than any other sport I know. His favorite stroke is the butterfly and his favorite race is the 100/200 butterfly. Can you keep going even though you are exhausted?

Steve Smith Assistant Coach (Silver Lead Coach)
Elise Raquel Assistant Coach (Blue Lead Coach)

Elise brings 14 years of competitive swimming experience to our team. She was a MMAC swimmer for 11 years, spent 4 years on varsity at McHenry, and was a varsity swimmer with Olivet Nazarene University for 4 years. Elise's accolades include being a regional swimmer for MMAC, sectional qualifier all 4 years at McHenry, and national NAIA qualifier for both her 2018, 2019, and 2020 college seasons. Her coaching philosophy is “No matter how much you think you’ve mastered it, there is always room for improvement. Work towards being your very best with a positive attitude.” She wants to help push swimmers out of their comfort zone and achieve their goals. She finds that motivation comes from within, positive encouragement, and constructive criticism. The skills learned at practice will help in all aspects of a swimmer's life, in and out of the pool. She loves the sport of swimming for the fact that it motivates her to work hard, persevere, and appreciate her accomplishments. It has helped her become a strong person and has given her a second family. Her favorite stroke is backstroke, and her favorite events are 100 back, 200 back, and 200 IM.

Jaclyn Fohlmeister Assistant Coach

Jaclyn bring over 10+ year of swimmer experience to our team. She started as a Marlin in her early years and competed through high school. She recently graduated from UW Whitewater where she swam collegiality all four years. In 2022, she was named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Sportsmanship Team. Her strokes include freestyle and butterfly.

Haley Smith Jr. Coach
Ryan Story Jr. Coach

Ryan joins the coaching staff and bring experience in the freestyle and butterfly to our team. He currently swims for McHenry High School and plays Water Polo for the warriors. He bring multiple years of experience as a Marlin to our coaching staff.

Abby Gibson Jr. Coach

Abby is a current Marlins and Crystal Lake High School swimmer. She brings multiple years of swimming expereince to our team. Her favorite stroke is freestyle. 

 

Reilly Byron Jr. Coach

Reilly is a current Marlins and McHenry High School Swimmer. She had achieved success at a local, state, and national level. Her best strokes include breaststroke and freestyle.