Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
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..

Hannah Lange Coach

Hi my name is Hannah Lange and I am excited to be coaching this summer! I have been an ISI club swimmer for 10 years, and I am currently swimming Division 1 at the University of South Dakota. GO YOTES!

I have been an IHSA state qualifier in the 500 and 200 yard freestyle, ISI Senior championship top 3 finisher in the 500, 1000, and the1650 freestyle. I have also qualified for NCSA nationals in two relays, the 1000, and the 1650.

My coaching philosophy is to improve athletes in and out of the pool, with strong focus on responsibility, performance, as well as physical and mental toughness. While also identifying each swimmers personal strengths and finding areas to improve on. 

I love the sport of swimming because I believe it is truly one of the tougher sports that an athlete can compete in. I think of being in the water as my personal space and finding a groove while you're racing/ practicing is one of the best feelings ever. I also believe that swimming creates individual strenghts while also being part of a team, which is rare. 

I am a freestyler, but I also love swimming butterfly. My favorite and best race is the 1650 (the mile).

Steve Smith Coach
Ryan Boland 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?

Deanna Williams Coach

Dee joins our team with over 20+ years of swimming experience. She swam competitively as a child before moving into the instructional level at the YMCA. She has been coaching with the McHenry Marlins for 4+ years, and she assisted with the Round Lake Ducks summer team as well. Her favorite achievement was being named team MVP her sophomore year of swimming. Her coaching is all about helping each swimmer reach their personal goals and improve. She strives to help them practice as if each day was a race so race techniques become daily habits. Swimmers should be able to see their improvement and feel good about what they are doing. She loves that the sport of swimming isn't always about what place you finish, but how you did against your previous best. Her favorite strokes are the fly and back. Her favorite events are the 100 or 200 IM.

Sandy Zunkel Coach

Sandy brings 36 years of swimming experience to our team. She swam as a child all the way until she was a freshman in college. She continued to swim recreationally while teaching the sport of swimming to young child and adults. Sandy continues to swim for fitness and sometimes she swims open water races for fun. She has coached age group up through high school level swimmers. Her greatest achievement is seeing swimmers learn and improve in the sport. She had enjoyed watching MMAC win conference along with having a state qualifier and finisher during her time coaching the McHenry High School Girl's swim team. Her coaching philosophy is that effort and attitude move swimmers further towards success than just plain hard work. She encourages swimmers to look at their achievements as not every race will produce a best time but you can learn something from every race. She loves the sport of swimming because the pool is her happy place and holds such amazing memories. Her favorite stroke is the butterfly and she loves the 100 fly.

Samantha Gorman Coach

Samantha joins our team from the YMCA of Metro Chicago. She has 19 years of swimming experience with 10 year spent as a MMAC swimmer in her youth. She has been a competitive coach for the last 3 years by teaching swim lessons, private lesson at the YMCA, training tri-athletes, and being a masters swimmer. In her Junior year at McHenry, Samantha was honored with the Curtis J Cardomen award and Most Improved Player. Her coaching philosophy is anything can be accomplished with effort! Her love for swimming stems from the fact is a stress free way to exercise and move your body. Her favorite stroke is freestyle and her favorite race is the 50 freestyle. 

Ethan Bride Jr. Coach

Ethan joins our team and brings 5 years of competitive swimming experience. Ethan's achievements include being a Varsity Swimmer Sophomore Year, given the Heart of the Warrior award for Sophomore Year, and the Curtis J. Cardomen award for the 2018 MMAC Summer Season. His philosophy when it comes to coaching is one of quality and learning. Ethan focuses on improvements rather than ones time. Ethan believes the quality approach allows swimmers to reach their fullest potential when everything clicks together. Ethan loves swimming because the reward of working extremely hard during a season results in beating a time and winning a race. Swimming also foster's a sense of community and belonging among not just swimmers but also families. His favorite stroke is backstroke and his favorite race is the 500 freestyle.

Board of Directors
Tony DeNovo Vice President
Jessica Bitterman President
Kristine Rychlik Secretary
Donna Tomaszewski Treasurer