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

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
Elise Raquel Assistant 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.

Sandy Zunkel Assistant 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.

Rachel Preves Jr. Coach

Rachel started swimming at 8 years old, and she swam competitively with the McHenry Marlins for 7 great years!  Her favorite events were the 50 breaststroke and the 100 IM.  One thing that she loved about the Marlins was the feeling of family the team gave her.  As a junior coach, she encourages swimmers to have a fun time while working extremely hard. She focuses on constantly motivating the swimmers, while correcting their stroke. Her motto is "You can only get better if you show up everyday and put in the effort!".

Riley Tobin Jr. Coach
Audrey Whitman Jr. Coach
Morgan Donovan Jr. Coach

Morgan brings 10 years of competitively swimming to our Coaching staff. She became a Marlin upon first moving to McHenry. In high school, she has swam varsity for all four years. Morgan has been regional qualifier in her speciality breaststroke multiple times. She loves the feeling competition when swimming and looks forward to seeing the kids improve this season. Her favorite event is 100 breaststroke and second favorite is 50 free. One thing she belives in is swimming is all about your mentatlity going into the season. The hard physical work will come but you gotta believe in the training and yourself first.

Madeline Dauphin Jr. Coach
Haley Smith Jr. Coach