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?

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.

Steve Smith Assistant Coach
Grant Dahlke Assistant Coach

Over 20 years coaching experience developing numerous IL state champion swimmers, multiple national qualifiers, and winning five IL state champion team titles. Every team I have coached has been the best in its conference, district, or state. My philosophies are simple:

  • the only place where success comes before work is the dictionary
  • you have to train fast to swim fast
  • team success comes before any other goal

My swimming journey began at age 11 with the Mt. Prospect Park District. At 13, I joined one of the best teams in IL, Camp Duncan YMCA, coached by the legendary John Elliot. As a high school senior, I placed 24th at the IHSA state meet in the 50 free despite torn rotator cuffs. That same year, I won Y state and placed 8th at Y Nationals in the 50 free. In college, I earned All-American honors in the 50 and 100 free. After 24 years out of the water, I returned to competition and won state titles in the 100 free and 100 back, and placed top eight in the 50, 100, and 200 free at the US Masters Short Course National Championships.

Dylan Qualls Assistant Coach
Dee Williams Assistant 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.

Hailey Preves Jr. Coach
Rachel Preves Jr. Coach
Kristina Robinson Jr. Coach