Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Carlos Ceja Head Coach

Currently the The Head Coach of Northside Aquatics Club, Aquatics Director / Head Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving coach and Women's Water Polo coach at Northside College Prep H.S. He started Coaching at Northside since 2000. He holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and majored in Movement Science at University of Illinois-Chicago. He coached water polo players, swimmers & divers that have went on to play around the country. Participating in levels ranging from the collegiate club level to NAIA to NCAA Division 1. In May of 2011, he was inducted into Roosevelt High School Sport's Hall of Fame.

Certifications:

  • American Sports Education Program 
  • Water Safety Instructor
  • Safety Training for Swin Coaches 
  • Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and AED Essentials


Member of:

  • National Interscholastic Coaches Association
  • United States Swimming Coach
  • Level 3 Coach and life member of the American Swimming Coaches Association 
  • Level 2 Coach with United States Water Polo
  • American Water Polo Coach
  • Chicago Public School Water Polo, Swimming and Diving Committee
  • Illinois Swimming Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine


Other Qualifications:

  • Assistant Coach Roosevelt H.S for 2 years
  • Assistant Coach Northside College Prep H.S. for 4 years
  • US Navy Rescue Swimmer & Swim Instructor
  • Chicago Park District Lifeguard Supervior & Captain (57th St. Beach) for 5 seasons.
  • USA Swimming Administrative Official
Edward Stranc Senior Head Coach

Currently the Senior Head Coach of Northside Aquatics Club since 2007 and the Technical Coach at Northside College Prep since 2005. He Coached at Leaning Tower YMCA for 18 years. And the last 5 years he coached the Senior/National swimmers. During those 5 years he helped 29 swimmers qualify for YMCA National Championships. Over the years he has helped produce numerous YMCA District & Area qualifiers and champions at all age levels.  Ed has also coached 9 Illinois High School State qualifiers and 2 US Open qualifiers. Many of Coach Ed’s swimmers are successfully competing on the collegiate level at the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, the Naval Academy, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago, Calvin College, Wesleyan University and Stony Brook University in New York.  Ed was named CPS Coach of the Year in 2008.

Member of: 

  • Level 3 and life member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)
  • United States Swimming Coach
  • USA Swimming House of Delegates
  • Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Swimming & Diving Committee
  • CPS Swim Coaches Clinician


Certifications:  

  • One of a select number of coaches nationwide to hold a special ASCA 8 & Under certification.
  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED Essentials
     

Other Qualifications:

  • Head Coach of the NCA Wildcats Swim Team for 9 years
  • Timothy Christian Women’s High School Swim Team for 2 years
  • IHSA licensed high school official
  • CSOA licensed college official
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Illinois Masters Swimming

Education:

  • St, Patrick High School – 1970
  • De Paul University B.S. Biology – 1974
Corey Kasten Head Pre Developmental Coach
Board of Directors