Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Tony Gallagher

Head Head Coach/Swim Team Coordinator

Tony Gallagher has been the Head Coach/Swim Team Coordinator for the Tiger Sharks since 2013, after being the Head Developmental Coach and Head Age Group Coach from 2009-2013. After making stops as an assistant coach at Western Illinois University , The University of Georgia Swim Camps, and in his home town with the Munster Swim Club, Coach Tony has enjoyed being a part of the team's continued growth and success. Before PPD, Tony swam primarily with Munster Swim Club and made stops with BR Ryall and PPD during summers in college. Coach Tony was team captain at WIU during his Junior and Senior seasons as well as the 2010 13-14 Girls Illinois Zones Coach, 2011 11-12 Illinois Zones Coach, and 2012 Head Illinois Zones Coach . Tony has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a K-12 Teaching Certificate from Western Illinois University. Additionally, Tony has previously served as a member of the Illinois Swimming Age Group Committee from 2010-2017.



Dustin Thompson

Head Age Group Coach

Originally from Munster, Indiana, Head Age Group Coach, Dustin Thompson, began his swimming career at the age of eight with the Munster Swim Club. He has accumulated numerous age group and high school swimming state championships in the freestyle, butterfly, and IM events. After high school, Dustin attended Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. At PSU, he competed in the butterfly and IM events, in addition to being team captain his Senior year and National Qualifier. Thompson was named a Coach for the 2012, 2013, 2014 10 & Under Illinois Zones Team, and 2015 and 2016 Head Coach of Illinois Zones Team. Coach Dustin looks forward to leading PPD's age group program, focusing on stroke technique, swimming smart, and having fun interactions in and out of the pool.

Jake Klein

Age Group/Senior Coach

After joining the Palatine Tiger Sharks at the age of 10, Jake Klein became heavily invested in swimming. He worked his way to compete at the State and National levels, primarily in distance Freestyle events. He swam on the Palatine High School Varsity team all four years and was a team captain his senior year. Jake began coaching with PPD in 2019 and has since realized his passion for guiding swimmers along their journey with the sport.

Seth Sabel

Age Group Coach

A former Hoffman Hawk, Coach Seth has a lengthy background swimming in the area at the club and high school level, as well as at Western Illinois University. As a member of the PPD coaching staff, Seth has been an important part of the development of the age group swimmers. Seth has an amazing support staff with his wife and family allowing him to coach and work full time as an Enrolled Agent with the accounting & tax firm BJS & Associates, LTD.  He has volunteered for some time now and is looking to give back to the sport that he loves.

Kim Leidolf

Age Group Coach

Joining the PPD Tiger Sharks for the short course 2021-2022 season, Coach Kim Leidolf started swimming lessons at the age of four. When she was ready for swim team, Kim started at Waubonsie White Waters and made stops at Naperville YMCA, and Maverick Swim Team. Coach Kim swam Varsity all four years at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora and also played water polo.  At the conclusion of a successful high school career, Coach Kim continued to swim in at North Central College and graduated with a degree in accounting. Over her extensive coaching career, Kim has coached championship level swimmers with the Great White Sharks in Wheaton, BR Ryall YMCA, and Buehler YMCA. Coach Kim and her husband, George, reside in area and have three children who also swim with PPD.

Samantha Borre

Age Group Coach

Currently a junior at Conant High School Sam Borre started her swimming career with the Schaumburg Barracudas at seven years old and ultimately made the transition to the PPD Tiger Sharks at nine. Coach Sam has been with the PPD Tigersharks ever since and has grown up with the program. She has competed at the Regionals, State, and Zones levels in the past, and is currently a member of our the Senior 1 training group. Sam looks forward to getting to know all the swimmers and helping them grow as athletes on the PPD Tigersharks. 

Marcus Carter-Buckman

Age Group Coach

A Tiger Shark since the age of five, Coach Marcus Carter-Buckman has had many successes in the sport of swimming and water polo. As a captain for Palatine High School, Marcus was a state qualifier for PHS before swimming collegiately at DePauw University and finishing at Lake Forest College, where he holds the LFC team record in the 100 back. After graduating with a degree in Biology in 2021, Coach Marcus is currently working towards his goal to attend optometry school to become an OD. Marcus' knowledge and enthusiasm has been an incredible addition to the coaching staff as he enjoys staying involved with the sport. 

Agnes Wojtas

Age Group Coach

Coach Agnes started her swimming career with the PPD Tiger Sharks as an age group swimmer and was a member of the Palatine High School swimming and water polo teams. Agnes joined the Tiger Sharks coaching staff in 2012, while finishing up her Bachelor's degree from Carthage College. While at Carthage, she was a standout water polo player, and team captain. With such a wide variety of experience in the water from a leadership and athletic standpoint, Agnes has been an outstanding addition to PPD's age group program. Coach Agnes has been able to help foster an environment of learning and fun, while helping develop PPD's youngest athletes. 


Board of Directors
Talitha McKinney President
Agata Rulkowski Vice President
Talitha McKinney Treasurer
Janet Borre Escrow
Madi Verdet Escrow
Kate Palarz Recording Secretary
Erin Grady Registrar
Sabina Santos Communications
Sergey Patkovskyi Meet Director
Tim Zhao Meet Director
Tina Odachowski Corporate/Fundraising Director
Angeline Giangreco Cash Manager
Will Hinshaw Volunteer Coordinator