Richards Area

Swim Club

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Cheryl OToole Head Coach

Coach O'Toole began her swimming career in the Evergreen Park area and later swam at Evergreen Park High School where she was an IHSA State Qualifier.  She continued her swimming career at Eastern Illinois University.

Coach O'Toole began her coaching career at Brother Rice High School and was the head coach of the Rice Aquatic Foundation (RAF). In 2004 she joined the Richards Area Swim Club (RASC) where she is currently the Head Co-Coach .

Coach O'Toole is a proud member of USA Swimming and holds the following credentials: First Aid, CPR, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, and is an ASCA Level 1 Certified Coach.  

During her 20 years of coaching she has coached all levels of swimmers from novice to nationally ranked swimmers.  She has also produced many ISI State Champions over the years.


Bill Magnuson Assistant Coach

Coach Bill started his swim career at Thornridge High School.  There he competed in the butterfly and IM placing 2 nd and 3 rd in the IHSA state meet.  He then swam for Southern Illinois University for two years.  

He started his coaching career in Paducah, Ky coaching a summer team.  From there he was the men’s assistant coach at the University of Illinois from 1974-76.  He then was the head coach at Oak Forest High School from 1977-79.  Retiring from coaching he worked at the Chicago Board of Trade.  In 1995 he became an assistant coach at POSA age group.  He then became the head coach at POSA from 1996-1998.  In 1998 he became an assistant coach at GILLS until 2003.  He was the head Andrew High School coach.  

Coach Bill is also the father of Olympic Silver Medalist Christine Magnuson.

Thomas Walsh Assistant Coach
Taren Gaylord Assistant Coach

Taryn begin swimming at the age of 8 at Richard’s Area Swim Club, and she continued swimming through high school here at Richards. 

Upon entering Eastern Illinois University she continued her competitive swimming career during all four years at college.


Taryn was the swimming coach for five years at Thornton Fractional South High School for both the boys and girls seasons.


Taryn continues to coach here at RASC right where she started her swimming career.

Matt Latham Assistant Coach

Matt started swimming with Mrs. O'Toole at RAF.  He excelled very quickly and went on to swim and play water polo at Brother Rice High School. 

He attended the illustrious Eastern Illinois Unversity, and swam all four years under the renowned Ray Padovan. 

He has coached at RASC for 5 years and currently coaches swimming at Brother Rice High School.

Board of Directors
Elizabeth Spreyne Vice President
Jorge Campos Treasurer
Michelle Ellis Meet Director
Jerry Daly Website Manager