Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Sharon Lesniak Head Coach

Sharon's coaching philosophy is that she believes in each swimmer's potential as athletes, team mates, and leaders. She believe every swimmer has something to give to the team whether you are new to the team or experienced. She will work with each swimmer to develop personal goals for stroke and time achievement. 

Sharon has over 25 years of swimming experience that includes coaching and officiating. As a Head Coach for USA Swimming, recreation, and high school teams, she has helped coach numerous swimmers to reach championship-level meets. Many of the swimmers she has coached have gone on to swim for college and university teams.

She looks forward to getting to know all the swimmers she will be coaching for the Woodstock Dolphins and helping them to reach their swim goals. 

Sarah Lesniak Assistant Head Coach

Sarah Lesniak has been swimming competitively since the age of 5 years old. She swam for the McHenry Marlins, Round Lake Ducks and McHenry Aquatics Club. Sarah was a 4-year Varsity Swimmer and captain of the McHenry girls high school swim team. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay where she ran the universities swim meets and taught lessons to all ages. 

Sarah's favorite strokes are the 100 Breaststroke and the 50/100 freestyle. Sarah coached the Round Lake Ducks swim team for 8 years and 3 of them she has been the Head Coach. Sarah is excited to be working with the Woodstock Dolphins. Sarah loves to work with all age swimmers and enjoys seeing them achieve their goals and develop through hard work. 

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get. 

John Lesniak Assistant Coach

John lives by the motto, "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!"

John has been coaching competitive athletics for over 35 years. John's coaching experience includes over 20 years coaching competitive swimming for recreation and high school teams, and as a certified USA Swimming coach. His accomplishments include helping swimmers reach championship-level meets for Regionals and State championships and has placed many young men and women into Division I, II, and III collegiate-ranked schools.  

John looks forward to a successful relationship with the Woodstock Dolphins.  Swim Strong!

Michaela Matthys Assistant Coach

I started swimming when I was 4 years old (with the Lesniaks as my coaches) and recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, where I swam all 4 years.  I have reached championships level meets including NCAAs, but really cherish the memories and friendships that I have made throughout my years of swimming.  My main strokes were butterfly and breaststroke. I look forward to everything coming full circle with me coaching with the coaches that taught me, being on the the other side of the sport and impacting swimmers the way my coaches impacted me.

Chase Lesniak Assistant Coach

Chase is Looking forward to making swimming fun anywhere he can help. 

Chase has over 7 years of coaching swimming. Chase was an assistant coach for the Round Lake Ducks for 5 seasons. Chase was a Head Water Polo coach for the Barrington Swim Club as well. 

Chase has been swimming since he was 5 at the Barrington Swim Club and then at Barrington HS as a 4 year Varsity swimmer where he participated in numerous Championship meets all around the Country, including Age Group, Zones, Senior Champs, Illinois State HS and more. Chases main strokes are the Individual medley and Breaststroke.

Swimming lead to Water Polo where he was a 4 year Varsity starter, 3 time all conference and 2 time all state leading the team through Sectionals and onto play at State. Chase continued to play water polo for Connecticut College.

Ryan Batjes Assistant Coach

Ryan started swimming competitively with the Lesniak's as his coaches when he was 5 years old. He swam for the Round Lake Ducks, McHenry Marlins, Woodstock Dolphins, and Grant High School.

His favorite strokes are butterfly, breaststroke, and freestyle. He swam sprint and distance events.

Ryan is currently attending Lewis University where he is focusing on his degree to become a Commercial Pilot.

Ryan is excited to come back on breaks to help coach the team.


Isabelle Halsall Jr. Coach
Haley Halsall Jr. Coach
Board of Directors
Mearl Kise President
Erin Cross Co-Vice President
Melinda Schuldt Co-Vice President
Becky Paulson Secretary
Jennifer Rainey Treasurer
Belinda Strebel Treasurer
Sarah Lesniak Registration Director
Janet Rudsinski Safe Sport Coordinator
Janell Harper Registration Director/Meet Director