Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Sharon Lesniak Head Coach

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

I have over 20 years of swimming experience that includes coaching and officiating. As a Head Coach for USA Swimming, recreation, and high school teams, I have helped coach numerous swimmers to reach championship-level meets. Many of the swimmers I have coached have gone on to swim for college and university teams.

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

John Lesniak Assistant Coach

I live by the motto, "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!"

I have been coaching competitive athletics for over 35 years. My coaching experience includes over 20 years coaching competitive swimming for recreation and high school teams, and as a certified USA Swimming coach.  My 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.  

I look forward to a successful relationship with the Woodstock Dolphins.  Swim Strong!

Jessica Lipperer Assistant Coach

Each swimmer has their own unique skills to bring to the pool.  I enjoy working with swimmers on achieving their goals.

I have been a competitive swimmer for 15 years for the Cary Barraculdas, McHenry Marlins, Cary-Grove High School and NCAA 4 year swimmer at Carroll University Swimming and Diving Team.  I competed mainly in the backstroke and long distant freestyle, specifically the 200, 500 and mile.  I have been coaching for the Cary Barracudas and Mundelein Mustangs swim teams for about 11 years.

I am excited to be working with the Woodstock Dolphins Swim Team!

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

Looking forward to making swimming fun anywhere I can help. 

This is my 5thseason coaching swimming with the Round Lake Ducks and 1stsummer assisting the Woodstock Dolphins. I was Head Water Polo coach for the Barrington Swim Club while they had a team a few years ago. 

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

Swimming lead to Water Polo where I was a 4 year Varsity starter, 3 time all conference and 2 time all state leading the team through Sectionals and onto a State berth Playing Water Polo at Connecticut College.

Sarah Lesniak Assistant 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 currently attends the University of Wisconsin Green Bay where she runs the universities swim meets and teaches lessons to all ages. 

Sarah's favorite strokes are the 100 Breaststroke and the 50/100 freestyle. Sarah has been coaching the Round Lake Ducks swim team for 7 years and 2 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. 

Phillip Lesniak Assistant Coach

Phillip was a 4-year varsity swimmer at McHenry High School and a 4-year varsity and captain of the state qualifying water polo team his junior/ senior years. He is a fireman and paramedic in Mchenry. Phillip has been swimming competitively since the age of 5 swimming with the Mchenry Marlins and the Mchenry Aquatic Club. He also swam for the Round Lake Ducks. 

Phillip enjoys seeing the swimmers achieve their goals with hard work and dedication. He looks forward to working with the Woodstock Dolphins. 

Board of Directors
Mearl Kise President
Erin Cross Secretary
Jennifer Rainey Treasurer / Meet Director
Janell Harper Registration Director
Laura Jones Awards Committee
Mark Phipps Social Committee