Wheaton Swim Club team's coaching staff has over 100 years of combined coaching experience. Each coach is a college graduate with varying degrees, ranging from kineseology to education. Many of our part time coaches are also local teachers in the DuPage county area. Please feel free to contact any of the coaches by clicking the contacts link above and we will return your call or email as soon as possible.

Contact the Coaches

BOB STRUBE

Bob Strube has been coaching since 1977, and in the area since 1986. His list of accomplishments are nearly unparalleled in Illinois and across the country. He has coached 16 Olympic Trials swimmers, countless National Champions, and dozens of state qualifiers. Many of his swimmers have earned college swimming scholarships and have been named Captain of their college teams. Many others have gone on to enjoy successful college careers. Bob is the two time recipient of the YMCA Long Course National Coach of the Year award. He is also an assistant coach to Marc Gamble for the College of DuPage Swim Team.

Because of Bob’s personal experience in swimming, having not begun swimming competitively until the tenth grade, he is committed to providing “something for everyone,” regardless of their ability or experience. He believes that teaching swimmers Life Values through competition is more important than fast times. He feels that learning the value of hard work, discipline and self-respect though sportsmanship, respect for others, will result in an overall successful person. Designing and implementing a program which allows swimmers to achieve these things will have successful swimming as a by-product.

CHRIS DELGADO

Chris del Galdo has coached swimming since 1989.  Chris's teams have won 5 JO State Championships and 12 YMCA State Championships. Chris's swimmers have competed in 38 top 6 team finishes in Age Group State Meet competition, over 50 individual event State Champions, many relay state champions as well as several State Records. Chris is the head coach of the Glenbard Co-op Swimming and Diving Team, which encompassed Glenbard North and East High Schools and has included 3 state qualifiers and a state relay in 2010 and a top 20 finish at the high school state meet.   He also has coached the COD swim team in 1994, 1995, 1996 and most recently assisted Marc Gamble as a College of DuPage coach, where he helped coach the team to a second place finish at the NJCAA Championships. Chris has coached all ages and ability levels during his 23 year coaching career.

Chris believes that young swimmers should be involved in as many activities as possible as they grow up, so that they can choose to participate in an activity which they enjoy. This helps create an atmosphere in which swimmers feel they are involved in the true sport of their choice once they reach the upper levels of the swim team. He believes that each athlete deserves a full explanation of all training and technique principles which are used in the program. As a result, swimmers come to adopt their own philosophies rather than to simply believe things “because the coach said so.”

Chris and his wife reside in Wheaton and have two daughters who attended Wheaton Warrenville South High School. They participated in swimming collegiately - Lauren previously at Eastern Michigan and Taylor currently at Rutgers University respectively.

 

Holly Higgins

Diving Lessons are instructed by Holly Higgins. Holly competed at the international level, where she was coached by Ken Armstrong, currently the USA Diving National Team Coach. Holly coached in Canada, where she developed several age-group and senior divers who later would final at the Olympic Games, most notably David Bedard, Mark Rourke, Debbie Fuller, and Wendy Fuller. Diving lessons are also assisted by state high school qualifiers. Holly has a BSC in Physical and Health Education and an MSC in Community Health from the University of Toronto. While working towards these degrees, she also coached the York University Varsity Team, the University of Toronto Diving Team, and the Etobicoke Diving Team. Holly also coaches the Wheaton Co-op Diving Squad (for Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South) where she has coached numerous state qualifiers and finalists, and was the only coach in the nation to place three divers in the Top 100 Nationally in 2011. Holly and her family moved to Wheaton in 1998. She is married to John Blanchard (not the founder of Wheaton College) and she has two sons, both of whom swam for the Wheaton Swim Club

Kaylee Kucera

Kaylee grew up in Minnesota and recently graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in accounting. She swam for Iowa state competing primarily in the sprint backstroke and butterfly events. She medaled 10 different times in the top 3 at the Big 12 Championships. Three time All Big 12 second team. She has been teaching swim lessons and coaching since 2012, and currently working at Cedarstone Partners in downtown Wheaton as an accountant.

Taylor Delgaldo

Starting swimming at 8 years old, Taylor is a former Wheaton Swim Club member and over the years swam under Wheaton coaches Bob, Chris and Jake. 

Taylor graduated from Rutgers University [‘13] in the Communication & Information field.

While on the east coast, she was named the team captain and swam the individual medley, breaststroke and distance freestyle events.

An alumni of Wheaton Warrenville South High School, she swam under WSC coach Jacob Ayers for the Wheaton Co-op team. Taylor participated in numerous USA National meets and qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials in 400 IM, 100 and 200 breastroke.  During the summer she coached lessons for Wheaton Swim Club from 2004-08, and Rutgers (2008-2012).

Taylor is currently working as a sales development representative for iCIMS and resides in Wheaton.