FRIDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE 1/17:

4:30-5:30P: ASTEROIDS, SILVER, BLUE, COPPER

5:30-6:30P: METEOR, BRONZE, BLACK

NO PRACTICE FOR ANY GROUP ON MONDAY MLK

Kathy Rigali

Head Coach Kathy grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. After 10 years of coaching age group and HS swimming in Michigan & Ohio, she landed in the Chicago area, coaching at all levels: summer league, age group and senior level swimmers.  

In 2000, Fenwick HS built their new pool - and Kathy started Team Millennium!   The team has grown in size, stability and talent over the past 2 decades. Team Y2K is proud of the success the team has had at balancing swimmers needs - varying from the entry level - through Nationally ranked team members.  

Kathy has coached many State Qualifiers & numerous State Champs, Sectional  Medalists, Junior National Qualifiers & Olympic Trial qualifiers. Kathy has served as a member of the Illinois Swimming Age Group Committee, Senior Committee, Nominating Committee and currently serves on Illinois Swimming Coaches Committee.  Kathy has also had the honor to be selected to serve as Coach or Manager at numerous Illinois Swimming Elite & Age Group Camps. 

 

Celeste Laub-Norman                                                                                                                         

Celeste Laub-Norman began her coaching career in 1973 at Portage Park for the Chicago Park District.  During her 25 years at Portage Park Celeste founded the Chicago Park District swim team and won the Illinois Age Group State Championship in 1992.  Celeste has been selected as the Illinois Coach of the Year at both the age group and senior levels. Celeste also received the ASCA Coach of the Year for age group swimming in 1994.  Celeste has coached many Illinois age group and senior champions. Celeste had swimmers set three national age group records, compete at the Junior and Senior National Championships and has had two swimmers qualify for the Olympic Trials in 1996 and 2000.  One, in 1996, was an Olympic Trial finalist and in several consolation finals. She also coached swimmers who set numerous ISI age group and senior records which stood for many years. 

 

Celeste went to The Latin School of Chicago in 1998.  She coached a two time IHSA state champion, twelve high school All-Americans, and twenty-five state finalists.  Celeste was voted IHSA Sectional Coach of the Year several times. Celeste has directed large Learn to Swim programs at both Portage Park and The Latin School.  At Portage she taught the Seal level where swimmers learned how to breathe while swimming. 

 

Celeste coached at CWAC for two years. During that time she had an 8 year old swimmer score points at the Age Group Championships. She had two 8 year olds qualify for the meet as well. When Celeste moved to Y2K in 2015 she coached two 9&10 year old swimmers to the Age Group Championship. These swimmers had never even qualified for Regionals before that season. Celeste was selected by her peers, other Illinois age group coaches, as the 2019 Developmental Age Group Coach of the Year. Celeste has always, throughout her career, had outstanding success with new and novice swimmers.

 

Matt Kudo

Coach Matt was born and raised in Oak Park. He was an age group swimmer with Coach Kathy, and then swam JV & varsity at OPRF. Coach Matt was a freestyler, swimming 200 & 500 free as well as the 200 & 400 free relays for both OPRF and Valparaiso University. Formerly a fire protection engineer and middle school teacher, Coach Matt re-entered the swimming world as an assistant coach for Team Millennium in 2008. Always a believer in smart, hard work, Coach Matt can be found today coaching Y2K's Blue Group, as well as the OPRF JV boys swim team. He currently lives in Lombard, IL with his wife, niece, and two cats. 

 

Adam Rajter

Coach Adam was adopted at a very young age from Guatemala and was raised in Oak Park. He started his swimming journey with Team Millenium in 5th grade and continued through high school where he swam JV for OPRF. Coach Adams favorite stroke was backstroke and enjoyed swimming the 100 & 200 back events as well as the 100 & 200 free. For the past 6 years Coach Adam has been an assistant coach for Team Millenium, first starting with the meteor group then eventually taking the lead for both the bronze and silver group. Coach Adam believes that swimming builds character and confidence, but also gives a sense of accomplishment as well as prepares athletes for life.

 

Karl Vogel

I am a native of Oak Park and graduate of OPRF. While in high school I swam on the high school team and for Team Millennium. After high school, I attended Lawrence University. At Lawrence, I was a four year member of the swim team and served as captain during my senior season. I have been coaching on and off for Team Millennium since 2012 and work primarily with high school groups.

 

Caitlin Kaulas

Coach Caitlin began swimming at 8 years old and swam competitively into college. She started teaching swim lessons at the age of 14 and coaching at the age of 19. Caitlin has been coaching competitive swimming for elite clubs in Chicago for the past 15 years. Her strengths are in developmental coaching and stroke refinement. Caitlin recently began working as the Aquatics Director for the JCYS swim program this past summer. She looks forward to her second winter season coaching the Meteor and Copper groups with Y2K.

 

Karen Anderson

Coach Karen started  competitive swimming when she was 8 years old, and didn’t stop until she was a freshman in college. Age group swimming year round, turned into high school swimming at Lyons Township High School.  Karen swam on the varsity team all four years, and included highlights of going to the Illinois High School Association state swim meet competing in the 400 free relay her Junior and Senior years. After high school, Karen attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.  Karen swam freshman year, became “the distance swimmer”, and broke the 500, 1000 and 1650 free team records. At the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin meet, Karen was the 1650 free champion, and finished her season by being named to the NCAA Division III All American Team.  

Joining Team Millennium in 2016, Karen coaches the White Group.  Karen enjoys working with the 8 and 9 year olds improving stroke technique, building confidence for competition and watching the swimmers grow into young athletes.  Karen believes in giving as much positive feedback as possible, lots of drills, and likes to make sure the practices include some fun to keep the swimmers engaged and enthusiastic.

Coach Karen has two daughters who both participated on Team Millenium.  Her oldest daughter, Caroline, is at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Psychology, and her youngest, Kristen, is at OPRFHS and swims on the Junior Varsity team.  Karen lives in Oak Park with her husband, Kristen and their three cats. While Karen still swims a bit, she really hates getting in the cold water, so she prefers spinning and yoga nowadays.

 

Jenny Berni

Coach Jenny has recently returned to Team Y2K after a break from the swimming scene.  Her first go with the team began in 2001. Jenny worked with the novice swimmers new to competitive swimming.  In addition to coaching, Jenny also worked the Park District of Oak Park managing the outdoor pools and developing their learn to swim program.  

Coach Jenny is  excited to be back.  This season, she will take the lead with the Comets, as well as, work with the Asteroids.  Jenny believes having solid based with proper stroke technique is the foundation of great swimming.   You will find her practices are built around skills and drills, as a way of getting her groups prepared for meets and developing as competitive swimmers.  

 

Megan Foody

Coach Megan currently coaches the Comets. Her mom is Coach Kathy, so she has been swimming or coaching for Team Millennium since the VERY start!  Megan has coached officially for 10 years. She has coached a variety of groups, but really loves working on the fundamentals with the Comets, and watching them grow to love the sport of swimming!  When Megan is not coaching, she teaches Kindergarten at Holmes school, and loves to travel, eat Jeni's ice cream, play old lady water polo, and go running! 

 

Ulana Duffield

Coach Ulana, is entering her 3rd year of coaching, and is one of the four Comets coaches. Ulana started swimming at the age of 6 and continued through high school.  Ulana grew up in River Forest and went to school at Willard, Roosevelt, and OPRFHS. The first swim team Ulana was on was at RFTC at age 6. At the age of 7 she moved to Team Millennium where she stayed until high school. During Ulana’s high school years she swam for OPRF. Growing up Ulana tried many sports, but swimming felt like the perfect match. Ulana loves how swimming pushes you to always beat your best time, and strive to get better. Over her many years of swimming Ulana has had many coaches who all made swimming fun while pushing her to do her best. This is Ulana’s philosophy when coaching, she wants all of her swimmers to improve everyday while having fun doing it. Ulana strives to make sure that her swimmers do the best they can everyday, and have a great time while swimming. Ulana is currently a preschool teacher at Willard in River Forest, and lives in River Forest with her husband Zach and dog Duncan.


 

Noelle Parr

Coach Noelle is one of the Comets coaches.

 

Nicole Redmond 

Nicole grew up in Oak Park and swam competitively for T.O.P.S. and Oak Park River Forest High School. Her training and dedication to the sport earned her a scholarship to the University of Iowa where she received a Bachelor of Science. Nicole is excited to join the coaching staff at Y2K and hopes to inspire young swimmers to swim the best they can, create lasting friendships with their teammates and to streamline off the walls! Nicole lives in Oak Park with her daughter Zoё. 

 

Lorie Fuller

Coach Lorie started swimming competitively at the age of 8 with OPSA and TOPS.  She went to OPRF high school were she was on varsity every year. In her senior year she placed 9th in the IHSA State Championship meet in the 100 Breaststroke and 11th in the 100 Freestyle.  She was also on the 400 Free Relay that placed 4th in the State Championship and earned All American Honorable mention. You will also see her on the Wall of Fame at OPRFHS. Lorie's high school performance earned her a college scholarship at Alabama A & M University where she swam all four years.  While in college she qualified for the NCAA National Championship her freshman & sophomore years in both the 100 freestyle, and 100 Breaststroke. While she was in college she was named National Historical Black College MVP, Swimmer of the year and MVP twice.

Lorie has been coaching with Team Millennium for over 10 years.  She has coached Comets, Meteors, Asteroids and now she is working with Adam with the Silver group.  Lorie believes in working on skills and drills to develop good swimmers. Her favorite stroke is breaststroke.

Lorie lives in Oak Park with her Husband, Cederick and she has 2 boys that are both play basketball in College.