Coaches and Directors

Coaches are USA Swimming, Safe Sport and Athlete Protection trained and certified as well as First Aid, CPR, and "Coaches' Safety" trained.

Coaching Staff
Stacy Cassiday Head Coach

Stacy has been swimming all her life and her accomplishments are many. She is a 7 time Illinois State Champion who held 3 state records from 1981-1985 for Evanston Township High School. During her collegiate career, Stacy was part of the NCAA Champion team 3 times at the University of Texas with her highest individual place being 2nd in the 500 Free. Stacy is also a 14 time Collegiate All-American, 2 time Olympic Trial participant and 6 time National Team member. In between all her swimming accomplishments, she also has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Masters in School Administration.

Kevin Kaufman

Coach Kevin grew up in Arlington Heights and swam for the Lattof YMCA and John Hersey High School. After high school, Kevin attended the University of Iowa where he competed with the Triathlon Club and was the club's swim instructor. Kevin has coached with the Lattof YMCA, Northbrook Spartan Swim Club, Glenbrook Aquatics, and Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club. Outside of coaching, he is an attorney working at a commercial landscape company and retail garden center in Wilmette. He spends his free time with his wife their two children and their dog Chewie!

Jennifer Zapler

Jenny's love for swimming began at the local park district swim team in her hometown of Carol Stream. At age 11, she moved on to swim with a USA Swimming sanctioned club to further her love of the sport. There, she swam for eight years. Jenny continued her swimming carrer at the collegiate level at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon graduating from UIC, Jenny began coaching swimming at all levels. Currently, Jenny has a Masters in Secondary Education and works at a local elementary school. When Jenny is not teaching or on the pool deck, she loves to read, spend time with family, work out, and cook.

Michelle McEnerney

Michelle first started swimming at the age of 8 on her local park district swim team. She then joined Alligator Aquatics in 2003 where she swam for many years concreting her love of swimming and meeting some of her best friends! She also swam on her Varsity High School team where she became captain her Senior year. She also played Water Polo and earned an All-State title her Senior year. Michelle hung up her goggle when she attended college, but continued to swim for exercise. Currently, Michelle is a 4th grade teacher. In her free time, she enjoys being active, running, reading, and traveling.

Kristina Mertes

Kristina first found her love for swimming as an 8 and under with the Palatine Park District. She continued swimming for many years specializing in the 200 Fly, 200 Breaststroke and the 400 IM. She swam through her sophomore year of high school before realizing her love for water polo. She continued playing water polo through high school earning herself an All-State title as well as achieving 3rd place in the state. In college, Kristina focused on her academics majoring in Early Childhood Education and graduating with her degree. Upon graduation, Kristina worked in classrooms between the ages of preschool and 6th grade while also coaching. When she’s not on the pool deck, Kristina spends her down time with her husband and dog. She enjoys reading, crafting, yoga, and going on adventures with her family!

Board of Directors
Stacy Cassiday Head Coach/Operations
Amanda Hager President
Laurie Flight Registrar
Mike Lindberg Treasurer
Mary Ruffin Administrator