Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
David Krotiak Head Coach, Seniors, 11/12 TDG Neuqua

Dave brings a strong history of experience, leadership, and success to Fox Valley Swim Team. His coaching experience spands over thirty-three years, thity years as a Head Coach/ Director. Dave's positions includes Fox Valley Swim Team 2002-present, Westmont Swim Club 1982-2000, Hinsdale Swim Club 1979-82. In addition Dave has served at the LSC level on the following BOD and committees. Senior Vice-Chair (2005-2011), Senior Committee (2003-05), Board of Review (1996-2000), Technical Planning (1992-94), Age Group Committee several times from 1985-95.
Dave's emphasis on athlete oriented coaching, excellence in skill development, advance dryland/weight programming, and creative set design has advanced athletes at all levels. Dave states; the many achievements through the years could have never taken place with out the hard work and dedication of his athletes, staff, parents, and BOD/Committees. A true partnership!

Listed are a few of Dave's Teams and individual achievements: Four Illinois Senior Championships, nine Illinois Junior Olympic Team Championships, and thirty Top 3 finishes between IL JO, and SR Championships./ Illinois Senior and Age Group Coach Of The Year./Men's Head Coach for NCSA All Star Team @ 2015 Irish National Championships/ NCSA Coach Of The Year, 2013/  ASCA Award of Excellence, 2011./ USA National Junior Team Coach, 2011 & 2013./ USA National Select Camp Staff; Men's Head Coach 2011 & Men's Assistant Coach, 2009./ USA National Eastern Zone Camp Head Coach, 2010./ Illinois Head Coach for the following All Star Teams and Camps; Senior Elite Meet/Camp, JR Elite Camp, Mid States, and Zones./ Numerous Olympic Trial,  National, JR National qualifiers, Nation Top Ten Athletes, and State Champions. Dave has coached many outstanding athletes most recently alumni Gia Dalesandro (USA National JR Team, 2013/USA National Team 2014/15  (USA Nationals top 6 finish-100 & 200 FL), Kevin Cordes (USA National Team, Gold medalist World Championships, American record holder 100 & 200 BR, NCAA Champion, 2012 Olympic Trials 100 BR, 3rd place), Grant Betulius (2013 NCAA, 100 BK, 13th), and current FOX swimmer Alyssa Gialamas (Paralympic World Championships, Montreal-bronze medalist).

Jason Niforatos 11/12 Coach Neuqua

 

Coach Jason has been with the Fox Valley Swim Team since 2007. During that time, he has had 15 different swimmers break over 30 Illinois State Records (individual and relay).  He has coached numerous individual and relay state champions.   Many of his swimmers have been ranked top 10 in the state, top 10  in the nation, and has had 4 number 1 ranked in the country swims.  

Coach Jason is also the head swim coach for the Neuqua Valley Girls High School swim team since 2013.  While coaches the high school team, he has coached the girls to 3 consecutive DVC conference championships, two top ten in the state finishes, and 2 state champions.  He was named the DVC coach of the year for 2 consecutive seasons and was the sectional coach of the year in 2017.       

Prior to the Fox Valley Swim Team, Jason coached for the Naperville Riptide Swim Team from 2002-2007.  While on the Riptides the team won 5 consecutive Age Group State Team Championships.  Jason coached various age groups but focused primarily on 14 and under swimmers.    

Coach Jason has coached at many different levels throughout his career including park district, club, high school and was invited to coach at Stanford University for Richard Quick's National Swim Camp.  

Janet Jensen 9/10 Coach Neuqua, 11/12 Assistant Coach

Coach Jan Jensen has been with Fox Valley Swim Team since 2004. She currently coaches the 9-10 group at Neuqua, and assists with the 11-12 group. Coach Jensen is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She attended USA swimming Coaches College at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She has served on the Illinois Swimming Age Group Committee,and been a staff member for several age group camps, for Illinois swimming and USA swimming. Prior to coaching at FOX, she coached at several Illinois teams, including Naperville Y, West Chicago Sharks, and The Oak Park Swimmers. Coach Jensen also works as a swim instructor at Rush Copley Healthplex, and for the Otters at NVHS in the summer.

Kyle Kummer 13/14 Coach, 11/12 Assistant Waubonsie

Previously, the Head Coach at the Addison Park District where he coached all age groups. Kyle also coached the Aqua Lynx Swim Team located in Lincoln, Illinois and voluntarily coached with Addison Trail/Willowbrook High School.

Kyle started competitively swimming at the age of five, attended Addison Trail High School where he swam on ATWB. After High School he continued swimming at Lincoln College and Lewis University.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Kyle holds a unique understanding of athletes at all levels. His motivation, reliability and positive nature enable him to relate to people at all ages and fitness levels. His coaching objective is to coach athletes of varying calibers; contribute personal experience and knowledge, promote team building and personal achievement.

Devin Kummer 9/10 Coach Waubonsie

Miss. Devin Kummer will be entering her 11th season with FOX Valley Swim Team. Her progressive experience has enabled her to significantly impact productivity and growth objectives in support of FOX. Devin’s coaching style can be described as warm and radiant. Devin’s goals are to complement her natural technical savvy with a strong foundation in nutrition, food science, and wellness.

Devin holds a Bachelors of Science from Benedictine University. Outside of coaching Devin is a young and enthusiastic professional who is working to build a career in the food industry. She has been an active member in the swimming community for several years. Her extensive association with club swimming began at the age of six when she joined the Elmhurst Swim Team. She competed there for thirteen years before becoming a member of the Benedictine Swim Team, where she swam until they cut the program in 2010. Today, Devin swims on a USMS Team, where she competes at the local, state, and national level.

Devin believes in the competitive nature of swimming as a learning and development model. Swimming enables a different and effective approach to developing traditional intangibles, positive behavior, integrity, humanity, ethics, mentoring, culture, and emotional maturity, which are vital for optimal performance.

Through innovation and hard work, Devin is determined to motivate those around her to do their best. She is a passionate coach who is dedicated to her work. Devin maintains high standards for herself as well as those she works with, always striving to provide the necessary support to help her peers and swimmers succeed.

Chad Ganden 11/12 Coach Waubonsie, Assistant 13/14
Ashley Natonski 8&U Coach Neuqua, TDG Assistant

Coach Ashley has been coaching with Fox Valley Swim Team since 2010. She currently is the Lead Coach for the 8 and under age groups and assists with the 11/12 Team Development Group (Neuqua). She previously coached with the Joliet and Morris Stingrays out of Joliet/Morris, IL and the Carmel Swim Club in Carmel, IN. During the summer she coaches for the Breckenridge Breakers in the Naperville Swim Conference. Her philosophy in coaching is making sure that the fundamentals of the strokes are mastered before bringing in more challenging things to add on. But of course to make sure that the swimmers develop a love for swimming and have fun! She is very excited to be coming back this year and cannot wait to meet the swimmers!

Gretchen Parejko TDG 9/10 Neuqua Coach,

Sixteen years ago when Gretchen came to the FOX Swim Team, she never imagined the amount of growth Fox would have in the number of swimmers nor the amount of success the swimmers would have experienced over the years. That's what great about imagination- it's limitless and allows for lots of surprises. She had been the assistant coach for the 9-10 year olds for 11 years and is now the lead coach for Team Development 9-10 at Neuqua for the last 5 years. This especially means a lot to her because it is the age group that she began swimming competitively. It was also the age group she met a fellow swimmer who would eventually become her husband and is also a fellow FOX swim coach.  The 9-10 age group is a wonderful and exciting age group to be apart of on the FOX Swim Team.  The focus is on fun in learning as swimmers progress through drills on their way to becoming efficient swimmers.  One of the greatest joys about coaching is watching the swimmers’ growth.  With 9-10 year olds, that means growth both in height and ability!  She looks forward to seeing the 9-10 year olds continue to advance through the FOX swimming program.

Cara Stack Team Development Waubonsie

Cara is a Fox alumni starting at 9 years old and continued through the senior program. Before swimming on Fox, she swam for RASC beginning at the age of 5. She later graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in 2011 and was a member of the Women’s Varsity Swim Team for 2 years as well as the Women’s Water Polo varsity team for 4 years. Cara went on to Illinois State University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education as well as play water polo. In her free time, she worked as a lesson instructor, pre-team coach and supervisor in the Bloomington-Normal area at a local Swim America based swim organization. There, she worked with all ages ranging from 4-16. She is a very motivated coach that focuses on technique and challenging swimmers all while having fun. Cara is extremely excited to re-join the fox swim team, this time as a coach!

Ryan Farmer 11/12 Assistant Coach, Senior Assistant
Patrick Piper 13/14 Assistant Coach, Senior Assistant
Andrew Baginski 11/12 Assistant Neuqua

Andrew has been coaching with Fox Valley Swim Team since 2014 and has been coaching park district/summer league swimming in the west suburbs since 2006. While growing up in the Aurora area, Andrew swam for the Aurora Sharks Swim Team as an age group and senior swimmer as well as for the Waubonsie Valley High School team while in high school. Andrew completed his undergraduate coursework at Bradley University and ultimately received a graduate degree from Eastern Illinois University. During this time Andrew gained experience through instructing swim lessons and working with students on early stroke development.

Andrew believes in a process focused approach to coaching. This involves developing a mindset in athletes to encourage habits that enable skill building, hard work, and progression through the larger team. He also believes that teaching athletes how to manage non-swimming variables that impact performance (i.e. goal setting/maintenance, emotional control, forming positive relationships with teammates, and being diciplined) is important and necessary in the development of an effetive athlete. These skills have positive implications for swimming, but also enable the potential for athletes to use these skills to find success in life.

Christine Dunne 9/10 Assistant Waubonsie
Stephanie Missak 9/10 Assistant Neuqua
Annika Blencowe 9/10 Assistant Neuqua
Crystal Dalpini 9/10 Assistant, TDG Assistant Waubonsie
Rebecca Baugh 8&U assistant, 9/10, TDG WV assistant

Coach Rebecca just started working with Fox this year. She has been coaching swimming for four years, and, prior to that, she was a certified Special Education teacher and private behavioral therapist. Coach Rebecca leads her athletes with patience and creativity. She believes that maintaining highly defined expectations and good communication with the athlete and their family result in the athlete's ability to learn and excel. Coach Rebecca promotes inclusion and teambuilding skills to give her swimmers a sense of unity and team spirit. She is currently assisting with the 9/10s and 11/14s at Waubonsie. 

Mike Adams Senior Assistant
Meghan Mason 13/14 Assistant
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