Coach Bios and Contact

Coaching Staff
Robert Busby Head Coach

With more than 16 years of coaching experience at Age Group and Senior swim levels, Coach Rob has had a tremendous impact on the swimming communities he has served. Rob comes to FOX from Springfield YMCA (SPY Typhoons), where he spent the last nine years creating an elite level swim team on a national level. He has had incredible success coaching and developing all levels of swimmers, from new age group swimmers to National and Olympic trial qualifiers (including a Gold Medal Olympian).

Coach Rob began coaching for the Champaign County YMCA while attending the University of Illinois, where he received a degree in economics. Upon graduating from the U of I, Coach Rob returned to the St. Louis area to obtain a teaching certificate in secondary education at Lindenwood University. During this time, he volunteered at a club in Belleville for two summers before returning to the pool deck year-round as the 8&U coach for the YMCA of Southwest Illinois. Coach Rob then joined the Edwardsville YMCA as the head age group coach and senior assistant coach for two years. Following Edwardsville, Coach Rob moved to the Springfield YMCA in 2010 where he oversaw the growth of the program from 100 athletes to more than 215 swimmers, and saw its success move to a state and national level team, most recently being awarded a 2020 USA Swimming Club Excellence Bronze Medal.

Coach Rob’s overall coaching accomplishments include:

  • IL/MO YMCA Area Champions 2013
  • IL YMCA State Champions 2014-2018
  • Men’s 200 Free Relay YMCA National Record Holder
  • YMCA National SC Championship Top 15 Finishes: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 2020 USA Swimming Club Excellence Bronze Medal

Coach Rob’s individual swimmer coaching accomplishments include:

  • Coach to Ryan Held: 2016 400 Free Relay Gold Medalist at Rio Olympics
  • Olympic Trial Qualifiers: 2016 (1), 2020 (1)
  • 5 National Qualifiers, 23 Junior National Qualifiers
  • 5 IL Swimming SCY Record Holders
  • 3 YMCA National SCY Record Holders
  • 6 YMCA National Champions
  • 55 YMCA All Americans
  • 2017 YMCA National Outstanding Athlete Award Recipient
  • 2017, 2018, 2019 IL Y State Scholarship Recipient
  • 40 Athletes Continuing to NCAA Swimming (D1, D2 and D3)

Coach Rob’s long association with club swimming began at the age of 8 where he swam at a summer club in Belleville, Illinois. After moving to Wyoming at age 13, he began swimming full-time. Coach Rob swam for back-to-back Wyoming high school state championship teams with the Campbell County High School.

Janet Jensen 9/10 Coach Neuqua

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.

Chad Ganden 11/12 WV, 13/14, Seniors

Coach Chad has been with Fox since 2017.  Chad started his swimming career at a young age with the Meadows in Lisle.  When he was older, he joined the Naperville YMCA while swimming at Naperville North.  Later on, he switched teams and swam for BBRY.  While at these team Chad competed at Y Nationals, Jr. Nationals and the IHSA State Meet.  His swimming accomplishments during that time were winning the IHSA State 100 free twice, Y Nationals 100 free champion and 100 Fly Jr. National champion.  Also, during that time, he helped lead his high school to their first state championship in 1996. 

After swimming at Michigan State Chad started coaching in 2001 at Benet Academy.  From there he moved over to Waubonsie Valley High School and became the Head Coach for the Boys in Swimming and Water Polo.  He helped coach his team to two 4th place finishes at the IHSA State Finals for swimming and 3 sectional finals for water polo.  After becoming a teach in Physical Education in Joliet Chad stopped coach and became an he officiacal for swimming and water polo. After a few years Chad went back to coaching at HealthTrack then later on becoming the Head Age Group Coach at Hornet Age Group Swim Team.  Since coming back to Naperville to coach Chad is the Head Coach for Boys Water Polo at Neuqua Valley High School and Fox Lead 11-12 Waubonsie/ 13-14 and Senior Assistant Coach.  During the day Chad spends most of his time with his wife Amy, and two children.

Ashley Natonski 8U Lead, 9/10 TDG NV (Fri), 11/12 TDG NV

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!

Ryan Farmer Senior
Christine Dunne 9/10 WV
Stephanie Missak 9/10 NV
Annika Blencowe 9/10 NV
Crystal Dalpini 9/10 TDG WV, 11/14 TDG WV – Lead Coach

Crystal has been coaching for Fox since 2012. She has coached 8 and unders,9/10, 11/12, and all team development. When Crystal is not coaching, she is a special education teacher in the West Aurora school district. 

Rebecca Baugh 13/14

Coach Rebecca began coaching with FOX in 2017. Prior to becoming a FOX coach, she worked in the lesson program at DuPage Swimming Center. In her time at FOX, she has worked with every age group on the team.

Coach Rebecca is an educator and therapist by training, working with individuals who present behavior challenges. She believes this training has transferred easily into coaching because she is able to see how a swimmer learns and what challenges they may face, and can provide tools and techniques to make the swimmer more comfortable in a difficult situation.

This season, she works primarily with the senior and 13/14 age groups. She likes to focus on technique and stroke correction with the swimmers.

Molly Meyer 8U, 9/10 TDG NV (Fri), 11/12 TDG (Fri)
Allison Carley 9/10 WV, 9/10 TDG WV, 11/14 TDG WV
Christopher Hagenbaumer 11/12 NV
Ariana Trekas
Coach Ari started her swimming career at the age of 8 with Otters Swim Team. At the age of 9, she joined FOX, where she swam through high school. Coach Ari also swam for Neuqua Valley High School all four years and decided to become a coach. Her coaching career started with Otters Swim Team as an assistant coach and now Coach Ari is the head coach for Ashbury Alligators Swim Team. Coach Ari has been a coach for FOX since December 2019. She works with 13/14 and 12 & under groups. Her love for swimming will keep her on the pool deck for many years to come!
Amy Blencowe
Patrick Piper