Illinois Swimming
Level 3
Coaching Staff
Melissa Healy Head Coach

Coach Melissa has been with MMSC as the full time head coach since 2004. Prior to that she was an assistant both with MMSC and the Buffalo Grove Hurricanes. Melissa has been at MHS since July of 1997. While working at MHS Melissa served as the Aquatics Director/swim Lesson Coordinator and Instructional Aide for the MHS PE Dept. Melissa has coached the MHS HS girls, boys, and girls water polo. As an assistant Melissa was part of 3 state champion water polo teams. As a Head Coach of the MHS girls swim team  Melissa was twice voted sectional coach of the year and had numerous state qualifying indviduals and relays.

Coach Melissa is an ASCA level 5 educated coach and currently serves on the Illinois Swimming Executive Board. Melissa has coached numerous state qualifiers, zone qualifiers, and junior national qualifiers. Melissa has also recently served on the Team Illinois zone team staff, Team Illinois Camp Staff and was selected to attend the inaugural USA Swimming Leadership Summit in April 2018.

When away from the pool Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids and their 2 dogs Oreo and Macey.

 

 

 

Kyle Smith Head Senior Coach

Kyle Smith was most recently the Head Age Group Coach for the Brownsburg Swim Club since August 2013 and has extensive coaching background in Indiana. In 1999 he earned a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

 

Kyle began his swimming career at the age of eleven and has been involved in many aspects of the sport since that time. As a young swimmer, Kyle swam for East Chicago Sharks, Highland Hurricanes and Bishop Noll Institute. In 1991, at Bishop Noll Institute, Kyle was a member of the Warrior’s 200m Freestyle Relay Team that set the National Independent High School Record.

 

Before joining the Brownsburg Swim Club he was the Associate Head Coach at Duneland Swim Club-DUNE (2010-2013), Head Coach of the Portage Porpoise Swim Club-PPSC (2006-2010) and Head Assistant Coach for Valparaiso Swim Club-VSC, (2000-2002 and 2004-2006).

 

While on staff at DUNE, the club produced one Olympic Trial Qualifier, three US Open/National Qualifiers and five individual and two Junior National Qualifying relays, dozens of Zone Qualifiers, Finalists, Champions and several Individual and Relay State Champions. During his time at PPSC and VSC he helped develop several Individual and Relay Age Group State Champions, as well as, Individual Team Indiana Quad and Zone Team Members.

 

Coach Kyle has served as a member of Team Indiana All-Star Coaching Staffs that includes; Central Zone Team 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 (Team IN Head Coach-2013, 2014) and 2010 Mid-States/Quad Team. He was selected to lead the Indiana Swimming Age Group Memorial Day Camp (2015) and Catch the Spirit Camp (2016) He has also served as staff member for the USA Swimming Central Zone Select All-Star Camp (2011), Indiana Swimming Age Group Elite Camp (2012) and Senior Elite Camp-Charlotte (2016). In 2012, 2015 and 2017 Kyle was presented with the Indiana Swimming Jim Clarke Memorial Award for his dedication to USA Swimming and Indiana Swimming programming. In 2016 he was voted as the Best of Hendricks County Coach/Mentor by the Hendricks County Flyer.

 

Coach Kyle actively volunteered on the USA Swimming Disability Swimming Committee from 2009-2017 (Chair 2014), USA Swimming Central Zone Disability Coordinator (2014-15). Kyle was involved with the Indiana Swimming Board for 11 years, serving the following positions: Indiana Coaches Representative (2009-2017), Age Group/Senior Committees, Performance Committee and Disability Coordinator. Coach Kyle is an ASCA Lifetime Member Level 3 Age Group and Disability Certified Coach, Certified in American Red Cross CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard Certified.

Claire Desormey Assistant Coach

There are SO many things I would like to say here, but I’ll keep it as concise as I can J

My swimming career began at the age of 7 on the St. Charles Swim Team, and like most kids, I was more concerned about having a good time with my friends than I was about swimming fast. That ideology lasted for about 5 years, until I was 12 years old and had a 20 second drop in my 200 yd IM. That was the race that changed my mentality, and I realized I actually wanted to race and be successful in the sport.

It was by no means a smooth ride – I ‘quit’ 3 times in my career before making it to High School, but I ended up swimming through college for a total of 15 competitive years. I was not a notable competitor through my pre-high school years, but I made it to IHSA State my freshman year in the 200 IM. I continued to qualify for IHSA State, Speedo Sectionals, and Junior Nationals throughout my high school career and eventually walked on to the swim team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Fall of 2007.

Collegiate swimming taught me more about the sport itself, but the most important things I learned were the qualities of a successful PERSON. Accountability, determination, hard work, resiliency, adaptability – these life skills are what helped me get to where I am, and will continue to help me excel regardless of what I’m doing.

These are the ideals I want to instill in our swimmers, along with a sense of confidence in who they are and what they do – no matter what! Swimming gave me a second family and a textbook of characteristics to help me succeed in LIFE, not just in swimming. All swimming careers inevitably come to an end, and I want our swimmers to feel fulfilled by their time in the water, just like I am now. 

Charity McCafferty Assistant Coach
Charity McCafferty ( started this past summer) comes to us after coaching with the Mchenry Marlins for the last 9 years. 
Charity is a former swimmer and brings to the mustangs 9 years of experience. 
" My daughter was a fish and people suggested I get her with a team.  I never imagined this is the adventure she would take me on and I love every minute I can be by a pool and help kids get faster and achieve goals they never thought they would. ( plus I love watching my daughter swim ). 
I'm into not just the pool aspect of swimming, but the nutritional and sleep/rest side as well. 
Food has a huge impact on how kids swim so finding out what works and what doesn't is key!  
Charity is very excited to be a part of MMSC and I am looking forward to meet season. 
Board of Directors
Steve Fidanze President
Melissa Healy Head Coach
Kyle Smith Head Senior Coach
David Ellsworth Treasurer
Adrianne Barkhurst Registrar
Matt Hansen Meet Director
Brandi Gigiano Secretary
Lindsey DeBruin Social/Publicity Chair
Kevin Willis Fundraising