Coaches

Alessio De Rosi Head Coach

Alessio has been professionally coaching for almost 20 years; previously he was a competitive swimmer ranked 4th in Italy in the 200 IM and 100-200 Breaststroke. In the past 10 years as the NASA Head Coach, the team has broken 40+ State records and 2 National records. Under Alessio's tenure, NASA achieved Bronze Level in 2011 and 2012, Silver level in 2013 2014, 2015, 2016 , 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, finished in the top 5  at  Age Group Champs multiple times and in 4th at the '13 JNat's. Previously, as head coach of his former team (Aurelia Nuoto) in Italy, his swimmers achieved medals at regional, national and international level competitions.  Along with a frequent interaction with other head coaches, Alessio had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, Cesare Butini, his former coach, head coach of the Italian National Swim Team.  With a focus on technique, Alessio can quickly assess a swimmer’s level (beginner to professional athlete) and develop drills sequences to help them advance in any of the competitive strokes.  As a certified Physical Ed. teacher in Illinois & Italy, Alessio integrates the fundamental principles of learning through fun and positive attitude in his teaching philosophy.  Alessio is looking forward to using his knowledge and passion to help swimmers achieve their full potential.

Kate Mullen Head Age Group Coach
Kate has been with NASA Wildcats since 2014. With NASA she has produced numerous State and Regional champions, State Record holders and U.S. ranked Top 20 swimmers. She was ranked by American Swim Coaches Association as a Top 50 Age Group Coach for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Kate began her coaching career while still in high school as an assistant coach for Duneland Swim Club. While working on her degree at the University of Texas, she became Head Age Group Coach of the Irving Swimmers. After graduation she returned to Chesterton as an Assistant Swim Coach for both Duneland and Chesterton High School. Later she coached for the Chicago Park District and Portage Porpoises in Indiana before joining NASA.

Kate grew up in Chesterton and swam for Duneland Swim Club and Chesterton High School, where she held many school and pool records and specialized in sprint freestyle.  She was conference, sectional champion, and All-State in many events each year, helping her team remain undefeated.  She was awarded Conference MVP, Team MVP, and Senior Athlete of the Year as a senior. As a club swimmer, she finaled in age group state as an 11-12 year old, in Senior State from 13 and qualified for Senior Nationals at 15.

Kate attended the University of South Florida and then Eastern Michigan University on swimming scholarships. Unfortunately, illness forced her to stop swimming for several years.  Eventually she returned to swimming as a Master’s swimmer, where she was ranked nationally in the Top 10 in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle. She earned her B.S. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in biology and geology and her M.S. in Sport Management from Indiana State University.

Kate has a son, Calvin, who works as a bike mechanic.
Jeffrey Frydenlund Senior Coach
Jeff started swimming competitively in Minnesota when he was 13. He competed in club and High School where he placed at state in both. After high school he went to Colorado School of Mines where he received a scholarship to swim and in 1995 graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering. During his 5th year at CSM he worked as an assistant coach and helped lead the team to their first conference championship in 8 years. He then worked in R&D as an electrical engineer for three years before realizing that coaching was what he really wanted to do.
 
In 1998 Jeff began his coaching career in Colorado and moved to Illinois in 2003. While at New Trier Swim Club he was the Head Age Group coach and a Lead Senior Coach. He was the Head Coach for the Rockford Marlins and the Head Senior Coach at Barrington Swim Club. Throughout his years coaching he has worked with all levels of athlete from novice to national qualifier. He has developed multiple age group state champions, state record holders, regional qualifiers, age group championship qualifiers, senior championship qualifiers, Zone qualifiers, Jr. National qualifiers and National qualifiers. 
 
 
Jeff is also a former professional triathlete retiring in 2005. 
 
 
Jeff Frydenlund (c)815-519-8772 [email protected]
Jeffrey deBettencourt Assistant Coach
Jeff began swimming at the age of 5 for the McGaw YMCA Swim Team. After a brief hiatus of swimming in middle school Jeff realized that he was much more successful at in-water sports and swam for the Leaning Tower YMCA through high school. Almost immediately after graduating high school he began coaching for NASA while he attended UIC, and has been coaching ever since!
Giacomo Gremizzi Assistant Coach

Giacomo studied and swam at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he broke and still holds the 200-400IM and 800 free relay school records. He was able to qualify to the fastest SCY meet ever (NCAA Championships) twice (2013 & 2014). He still owns the Mountain West Conference and Mountain Pacific Conference records in the 400IM.

He won multiple junior national titles in Italy in the 200-400IM and he earned a spot in the Italian Junior National team for the 2008 European Junior Championships and for the Latin Cup in Argentina where he placed second in the 200IM.

Giacomo was also the Student Assistant Coach for the University of Nevada in the summer of 2014 where he oversaw mid-sprint, distance and IM training group facilitating technique and specific skills training regularly. Giacomo also coached in Italy (Como) where he designated and implemented specific training programs for a group of seniors and master swimmers.

He graduated with a degree in Multidisciplinary studies in Business Management & Hospitality.

Alex Cramer Assistant Coach
Alex began swimming in eighth grade in a small town in Michigan. She continued her swimming career throughout college at Missouri State University as a 100-200 Breaststroker while obtaining her Mathematics degree. While attending MSU, she started teaching lessons for Missouri State Aquatics. It was during that time that she realized her passion for teaching others to swim. 
After finishing school, Alex moved to Chicago and began her coaching career in 2010 with Chicago Blue Dolphins as an instructor and Masters coach. 
 
In 2011, she began her six year stay with Highland Park Aquatics Club (HPAC) where she worked her way through the ranks from Assistant Coach to Head Age Group Coach. During her time there she developed several Illinois Regional and State swimmers/champions as well as Central Zones swimmers.  Alex has experience working with every level of swimmer from very beginner to elite, young children to adults, and  believes that swimming should always be fun.  As a technique based coach, you'll see her making corrections to swimmers' form and challenging them to make changes in creative ways.
Lauren Gremizzi Dryland Coach

Lauren swam at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the Runnin’ Rebels (2012-2016) where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology. After moving to Chicago in 2016, she earned her M.S. in Kinesiology focusing on sport psychology. Along with coaching for NASA Wildcats, she is a program manager for the LulaFit wellness company and specializes in strength and conditioning as a CF-L1 coach and personal trainer at River North CrossFit.

Megan Mardy Assistant Coach

Megan started swimming in the lake leagues of northern New Jersey and eventually made her way into the pool for age group swimming.  She went on to swim for Amherst College, where she was a NCAA Division III qualifier.  After a fifteen year break and three kids, Megan returned to the pool as a masters swimmer, where she has achieved several masters top ten rankings in the backstroke events. 

After spending years of her youth teaching swim lessons, Megan was inspired to return to the pool deck when her own kids started swimming.  She has stepped away from her career as a lawyer and has been volunteering for the team as a coach and a USA swimming official.  One of her favorite places to be is on deck during an age group swim meet.  Megan’s kids swim for NASA.