Illinois Swimming
Level 2

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Katie Gulli Head Coach

This is Coach Katie's eighth full season with the Barracudas and her fourth as the head coach.  In addition to coaching The Barracudas, she was also the head Boys Swim coach at Bremen High School and is currently the assistant coach for the Oak Forest Girls Swim Team. Coach Katie started swimming age group at the age of 8 and swam all the way through high school.


Coach Katie is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion about the sport of swimming with all of the Barracudas. She is continuously finding ways to better herself as a coach and keep up to date with any changes that could make your swimmer better.  Coach Katie is hoping to create a positive and fun environment while making sure that all swimmers reach the goals that they have set for themselves with the help of the coaching staff.


*Coach Katie is a Level 1 ASCA certified coachand is also certified in Safety Training for Coaches, First Aid, CPR and AED.

Mark Mensing Assistant Coach

Coach Mark has been an assistant coach for the Barracudas since 2017. Mark swam four years at Tinley Park High School and also swam with the Sharks age group during the summer months. He was also a lifeguard at the Gingerwood pool in Oak Forest and taught swim lessons over the summer at TPHS. Currently, he works at Panduit in Tinley Park as a senior toolmaker and has been working there for 28 years. He is married and has three boys, Ethan, Connor, and Jonah. Jonah has been swimming with the Barracudas since 2014 and Connor from 2017-2020. He also ran the Masters program here at OFSA, is an active swimmer, and swam his first 1.2 mile open water race summer of 2019.  Mark is excited to be working with the Barracudas and looks forward to another great season!   

Board of Directors
Chris Earll President
Amanda Grage Vice President
Dana Chudzinski Treasurer
Sherrie VanderVelde Administrative Official