Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Thaddeus Whildin Head Coach

Mr. Thaddeus Whildin has lived most of his life around the swimming pool.  He was a competitive swimmer for fifteen years before starting his own coaching career in 1997.  Since that point, his coaching experience continued at Benet Academy (1999-2004) for five consecutive seasons, four of them as the head varsity coach for the Boy’s team.  In addition to that, he was an assistant coach for the Procopian Swim Club (97-98), and he is currently coaching at Kennedy Junior High School (Track & Field '89-'18, Basketball '89-'99, and Football '11-‘18).  He is now entering his eighth summer season coaching the Huntington Estates Swim Team.  

Academically, Thaddeus has earned his Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University ('06) and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Benedictine University ('89).  While professionally, he is just finishing his 20th year teaching seventh grade Science at Kennedy Jr. High.


Emily Villazon Assistant Coach

Emily recently graduated from Naperville Central where she swam all four years and is returning to Huntington Estates for her 14th year! This is her fourth year as an Assistant Coach, prior to that Emily was a junior coach for two HEBT seasons. Emily will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall and is looking forward to working with the new and returning Seahawks!

Ella Tucker Assistant Coach

Ella has recently graduated from Naperville Central and will be attending Butler University in the fall. She has coaches for 4 years and has been a Seahawk for 9 years. Ella is involved in many activities outside of swimming including Speech and coaching for the Scott Swim program. She is excited to welcome new and returning Seahawks this year!

Alexandra Mantel Assistant Coach

Alex will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall, majoring in Engineering. During her high school career, she has been a member of the Naperville North swim and water polo teams for the past four years.  She has been swimming since she was 9 at Huntington Estates and has been a competitive swimmer for 5 years at Wheaton Swim Club.  This summer will be her 9th season as a seahawk, and before becoming an assistant coach, she junior coached for two seasons.  She is looking forward to meeting all the Seahawks and can't wait for an amazing season.

Sam Lendzion Assistant Coach

Sam is a rising junior at Naperville Central and is returning to Huntington Estates for his twelth year on the swim team/second year as coaching. He currently is swimming at FMC Aquatic in Westmont and has completed his second year on the NCHS boys swim team. Besides swimming, Sam plays Water Polo at NCHS and is involved in the Youth Mens Service League of Naperville. He is looking forward to working with the new and returning Seahawks and to have an awesome summer!

Mary Weber Assistant Coach

Mary will be attending St. Mary's College in the fall. During high school, she was a member of the cross country and track team at Benet Academy.  Although Mary runs cross country and track in high school, she enjoys swimming too.  Before becoming an assistant coach, Mary was a junior coach for 2 seasons.  This season will be her tenth season as a seahawk!  Mary is looking forward to a great season!

Board of Directors
Julie Lendzion & Rick Tucker Swim Team Coordinator