Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Robert Young Head Coach/CEO (SE)

Bob Young  has been Mako Aquatics' Head Coach/CEO since arriving in Hudson for the 2012-2013 season.  Bob is an ASCA Level 5/4 coach, SSDC, and has a long background as an Age Group and Senior coach, including three years as the National Team and Head Coach at BR Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn, IL. Bob swam for Eastern Illinois University where he graduated with a BS and MS in Environmental Biology.

While under Bob's leadership BR Ryall was named a Bronze Medal Club by USA Swimming twice.  His swimmers have been finalists at the Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin High School State Meets, Speedo Sectional, NCSA Junior Nationals, YMCA Nationals and USA Swimming Junior Nationls as well as qualifiers at USA Swimming Nationals and the US Open.  Bob, himself, continues to compete at both United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and USA Swimming meets.  While competing in USMS he has achieved several Top Ten Times in his age group.  

Bob believes in the long term development of the athlete with a lifelong love for and involvement in competitive swimming. His student athletes have gone on to swim at the Division I, Division II, Division III and College Club level. Schools include:

  • University of Denver
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Saint Mary's Notre Dame
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • LSU
  • University of Iowa
  • Southern Illinois
  • Denison University
  • University of Chicago
  • Miami University Ohio
  • Naval Academy
  • Cornell University
  • University of Louisville
  • Rose Hulman
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln
Thomas Fuchs Head Age Group Coach (Pups/B/SIL/Gold)
Jennifer Ridge Assistant Coach (SE/JE/SR, Admin)

Jennifer Ridge is an ASCA Level 3 coach and has been coaching age group and masters swimmers for over 20 years. Jennifer has coached swimmers from developmental to national level swimmers.  Her love of the sport is seen through her coaching as well as her continued participation in the sport as a world class Masters swimmer and a volunteer with USA Swimming.  Jennifer is currently a member of USA Swimming’s Operational Risk Committee (former Chair) which works to proactively identify and manage risks in our sport and the former Safe Sport Chair for Illinois Swimming.  She recently switch jobs and is a Financial Crimes Manager within the Wholesale Business Lines of Wells Fargo and has been a member of the American and Illinois Bar Associations since receiving her JD in 2002. 

Jennifer’s swimmers benefit from the successes and challenges that she has faced in a swimming career that has spanned over 35 years.  Jennifer’s coaching skills have developed from having trained under some of the finest coaches in the country including National Team Director Frank Busch. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she competed as an undergraduate, and Chicago-Kent College of Law.


David Dow Assistant Coach (Gold/Flex/Masters)
Gary Asmus Volunteer Asst
Board of Directors
Robert Young Head Coach/CEO
Jennifer Ridge Treasurer
Janice Neitzel Secretary
Vince Caswell Director