Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Rob McCabe Lead Coach - Senior

Coach Rob has been at SWAT since March of 2015. Initially as our Head Age Group Coach and Competitive Program Director starting February 2016.  Starting the Spring of 2021 he has been leading our Senior groups.  Rob has over 20 years of coaching experience and has covered just about every level of the sport.  He has worked with learn to swim, country club, age group, senior, high school, college and masters. 

As a club coach he as coached several NAG Top 10 athletes, national, junior national and Olympic Trial swimmers as well as numerous state qualifiers, champions and record holders. Rob has been a Wisconsin Zones coach nine times and served as the Head Coach three times.

Coach McCabe has been involved with governance of Wisconsin Swimming and the WIAA. Rob has been the Wisconsin Swimming Age Group Chair, Coaches Representative and on the WIAA Coaches Advisory Board. He has administrative experience as clubs Business Manager and Chairperson.

Coach Rob is originally from Fort Atkinson and currently resides with his wife Jess in Glendale and their children Patrick and Maura. As a youngster he started swimming at age eight with FAST. Later in high school he swam with J-HK. As a club swimmer he was a state qualifier and team record holder. When in high school he represented his school at the state meet as an individual and relay contributor. He earned awards such as, 4x letter winner, MVP and Team Captain. From there he went on swim collegiately at UW-Whitewater. There he was a multiple conference finalist and runner-up. With the Warhawks Rob was Team Captain, MVP, 4x letterman and Conference Swimmer of the Week. Throughout most of his competitive swimming career he excelled at distance freestyle and sometimes IM and backstroke.

If you catch him away from the pool deck he may be outdoors hiking, bicycling or up north somewhere. He enjoys reading John Grisham, trivia, listening to classic rock and jam base music. He is on the path to see his current favorite band Phish 100 times and has seen many rock legends
live in concert.


Professional Background/Expertise:

  • 1998-2001 Coach J-HK
  • 2001-2015 Head Age Group Coach SHOR
  • 2001-2015 Head Coach Girls and Boys Shorewood High School
  • 2015-2021 Head Age Group Coach SWAT
  • 2021-Current Head Senior Coach SWAT

Accomplishments:

  • 15+ Shorewood High School Conference and Sectional Team Champions
  • 3x WIAA Girls D2 State Champions (2001, 2003, 2012)
  • WI Swimming Board of Directors – Age Group Chair and Coaches Rep
  • WI Swimming Zones and Open Water Coach
  • Coached Several High School State Team Champions
  • Coached State LSC and WIAA State Record Holders
  • Multiple Coach of the Year Honors; WISCA, WI Swimming, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & North Shore Conference

Certifications and Credentials:

  • ASCA Level 1 Certified
  • American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Mike Lucchesi Lead Coach - Age Group Blue/Red

Coach Mike has been involved with SWAT since Age 6. Progressing from Swim America into the age group training levels. Coach Mike swam for Greendale High School: while doing so was a state qualifier all four years and a finalist sophomore to senior year. Coach Mike went on to swim at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce Florida before transferring home to compete at the D1 level for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.He graduated UWM with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Physiology. Whilst swimming for UWM and SWAT, Coach Mike was a US National qualifier in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly as well as a Horizon league runner up in the 100 fly. After graduating Coach Mike he began an internship in the UWM Strength and Conditioning department for a year,  and also returned to SWAT as a 13 & Over coach.   Progressing into his coaching career with SWAT,  Mike jumped at the opportunity to coach at the college level for Carroll University.  After a two year stint at Carroll he was excited to pursue a head coaching position with SWAT. 

“I love the sport of swimming just as much now as I did the day I began. Transitioning from the role of athlete to coach has been a fun and challenging experience with each passing season. I have come to appreciate the countless amount of opportunities that swimming has presented to me both in and out of the pool! Swimming was an outlet to not only challenge myself mentally and physically but it also created opportunities to explore, build friendships and relationships that I know will last a lifetime. As a coach I work to help young athletes find their passion for this sport. I coach to  teach kids to use hard work, dedication, positive outlooks and tons of fun to achieve their goals. I want them to also see what countless friendships and opportunities will come their way with the true dedication they give to this sport.”

George Guddie Lead Coach - Age Group White

Coach George is a charter swimmer of SWAT on its inception in 1985. Starting his coaching career in 1991 as Head Coach he has coached novice to national level swimmers of all ages. George works to bring the joy that a swimmer’s experience finding their competitive drive, making the first legal swim or advancing their careers to the collegiate level. Swimming is an enduring sport that builds character, creates lifelong relationships and fosters the will to succeed.

As a High School coach, he has coached numerous school record holders, state champions and has taken Whitnall High School every year to the state meet since taking over as Head Coach. In club he builds the framework for swimmers to reach their full potential and advance to higher levels in the program. Many first-time state cuts have come from Coach George.

Coach George was born and raised in Milwaukee and currently lives in Muskego with his wife Rebecca and their four children. George started his swim career with the Greenfield Otters and then was an original member of SWAT when Greenfield and Whitnall merged. In High School he was a 4x letter winner, 4x MVP and Team Captain and held the 200 IM School record. Coach George did not swim in college but started his coaching career in Michigan. Taking the reins of a small team in 1991, he grew and developed the UPY Barracudas from 18 swimmers to 42 and had many qualifiers at the State level. After graduation, he headed back to Wisconsin and Coaches the team that fostered the love of the sport in him.

Professional Background/Expertise:

  • 1991-1993     Head Coach UPY Cudas   
  • 1994-2012     Lead Coach SWAT
  • 2012-2015     Head Coach NBSC     
  • 2008-Current Head Coach Whitnall High
  • 2015-Current Lead Coach SWAT

Accomplishments:

  • 2x WHS High School Conference Champions
  • WI Swimming Board of Directors – Open Water Chair
  • WI Swimming Open Water Zone Head Coach (2016-Current)
  • Coached 2 High School State Champions

Certifications and Credentials:

  • ASCA Level 1 Certified
  • American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Cheryl Barborich Lead Coach - 8 and Under

Coach Cheryl has been with SWAT since 1996. Cheryl has over 30 years of coaching experience and has covered just about every level of the sport. She has worked with swim lesson programs and competitive age group, senior, high school, and master swimmers. She has always preferred the youngest and finds it most gratifying coaching the 8 & under swimmers. She takes them under her wing and lovingly encourages and inspires each
young athlete she comes across.

As a club coach she has coached decades of swimmers and with great joy watched them grow and succeed in the sport earning countless college scholarships. As a competitive swimmer herself starting at the age of five Cheryl started her coaching career with the West Allis and New Berlin swim clubs finally finding herself at SWAT where she found the unbeatable family oriented program she had been looking for for her own swimming children and the rest is history. Her children participated in competitive swimming and excelled throughout the years taking them to experience zone level competition across the region.

Coach Cheryl is originally from West Allis and currently resides with her husband of 40yrs, Dennis in Waukesha. Their 3 grown boys have now brought them 4 grandchildren who are currently on course in continuing the tradition of participating in the great sport of swimming like her boys did and to grandma’s great pleasure.

When coach Cheryl is away from the pool you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with family and working in her yard and garden. She is active in her church and loves to attend Christian rock concerts. You can also find her working teaching water aerobics and/or swimming a few laps in the mornings at the Westwood Fitness center to keep in shape.

Professional Background/Expertise:

  • 1986-1992 Coach West Allis Swim Club
  • 1992-1996 Coach New Berlin Swim Club
  • 1992-1998 Head Coach Nathan Hale Girls Swim Team
  • 1992-2006 Assistant Coach Whitnall High School Girls Swim Team
  • 2002-2007 Assistant Coach Marquette High School Boys Swim Team
  • 1987-2012 YMCA Aquatics
  • 1996-Current Coach SWAT

Certifications and Credentials:

  • ASCA Level 1 Certified
  • American Red Cross certified in Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Taylor Bean Assistant Coach - Age Group

I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years starting at the age of 8. This is my 1st year with SWAT. I swam on multiple club teams as we moved around a lot when I was growing up. Most recently I swam for Naperville Central High School for all 4 years of high school and swam for Mavericks swim club. As well as coached for the Mavericks swim club during my senior year of high school, and coached for my summer team the Hobson West Waves for 4 years (2 years as a lead coach for the 8 and under age group). I am currently a sophomore at Marquette University studying Exercise Physiology hoping to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. I am CPR, first aid, and coaches safety training certified. 

 

 

Sarah Giuliani Assistant Coach - 8 and Under

Coach Sarah is excited to return to SWAT to be working with the 8 and Under groups. She coached with various age groups with SWAT from 2013-2014, as well as the Franklin High School girls' and boys' teams for five years from 2012-2017. She grew up in Green Bay and started swimming on the Green Bay Swim Club when she was nine years old. Coach Sarah attended UW-Eau Claire and swam for her first two years of college.

Coach Sarah teaches middle school Spanish. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and their five kids.

Kaitlin Hernandez Assistant Coach - 8 and Under

Coach Kaitlin is in her eighth year with SWAT and is proud to be part of this team. 

She started competitive swimming at the age of seven and it has been a part of her life ever since, including a successful high school and college career in Minnesota. She enjoys helping young swimmers learn and grow in their abilities and love of this sport, so they too can make swimming a sport they can enjoy for life. 

Besides coaching, Coach Kaitlin enjoys staying home with her four boys and spending time with her husband, Micah. She likes to stay active swimming with SWAT masters, running, biking and gardening. 

Kelly McElvain Assistant Coach - Senior

Coach Kelly swam for SWAT herself for over 10 years before continuing her swimming career in college. After a year of swimming at the collegiate level, she decided that her passion for swim would be better fulfilled through coaching. So, with years of experience as a swim lesson instructor and being a swimmer herself, Kelly found herself back at SWAT as a coach.

Kelly enjoys working with the swimmers to fulfill their specific, individual goals in the sport, while fully engage in the process. In order to provide her swimmers with the success they desire, she works with them to advance technically and powerfully in the water. Coach Kelly understands that swimming is an excellent outlet to have fun, create friendships, achieve goals, and above all develop a strong sense of character, learning how to be disciplined, respectful, and cooperative.

Coach Kelly was born and raised in West Allis, WI and lives with her parents, two older brothers, and one younger sister (who also swam for SWAT). She is currently enrolled at UWM as a full-time student, pursuing a double major in Physics and Biomedical Engineering.

Professional Background/Expertise:

  • 2019-Current Assistant Coach
  • 2015-Current Swim America Lesson Instructor

Accomplishments:

  • Captain of High School team

Certifications and Credentials:

  • ASCA Level 1 Certified
  • American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Esmeralda Perez Assistant Coach - Age Group
Coach Esmeralda, also known as Coach Ez, has coached the younger swimmers since 2017 to create a fun swimming
environment while teaching swimmers how to build skills in and out of the pool. Ez enjoys the energy and passion that
the 8 and under swimmers bring to each practice. Teaching the young swimmers how to swim each stroke and compete
in a meet is what Ez enjoys most. Swimming is a lifelong sport that can bring many opportunities to swimmers and
builds lasting friendships.

Coach Ez has been with SWAT since the age of 12. Ez grew up in Greenfield WI and began swimming with her siblings
throughout middle school and high school years. At the end of the season banquets, Ez was awarded as SWAT’s Most
Improved 13-14 year old and later as SWAT’s Most Improved 15-16 year old. She also swam with SWAT over college
breaks. SWAT prepared Ez to qualify and score at state championship meets, zones meet, and speedo championship.
 
Ez swam for Greenfield High School and swam at D1 high school state as a freshman in 100 fly. She swam all four years of
college at Carthage College. CCIW All Conference swimmer in the 100 fly for a 3rd place finish and also swam 50 free, 100
free, and 200 fly. Ez currently swims with the SWAT Masters group, along with her stepmom and aunt, to train for
Masters Nationals.

Professional Background/Expertise:
· 2017- Current Assistant Coach SWAT
 
Certifications and Credentials:
· ASCA Level 1 Certified
· American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Perry Perkins Assistant Coach - Age Group
Coach Perry graduated high school in 2008 from Greenfield where he swam and dove on the swim team. After, he attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he obtained his bachelor's degree. Coach Perry manages the aquatic programs for two recreation departments, where he and a group of over 100 dedicated staff work to teach swimming to thousands of kids each year.  Coach Perry has been working to improve swimming stroke mechanics and refining the form of swimmers for 15 years. In addition to coaching for SWAT, coach Perry serves as the assistant coach for Whitnall's Swimming and Diving team. 
 
Certifications and Credentials: 
Certified American Red Cross Instructor in CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding, Babysitting, and Water Safety 
Coach Member of USA Swimming 
 
Kaitie Scanlan Assistant Coach - Age Group
Mark Schrank Staff Coach
Jackson Zgola Assistant Coach - Age Group

Coach Jackson swam with SWAT for about 10 years before he began coaching. At age 15 he started teaching swim lessons for Swim America before becoming a Site Supervisor for the program later on. Then, at age 17 he began coaching Age Group Gold and Age Group Platinum. Currently he is still involved with both programs. 

Coach Jackson resides in Milwaukee with his parents and 2 siblings, both of them also swimmers with SWAT. He graduated from Greendale High School in 2019 after 4 years of swimming on the Co-Op PG2 team. His full time job is working/training in the Milwaukee Fire Department. He enjoys working with swimmers on technique and dryland activities. He plans on doing his best to help his swimmers reach their highest potential in this extremely rewarding sport.

Professional Background/Expertise:

  • March 2019-Current: Site Supervisor Swim America
  • March 2019-Current: Assistant Coach AGG/AGP
  • August 2019-Current: Milwaukee Fire Department

Accomplishments:

  • Qualifying and competing in division 1 high school state meets
  • Captain of high school conference and sectional championship teams

Certifications and Credentials:

  • ASCA Level 1 Certified
  • Emergency Medical Technician Licensed/Certified
  • American Red Cross certified in CPR, First Aid, and Coaches Safety Training
Board of Directors
Brian Jacobson President of Board
Jack Chmielewski Vice President
Kristin Beres-Board Treasurer
Sarah Perez Secretary
Bob Antholine At Large
Beth Borneman At Large
Kristie Rask At Large
Dawn Salbreiter At Large
Kim Werth At Large
Rob McCabe Comp Program Director - Non Voting
Brian Temke - Operations Manager Operations Manager - Non Voting
Kay Chmielewski-Board Business Manager - Non Voting