Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Rob McCabe Age Group Blue and Age Group Red

Coach Rob has been at SWAT since March of 2015. As our Head Age Group Coach and Competitive Program Director starting February 2016. 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. He currently finds himself coaching his favorite age and skill level of swimmers in the 9-12 year old swimmers. It is with age group swimmers he excels watching them reach goals, find success and become better people.

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 & Boys Shorewood High School
  • 2015-Current Head Age Group Coach SWAT

Accomplishments:

  • 15+ Shorewood High School Conference & Sectional Champions
  • 3x WIAA Girls D2 State Champions (2001, 2003, 2012)
  • WI Swimming Board of Directors – Age Group Chair & Current Coaches Rep
  • WI Swimming Zones and Open Water Coach
  • Coached Several High School State Team Champions
  • Coached State LSC & 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 Senior Blue and Senior 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 Age Group White - Lead Coach

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 8 and Under - Lead Coach

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
Mark Schrank Assists with Senior Group
Kaitlin Hernandez 8 and Under - Assistant Coach

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. 

Michael Beckman Age Group - Assistant Coach

Coach Michael has been involved with SWAT for over 10 years. Beginning in the Swim America program at the age of 4 and then joining SWAT competitively at 7. He earned his first state cut at the age of 10 and since then has swam at the state level throughout his swimming career. 

He graduated from Whitnall High School where he swam for all four years and earned MVP for both his junior and senior years. Michael is currently attending school at Carroll University where he is studying Athletic Training and he is also a part of the University’s swim team. 

Coach Michael also works at Swim America as an instructor teaching swim lessons.

Kaitlin Squier Senior - Assistant Coach

Coach Kaitlin has been coaching with SWAT since March of 2018.   She is from Appleton, but attended Carroll University as a student in the Physical Therapy Program at Carroll. She has completed their undergraduate program in Exercise Science with a minor in Sports Nutrition and will enroll in graduate school this fall. 

Coach Kaitlin has been swimming since she was 8 years old with Fox Cities YMCA Swim Team (FCYST) and swam with Carroll University’s swim team focusing on breaststroke and IM. She has also been a lifeguard for the past 6 years and taught swim lessons to beginners as well.  As as an avid runner since she was younger, she was also a part of the Track and Field team at Carroll University.  Along with swimming and running, a few summers ago she began competing in triathlons. 

Coach Kaitlin is excited to take her competitive energy into coaching with SWAT! 

Kelly McElvain Senior - Assistant Coach

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
Jackson Zgola Age Group - Assistant Coach

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 (2021)
Brian Temke-Board Vice President (2021)
Sarah Perez Secretary (2022)
Kristin Beres-Board Treasurer (2023)
Jennifer Colon At Large Member-Fundraising (2022)
Jeff Zgola At Large Member (2023)
Alison Giese At Large Member (2021)
Rob McCabe Comp Program Director - Non Voting
Dale Schrank Swim America Director - Non Voting
Cindy Budnik Office Manager - Non Voting
Kay Chmielewski-Board Business Manager - Non Voting