Team General Information
Team Abbreviation: COHO
Team Type: Youth Team
This team has nationally-ranked swimmers
Affiliation: USA Swimming
Sub Affiliation: Illinois Swimming
About the Coaches: Head Coach - Nancy Reese
ASCA LEVEL 3 - Head Coach Nancy Reese began coaching at COHO in 1996, and became the Head Coach in 2002. Nancy grew up in Hanover Park and swam for the Hanover Park Park District, Elgin YMCA, Elgin High School, and Illinois State University. In High School, Nancy was a 4 year Varsity swimmer, a 2 year Team Captain, and an IHSA State Qualifier, swimming mainly breaststroke and IM.
At the collegiate level, Nancy was a 4 year letter winner and an All-Conference selection while earning her Bachelors degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in Physical Education (Coaching/Sport Psychology). In addition to breaststroke, Nancy also swam the 1650 free at ISU and wishes she had been introduced to distance swimming much earlier in her career. This may explain why she constantly encourages swimmers to expand their horizons beyond what they think they can do and to give ALL events a chance!
Head Age Group Coach - Jacob Weber
ASCA LEVEL 4 - Head Age Group/Lead Silver Coach Jacob Weber joined COHO in the Fall of 2002. Jacob grew up in Mexico City, Mexico and then in Des Plaines. He swam for the Maine Township Aquatic Club, Maine East High School, and Northern Illinois University. At NIU Jacob earned a Bachelors degree in Education. Jacob swam distance freestyle in college.
Head Developmental Coach(Minnow/Bronze) - Jeffrey Napolski
ASCA LEVEL 1 - Head Developmental Coach Jeff Napolski started with COHO in 2008. In 2009 he began a full-time postion with COHO that also involves running the learn to swim lesson program at the Sachs Recreation Center. Jeff attended Libertyville High School, and swam 200IM, 50 free, and 100 back. Coach Jeff graduated from the University of Illinois, and moved back up to the area and started teaching swim lessons and coaching with a summer league team before coming to COHO.
Assistant Coaches: Mitch Madden, Erica Chu, John Sullivan, Jeff Summy, Shawn Brodie, Lauren Boyd, Kaitlyn C Gilbert, Erin Pollyea-Lane
Eligibility (Who can join?): swimmers of all ages and abilities.
We focus on helping swimmers of all ages and abilities have fun, develop friendships, set goals, and experience success in the best possible team setting. We aim to instill a sense of Spirit, Character and Pride in all participants, and we strive to assist our swimmers in becoming outstanding individuals in all aspects of life, even beyond their athletic achievements.