The start of the 2013 - 2014 winter season marks
the beginning of Coach Bickner’s twentieth year as the Senior
Coach of DCST. In his first nineteen years, DCST has won 1 Combined
Illinois / Missouri Area State Championship, 3 Boys Illinois /
Missouri Area State Championships, 3 Girls Illinois / Missouri Area
State Championship, 18 North Central Illinois Conference Team
Championships, and 23 Illinois / Missouri Area State Age Group Team
Championships. DCST has had 78 YMCA National Qualifiers, 3
National Champions in 7 events, 37 National All-Americans in 167
individual and 41 relay events, 119 Illinois / Missouri Area State
Champions and 1 Deaf Olympic Games Qualifier (3 Gold and 1 Bronze
Medal). In those nineteen years, DCST has grown from 67 swimmers in
his first season to its current size of over 210 swimmers.
Forty-two of his former swimmers have received swimming
scholarships to swim at the collegiate level.
Before coaching with DCST, Bickner was an Assistant Coach with the Ann Arbor Swim Club Y. He also spent two years working with the University of Michigan Football Team during their 1992 and 1993 Rose Bowl years. Bickner swam competitively for DCST for eleven years while growing up in Sycamore. He represented DCST for three years at the national level in the 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 50 Free, 100 Free and on numerous relays. Coach Bickner’s wife, Amy, is also a former swimmer and former DCST coach. Brian and Amy have three girls Ava, Callie and Brooklyn. In addition to swimming, Brian enjoys water skiing, fishing and scuba diving.