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Coaching Staff

Guy Gniotczynski

Head Senior Coach

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Coach Guy Gniotczynski started coaching in the summer of 1999 at the West Suburban YMCA in Wauwatosa, WI.  He is an ASCA Level 4 certified senior, YMCA and age group coach.  Guy served as an assistant until 2005 when he took over as the head coach and produced the team’s first YMCA National Qualifier.  While serving as the head coach of the West Suburban YMCA he also served simultaneously as the head coach of the Thomas Moore/St. Francis girl’s high school team and an assistant at the Schroeder YMCA.   
  
In 2008 he took a position as a graduate assistant at Carthage College in Wisconsin.  While at Carthage the men’s team won two back to back conference titles, the women placed in the top ten teams in the country and had their first NCAA D III national champion in school history.
 
In 2010 he moved to Salem, Oregon as an assistant coach for the Willamette University Bearcats and the Bearcat Swim Club (now Midvalley Aquatics).   While at Willamette he served as the primary recruiter where he was able to double the size of the men’s team in just one season and assist them in moving up 3 spots in the conference standings.  He was also able to increase the size of the women’s team by 50%.  At Bearcat, Guy served as the lead coach for the senor prep squad coaching the top 11-14-year-old swimmers in the club to prepare them for senior level swimming.  Coach Guy earned an ASCA level 3 age group certification while at Bearcat Swim Club, for the national rank one of his swimmers in the 12-year-old male swimmers.   
 
After two years in Salem, Guy moved to Rapid City, South Dakota to take on the head coach position of the Rapid City Racers.  While there, Guy over doubled the individual qualifiers at the Central Zone sectional meet, regularly placed multiple swimmers on the Zone team, coached a world champion triathlete and produced the team’s first NCSA Junior national qualifiers in over 5 years.  Guy was also selected to serve as the senior vice chair on the South Dakota LCS board and served as an all-star coach for two years.      
 
Guy swam at Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Wisconsin earning a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in biochemistry.  He completed his master’s degree at Carthage College in education with a focus in guidance and counseling.

Edie Renee Dean

Head Age Group Coach

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With over 11 years experience as a swim coach and instructor, Coach Edie joined DCST in Fall 2011, immediately falling in love with the positive environment and coaching philosophy.
 
Her goal is to teach swimming technique to swimmers of all ages, and to ensure they have fun along the way with humor. 
 
She empowers her swimmers with peer leadership at every level in order to develop physical, mental, and social skills that will apply to all aspects of their lives. Producing Zone qualifiers, Age Group State qualifiers and finalist; multiple YMCA District and State Champions, NCISC Champions with several records on all levels. 
 
Coach Edie’s coaching strengths include: detailed and analytic stroke instruction with an eye towards body awareness, a creative training regime, and good communication with parents and athletes. She accomplishes all this while recognizing that swimming is ever changing and also recognizes the athlete as a whole person who benefits from the permanent life lessons learned by those who are impactful in a positive manner.
 
Edie is a ASCA Lifetime Plus Member, Level 2 Certified and level 5 Education of the American Swimming Coaches Association in addition to holding her IHSA coaching credentials.
 
Prior to 2011, Edie was an assistant coach for the ILVY Swim Team where she assisted in coaching on all aspects. In addition, implemented and overseen the operations of a Summer swim program that produced a National qualifier it’s first season as well as private instruction and guidance. 
 
 
 
 

Karen Moon

Head Developmental Coach

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Thomas Slater

Lead Great Dane Coach

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McKaylah Bittner

Assistant Coach

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McKaylah has loved the water as far back as she can remember. To help foster this love she joined the Ottawa YMCA Swim Team at the age of 7 and continued to swim throughout high school. She swam for four years on the varsity during high school on the Ottawa Township High School Girls Swim Team.

After high school, she attended her local community college, Illinois Valley Community College, for two years. She obtained an Associates in Science degree and then transferred to NIU. She is now a junior in the Kinesiology program, and is in pursuit of a masters degree in occupational therapy.

Coaching for DCST has been the best job experience, as well as a great tool that has helped shape her future career path. She has always known that she wants to have a career in which she has the opportunity to help people, but coaching has helped solidify her decision on her right career choice. Coaching brings her joy because she gets to help the kids finally master new skills. She finds it rewarding to see the kids make great progress and know that with teamwork, all of the coaches helped play a roll, whether it was big or small, in their success. She will get to have experiences very similar to this as a future occupational therapist and she hopes to use her coaching experience to help her continue to coach and keep the sport of swimming in her life.

Melanie Kay Chambers

Assistant Coach

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Krissy Frohlich

Assistant Coach

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Krissy Frohlich started as a swim coach in the fall of 2015. She has coached for the Fox Valley Aqua Force and the Oswego Otters, as well as being a swim instructor for a year and a half at the Fox Valley YMCA.
 
She started swimming at Aqua Force when she was 8 after finishing lessons, and swam for teams such as Delta Aquatics, The Academy Bullets, and DCST.

Rebecca M Hallenbeck

Assistant Coach

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Coach Becky was first introduced to the sport of swimming in 2004 when she was ten at the Fox Valley YMCA in Plano, Illinois. Soon after in 2006, she started competing for the DeKalb County Swim Team along with some of her fellow Fox Valley swimmers. Becky started coaching and swimming for DCST in 2007. She was YMCA National Qualifier in the 50-meter Butterfly and 200-meter Butterfly. Becky’s favorite memory included breaking the 50-meter butterfly DCST record at Nationals with her younger sister and another DCST swimmer. Coach Becky loved any set that was butterfly. Her not so favorite sets were 40x200s and the 3,000 for time.

After her YMCA career, Becky went on the swim a season at Western University before finishing her bachelors in 2013, at Lewis University, in Human Resource Management. She is currently working at NIU in the Payroll department.

Becky also met her husband, Lee, while working at the Kishwaukee YMCA. They met in 2011 and have been inseparable ever since. They said their vows October 2016 and are currently new home owners as well as puppy parents.

Linda Elaine Gaworski Kocjan

Assistant Coach

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Michelle C McGill

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Trevor Daniel Nomm

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Taylor C Roose

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Christine Schlueter

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Mitchell T Spence

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Amanda L Stiberth

Assistant Coach

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Coach Amanda started coaching at DCST in 2008.  She has been the parent in charge of her neighborhood swim team, The Windings Waves, for 15 summers.  She was the head coach at Trumbull Country Club in Warren, Ohio after her freshman and sophomore years at Bowling Green State University.
 
Amanda started swimming when she was 9 at the Warren YWCA in the winter and the Warren Elks Club team in the summer.  She swam with these teams into her high school years.  She qualified for YWCA Nationals in 8th, 9th, and 10th grade.  Tenth grade was the best Nationals because it was held at West  Point! 
 
Amanda has her undergraduate degree from BGSU in elementary education and her master's degree from The Ohio State University in training and development.  Upon graduating from OSU, she received an internship at Arthur Andersen's world headquarters training center in St. Charles.  After completing her internship the summer of 1989, she was hired full time as an instructional designer.  She has been in the St. Charles area ever since.
 
Amanda has 2 daughters' that swam for DCST and are now a senior and freshman in college.
 
Amanda's passion is swimming.   She has been a member of the Elgin Blue Waves Masters' Swim Team for 14 years.  She competes in meets regularly including Masters's state and swam at Masters' Nationals in 2013 when they were held at IUPUI.  She is an avid crossfitter, runner, and cyclist.

Miranda Tranmer

Assistant Coach

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Coach Miranda started coaching in 2010 on TOPS. She coached on TOPS part time from September 2010- May 2013. But also coached full time during the summers of 2013 and 2014, she was a private swim instructor in the summer of 2014 as well. She began working for DCST January 2014.
 
Miranda started swimming when she was 6 at the Cook County YMCA in Oak Park, Illinois. She swam on TOPS through out her high school career but would switch to the Oak Park River Forest High school team during girls season. She qualified for YMCA Nationals in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2013 she also went to high school state in the 100 Butterfly and in the Medly Relay. Qualifying for Nationals in 2011 was one of her favorite memories, since it was a last chance meet. Fun fact, she actually swam her qualifying time at the Kishwaukee YMCA pool.
 
Miranda is a senior at NIU majoring in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. She is currently doing an internship at UIC in the occupational therapy department.
 
Miranda's parents met on a swim team in Chicago. She has loved going to the pool since she can remember. Butterfly is her favorite stroke, and her event is the 100 yard Butterfly. 

Kevin Mark Waterstreet

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Coach Sarah Grace Hein

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Coach Collin F Moon

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Coach Elissa Lynn Roose

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Board

Kevin Cork

President

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Cathie Lohse

Vice President

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Paula J Hastings

Treasurer

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Stephanie Marie Bloyd

Fundraising Coordinator

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Pat Flemming

Board Member

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Kim Grever

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Marc Johnson

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Malgorzata Rybak

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Kara Wilkins

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