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Interim Head Age Group Coach
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.
8 & Under Coach
Lead Great Dane Coach
Melanie Kay Chambers
Dirk R Happ
Coach Sarah Grace Hein
Linda Elaine Gaworski Kocjan
Michelle C McGill
Trevor Daniel Nomm
Taylor C Roose
Rebecca M Scott
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.
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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.
Mitchell T Spence
Kevin Mark Waterstreet
Coach Michalea McMahon
Cole M Moon
Coach Collin F Moon
Coach Elissa Lynn Roose
Brian Pierce Bickner
The start of the 2015 - 2016 winter season marks the beginning of Coach Bickner’s twenty-second year as the Senior Coach of DCST. In his first twenty-one years, DCST has won 1 Combined Illinois YMCA State Championship, 4 Boys Illinois YMCA State Championships, 3 Girls Illinois YMCA State Championship, 20 North Central Illinois Conference Team Championships, and 25 Illinois YMCA State Age Group Team Championships. DCST has had 2 Olympic Trial Qualifiers, 88 YMCA National Qualifiers, 4 National Champions in 13 events, 41 National All-Americans in 204 individual and 47 relay events, 148 Illinois YMCA State Champions and 1 Deaf Olympic Games Qualifier (3 Gold and 1 Bronze Medal). In those twenty-one years, DCST has grown from 67 swimmers in his first season to its current size of over 200 swimmers. Fifty-one 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>