The start of the 2014 - 2015 winter season marks
the beginning of Coach Bickner’s twenty-first year as the
Senior Coach of DCST. In his first twenty years, DCST has won 1
Combined Illinois YMCA State Championship, 4 Boys Illinois YMCA
State Championships, 3 Girls Illinois YMCA State Championship, 19
North Central Illinois Conference Team Championships, and 25
Illinois YMCA State Age Group Team Championships. DCST has
had 85 YMCA National Qualifiers, 3 National Champions in 10 events,
39 National All-Americans in 185 individual and 44 relay events,
141 Illinois YMCA State Champions and 1 Deaf Olympic Games
Qualifier (3 Gold and 1 Bronze Medal). In those twenty years, DCST
has grown from 67 swimmers in his first season to its current size
of over 220 swimmers. Forty-six 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.