The start of the 2012 - 2013 winter season marks
the beginning of Coach Bickner’s nineteenth year as the
Senior Coach of DCST. In his first eightteen years, DCST has had 1
Combined Illinois / Missouri Area State Championship, 3 Boys
Illinois / Missouri Area State Championships, 2 Girls Illinois
/ Missouri Area State Championship, 75 YMCA National Qualifiers, 2
National Champions in 3 events, 35 National All-Americans in 149
individual and 39 relay events, 111 Illinois / Missouri Area State
Champions, 17 North Central Illinois Conference Team Championships,
21 Illinois / Missouri Area State Age Group Team Championship and 1
Deaf Olympic Games Qualifier (3 Gold and 1 Bronze Medal). In those
eightteen years, DCST has grown from 67 swimmers in his first
season to its current size of over 180 swimmers.
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 current DCST coach. Brian and Amy have three girls Ava, Callie and Brooklyn. In addition to swimming, Brian enjoys water skiing, fishing and scuba diving.