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 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.