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2020 LC & 2020-2021 SC Seasons

Lead Coaches

Mark Townsend, Head Coach/Genesis Lead Coach/LC Senior Lead Coach

Mark began swimming competitively at the age of 8. He competed for the Cress Creek Country Club in the Naperville Park District, the Naperville YMCA, Naperville North High School, The University of Iowa, and North Central College. He was a four-time high school All American and thirteen-time NCAA D3 All American. Mark captained both the Naperville North and North Central College Swim Teams. He has earned Bachelor Degrees in Management from North Central College (’91), and in Elementary Education from Benedictine University (’97). Mark has been coaching swimming since 1985. He was a three year assistant coach for the Cress Creek Country Club and a two year assistant coach for the Downers Grove Area Swim Team. Mark was the head coach of the Huntington Estates Swim Team for 9 summers. Mark is the original Head Coach and one of the founding members of the Maverick Swim Club (est. 1994). Mark resides in Aurora with his wife, Katie, and son, Logan.

Megan Mau, PreCore Lead Coach/LC Black Lead Coach/Head Admin Coach

Megan swam competitively from the age of 5 to 17, mainly for the Cress Creek Rebels in the summer and Maverick Swim Club in the winter. Megan began her coaching career at Cress Creek in 2000 and coached there for fifteen summers. She coached for the Champaign YMCA Aquachiefs/Heat during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 SC seasons while attending the University of Illinois and earning a Bachelor's degree in Education. Since 2008, Megan has been coaching for Maverick. In 2009, she led the Mighty Mavs group. In 2010, Megan became the lead coach of the PreCore group. She loves to help the youngest swimmers establish positive habits as swimmers. During 2016 and 2017 LC seasons, Megan was honored to join the Team Illinois coaching staff for the Central Zone meets. In 2018, Megan served as the head coach for Team Illinois. TIL was victorious all three years! Away from the pool, Megan is a fifth grade teacher in Glen Ellyn at Park View Elementary School with a Master's degree in Educational Technology.

Kim Swanson, C1 Lead Coach/LC Black Assistant Coach

Kim began swimming at the age of 8. She swam for a YMCA in the northwest suburbs, Conant High School and Augustana College where she received her bachelor's degree. She competed regularly in many championship level swim meets, including YMCA Nationals, High School State finals and was ranked in the top 10 nationally for breaststroke in NCAA DIII. She was co-captain of her High School team for two consecutive years, where she first got the itch to coach after being asked to help new swimmers on the boys team with their technique. She began head coaching summer teams in 1994 (currently Woodridge Sea Lions) and has been coaching with the Maverick Swim Club since 2014. She has a passion for building and improving on swimmers stroke techniques to aid them in dropping time and enjoys paying back her love for the sport to new generations of swimmers. She also has three children who all currently love the sport of swimming as well.

Krista Gensler, C2 Lead Coach/Blue Group Lead Coach

Krista started swimming at age 6 for a YMCA team in Brainerd, Minnesota. She continued to swim through high school and into college at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. While at Stevens Point, Krista earned a degree in English Education. Krista has coached high school teams in Minnesota and Wisconsin and most recently worked for the Wausau TIDE Swim Club as a coach, swim lesson coordinator, and parent liaison for the last 6 years. Krista joined the Maverick staff in the fall of 2015 and has worked as a C2 and Genesis assistant coach. Krista and Ben have two children: Elyse and Colin.

Missy Hines, C3 Lead Coach/LC Assistant Sub Coach

YMCA, B.R.Ryall YMCA, and Naperville Central High School. Missy received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University and taught for 5 years. She began coaching with the City of Plano Swimmers in Plano Texas in 1998 until moving back to Illinois in 1999 where she started coaching with Maverick Swim Club. Missy has been with Mavericks for 12 years, and this year will be her sixth year as lead coach for the Core 1 group. She also founded the Mighty Mavs group. Missy’s husband Jay is also a Maverick coach.

Keith Herrmann, Senior Lead Coach/LC Senior Assistant Coach

Keith started swimming at the age of 6 for the Lincoln Trail Sharks, out of Park Forest, Illinois. He graduated from Illinois State University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Parks and Recreation, and became the head coach of the Princeton Met Jets in Princeton, Illinois for 3 years. During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, he was an assistant for the boys’ varsity team at Naperville North High School. Keith was hired by the Plainfield School District as a middle school physical education/health teacher and became an assistant coach for the Plainfield 203 Cooperative Boys Swim Team in 2007, where he coached until spring of 2020. He has been with the Maverick Swim Club Since 2012. Away from the pool, Keith teaches at Aurora University as  Associate Professor and coordinator of the Physical Education/Health Education Teacher Licensure program in the School of Education and Human Performance. He resides in Aurora with his wife Beth and their two children, Sam and Anna, who are also Maverick swimmers.

Amy Ruble, Mighty MAVS Lead Coach

Amy began swimming competitively at the age of 5 at the Elmhurst YMCA, then moving to the Hinsdale Swim Club and Hinsdale Central High School swim team. In 2000, Amy joined the Children's Aquatics staff at Edward Health and Fitness Center teaching group and private swim lessons and assisting with the swim program development. In addition to teaching swimming, Amy also still enjoys swimming competitively with the Naperville Waves Masters swim team and has been an active member since 1999. Amy has had many roles with the Maverick Swim Club from parent, board member and most recently coach. Amy has been the lead Mighty Mav coach since 2010. Away from the pool Amy enjoys spending time with her husband Tony, and their son and daughter.


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Karla Bailey, Assistant Senior Coach/LC Senior Assistant Coach

Karla began swimming competitively at the age of 8. After moving to Naperville, Karla swam and was an assistant coach at Naper Carriage Hill for many years. She also swam for B.R. Ryall YMCA from 1993-2001. Karla is a graduate of Naperville Central High School where she was an All-American, state finalist (1997-2000) and co-captain her senior year. She continued her swimming career at Ball State University where she was a school record-holder, repeat team MVP and high-point scorer, second team All-MAC and part of the MAC Championship winning 200 Medley Relay in 2005. Karla has been involved with U.S. Masters Swimming and the Naperville Waves where she’s a former Master’s National Champion and team record-holder. She has a Bachelor’s degree in public relations from Ball State University and works full-time as a Manager of Events and Stage Production at Jasculca Terman (JTPR) in Chicago.

Carrie Bell, Assistant C1 Coach

Carrie started swimming at the age of 5 with the Roselle Racers until age 18. She has earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and currently works as a substitute teacher. Carrie lives in Byron, IL with her husband, Lorne. They have three children, Rachael, Allison and Nathan. She enjoys competing in the Chicago Triathlon, as a relay, performing the swimming portion. Carrie has previously been an assistant coach with the Byron Tiger Sharks swim team.

Kathleen Bennett, Assistant C1 Coach

Kathleen Bennett began swimming competitively at the age of seven for the Branford Stingrays in Connecticut, and later for the Branford Hornets in High school. She continued swimming through college for the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Communications and Journalism. Kathleen moved to Naperville in 2004 with her husband, Craig. They have two children, Meghan and Garrity and El Hefe, their dog. Since her move to Naperville, Kathleen has continued swimming competitively for Naperville's Master’s team, Waves and has officiated for  local teams over the last three summers. She started coaching for Maverick Swim Club in the fall of 2013.

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Connor Binnig, Assistant C2/Gen Coach

Connor began swimming competitively at the age of 7 for Cress Creek Country Club. He joined the Maverick Swim Club that winter, and swam for Mavs over the next 11 years. His favorite Maverick memory was his father DQ-ing him at Indy. In high school, he was a 7-time state qualifier and 2-time team captain for the Benet Academy boys swim team. Swimming proved a useful skill when he commissioned as an officer in the Navy following graduation from the University of Southern California with a joint degree in International Finance and Middle East Studies. He is an assistant coach for the NNHS girls team, continues to coach at Cress Creek Country Club in the summer with the 13 & overs, and works downtown as a Managing Partner with Lunar Capital.

Lauren Carpenter, Assistant Genesis Coach/LC Senior Assistant Coach

Lauren started swimming with the Maverick Swim Club when it began in 1994 when she was in 5th grade. She continued swimming with the club through high school. Lauren was a 4-year varsity swimmer at Naperville North High School. Her favorite and best event was the 200 butterfly. She graduated from Naperville North in 2002. Lauren earned a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and History at Augustana College. She started coaching for Maverick Swim Club in the fall of 2006. Lauren also works in insurance.

Rich Depew, Assistant C3 Coach

Rich started swimming at the age of 12 with summer teams in CA. Upon moving to Naperville, he competed for Naper Carriage Hill, Naperville Central, Naperville YMCA and North Central College. At NCC, he twice qualified for the Division III National meet. Wanting to give back to the sport, Rich decided to start coaching. He has coached for Maplebrook 2, Naperville YMCA, Wheaton Swim Club and is on his second stint with MAVS. Rich is the owner of an accounting and income tax business in Westmont, IL. He has two sons and is married to Terry, a former age group coach who now works in the bridal industry. In his spare time, Rich enjoys home remodeling, participation in triathlons, swimming with the Waves masters swim team and travel.

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Liz Dillmann, Assistant C2 Coach

Liz is a Level 2 Age Group and Masters (Naperville Waves) coach. She started swimming at age 9 in Sydney, Australia, where she held National Age Group and Open records and competed internationally. She continued to swim at the University of Illinois in Champaign, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Exercise Physiology while teaching undergraduate competitive swimming, learn to swim, weight training and nutrition. She also coached the summer swim programs at U of I. She completed her Associates degree for Physical Therapy Assistant in Spring of 2013 with a 4.0 grade point. Liz currently competes in U.S. Masters Swimming, a National Champion in pool and Open Water events. She has 4 Masters World Records as part of FS and Medley relays from 2015-2016, and 3 titles at the 2018 Pan American Masters Championship in meet record and Fina Masters #1 World Ranked times. She has 4 children that have all swum for Maverick starting in 2003, and has been an assistant coach since 2008.


Ben Gensler, Assistant Breakout/PC Coach

Ben started swimming at the age of 6 for the Huntington Estates Seahawks, joined Mavericks at age 8, and swam for Benet Academy for 4 years. Additionally, he swam 4 years in college at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he was an NCAA Division III All-American. He coached for Huntington Estates from 2003-2005 and was the head coach at Huntington Estates from 2007-2009. He has coached both high school boys and girls in Wisconsin from 2008-2014 while teaching high school Spanish. Ben now teaches Spanish at Benet Academy and coaches the high school boys team.

Alex Gidlow, Assistant C2/Senior Coach

Alex started swimming at the age of 8 for the Oakhurst North Torpedoes, joined Mavericks at the age of 9. He swam and played water polo at Metea Valley High School for 4 years, and swam for 4 years at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, where he was voted co-captain for his junior and senior seasons. He graduated from UWW with a degree in Social Studies Broadfield Education with a HIstory emphasis. He has experience as the head coach for the Oakhurst North Torpedoes, as well as Co-Head Coach for 1 Fall and Winter season for South Central Swim Team, a USAS club in Janesville, Wisconsin. He is currently at Metea Valley High School working in the physical education department.

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Jay Hines, Assistant Sub Coach

Jay started as a summer swimmer at age 8 and swam competitively for Burkwood Swim Club of Mechanicsville VA, Hobson West of the Naperville Park District, the Naperville YMCA, Naperville Central High School, and Bradley University. Jay’s coaching experience includes 1 year as the Bradley Bourbonnais Head Coach, 1 year as a NCHS Volunteer Coach, and over a decade as a Maverick Swim Club Coach. Jay earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bradley and is a partner in Thruput Inc. and GreenCells Inc. away from the pool. He resides in Aurora with his wife, Core Three Coach Missy, and their two sons, Jamey and Justin.

Heather Howland, Assistant C3 Coach

Heather started swimming at age 13. She swam in high school then returned to swimming as a masters swimmer in 2004. Since then she has competed in multiple national championships and is a two-time national champion. Heather coached summer league swimming in Inverness from 2008-2014 and was the head coach of the Naperville Tennis Club Orcas from 2015-2019. She began coaching Mavericks in 2015. She has a B.A. in history from Ohio State and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis. She has been teaching since 2008, and she has taught Kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade. She currently teaches fourth grade.

Lauren Hosimer, Assistant C1 Coach

Lauren started swimming year round at the age of 8 with Maverick and Centennial Beach Mudrats. She swam 4 years varsity at Naperville Central High School and swam a few months at Valparaiso University before a career ending injury. Lauren also coached for the Mudrats from 2004 - 2008, and coached for Mavericks back in 2011. Lauren graduated from Valparaiso (B.S.) in 2010 and North Central College (MBA) in 2013. Lauren currently works in marketing downtown Chicago and lives in Warrenville. Outside of work, Lauren spends time with her Goldendoodle, Molly.

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Dave Johnson, Assistant Breakout Coach

Dave started swimming competitively at the age of 5 with Farmstead Swim Team. At 8, he began swimming year round with the Naperville YMCA. He also swam with Huntington Estates while in high school and swam at Naperville Central High School. Dave swam in college at North Central College and was a national qualifier in the sprint freestyles. Dave also officiates swimming, both locally and at the national level, for USA Swimming. On the dry side, Dave is a business development manager for Amazon Web Services. He lives in Naperville with his wife, Jen and his son Matthew. Daughter Lisa lives in Texas swimming for Texas Christian University.

Laura Kluge, Assistant Sub Coach

Jim Lullo, Assistant Sub Coach/LC Black Assistant Coach

Coach Jim has been coaching Maverick Swim Club since 2006. He began swimming year round at age 7. Jim swam on Hobson West Waves, Maverick Swim Club and Naperville Central. In high school, he was captain of the state champion NCHS swim team as well as an individual state champion freestyler with the Mavs. Jim then swam at Ball State University where he studied Elementary Education. Outside the pool, you can find Jim teaching 5th grade at Steeple Run Elementary School in Naperville.

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Brian O'Dowd, Assistant Senior Coach

Brian began coaching in 1996. His coaching experience includes being a USA Swimming coach for the Maverick Swim Club (‘03-present) and the Iowa City Eels Swim Club (‘00-’03), a Naperville Park District coach for Naper Carriage Hill (’13-present), White Eagle Golf Club (‘00-’05), and Maplebrook One (‘96-‘99), and a volunteer coach for the NCHS boy’s swim team (’03-present). He swam for Maplebrook One, the Naperville YMCA, the Maverick Swim Club, Naperville Central High School (4 year varsity member, State runner-up in the Medley relay, team captain, and 2 time All-American), and the Iowa Master’s swim team. Brian teaches 8th grade Language Arts Kennedy Junior High in Naperville District 203. He resides in Naperville with his wife Jenny and their two daughters, Allison and Kaitlyn.


Teri Peot, Assistant PreCore Coach/LC Blue Assistant Coach

Teri started swimming at age 6 for the Maplebrook I Marlins and the Naperville YMCA. She continued swimming competitively through high school and college. Teri was a member of the Division II National Champion swim team at Clarion University of PA where she specialized in the distance freestyle and butterfly events. She has also competed in U.S. Masters Swimming as well as open water events. Teri has several years of coaching and swim lesson experience. Teri lives in Naperville and is a pre-k teacher in the West Aurora School District.

Maggie Ruble, Assistant Sub Coach

Maggie began swimming at age 4 for Meadows Swim Club. She joined Maverick Swim Club at the age of 7 then continued through high school. Maggie swam for Naperville North High School and was a member of the water polo team. She began coaching with Maverick in 2011 as an assistant Mighty Mavs coach. Maggie coached for Cress Creek Country Club from 2010 to 2015. Currently, she attends Butler University and is studying Psychology.

Jack Ruble, Assistant C2/C3 Coach

Jack’s swimming career began at the age of 7 when he started swimming for the Maverick Swim Club and the Meadows Swim Club in the summers. Jack swam for Naperville North High School, where his senior year in 2010 was voted a team co-captain and was a state meet qualifier. He swam for Wittenberg University for two years prior to graduating with degrees in history and Russian Studies. Jack coached for Cress Creek Country Club from 2008-2012. Currently, he works as a Financial Professional for Charles Schwab in Chicago.

Nora Schroedter, Assistant C1/C2 Breakout Coach/LC Senior Assistant Coach


Noor Shammas, Assistant Sub Coach

Noor has been involved with the sport of swimming for many years. She swam in the summer for the Farmstead Swim Team from the age of 9 until she graduated from high school, Maverick Swim Club for four years, Naperville Central High School swim team and water polo team for four years, where she was captain of the swim team her senior year. Noor was an assistant coach at Farmstead for 5 years, and the head coach at Farmstead 2007-2014.  She has been coaching with the Maverick Swim Club since 2007. Noor earned a second Master's degree in Literacy from Judson University (‘13), a first masters degree in Instructional Technology from Lewis University ('10) and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary  Education from Illinois State University ('07). Noor is currently a doctoral candidate at Judson University. She taught fourth grade in the Oswego School District #308 from 2007-2017. Noor has been a Learning Support Coach in Naperville District #203 since 2017. Noor enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going shopping, traveling, and reading.

Eileen Skowronski, Assistant Sub Coach

Eileen grew up in Naperville and started swimming competitively at the age of 6 through Southpointe Sea Stars. Eileen swam at Maverick Swim Club, Fox Valley Swim Club, Delta Aquatics, and moved back to Mavericks to finish out her club swimming career. Eileen attended Neuqua Valley High School where she was on varsity for swimming and water polo through her junior year. Eileen taught swim lessons to kids ranging from 1 year old to 18 years old for 4 years throughout high school and college. Eileen graduated from Aurora University (‘18) with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a minor in physiology and psychology. She now works at Advocate Christ Medical Center as a medical-surgical float nurse working towards employment on a pediatric floor. Eileen enjoys spending time with family and friends, snuggling up to her dogs, and reading in her free time.


Karen Snyder, Assistant Sub Coach

Karen grew up in Naperville and started swimming competitively in the summers when she was 5 years old. At the age of 8, she joined the Naperville YMCA Swim Team for winter swimming. In high school, Karen swam for Naperville Central and placed top 4 at State in the 100 breaststroke all 4 years. She went on to swim 4 years at the University of Michigan. Karen was an assistant swim coach at Centennial Beach for 3 summers and head coach for 1 summer. She also spent a summer as the head coach at Sea Lion Aquatic Park in Lisle. Karen has been coaching with Maverick Swim Club since 2007. Karen earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. She lives in Naperville with her husband and four children.

Kellie Willhite, Assistant Coach

Kellie began swimming with the Brookdale Buccaneers when she was 8 years old. She joined Maverick Swim Club that winter and swam with the team for 10 years. During her time at Metea Valley High School, she was a seven-time All-American. She currently is studying and swimming at Brown University (‘24).

Hannah Wood, Assistant PreCore Coach/LC Blue Assistant Coach

Hannah began swimming for Hobson West when she was 7 years old. She continued to swim competitively for the YMCA and Naperville Swim Club. She swam for Maverick Swim Club all 4 years of high school, where she was also a member of the Varsity Swim Team at Naperville Central High School. Hannah began coaching for Maverick with Mighty Mavs in 2010 and has since worked with both Pre-Core, Core 1, and Long Course groups. Hannah graduated from the University of Illinois with her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology (‘17) and began working in Naperville School District 203 in 2017. In addition to swimming in her free time, Hannah also enjoys running and traveling.

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