Sharks Swim Club Inc. 5900 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60634
Coach Matt started swimming at the age of four years old at Portage Park. He swam for the CPD team and achieved many individual and team accomplishments throughout his time with the team.
In 1992 at the age of 9, Coach Matt swam multiple events in the state meet contributing points to the team total. Although he was on the young side of the age group he medaled in the 200 meter freestyle. That year the team took first place.
In 1993 at the age of ten years old he was the state champion of Illinois in his age group in the 200 meter freestyle and 2nd in the 200 meter individual medley. At the state meet he was the 2nd place High Point Award winner. Nationally in his age group he was ranked 6th in the 200 meter individual medley and 12th in the 200 meter freestyle. Along with those accomplishments, his 200 meter freestyle relay was nationally ranked 13th in their age group. That year the team took 2nd place at the state meet.
Coach Matt swam his freshman and senior years at St. Patrick High School on the Varsity team. He swam in the sectional swim meets and played water polo both years on the Varsity team. The team took 2nd & 3rd place in the state tournament those years. We are thrilled to have Coach Matt's long-time love, knowledge and expertise of swimming on our team!
Coach Candice is a special education teacher at Belding Elementary School and loves working with kids. Coach Candice has been a swim coach for several years and enjoys passing her knowledge of the sport to all the Sharks swimmers. She attended and graduated from Northside College Preparatory High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.
Prior to joining Sharks Swim Club, Coach Candice was an assistant coach at YMCA of Irving Park where she helped develop several swimmers into top USA Swimming athletes. Coach Candice brings a fun and exciting coaching style to our club and we are proud to have her on board!
Coach Dave is a Chicago native who began his swimming and water polo career at age 9 at Shabbona Park. He continued his early athletic experience at St. Patrick High School swimming varsity for three years and playing varsity water polo for four years earning All-Illinois selection and competing on the Midwest Zone team. After High School, Dave attended Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. There he competed in Division II swimming and made the Great Lakes All-Conference team in water polo. He finished with a Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy and political science. Dave also received his black belt in tae kwon do and hapkido, which became the foundation for his current philosophy for strength conditioning.
Dave began his fitness career a few years after college. His passion to educate our youth is driven by the things he wished he knew as a growing athlete. He is the owner and operator of PhilosoFitness and currently conditions triathletes with a focus on preventing injuries. He provides meal plans, life coach consultation and workouts through his business.
As a conditioning coach, his ultimate goal is to provide each swimmer with motivation and a sense of drive. Through exercise and positive reinforcement, Dave believes each member of this club will find it within themselves to achieve individual goals to their highest potential. He will focus on improving the efficiency of the muscle groups used in swimming, overall cardiovascular performance and improving athletic ability. His guidelines and systematic program are designed to reduce athletic injury. With Coach Dave's ability to bring inspiration to each individual he has trained, Sharks Swim Club is excited to have him as part of the team.
Coach Kamil was born in Poland prior to moving to Chicago, IL. He was introduced to the sport of swimming at Shabbona Park where he trained and competed at a young age. From there he attended and swam at St. Patrick High School, located in Chicago, IL. where he was an All-American and All-Illinois selection in both swimming and water polo. Kamil also trained with the Lake Forest Swim Club when he wasn't training with his high school swim team.
After high school, Kamil attended Iona College School of Business in New York, NY where he currently holds 7 top twelve swimming school records and was a three-time All Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) swimmer at Iona College. In addition to being a four-time record holder during his time as a student, Kamil was also the 2005 MAAC 100-Free Champion and a six-time medalist in the MAAC Championship Meet, as well as a two-time All-East Water Polo selection. He also was on the USA Junior National Water Polo Team for two years. Prior to Coach Kamil starting Sharks Swim Club, Inc. he coached at the Club Fit Briarcliff, Riverside Yacht Club, Shenorock Shore Club, Davenport Beach Club, Greenwich Dolphins and GAELS Aquatic Club.
Head Swim Coach Kamil Kulczycki will oversee all practices. Multiple workouts will be designed to improve speed, technique and overall endurance. All four competitive strokes are taught as well as starts, turns and video analysis will be provided throughout the program. Coach Kamil holds over 20 years of experience in the sport of swimming as both a swimmer and coach and he is excited to share his experience with everyone in the club.
Coach Jessie started swimming at the age of 4 with the JCC Sharks in Omaha, Nebraska. After her first summer of swimming, she began club swimming with Millard Aquatic Club. At Millard North High School she was part of the varsity team swimming distance events as well as backstroke and butterfly. In 2009, she started swimming for College of Saint Mary where she set records in the 500 Free, 1000 Free, and 200 Fly. She was part of the team that traveled to the 2010 NAIA Nationals.
Jessie has always enjoyed working with children and joined the coaching staff of the JCC Sharks in 2005! She started as an assistant age group and worked up to Head Team coach for two summers before she moved Chicago in 2014. Jessie is very excited to join the Sharks Swim Club and work with the swimmers to do their best and learn to love swimming even more!
Coach Nathan started swimming at the age of 7 with the Kansas City Blazers.While at KCB he competed in multiple Zone, Sectional and Division I and II championship meets. In 2009, as a freshman at Blue Valley Northwest High School, Nathan was a part of the state-winning 200 medley relay team, swimming butterfly, that went on to receive All-American Honors. In 2011, Nathan was a part of BVNW’s state winning 200 freestyle relay team that also qualified for All-American Honors. After finishing his high school career in 2012, Nathan began working as an Assistant Coach with the Nottingham Forest South Neptune’s. He
spent three summers coaching with the Neptune’s in Kansas City.
In the Fall of 2012, Nathan moved to Holland, Michigan to attend Hope College, where he spent four years competing for the Hope Men’s Swimming program. While at Hope, Nathan made multiple top eight appearances at the league championship meet in the 200 fly, 100 fly, 200 IM, and even the 1m diving event.
Nathan is extremely excited to share his passion and experience in swimming with Sharks Swim Club!