Head Coach Kevin Auger Entering his twentieth season, comes to us from Ontario, Canada, where he coached several National and Youth National level swimmers as well as PanPacific Games Medalist, NCAA medalist, two National Team Members and several National Development Team Members. Since Kevin took the helm WSO has won 3 club state championships and the Evanston Township High School team which he heads won 2 State championships and one National Championship. WSO has also had 12 of the last 13 years with at least one State champion. Kevin was a member of the 1980 Canadian Olympic Team and was ranked as high as sixth in the world as a swimmer. With Kevin's thirty-one years of coaching experience, which started at Indiana University in 1984 after he finished his swimming career there, we are confident the program is in capable hands.
Heidi Toft Assistant Coach Heidi was a long time WSO swimmer and Illinois State record holder. Heidi has been coaching WSO for 19 years. She is currently an assistant senior coach helping out with the high school swimmers and the lead coach for swimmers in grade 5-8. She was a student at Evanston Township HS and became high school state champion in 1990 and All American in the 50 Free in 1989 and 1990. Heidi came to WSO after completing her NCAA career and degree at Arizona State University. Heidi completed her Masters Degree in Education in the Spring of 1999. Heidi has been an assistant coach of the Evanston Township High School swim team for 19 years and also coaches for the Evanston Masters team. Heidi has coached 2 state champions and several USA top 16 swims.
Joe Springer Assistant Coach and LTS Supervisor Joe joins the WSO staff for his 10th year. Joe was a 4 year varsity swimmer for Niles North H.S. His primary stroke was freestyle and it earned him All Conference Honors his senior year. As a Learn to Swim supervisor and Kindegarten thru Grade 6 coach Joe brings with him tremendous energy and passion for the sport of swimming. Joe is currently in college working on an degree in Education.
Chuck Fargo Assistant Coach Chuck is a long time WSO assistant. Chuck who was a member of the stand out ETHS teams in the late 50's and early 60’s brings a memory of tradition and voracious appetite for statistics. Chuck recently achieved a coaching milestone when he helped lead as an assistant coach the ETHS Boy's team to its first National Championship since he was a member of the team. Chuck has also been named to the Illinois Swimming Association Hall of Fame as an outstanding contributor to the sport.
Tim Silkaitis Assitant Coach Tim graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Education and is finishing his Masters degree in Technology. He is a Phys-Ed teacher at ETHS. He was an All-American swimmer on the 2005 State Champion ETHS swim team and the 2005 3rd place Water Polo Team. He currently coaches the WSO water polo team and helps out Joe’s group and fills in for Heidi and Kevin. Tim also is an assitant on the ETHS Boys and Girls Swim Teams and the Boys Water Polo Team.
Grace Borchers Assistant Coach Grace graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she attended on a swimming scholarship. She is a 2008 graduate of ETHS and member of WSO. She was team captain while at ETHS and was All-State in the 100 fly and back and All-American as a member of the State Champion medley relay. Grace is in her 3rd year as a WSO assistant coach, working with the Platinum group.