Shannon Boyle Bio
Swimming has always been a part of Shannon’s life. Starting her first swim class at 6 months old, Shannon would spend countless summers hanging out at Oriole Pool in Morton Grove and finally began competing at age 12 on for MGNS Makos (Morton Grove/Niles/Skokie). At Maine East High School, Shannon was on the Varsity swim team and made sectionals all 4 years. In the off season she swam for the A-Hawks at Harper College. At Grinnell College, Shannon specialized in distance freestyle (1650 and 500), 400IM and 200 breast stroke. The Grinnell Women’s team won the Midwest Conference Championships all 4 years Shannon was on the team. After graduation, Shannon returned to the north side of Chicago and started swimming in 2006 for Evanston Masters. Shannon increased her role on the team in 2009 when she joined the coaching staff and later became the team head coach for 2 years. Shannon has moved back to lane coaching and is excited to continue supporting the swimmers. When not at the pool, Shannon has her own residential real estate business with Coldwell Banker helping buyers and sellers on Chicago’s north side and Evanston. Shannon recently had a son in early 2016 and she has already put him in swim classes.
Ellis O'Connor Bio
Ellis has been swimming competitively for 16 years and playing water polo for 10. She attended the University of Michigan, where she was a 3-time Collegiate Water Polo Association All-American honoree. Ellis has coached swimming for a variety of age groups since 2008. This is Ellis's second year coaching for the Catfish, and her fifth year participating on the team. She strongly believes that pull buoys are overrated.
John Martin Bio
John Martin has been swimming for over 50 years and coaching for nearly 25 years in Oklahoma, California, throughout Northern Illinois and Chicago-land. He was an all-American swimmer at the University of Oklahoma and upon graduating from the school immediately began swimming Masters and has never stopped. John swim meets in the fall, winter and spring, but in the summer concentrates on open water events having competed in over 60 races in the last 2 decades in North America and Europe. John and Gale have a 14-year old boy who is swimmer at ETHS.
Daniel Melnick Bio
I am a recent college graduate from Western Illinois University where I studied Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. I started swimming in High School and immediately fell in love with the sport. I was able to continue my career into Western Illinois where I swam all four years. I mostly specialized in Breaststroke and I.M. I taught and ran swim lessons at Skokie Park District's Swim America Program for six years. This is my first year coaching master's as well as the Leaning Tower YMCA's Senior team and Wildkit Swimming Organization's Bronze/ Silver group. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for swimming with everyone.
David Ackermann Bio
David swam growing up for Blue Ash Y, Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins & Miami of Ohio. Joined the Wild Catfish in 1989 as a coach under founder Mary Jo La Du. Has Coached and then swum for the Catfish ever since. Attends most team parties. Lives in Skokie with his dog Maya.
Amy Statton Bio
Amy joined Evanston Masters in 1994 and has been coaching the beginning level group for several years. Amy swam age group with The Oak Park Swimmers (TOPS) and continues to stay active in swimming by competing with Evanston Masters and occasionally competing in triathlons. Amy has participated in USMS Masters Classes with Michael Collins, Dara Torres and Rowdy Gaines.