If you’ve been at swim practice over the last few weeks, you might have seen some new faces on the deck — three in fact. CBD welcomes Jed Breen, George Adcock, and Lizza Igoe to our staff. Jed and George will be coaching primarily in the mornings and you’ll see Lizza in the evenings and on weekends. They bring lots of great swimming, coaching and teaching experience to us.
Jed has been coaching swimming for over 10 years. He started with his USS club team in Iowa, then moved to assist at a club team in Ypsilanti, MI, and most recently was the head coach and founder of a club team at the Brooklyn Sports Club in Brooklyn, NY. He wants you to feel challenged and pushed at practice but without losing sight of the fact that Masters swimming should be fun. He specialized in sprint freestyle as a high school swimmer. He’s currently a Commercial Development Specialist for Gordon Food Service. Hit him up for a bagel and antipasto spread after morning practice.
George comes to us all the way from New Zealand — just one sentence from him will lead you to that conclusion. While swimming in New Zealand, George was a national level swimmer in the 100m and 200m Backstroke. He gave up a career in banking in 2008 to pursue his passion for teaching and coaching swimming. He’s coached swimming since 2007 in New Zealand and currently here in Oak Park with the TOPS swim club. He is a USA Swimming Coach and an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 1 coach. He has a keen eye for stroke mechanics and has lived its importance as a swimmer and now as a club and Masters coach.
Lizza brings to us almost ten years of swim coaching and teaching as well as almost twenty years of swimming experience. Growing up in Arizona, she was a high school state champion in the 100 and 200 Freestyle. She carried her success to the Univeristy of Missouri where she finished in the Top 8 at the Big XII Conference Championships in mid-distance freestyle. Liza has taught swimming to kids and adults with her club team in Phoenix, AZ and at a swim school in Columbia, MO. Her coaches growing up put a premium on excellent technical fundamentals as the foundational for the training volume and intensity. She currently works at the Museum of Science and Industry and says the Harry Potter exhibit is great if you liked the movies.