Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Coach Eve, Founder and CEO


Coach Eve’s efforts to prevent death by stopping accidental drowning has been a lifelong passion, starting as a competitive swimmer, working as a learn-to-swim instructor and as a private pool lifeguard in her youth. As owner and president of Coach Eve Learn To Swim, parent company of Swim Chicago Southland, she has made that passion of stopping accidental drowning her mission. Coach Eve has been aquatics professional for over 30 years and has experience coaching novice athletes thru Olympic Trial Qualifiers, operating aquatics facilities from small single pool HOA’s to multi-pool recreational complexes.

She is a lifetime member of American Swim Coaches Association (Level 3), Adult and Youth Triathlon Coach (USAT) and a certified Aquatics Fitness Professional (AEA). Additionally Coach Eve is Licensed SwimAmerica™ Program Director, Aquatics Facility Administrator (ASCA), Lifeguard & Lifeguard Instructor (SAI), and Pool Operator (NSPF). Coach Eve also maintains membership with World Aquatics Babies and Children (WABC), United States Swim School Association (USSSA), United States Water Fitness Association (USWFA) and American Learn to Swim Teachers (ALTST), USA Triathlon, and USA Swimming, and is a member of Illinois Parks & Recreation Association and a speaker on aquatics at the IAPD/IPRA “Soaring to New Heights Conference”

Bob Welch, Aquatics Operations Director


Bob is previous owner of Southwest Aquatics Management (SWAM, Inc.), which served as a consultant to swim programs throughout the state. Bob has almost 50 years of aquatic exeperience starting in his youth as an aquabrat at the community pool. Bob is certified with American Swim Coaches Association as a Level 2 coach and licensed SwimAmerica™ site supervisor.

Certified by National Spa and Pool Federation as a Pool Operator, and a Certified Aquatics Facility Administrator, a member of America Swim Coaches Association (ASCA), National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA), American Learn To Swim Teachers (ALTST), Diversity In Aquatics Alliance, SAI Lifeguard Instructor, AHSI Instructor, Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Southland Aquatics Foundation and a USA Swimming Coach and National Official Member, and past general chair for Illinoi Swimming Board of Directors. Bob’s passion is drowning prevention and as such he has served on local and national taskforce for drowning prevention.

Scott Brocious, Program Manager


Scott started with us many years ago as a swim instructor, in our first pool as one of our first employees. He has developed thru the years and earned a BS in Social Science from Governors State University, while achieving a milestone of over 10,000 instructor hours. As Aquatic Manager Scott is responsible for all scheduling, hiring, training of our staff along with program development and implementation at all facilities, and leads our Aquatic
Supervisor Team.

Scott also is instrumental in development of our swimmers with special abilities swim lessons and has a passion for dealing with this children and adults. Scott hold certifications as a Lifeguard (SAI), Lifeguard Manager (ARC), SwimAmerica™ Site Supervisor (ASCA), Level 2 Swim Coach (ASCA) and a USA Swimming certified Swim Coach.

Christine Costello, Marketing and Communications Specialist


Christine has been working for Coach Eve, longer than any other employee and has been with her from the start, not only because she is Eve's daughter, but because she has a passion for all things water. She not only is one of our best swim lesson supervisor and instructors, but she can be found making waves as a Aquafit Instructor. She is holds dual certifications as a lifeguard instructor with both SAI and ARC, and can frequently be found on the web working on our social media presence. Her biggest passion in water is leading our Baby’s & Me program, where she has developed and successfully implemented a better way to instruct this program, leading to development of swim lesson graduates at a younger age. She hold certifications as a Lifeguard (SAI), Lifeguard Manager (ARC), SwimAmerica™ Site Supervisor (ASCA), Level 2 Swim Coach (ASCA) and a USA Swimming certified Swim Coach.

Amanda Costello, Aquatics Manager


Duane Preston, Area Aquatics Manager