MEET OUR COACHES
East Side employs a diverse range of coaches with a wide range of backgrounds and specialties including goalkeeping, 2 meter offense and defense, shooting and more. Our coaches are also involved in a number of community organizations throughout Chicago and beyond. Read below for a bit more about each coach.
Club Director & Head Coach
Jimmy's passion for coaching started the summer of 2007. He joined the New Trier Summer Fun program which aimed to introduce the sport to youth and high school players across the North Shore. After Jimmy volunteered that summer, he was asked to join the Summer Fun staff in 2008. Shortly after the summer of '09, Jimmy became a member of the North Beach Water Polo Foundation where his coaching career took off. He contributed in all practices as an assistant coach.
In September 2013, Jimmy was appointed as the Age Group Coordinator where he worked with 14U athletes.
In December 2016, Jimmy held the title of Girls Fundamental Director & Age Group Coordinator until the closing of North Beach in August 2017. In his career thus far, Jimmy has helped dozens of athletes reach the collegiate status.
Jimmy volunteered his time with Fitter & Faster Water Polo Camps & Clinics, Brown University Water Polo Camps and USA Water Polo; to not just give back to the sport of water polo, but to learn and grow as a coach. In addition, Jimmy represents Azevedo Water Polo and 6-8 Sports as a Sports Development and Equity Consultant.
Jimmy is excited to share his vision and style of play with local and national talent, and the members of ESWP.
Anna started her water polo career at Oak Park River Forest High School where she was a varsity athlete and team captain. Anna loved water polo, but ultimately chose to pursue swimming at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she was a 4 year letter winner, team captain, and was a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team. While Anna enjoyed swimming, she was always itching to get back into water polo and is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to help develo the next generation of players!
Andy began coaching water polo when he started the boys program at Maine West back in 2010. The next year his high school teaching career brought him to ETHS and he joined the girls program in 2012 as an assistant coach. He became head of the girls team in 2013 and has been there ever since.
A lifelong swimmer who competed for the Iowa Hawkeyes Men's Swim Team converted to Polo when he graduated and never looked back. Andy is excited to work with the Splashball Program and help develop the next generation of Illinois Water Polo players.
Ragen started playing water polo in 2007 and his love for the game quickly blossomed. In 2009, he started playing on a competitive level at North Beach Water Polo Club. Ragen trained both as a field player and a goalie and joined North Beach Water Polo's travel program. Ragen brought his talents to Loyola Academy where he played a triumphant 4 years at the varsity level. His junior year, Ragen started on a team that went on to win the 2014 Illinois State Championship Tournament, the first in Loyola Academy's history.
Graduating high school, Ragen brought his passion for water polo to Miami Ohio Men's Club Water Polo team where Ragen was in a coaching apprentice program. Ragen also assisted the Miami Ohio Women's Club Water Polo team for two years. After leaving college, Ragen trained and became registered as an IHSA Water Polo Referee. Ragen is excited to bring his experiences and unique lessons to the East Side community!
Olivia began playing water polo at Conant High School in 2016. At Conant, she was a varsity athlete as well as team captain. Her junior and senior years, she earned titles such as MVP of the sectional, All-Conference and 2nd team All-State. She was also a 2-time MVP and Female Athlete of the Year at Conant.
Olivia was one of the original athletes on East Side when it started in 2017. After graduating high school, she joined the U.S Army National Guard. Olivia is currently back home after completing her training and is excited to give back to the East Side community!
Danilo's water polo career began in the 7th grade with North Beach Water Polo. He attended New Trier High School and competed at the varsity level all four years. During his tenure, Danilo earned titles such as 1st Team All Conference, 1st Team All Sectional and 2nd Team All State. In 2017, he and the Trevian's made it to the Illinois State Final and placed 2nd.
Danilo had planned on competing at the next level with Division 1 program UCLA, however his passion for music geared his life towards becoming an artist. Currently, Danilo is attending Columbia College in Chicago with a major in Audio Design and Production.
His love for the sport will never perish - Danilo is excited to once again be involved in the water polo community through coaching.
Kelly began playing water polo in 7th grade with Glenbrook Aquatics. She continued her passion of water polo at Glenbrook South High School where she was a 4 year varsity athlete. Kelly earned All-Conference and All-Sectional awards her junior and senior years. In her final year at GBS she broke the school record for goals scored. Kelly is now continuing to play the sport she loves at the University of Redlands in Southern California. She is excited to be back and help develop and grow the ESWP age group athletes.
Richard's love for water polo began at the age of 12 playing in the Chicago Park District. He played 15 and under, 18 and under, senior men’s and became a player coach at the senior men’s level for 8 years winning multiple city wide championships.
Richard played NCAA division I water polo at Loyola University for 4 years and was named team captain his junior and senior years. He played in multiple Midwest Conference Championship and NCAA Division I National Championship tournaments. After graduation, Richard helped coach and train goalies at Loyola University for many years.
In 1979, Richard was selected to participate in the US Olympic trials for the 1980 team and was named team captain of the Midwest team. The trials at the time were known as the National Sports Festival. The Festival was both a US Olympic trials and Olympic developmental (pipeline) tournament. Unfortunately, the US withdrew from participation in the 1980 Summer Olympic in Moscow.
In 1981, Richard was selected as a coach for National Sports Festival Midwest team.
Richard spent 5 years over two stints coaching at Northwestern University for their men club team.
Richard is very excited to get back to the game that he loves and looks forward to helping with the personal development of the water polo and sportsmanship skills of the club members.
Olivia's passion for water polo began in high school where she was the varsity goalkeeper at ETHS for four years, earning all-state honors and a state record for number of shutouts in a season. She currently serves as the President of Club Water Polo at Northwestern University.