Jimmy Heard
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.

Jimmy is excited to share his vision and style of play with local and national talent, and the members of ESWP. 

Kelly Klish

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. 

Andy Miner

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 Age Group Program and help develop the next generation of Illinois Water Polo players.

Peter Dales

Peter began playing water polo his freshman year at Glenbrook South High School.  His passion for water polo led him to become a 3-year varsity athlete.  While at GBS, Peter earned all-state accolades his junior and senior years and broke three school records. 

Peter’s passion for the game led him to continue his career at Chapman University in Southern California, where he is currently a junior on the team.  Peter is excited to share his experiences and lessons from high-level college water polo.  He looks forward to helping all ESWP athletes grow and improve. 

Yasi Nassiri

Yasi began playing water polo at the age of 12. Her love for the sport continued at ETHS where she was a three year varsity student-athlete. Post high school, her passion and drive for the game continued as she joined the University of Redlands Bulldogs in Southern California. Yasi is excited to be back in her hometown of Evanston, poolside once again, to teach and demonstrate all of the great things this game has to offer.

Danilo Scekic 

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. 

 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. 

Olivia Everhart

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 plays polo at Northwestern University.

Richard Dux

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. 

Becca Schumm

Becca is a life-long swimmer who began playing water polo freshman year of high school. She loved the sport from her very first tournament and hasn't looked back since. She was on the varsity team for three years, earning all-state honors and the single-game scoring record. After serving as water polo captain her senior year, she graduated from ETHS in 2016 and now plays at Northwestern University. In Spring of 2018, she had the privilege of coaching the ETHS girls Frosh/Soph team. Becca absolutely loves coaching because she gets to share her love of the sport with others. She looks forward to coaching the age group players!