HEAD COACH Bob Groseth

HEAD COACH Bob Groseth

Bob Groseth started in 2012 as the LHS Boys Swimming and Diving Head Coach.  A three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005 and 2007, Groseth began his coaching duties at Northwestern in 1989, taking over a team that finished last in the Big Ten in each of the 11 seasons prior to his arrival. During his tenure Groseth has built the Wildcats into a contender, finishing in the upper half of the conference in seven-consecutive years from 2001-07, including a third-place effort in 2004.

Groseth was named the NCAA Co-Coach of the Year in 2005 in the midst of an on-going string of nine-straight NCAA appearances from 2001-09. Overall, he led Northwestern to 12 NCAA Championships berths -- all since 1995. In fact, only twice after that year have the Wildcats failed to place a swimmer in the NCAA meet under Groseth.

Groseth has been honored multiple times by his peers for his coaching acumen. He received the Richard E. Steadman Award after the 2001-02 season from the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). He was the recipient of the American Swimming Coaches Association "Bob Ousley" Award for contributions to the sport in 2003 and won the John Newman Award for contributions to Illinois Swimming in 2008.  Bob was inducted in 2013 into the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame.

Prior to coming to Northwestern, Groseth coached 10 seasons at Iowa State University, compiling a 46-42 dual-meet record. Under his tutelage, 16 Cyclone swimmers combined to win 41 Big Eight Conference championships. Groseth twice earned Big Eight Coach of the Year accolades.

Groseth began his coaching career in 1974 at Cincinnati, where he compiled a 21-9 record in three seasons. In 1977, he left for Tulane, where he led the Green Wave to a 4-6 dual-meet mark and second place at the Metro Seven Championship.

Groseth accepted his first coaching position at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill., where his teams won seven consecutive Catholic League titles in addition to four National Catholic Championships. During his stay at Fenwick, Groseth produced 28 All-America swimmers. In 1982, he was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame.  In 2013, the Wildcats finished in 4th place in the IHSA State Meet.

Groseth earned bachelor's degrees in history and physical education from Indiana in 1967. He resides in Evanston.


JV1 COACH Emily Koerner
Emily Ori 

Emily Koerner completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spanish and International Studies. She earned her Master’s degree in Bilingual Education/ESL from National-Louis University. In addition to coaching Boy’s Swimming, she is also a Spanish teacher at LHS. Before coming to Libertyville, she coached for ten years in Deerfield. One of her favorite coaching memories at LHS is winning the Prairie Lake Championship meet in 2011. Emily lives in Highland Park with her husband, Richie, and their black lab Murphy. When away from the pool and the classroom, she enjoys doing crossfit and working on projects on her house.JV2 COACH John Fischl
John Fischl 
Coach John Fischl completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois and his master's degree is from Northern Illinois University. Before coming to Libertyville, he worked as the head boys and girls swimming coach at Highland Park HS. He came to Libertyville in 1994, where he has served as the Aquatic Director, Freshmen Boys Swim Coach, and currently serves as the assistant athletic director. Among his coaching achievements at Highland Park were being named as an IHSA Sectional Coach of the Year, coaching a team with a state top-10 finish, and having coached two Individual State Champions. 0ne of his proudest coaching moments at Libertyville came two years ago when the JV boy's team won the Prairie-Lake Junior Varsity Conference championship. John measures the success of the freshmen/JV2 swim team by the number of former JV2 swimmers who contribute at the varsity level before they graduate.

Dave Fowler 
Dave Fowler was born and raised in Evanston, IL. He now lives in Lake Bluff with his wife Sue and daughter Merritt. Dave has a BS in Physical/Health Education from St. Cloud State University (MN). Dave is now in his sixthyear of coaching at LHS. Past coaching positions have included St. Cloud Tech HS, St. Cloud State University, Deerfield HS, and Lake Forest College. Along with coaching girls and boys diving at LHS and running the CATS Diving Club, Dave is a Sales Engineer for Nu-Tec Systems, a welding and plasma manufacturer in Gurnee.