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Julian Escasa

Julian Escasa

Assistant Coach

Julian Escasa enters his third season as an assistant swimming & diving coach for the men’s and women’s programs in 2022-23. Escasa competed at Division III Illinois Institute of Technology. A four-year member of the team, he was a three-year All-Conference swimmer at the Liberal Arts Conference Championship and named Illinois Tech runner-up athlete of the year in 2019. He served as a team captain in his fourth year. Currently, Escasa works as a research and development engineer at Fresenius-Kabi. In his spare time, he enjoys training for triathlons as an amateur triathlete, coaching other triathletes at all levels, cooking, and finding new music to add to his vinyl collection. He encourages healthy lifestyles and appreciates seeing personal growth in athletics. Escasa earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and master’s degree in chemical engineering from Illinois Tech in 2020. "No matter what decision you choose in life - big or small - you will always disappoint someone. Make sure that person isn't yourself. Make sure YOU are happy" – Anonymous
Mac Robertson

Mac Robertson

Assistant Coach

Mac Robertson enters his second season as an assistant swimming & diving coach for the men’s and women’s programs in 2022-23. Robertson competed at Division III Albion College. A four-year member of the team, he enjoyed a successful career helping the Britons capture three MIAA conference champion titles, including one being their first since 1971. He was a two-time All-MIAA conference swimmer and the first NCAA D3 finisher in the CSCAA Open Water National Championship during the 2016-17 season. He served as a team captain for the Britons in his fourth year. Currently, Robertson enjoys competing in triathlons and discovering the world through his travels. He looks forward to bringing his distance freestyle experience to the pool deck and helping the Scarlet Hawks achieve their personal and collective goals. Robertson earned his bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and communication studies from Albion College in 2020.
Dar Novak

Dar Novak

Assistant Coach, Diving

Dar Novak enters her second season as a diving coach for the men’s and women’s programs in 2022-23. Novak competed at Division I UT Arlington . Her greatest accomplishments are taking student-athletes that have little to no diving experience and bringing them up to a level where they have opportunities to qualify for state and national championship meets. Currently, Novak also coaches for local high school and club teams, specifically as the Head Diving Coach at University Lab School and the Head Diving Coach for M3 Aquatics. With over 45 years of coaching experience in both springboard and platform diving, Novak has been an incredible member of the swimming and diving community in the Chicagoland area. Novak earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from UT Arlington in 1997. "If you’re gonna smack, smack hard!" – Anonymous
Seth Wissenbach

Seth Wissenbach

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Seth Wissenbach begins his first season as a volunteer assistant swimming & diving coach for the men’s and women’s programs in 2022-23. Wissenbach competed at Division III Illinois Institute of Technology. A five-year member of the team, he achieved several podium finishes throughout his career at the Liberal Arts Conference Championship and was part of the first-place men’s team finish in 2020. He served as a team captain in his fifth year. Wissenbach swam competitively for 12 years and has coached both age group and high school level teams. Currently, Wissenbach works as a Database Analyst contracted through ComEd to keep on the lights. Wissenbach earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and master’s degree in biomedical data science & modeling from Illinois Tech in 2022. "Just keep swimming" – Dory; Finding Nemo (2003)
Bailey Yu

Bailey Yu

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Bailey Yu begins her first season as a volunteer assistant swimming & diving coach for the men’s and women’s programs in 2022-23. Yu competed at Whitney Young High School in the Chicago area and was a four-year member of the team. Currently, Yu works on the partnerships team for a DC-based think tank. In her spare time, she applies her background in competitive swimming to weightlifting, triathlon training, and doing yoga with her cat, Mimi. Yu earned her bachelor’s degree in public policy from University of Chicago in 2021. She was involved in leadership activities for professional development and cultural organizations during her time at the university.
William Bafia

William Bafia

Head Swimming and Diving Coach

Billy Bafia enters his sixth season as an interim head swimming & diving coach for the men’s and women’s programs in 2022-23. Bafia competed at Division III Illinois Institute of Technology. A four-year member of the team, he was a top-three finisher in the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes at the Liberal Arts Conference Championship and named Illinois Tech athlete of the year in 2015. In 2013, Bafia qualified for the NAIA championships for the 50 Free, 100 Breast, and 200 Breast. He served as a team captain in his third and fourth years. Currently, Bafia works as a software engineer at United Airlines building applications for internal finance systems. Outside of work, he spends time playing volleyball, globe-trotting, and hiking. His most notable trip this past summer was visiting his cousin in Funchal on the Portuguese island Madeira and trying out the food at his new restaurant. Bafia earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Illinois Tech in 2015. "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail" – Ralph Waldo Emerson