Illinois Water Polo mourns the passing of Rob Lindgren


Rob Lindgren, a force in District 214 high school aquatics for more than two decades, died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday, July 15.  He had been battling pancreatic cancer since last November.  In addition to positions as coach, teacher, official, club supervisor, Rob also spearheaded the Illinois Water Polo High School Boys and Girls Summer Leagues.  Twenty two different clubs, several with multiple teams, currently participate in the league started by Rob which ends its regular season this week.  This league has been instrumental to the growth of high school water polo in Illinois since its inception.  In the recent years, Rob took the league from a more recreational set up to one with a championship tournament, awards for the winners, high level games, and the crowning of an Illinois High School Summer League Champion.  He also kept a recreational set up for teams just starting out, allowing all teams, no matter their level of play or experience, an opportunity to play water polo throughout the summer.  His efforts in this league were tireless.

This past June, while battling cancer, Rob renewed Illinois Water Polo’s commitment to coaching education by organizing a coaching clinic and social at Arlington Park (Arlington Heights, IL).  Over twenty five coaches attended the event which saw presentations from several top level area high school and club coaches as well as 2016 Olympian, Brett Bonanni.  Following the clinic, live racing was enjoyed and lunch was provided by Illinois Water Polo.

Following in Rob’s footsteps, Illinois Water Polo will continue both the high school summer league and the coaching clinics.  Illinois Water Polo would also like to thank Rob one last time for his incredible efforts in helping provide direction and growth of the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, club, and high school level.

Two recent articles about Rob’s passing can be found at:

Aquatics community mourns Lindgren’s loss

Area Aquatic Pioneer Rob Lindgren Dies

There is also a go fund me page.

Illinois Water Polo will also accept donations in honor of Rob Lindgren which will be earmarked for the next coaching clinic, an event that Rob was already working on despite his last clinic being held just a month ago!  Donations by check made out to Illinois Water Polo can be mailed to:

Kyle Perry, Illinois Water Polo President

505 Washington Blvd.

Oak Park, IL 60302

A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 10am at St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004).

IWP Clinic and Summer Kick Off at Arlington Park Race Track

Clinic and afternoon social is complementary with you team’s entry into the summer league.

Clinic Agenda
8:00 – 8:30 Welcome and registration light refreshments provided.
8:30 General meeting ideas***​: Sample topics may include: “State of Water Polo”, My best drill, Practice
Progression, What I expect from officials (coaches), New Coaches 101, USAWP/AWP opportunities and info.
9:00 “Polo Camp” Break out sessions
9:45 Networking, meet and greet
10:00 “Polo Camp” Break out sessions
10:45 Networking, meet and greet
11:00 “Polo Camp” Break out sessions
11:45 Networking, meet and greet
12:00 Closing thoughts ideas, feedback, fundraiser details, IWP Programming and opportunities to help.
12:30 Marquee Tents for afternoon social, fundraiser, membership drive, networking, meet and greet
If you would be interested in proposing a topic to present contact Rob Lindgren, Kyle Perry or
Elizabeth Timmons with your proposal.
++The afternoon social and networking opportunity is included in the clinic for those who have teams
registered for the summer league.
++Complementary Food, Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine, Spirits, Private Tent area and wagering kiosk are included
for our group.
++Summer League entry will give one coach complimentary admission to the clinic. Additional coaches,
Officials or spouses can be included for $50/person.
Battle of the Conferences Wagering Wins Contest. There will be a raffle for sporting event tickets and possibly other items to raise money for the Dave Perry Scholarship fund.​
Download the flyer here.

Illinois Water Polo 2018 All-Sectional Teams Announced

The Illinois Water Polo 2017 All-Sectional Teams by Sectional –

Chicago (St. Ignatius College Prep) Boys

Chicago (St. Ignatius College Prep) Girls

Elmhurst (York) Boys

Elmhurst (York) Girls

Glenview (Glenbrook South) Boys

Glenview (Glenbrook South) Girls

LaGrange (Lyons) Boys

LaGrange (Lyons) Girls

Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) Boys

Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) Girls

Schaumburg (H.S.) Boys

Schaumburg (H.S.) Girls

Buffalo Grove Boys

Buffalo Grove Girls

Aurora (Metea Valley) Boys

Aurora (Metea Valley) Girls

Stevenson Water Polo and Stevenson High School will be offering a WATER POLO COACHES “Lunch and Learn” this year at the IHSA State Tournament.

Time: 2pm-3pm
Date: Saturday, May 19th
Location: Stevenson High School, Room 7066/68
Cost: Free
This will be a round table question and answer session with current college coaches, including coaches from Indiana University, Carthage College, California Lutheran University and more.
Lunch will be provided.
Please sign up to let us know you are coming, so we can order enough food!
Please contract Rose Wimer, with any questions.

Illinois Water Polo morns the loss of Billy Dolehide and Mark Rebora

Billy Dolehide



Long time player and official, Billy Dolehide tragically passed away last week.  Billy played water polo at Br. Rice and then the University of Illinois.  He also played with various parks in the Chicago Park District league, most recently Fernwood.  As a masters athlete, he competed with the Apostles, the Outlaws, Riverside-Brookfield, and just about any other team that needed a guy!  On the deck, Billy was an Illinois High School Association official for seventeen years.  He also officiated many years prior to the sport of water polo being sanctioned by the IHSA in 2002.  As an IHSA official, Billy worked eight state tournaments.  Billy is survived by his loving wife, Terri Dolehide, and his three children, Shannon, Logan, and Morgan.  If you would like to support the Dolehide family, you can visit their gofund me page at: or purchase a t-shirt from which all proceeds will be donated directly to the family at:


Bill Dolehide (left) was “always smiling and being nice to people,” according to his wife, Terri. (Terri Dolehide)

Mark Rebora


On March 17th, long time boys’ water polo coach at Glenbrook North, Mark Rebora, suffered a heart attack while out for a morning bike ride and passed away.

Mark, a 1978 Loyola Academy Alum, taught Physical Education at Glenbrook North in addition to coaching football, wrestling, and water polo.  He had been the water polo coach at Glenbrook North since 2000.  Rebora was an active athlete himself and was named to Loyola Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievement as a wrestler in 2003.  Mark is survived by his wife Christine and his son’s Cole and Caid.

A celebration of Mark’s life has been planned for April 15th, 2018.  Details can be found here – Rebora – Celebration of Life

More information on Mark’s life is available at

The Rebora Memorial fund has been established to benefit student athletes at Glenbrook North High School:

Apostles go 4-0 to win the Two Daves Water Polo Tournament.

Despite some weather related issues, nine men’s teams and two women’s teams participated in the 18th annual ‘Officials’ Water Polo Tournament, dedicated in memory of Dave Madej and Dave Perry this past weekend.  The Apostles went 4-0 to earn the tournament title defeating Illinois State University, Hippos, Team Chicago, and, finally, Windy City Water Polo in the championship game.  This marks the second straight year that the Apostles have won this event.  One the women’s side, Carthage College and Wildcats split their two games, each winning one.

Final Results:

Saturday, February 10

Wildcats 10 Carthage 7

Apostles 21 Hippos 6

GB Gators 5 Harper College 10

Outlaws 11 Windy City Water Polo 20

Carthage 9 Wildcats 7

Team Chicago 11 Harper College 6

Beached Whales 18 Outlaws 9

ISU 8 Hippos 10

GB Gators 8 Team Chicago 7

Beached Whales 10 Windy City Water Polo 14

Sunday, February 11

Apostles 17 ISU 3

Outlaws 19 Gators 11

Whales 15 Harper 10

Windy City Water Polo 12 Team Chicago 11

ISU 11 Gators 9

Hippos 4 Harper 13

Apostles 16 Team Chicago 3

ISU 9 Outlaws 13

Beached Whales 12 Hippos 11

Apostles 15 Windy City Water Polo 2

Final Standings:

1. Apostles 4-0

2. Windy City Water Polo 3-1

3. Team Chicago 1-3

4. Beached Whales 3-1

5. Hippos 2-2

6. Harper College 2-2

7. Outlaws 2-2

8. ISU 1-3

9. Gators 1-3

2018 Illinois Water Polo Meeting Schedule

Illinois Water Polo has announced its 2018 meeting schedule.  All meetings are held at Fenwick High School (505 Washington Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302).  Five meetings will be held throughout the year on the following dates:

All interested in Illinois water polo are encouraged to attend.

o Monday, January 22 – 7pm
o Sunday, March 11 – 7pm (focus on the banquet and summer leagues)
o Sunday, April 22 – 7pm
o Monday, September 10 – 7pm (summer league wrap-up)
o Monday, November 12 – 7pm (elections)

Pre-Season Water Polo Coaching Clinic

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Speaker: Ashley Hill
Ashley is currently the head boys and girls swim coach at Cathedral Catholic High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Most recently she has been coaching boys water polo at the 12u, 14u, and 16u levels for Stanford Water Polo Club.  For the past 15 years she has been coaching and teaching at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, CA; where she was the assistant boys water polo coach, Head Girls Basketball coach, and assistant boys and girls varsity swim coach.    Ashley is in her 19th year as a highschool teacher and her 24th year as a coach.  Her passion lies in teaching and coaching young athletes to be leaders both in sports and in life.
Open to all coaches
Topics will include: planning a season/practice, drills, skills and of course x’s and o’s
Where: Stevenson High School, Room 7096
Time: 12:30-5pm
Cost: $30
***proceeds will go toward one of our local masters teams and the Dave Perry College Scholarship Fund
Or email:
Check can be made payable to Illinois Water Polo (IWP).
There will be a coaches social to follow, location to be announced.
Illinois Water Polo is also planning an additional coaching clinic the first weekend of March for anyone unable to attend this January clinic.  More details to come.