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A headshot of Johnathan Jordan, our WAVES Swim Team Head Coach.

(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) – The Bloomington-Normal YMCA is excited to announce Johnathan Jordan is taking the position of Head Coach of WAVES Swim Team and Director of Competitive Swimming. Coach Jordan succeeds Coach Yourd, who served as YMCA WAVES Swim Team Head Coach for 24 years.

Coach Jordan comes to us with a plethora of past experience from previous coaching tenures for the Iowa Lakes Community College swim team and the Lincoln College swim team. Jordan also has experience coaching at an Olympic level, coaching two of the swimmers for the Marshall Islands Olympic Swim Team.

“I am extremely excited to be working with the Bloomington-Normal YMCA and the WAVES Swim Team,” said Jordan. “Both the YMCA and WAVES Swim Team have built a strong legacy and tradition in the community. The staff, athletes and community members are some of the best people that I have had the opportunity to work and collaborate with. In my new role as the WAVES Head Coach, I hope to build on the success and accomplishments of the athletes and coaches that came before me, while introducing new swimmers into the great world of competitive swimming.” 

We’re thrilled to welcome Johnathan to our community. Johnathan’s knowledge of the YMCA, his shared values, and extensive coaching background create an excitement within our YMCA,” said B.J. Wilken, the Executive Director and CEO of the Bloomington-Normal YMCA. “Our hope is that Johnathan’s knowledge, abilities, and relationship building skills will help build the largest swim team community within McLean County where all athletes have the opportunity to compete at the highest level of their God-given potential. Johnathan’s arrival as our new coach is an opportunity for the WAVES to continue the tradition of excellence in swimming, and to also instill an atmosphere of fun and love for the sport.”

We formally welcome Johnathan Jordan onto our staff as we continue to build toward the opening of the new Bloomington-Normal YMCA Facility during Summer 2022!

Established in 1855, the Bloomington-Normal YMCA is the oldest continually existing human service organization in McLean County. Serving more than 5,000 people annually, the YMCA is dedicated to instilling Christian principles through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. As a charitable, nonprofit organization, the Y seeks to establish programming in the community for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information, please visit