Jeff Wimer is the winningest coach in IHSA state girls water polo history, with career record of 672-167-1 through the 2019 season. He has led Stevenson to four state championships (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019). His SHS record through 19 seasons is 499-144-1.
Wimer was hired as head coach in 1998, and led the program through the 2004 season. After a three-year hiatus, he returned in 2008 and has led the Patriots since. In 19 seasons, Wimer’s teams won 11 sectional titles, three third-place state trophies and one second-place award. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2019.
Wimer began his coaching career at Mundelein High School, starting its girls water polo program in 1990. He led the Mustangs to state tournament appearances in seven consecutive seasons (1990-97), winning state championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997. Also finished second in 1996.
In high school, Wimer played on three state championship boys water polo teams at Fenwick High School (1973, 1974, 1976). He was named a high school All-American in 1974, 1975 and 1976, and was selected as Illinois Player of the Year in 1976.
In college, Wimer played for the University of Illinois-Chicago, helping the Flames win Midwest Collegiate Championships in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He earned All-American honors in 1978 and 1979.
Wimer was Inducted into the Illinois Swimming Association Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He founded the Northern Illinois Polo Club in 1997. Wimer led the NIPC 14u team to the Speedo Cup National Championship in 1999; the same team won the Junior Olympic National Championship in 2000.
IHSA State Championships
2019, 2018, 2017, 2015
IHSA State Runner-Up
IHSA State Third Place
2016, 2014, 2008, 2006
IHSA State Fourth Place
IHSA State Qualifier
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
IHSA Sectional Championships
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
SHS Girls Water Polo Season Summaries
Season results as reported on the IHSA website
|2003-04||26-7||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state qualifier;
|2004-05||30-4-2||Ivan Munoz|| IHSA state finals - 2nd Place;
|2005-06||31-3||Ivan Munoz|| IHSA state finals - 3rd Place;
|2006-07||18-15||Ivan Munoz|| IHSA state finals - 4th Place;
|2007-08||27-6||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state finals - 3rd Place;
|2008-09||22-11||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state qualifier;
|2010-11||27-9||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state finals - 2nd Place;
|2011-12||25-9||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state qualifier;
|2013-14||31-5||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state finals - 3rd Place;
|2014-15||36-0||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state champion;
|2015-16||34-2||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state finals - 3rd Place;
|2016-17||34-2||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state champion;
|2017-18||35-1||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state champion;
|2018-19||36-0||Jeff Wimer|| IHSA state champion;
|Mike Leissner||6 (1991-96)||73-39|
|Joe Trickey||1 (1997)||20-10|
|Ivan Munoz||3 (2005-07)||79-22-2|
|Jeff Wimer||19 (1998-2004, 2008-19)||499-144-1|