Head Coach / Senior Coach
Coach Chuck is the 2nd Head Coach in the history of the Rapids, taking over the position in 2009, and has been with the Rapids since 2000 when he joined as an Assistant Coach. Chuck has also been the Head Coach for both the boys and girls at Bunnell High School and the Head Coach for the Stratford YMCA where he was privileged to coach many Y National Swimmers. The Rapids have become more than a team to Chuck, they have become an extended familiy. Coach Chuck lives in Trumbull, teaches in Milford, is married to Sharyn and has three wonderful children Lauren, Connor and Alyssa. Coach Chuck is a level 3 ASCA certified coach.
Head Age Group Coach
Coach Ally started swimming competitively when she was seven years old with the Rapids (at the time the team was the Shelton Seals). She was on the team through high school and went on to swim all four years of college at the State University of New York at New Paltz. During her time there, she specialized in sprint freestyle and was captain of the team her senior year. She graduated in 2011 with a BA in sociology and psychology and began working for the Rapids as an assistant coach in September of that year. In January of 2016, Ally was promoted to Head Age Group coach and now primarily works with our Junior and Sophomore groups. In addition to coaching, she is also a private swim lesson instructor at the Shelton Community Center. Coach Ally is a ASCA Level 1 certified coach.
Head Sophomore Coach
Coach Emily has been a member of the Rapids family for nearly 10 years. At the age of 8 she began her swimming career with the Monroe Gators which became the Rapids when the Gators and Seals merged in 2005. She continued to make waves in the sport as a varsity swimmer for Masuk High School where she was named team captain her senior year. Coach Emily continued to build her standing as a competitive swimmer — one stroke at a time. She was recruited for Adelphi University Women’s Swim Team in New York, a Division II school, where she swam distance freestyle and backstroke. In May 2016, Coach Emily graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She remains active by competing in distance races such as 5Ks and half marathons and is a six year triathlete.
Head Developmental Coach
Coach Alissa started swimming with another local team before joining the Shelton Monroe Rapids at the age of 11 and continued to swim with the team through the age group level. After swimming in high school at Lauralton Hall and was picked as a Captain her Senior Year, Coach Keyes attemded Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY where she was a valued member of the Knight's swim team. After college, Coach Alissa rejoined the Rapids in 2014 as an assistant coach with the developmental team and age group levels.
Throughout her swim career, Coach Alissa competed in various events including distance freestyle, 200 Butterfly, and 200/400 IM. She is also an open water enthusiast competing in USA Swimming Open Water events and participating in St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound. Currently, Coach Alissa works as a Health Educator in New Haven and as the Head Developmental Coach where she emphasizes the long-term values that swimming offers.
Assistant Age Group Coach
Coach Ally started swimming at the age of 11 for the Rapids (called Shelton Seals at the time) and continued to swim for the team through high school. While attending Shelton High School, she was on the girls varsity swim team where she specialized in distance freestyle events. As a junior and senior in high school, she also served as an assistant developmental swim coach for the Rapids.
While attending the University of Connecticut, Coach Ally swam at the club level for three years. After graduating from UCONN, she coached full time with the Rapids for a year with the developmental and freshman groups and thereafter continued to coach during the summer seasons while attending graduate school.
Currently, in addition to serving as an assistant coach for the Rapids developmental, freshman and sophomore groups, Coach Ally is a speech pathologist in the Town of Milford.
Assistant Age Group Coach
Coach Bill comes to the Rapids with over seven years of competitive coaching experience. From 2008-2011, Bill was the Head Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving at Pace University, an NCAA Division II program in Pleasantville, NY. Bill was responsible for building the program from 11 athletes he inherited in 2008 to 37 athletes three years later. Under Bill's leadership, numerous athletes were named to the NE-10 Conference All-Star and All-Academic Teams. He trained six athletes to NCAA Division II qualifying times, and both the women's and men's teams achieved their highest conference finishes in program history. From 2004-2011, Bill coached at Middies and Empire Swimming in Westchester , NY . Bill helped develop a number of Sectional, Junior and Senior National qualifiers. In addition to Pace and Middies/Empire, Bill spent six summers as Head Coach of Rocky Ledge Swim Association, a small club in the Westchester County Swim Conference. Under his leadership, Rocky Ledge captured back to back Division Championships in 2006 and 2007 and Bill was named "Conference Coach of the Year" in 2008. Bill also spent the Fall of 2007 as the Head Coach at the Ursuline School in New Rochelle , where he guided the girls team to the New York State Section I Title and sent six swimmers to that season's NYS Championship Meet. Bill is a Level III certified coach with ASCA. He lives in Trumbull with his wife Tara and their three children - Hannah, Colin and Brendan.