Coach Chuck is the 2nd Head Coach in the
history of the Rapids, taking over the position in 2009.
Coach Chuck 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 and is married to
Sharyn and has three wonderful children Lauren, Connor and
Alyssa. Coach Chuck is a level 3 ASCA certified
Head Senior Coach
Certification: Level 3
We are thrilled to welcome Coach Kevin back to the Rapids as Head
Senior Coach. Prior to
Kevin’s return, he spent 2 years as the Assistant Director of
Competitive Aquatics at the Regional YMCA of Western CT (Makos)
from May of 2011 until August of 2013. He has also coached at the
Westport YMCA, Fairfield YMCA, and served as the Aquatics Director
at the Stratford YMCA, in addition to holding the position of head
coach of the Bunnell/Stratford Boys High School team. Most
recently, he was selected as a member of the coaching staff for
Team CT at the Eastern Zone Long Course Age Group
As an age group
and high school swimmer, Kevin was consistently a top swimmer in
Connecticut and remembers setting a New England YMCA record.
Kevin is a graduate of Springfield College with a BS in Physical
Education. While studying at Springfield, Kevin swam for the
Varsity Men’s Swim team for four years, and was elected team
captain his senior year.
In addition to
coaching for the Rapids, Kevin is a certified physical education
instructor. He relies
on his experience as an athlete, coach, and teacher to guide him in
providing an experience that will allow your children to be better
swimmers in and out of the pool.
Head Novice Coach
I started competitively
swimming when I was 10 years old. I swam for my YMCA
team and competed for Foran High School all four years.
I was a two-time MVP Award winner and four year state
qualifier. I swam for the Aqua Jets throughout high
school as well. In college I swam on Southern
Connecticut State University’s varsity team for four years.
I swam distance freestyle 200, 500, 1000 and 1650.
I was on the NE-10 Academic Honor Roll for two years
and received the Coach’s Award my senior year. I
graduated from Southern in 2009 with two Bachelor’s degrees
in History and Early Childhood Education for which I hold my
teaching certification. Prior to coaching for the
Rapids, I was the Head Coach for the Bridgeport-Stratford YMCA
(BSY) Swim Team from 2008-2011. I coached many
swimmers to qualify for the age group and senior level
championships as well as YMCA New England qualifiers and even a
champion. I currently love to train and compete in
local races including 5ks and muddy obstacle courses as well as
events to raise money for cancer including Swim Across America.
Terry Hellauer began her coaching career in 1998 with the
Shelton Seals, now the Rapids. She joined her first swim team at
age 8 with the Farms Country Club in Wallingford, CT. She also swam
competitively with Cheshire YMCA, Northern Branch YMCA, Hamden High
School and Skidmore College where she was a captain. As an adult,
Terry swam for the Milford YMCA Masters Team and is a 2-time relay
veteran of St. Vincents Swim Across the Sound.
A graduate of Skidmore College with a BS in nursing, Terry is a
Registered Nurse. She is married to Brian Hellauer and they have 3
children, Abby, Matthew and Molly all of whom are competitive
I started swimming when I was 7 years old with the Trumbull
Pisces. I swam with them at the Age Group level until I was
15, when I switched to the Rapids. During my high school
years, I swam at Fairfield Prep and with the Rapids during the Fall
and Summer focusing mostly on backstroke and middle distance
freestyle events. While at Prep, our team went 60-2 and won a
state championship along with multiple runner-up awards.
After high school, I continued swimming at Dickinson College in
Carlisle, PA where I swam backstroke and long distance freestyle
events. During my four years in college, I made the
conference academic honor roll multiple times and had a few top ten
In addition to swimming competitively, I have been heavily
involved with St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound marathon
swim event for the last 10 years. The foundation supports
cancer patients in the area who cannot afford their treatment and
other expenses during their battles with cancer. In addition,
they run multiple prevention programs including a mobile
mammography unit and a children’s anti-smoking
campaign. During my last 5 years, I have organized and swam
with teams from Fairfield Prep in the event. In that time, we
have had multiple top 3 finishes and successfully raised close to
I got my start in competitive swimming when I
was seven years old with the Rapids (at the time the team was the
Shelton Seals). I was on the
team through high school and went on to swim in college at the
State University of New York at New Paltz. During my time there I specialized in
the 50 and 100 freestyle, and also swam the 100 back and 100 fly.
At the SUNY Athletic
Conference Championships, I finished in the top 8 seven times in
individual events collectively, and helped our 200 and 400
freestyle relays and 400 medley relay achieve NCAA 'B' cuts
multiple times. I also
helped our relays break school records all four years that I
attended. Sophomore year I made the SUNY Athletic Conference
All-Academic team. My
freshman year I was voted the team's Hardest Worker, received the
Most Dedicated award my junior and senior years, and was made a
Team Captain my senior year by my teammates. I graduated in 2011 with a degree in
sociology and psychology and began coaching for the Rapids in
September of that year. I am
currently in graduate school to get my master's degree in School
Counseling at Western CT State University.
I got my start in competitive swimming when I was seven years
old with the Rapids (at the time the team was the Shelton Seals).
I swam for the team throughout high school as well as
swimming for St. Joseph's High School. I started coaching with the
rapids when I was 16 as an assistant with coach Terry with the
developmental group. I also was an assistant coach for Mill River
Country Club swim team for 5 years before becoming head coach for
two years. I attended La Salle University in Philadelphia for 6
years receiving my masters degree in speech- language pathology. I
am currently working for a special needs school as well per diem in
a nursing facility.