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 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. She graduated in 2011 with a degree 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. She is ASCA Level 1 certified.
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.
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