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Coaching Staff

Chuck Clark

Head Coach / Senior Coach

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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.

Allison Wells

Head Age Group Coach

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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.

Emily DeMace

Head Sophomore Coach

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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.

Nicole Miller

Head Freshmen Coach

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Alissa Keyes

Head Developmental Coach

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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, 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 a huge 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 stresses the long-term values that swimming offers such as hard work, commitment, time management, and friendship.

Joe Benz

Assistant Senior Coach

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Coach Joe started swimming at 7 years old with another local team.  He swam with at the Age Group level until 15, when he switched to the Rapids.  During high school years, he swam at Fairfield Prep and with the Rapids during the Fall and Summer with the focus on backstroke and middle distance freestyle.  While at Prep, the team went 60-2 and won a state championship along with multiple runner-up awards.  After high school, Coach Joe continued swimming at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA where he made the conference academic honor roll multiple times and had top ten finishes.

In addition to swimming competitively, Coach Joe has 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 the last 5 years, he has organized and swam with teams from Fairfield Prep in the event.  In that time, the team has had multiple top 3 finishes and successfully raised close to $200,000.

Allison Szabo

Assistant Age Group Coach

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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.

Kaitlyn Siriano

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Coach Kaitlyn has been competitively swimming since she was nine years old for the Rapids (formerly known as the Shelton Seals).  She also swam on her high school team and went on to swim at the Division II College, Pace University, where she became Captain of her team.  There, she placed top 8 in many of her events at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships.  She started assisting with the developmental group in high school and moved to coaching with the Rivertown Rays while away in college.  She recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in International Marketing Management and a minor in Law. After graduating she decided to pursue her love for swimming and coaching by continuing to coach the Rapids while instilling the same love for the sport that she has in her swimmers.

Bill Natlo

Assistant Age Group Coach

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 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.

Connor Lui

Assistant Senior Coach

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Coach Connor started swimming competitively when he was 5 years old. He has been on multiple teams such as the Wilton Wahoos, SNOCO and SMST Rapids. Connor swam four years at Masuk High School where he achieved All-State his senior year in butterfly and backstroke. He went on to swim at Providence College and was part of the Big-East All-Academic Team for four consecutive years. Connor also earned the title of captain his senior year and still holds multiple records at Providence College. He graduated with a degree in Secondary Education History. After college, Connor wanted to give back to the sport and began coaching for Masuk High School as the Boys’ and Girls’ Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach. He has mentored, motivated, and managed over sixty swimmers in preparation for SWC, State, and Open Championships.

Board of Directors

Kathleen Didio

President

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Nancy Chavez

Vice President

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Robert Cristiano

Treasurer

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Cara Noccioli

Secretary

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Kevin Chavez

Director

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Michael Suba

Director

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Domenic Lemma

Director

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Courtney Adragna

Director

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Katie Kirberger

Director

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Scott Kwarcinski

Director

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