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Program Director/Head Coach/Sr. Lead
Coach Rob Bouchey has been a professional swimming coach for 16 years, earning ASCA Level 4 certification during this time. During the first 7 years he served in multiple roles with the Utica Shelby Swim Club, including as Head Coach from 2002-2007. Following USSC, Rob was the National Team coach and Director of Competitive Aquatics for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut from 2007-2012, and then returned home to Michigan where he served as the head coach of the Dearborn Dolphins for two seasons, and most recently as a lead coach for the Birmingham-Bloomfield Atlantis. Coach Bouchey's athletes have attained many accomplishments including; Michigan and Connecticut individual state champions, USA Swimming Sectional qualifiers and finalists, YMCA National qualifiers and finalists, USA Swimming Zone Select Camp participants, USA Swimming Top-16/Top-10 rankings, YMCA Top-16/Top-10 rankings, NCSA Jr. National qualifiers, USA Swimming Jr. National qualifiers, and USA Swimming Senior National qualifiers.
Assistant Coach/AG2 Lead/Masters
Cecilia Emblidge comes to Nutmeg Aquatics with several years of experience both in the pool and on deck. Since 2007, Coach Cecilia has been the Head Coach of the New London Coastal Cruisers for the Special Olympics of Connecticut. Coach Cecilia currently serves as an East Lyme Aquatics & Fitness Center Swim Instructor for the Nutmeg Swim School where she has coached all levels from beginners to advanced stroke school. In addition to her work with the Special Olympics and Nutmeg Swim School, Coach Cecilia also serves an assistant coach for the East Lyme Middle School.
Coach Cecilia’s philisophy for swimming is one that focuses on the technical aspects of swimming, setting goals for the swimmers, and an unwavering commitment to making swimming interesting and fun for her athletes. She is an American Swim Coaches Association Level II Certified Coach.
Assistant Coach/AG1 Lead
Nicole has been involved in USA swimming for 6 years. She started as a stroke turn official for Wisconsin swimming before transitioning into coaching for the Howard Suamico Stormbreakers in Green Bay. Nicole was the rookie coach for HSSB for 4 years before relocating to Connecticut. She enjoys working with age group swimmers helping them discover a love of the sport and working on the technical aspects of swimming.