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Program Director/Head Coach/Sr. Lead
Coach Rob Bouchey has been a professional swimming coach for 17 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, before a short stint as a lead coach for the Birmingham-Bloomfield Atlantis. Following relocation to Connecticut in December 2014, Rob joined the Nutmeg program in March 2015 as the Senior Coach, and has been the Head Coach since September 2016.
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.
Aquatic Coordinator/Assistant Coach
Brandon Biondi, a graduate of East Lyme High School, swam for Jack Stabach and the successful Vikings program. Brandon is our certified Program Coordinator for the SwimAmerica lessons program. In addition, Brandon leads the Nutmeg Diving program and assists when possible with the Nutmeg Aquatics competitive team. He has been the Head Coach for the New London High School Swim team, which is a co-ed team sponsored during the winter season, since 2014. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Brandon will begin as the Head Coach for the Fitch/Stonington co-op Girls Swimming team. Brandon is certified ASCA 2, and as a Lifeguard Instructor (LGI), and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) through the American Red Cross.
Leah started swimming at eight years old with the Athens Bulldog Swim Club in Athens, Georgia. Athens Bulldog Swim Club is located at the University of Georgia Gabrielsen Natatorium where USA Olympic coach Jack Bauerle is head coach. She continued competitive swimming on summer leagues in her hometown of Winder, Georgia. She has extensive experience with teaching private swim lessons for kids of all ages. While working towards her Masters Degree, Leah served as the Head Lifeguard at Rice University’s pool.
Leah moved to New London, Connecticut in February 2016 after being appointed co-principal oboist of the United States Coast Guard Band. She received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Georgia and Master of Music Performance degree from Rice University.
Andrew S Chen
Andrew is entering his third year as a coach at Nutmeg Aquatics where his primary role is developing young athletes. A 2010 East Lyme graduate, Chen was a member of the high school swim team for four years where he was a captain and member of the ECC Championship squad for three consecutive years. He graduated from UCONN with a degree in Sports Psychology and also served as a volunteer coach and manager for the Division I UCONN swimming team. Andrew is also the assistant coach for the East Lyme Middle School Swim team and has helped coach both the women’s and men’s high school programs under Jack Stabach.
Chen’s coaching philosophy is reflective of his own personal experiences with the sport of swimming. “Swimming changed my life. It helped to build me into the person I am today. It is now my responsibility to give these athletes the same experiences I had and develop them into great individuals and swimmers.” Andrew is a certified USA Swimming Coach and is also an American Swim Coaches Association level 1 coach.