Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact our Head Coach.

Coaching Staff

Jack Stabach



Jack established the USA Swimming; Nutmeg Swim Club in 1992 and has coached many of Connecticut’s top swimmers.

In his 9th  season as Head Coach of the East Lyme High School Girls Swim team, Jack has established a Girls ECC win/ loss record of 80 – 2 –1. His team has been ECC Tournament Champions for the past 9 years and was State Runner up Champions in 2006 and 2007. The East Lyme Boys Swim Team has been ECC Champions 4 out of the last 8 years.

Jack has been the ECC Coach of the year on 12 different occasions. He also received the CIAC honor of being named the 2006 Connecticut Girls Swim Coach of the year. In addition, this spring Jack will be named the Connecticut Swim Coach of the Year by the Connecticut Coaches Association, one of the highest honors to be awarded to a High School Swim Coach. Stabach founded the Nutmeg Masters Swim Team in 1999 and coaches several swimmers that have received local, national and international prominence.
A knowledgeable and passionate teacher of the sport, Jack has earned his level 3 license from the American Swim Coaches association and has attended the USA Coaching College at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Jen Lyman

Assistant Director/Head Coach


Jen has been involved in USS, high school and collegiate levels of swimming and coaching. Jennifer started her coaching career where she began competitive swimming in East Haven. Jen was Head Coach of the East Haven Big Blues, as well as, the Head Coach of East Haven/North Branford Co-Op boy's high school swim team. In addition, she was the assistant coach of the East Haven/North Branford Co-Op girl's high school swim team. Jen later moved on to Southern Connecticut State University where she wore numerous hats. For the collegiate men and women's swim team she was one of the assistant coaches, as well as, the administrative assistant. She was the Age Group coach and administrative assistant for SONOCO Swim Club, which was also located at SCSU.  Recently Jen coached with the Hopkins Mariners Swim Team and was Co-Senior Coach for seven years.  She also currently is the head coach at Daniel Hand High School girls team, Woodbridge Club Summer Swim Team, and two masters swim teams out of Hamden Hall and Choate.

Volunteer Affiliations:

  • Co-Coordinator for CT Swimming Camps, since becoming co-coordinator in fall of 2005 there have been eight camps serving over 600 Connecticut registered swimmers. One of the most recent camps that has taken place was on August 2009 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Board member of the Age Group Committee since 2005.
  • Board member of the Coaches Committee since 2006.
  • USA registered Stroke and Turn/Starter Official.
  • CIAC High School Official
  • 2007-Present Dave Parcells Madison Mile Race Director.

Cecilia Emblidge

Age Group Coach


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.

Coach Cecilia was an age group swimmer for 13 years. She also swam in high school, college, and is a current masters swimmer with the Nutmeg Aquatics Masters Team. She was the All-County swimmer at for her high school in Westchester, NY. Coach Cecilia earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Alfred University.

Andrew S Chen

Assistant Coach


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 is currently pursuing a degree in Sports Psychology and is also 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.

Nicole Goolsbey

Assistant Age Group Coach


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.