Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Omar Cruz

Head Coach



This is Omar’s thirteenth year as Head Coach of the Norwalk ZEUS Swim Team. Omar has over 30 years of experience in the sport both as a coach and as a swimmer.  As a coach, he has worked with USA Olympic Trial Qualifiers, Senior National qualifiers, Junior National Champions, Connecticut State High School Champions, and with novice swimmers.

Since his arrival with ZEUS, Omar has quadrupled the size of the team and has consistently become one of the TOP 10 Swim Teams in Connecticut. 

In his time with ZEUS, Omar has produced over 20 ZEUS swimmers to qualify for the USA Sectional Championships and 6 USA JUNIOR NATIONAL Championship qualifiers. Also during his tenure, Omar has helped coach many ZEUS swimmers to qualify for the Connecticut High School State Open Championships for Norwalk High School, Weston High School, Staples High School, and Fairfield Prep.  In addition, he has helped coach several High School All-Americans in the last few years, as well as USA Scholastic All - Americans. 

While with ZEUS his accomplishments have been recognized by both USA Swimming and Connecticut Swimming.  He has been nominated by Connecticut Swimming 3 times as Coach of the year.  He was also selected by USA Swimming to coach the Connecticut All-Star Diversity Team.   He has also been invited by USA Swimming to be a coach at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, to work with an elite group of athletes from all around the country. 

Currently Omar is on both the Technical Planning committee and the Nominating committee for Connecticut Swimming. 

Before joining ZEUS, Omar was the Assistant Head Coach of the Montclair YMCA, in New Jersey.  In one year with Montclair YMCA, the girls won the New Jersey YMCA State Championships. 

Omar was also the Head Age Group Coach of the YWCA Middies in White Plains, New York. There he worked every day with all swimmers on the team from the novice level to athletes qualifying for the 2000 and 2004 United States Olympic Trials. He helped coach the Middies to its 15th consecutive National YWCA National Championship and back-to-back Metro Junior Olympic Championships.

Also Omar coached Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York.  There he helped guide them to a C.H.S.A.A. championship. 

Omar has chosen to make coaching his profession because of his passion to work with athletes of all levels and ages who want to work hard and achieve their goals of reaching the next level of excellence.  He believes helping individual athletes to accomplish this goal will teach the athletes as a group to come together to work hard as a team and succeed as a team. This philosophy of hard work makes athletes become better people .

He lives in Norwalk with his wife and daughter who swims on the team.


Dennis Flores

Head Assistant Coach


This will be Dennis’ tenth year with the Norwalk ZEUS Swim Team as the Head Assistant Coach.  He has been in the sport for 21 years as a swimmer, a swim instructor, and the last 16 years he has been on the deck as a coach.  During his tenure with ZEUS, he has doubled the size of the ZEUS swimmers who have qualified for the Connecticut Age group Championships.  

In the past several years, numerous ZEUS swimmers in the Age Group program qualified for the Eastern Zone All-star meet. In 2013-2014 Dennis was selected to join the Eastern Zone All-star team as an assistant coach.  In the winter of 2008, the ZEUS 10 and under won the Connecticut State Championships, after placing third the previous summer.  With all these accomplishments with ZEUS, Dennis won the Connecticut Age Group Coach of the Year Award in 2008.  An awarded voted upon by all the coaches in Connecticut. He was also nominated again this year.

For the past two years Dennis has been the Head Coach for the Darien High School Boys Swim Team. This winter, he led the team to a second place finish at the Class L State Championships and a 7th place finish overall at State Open Championships.  Dennis has also been the Head coach of the Roton Point swim team for the past eight summers and this summer the team had a 6-0 record making them Division 2 champions of the FCSL.

Before joining ZEUS, Dennis was the assistant Age Group Coach of the White Plains YWCA Middies for two years.  There he helped produce numerous of Metro Junior Olympic Qualifiers.  In his two-year stint with the Middies, he helped produce 15 of the younger Age Group swimmers to become Eastern Zone All – Star Qualifiers. During his first year at Middies, Dennis was the assistant head coach of the Mamaroneck Barracudas in the Westchester/Fairfield Swim League.  There he posted the best dual meet record to date.  They also placed in the TOP 10 at their League Championships for the first time in their history.   Also while at the Middies, he took many swimmers from the developmental stages and made them enjoy the sport.  

Dennis was the assistant aquatic director at the White Plains YWCA, where he started as a swim instructor back in 1997.  Dennis graduated Gorton High School in Yonkers, New York in 1997 where he was a varsity swimmer all four years. He then earned a degree in business management & marketing at the Westchester Business Institute.

 Dennis coaches because he loves the sport and his strong desire to help develop young athletes. He believes that the lessons learned in the pool, while not necessarily those that are performance related, will be lifelong lessons. Dennis has been in the business world and knows that an athlete is better prepared for the challenges that life brings to all of us.  Teamwork, determination, patience, self-discipline and self-confidence are all-important aspects to a swimmer and Dennis looks to teach that to all swimmers

Marta A Taddeo

Assistant Coach


This is Marta’s first year coaching with the Zeus swim team. Marta has been involved in competitive swimming since the age of 7 years old. As an age group and senior swimmer she swam for the Badger Swim Club in Westchester, NY. In the summer seasons she swam in the Westchester County Swimming Conference, first as a member of the Pelham Country Club and later as a member of the New York Athletic Club. Marta swam competitively for 15 years, including 4 years of college swimming at Case Western Reserve University, where she majored in Biochemistry.


After attaining her Master’s degree in Pathology, Marta started coaching part-time with the Westport Y Water Rats in CT, working primarily with age group and 8+under swimmers, eventually expanding her experience to seniors as well. Marta coached with WRAT from 2003 until 2010, when she left in order to return to graduate school. She entered the Biochemistry PhD program at UMASS Lowell and hopes to finish her dissertation and defense this coming fall. At UMASS Lowell Marta was the volunteer coach for the college club team for 5 semesters. She was also the head coach at Silver Spring Country Club for 2 summers then at the Aspetuck Valley Country Club for 2 summers.


Some odd “fun facts” about Marta:

            - She loves ballroom dancing and was a competitive ballroom dancer

            - She loves to work on her car

            - She has participated competitively in tennis, basketball, softball, and running

            - She used to play the piano, violin, and flute


Marta is excited at the opportunity to lead the developmental program and assist the age group and senior programs at Zeus. Marta truly enjoys coaching and hopes that she can make a significant contribution to the growth, development, success of the Zeus swimmers.

Rachel E Smolensky

Assistant Coach


I have been a competitive swimmer since I was 6 years old. I swam for Zeus Swim Team from ages 6-16 years old, where I hold the teams 100 backstroke record. During the time I competed for Zeus, I also competed for Norwalk High Schools swim team which I was captain of my senior year, and broke a 30 year old record in the 100 yard backstroke. Then I went on to swim competitively all four years at Southern Connecticut State University, becoming the captain of the swim team my senior year. I have taught swim lessons for many summers. I will graduate from Southern Connecticut next year with my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education/Special Education and a minor in Psychology and English.