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
Currently Omar is on both the
Technical Planning committee and the Nominating committee for
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
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
Also Omar coached Chaminade High
School in Mineola, New York. There he helped guide them to a
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
He lives in Norwalk with his wife and
daughter who swims on the team.
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
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
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
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.
Nicole is in her third year coaching
for ZEUS but she has been a competitive swimmer since she was an
8/under swimming with Norwalk Aquatic Club (the team before
ZEUS!). She swam at Georgetown University and still swims
with the Masters team at the YMCA. She also competes in open
water swims during the summer. She has taught swim lessons
for many summers, mostly through the Swim America program.
Outside of swimming, Nicole is an elementary school teacher.
This is her 14th year teaching first