Charles J Batchelor
Head Coach, National & Senior Groups
- Chuck joined the Bluefish in September 2005.
- 2006 Head Coach of the USA Swimming's Men's National Select
Camp in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center.
- 2008 USA Swimming National Junior Team Head Coach to Junior Pan
Pacific Championships in Guam.
- 2009 USA Swimming Women's Assistant to coach to World
Championship in Rome, Italy.
- 2010 USA Swimming Women's Assistant coach to Pan Pacific
Championships Irvine, California.
- October 2011 Pan American Games Women's Head Coach.
- 2012 New England Swimming Senior Coach of the year!
In his coaching career Batchelor has trained 1 Olympian, 52
National Qualifiers, 41 Olympic Trial Qualifiers, and had 10
swimmers rank in the top 100 in the world. He is committed to
helping all of his swimmers get into the best colleges possible,
guiding them through the process of selecting an institution and,
if possible, receiving academic or athletic scholarships. Over
seventy percent of Chuck’s student athletes have gone on to
attend Ivy League institutions.
Christina C Batchelor
Head Coach, Raynham & Wheaton Groups
Christie Batchelor was awarded the
New England Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year for 2010!
Christie joined the Bluefish in
September 2005 as Age Group Head Coach, Swim School Program
Director, Vice-President and Co-owner with her husband Chuck.
Christie is a graduate of Kenyon
College, Gambier Ohio, where she was a part of NCAA Championship
teams. Christie received her BA
in Psychology, with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.
Christie has been coaching and
instructing swim lessons for 16 years. Under her direction the
Bluefish Swim School program has grown from 0 to 500 swimmers. In
her coaching career she has worked with Regional, Age Group, &
Zone Champions. Christie coaches at
Wheaton College and Raynham Athletic Club facilities. She coaches the
Bluefish Junior Team consisting of the following training groups:
Goldfish, Mini and Junior 1 & Junior 2.
Ryan E Yucka
Senior Assistant & Age Group Coach
Ryan Yucka comes to the Bluefish with 10+ years of coaching experience at YMCA's in Western Mass. He has coached every level of the sport and loves to work with all age groups. Recently, Ryan spent 7 years as head senior coach for the Greater Holyoke YMCA, who finished in 3rd place at the 2011 Y nationals, as well as Head coach at Holyoke Catholic High School. During his time in Holyoke, Ryan coached mostly sectional level swimmers, a few Jr. national and Senior national qualifiers as well as the teams first female Olympic Trial qualifier. Ryan graduated from Westfield State University and is a ASCA level 4 coach.
Assistant Sr. & Age Group Coach
We are pleased to announce Greg Gillette is returning to Bluefish as the Assistant Senior and Age Group Coach. Coach Greg comes back to ABF with vast experience as a Head Age Group and Head Coach of high performance athletes in the Southern California, Pacific Northwest, Illinois and New England LSC's.
Coach Greg has coached an Olympic swimmer, several Olympic trial qualifiers, U.S. National, Junior National and Sectional swimmers, as well as a number of Age Group record breakers. He's coached on a number of Zone's All-Star staffs, and was the Head Coach of the Pacific Northwest Team that won the Western Zone Meet in 2009, when he was named the 2009 ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year in the PNS LSC.
Coach Greg has served on the Board of Directors in both the Pacific Northwest and New England, where he served in both LSC's as the Coaches Representative, and was on the Age Group Committee's.
Coach Greg enjoys the challenge of finding ways to helping each individual athlete achieve their goals, and looks forward to working with each and every Bluefish Swim Club member.
Part-Time Assistant Age Group Coach
Meghan Abella-Bowen joined Bluefish in 2007 as a part-time
assistant age group coach at the Raynham location. Meghan picked up
swimming in 2001 when she joined the Masters program at Raynham
Athletic Club run by Christie. In 2004 she joined the Bluefish team
as a part-time swim instructor at the RAC location before moving
into to her current coaching position. Meghan is a graduate of
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona where she played
division II soccer. Meghan enjoys working with young people and has
coached youth soccer and basketball programs in Texas and Kansas.
Meghan works full-time as a Director of a National Science
Foundation grant at Bristol Community College and resides in
Taunton, MA. with her husband.
Kim P Bray
Kim Bray, Part-time Wheaton and Raynham, Mini Bluefish Coach!
Has a Bachelor's Degree in French from Dickinson College and a
Master's in French Literature from Tufts University. She grew
up swimming for the South Shore Strypers and then swam for
Dickinson College. She has been both middle and high school
French teacher for 5 years before she choose to stay home with her
three children. She was the head coach of Sudbury Swim Team,
a recreational town team that numbered approx. 100 kids, for 3
years. She has been coaching Norton HS since 2006.
Junior Team Part Time Coach
Jessica Pike has been working under the
direction of Darlene Dusseault and Christie Batchelor for ten years
has worked as a swim lesson instructor and previously as a full
time coach, we are excited that she able to reutrn this season part
time working over the weekends. She was a competitive swimmer
throughout her youth and swam for the Middleboro YMCA Sea Devils
and Coyle and Cassidy High School. Jessica just recently graduated
from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in English and
Secondary Education. While in Virginia for college, Jessica
was an Assistant Coach for the Regency Park Tiger Sharks Swim Team.
She graduated Bridgewater State University with a Masters in
Student Affairs Counseling. She is currently working Mount
Ida College in their Career Service Office as the Assistant
Colleen M Cuneo
Assitant Age Group Coach
Colleen began swimming on a team at the age of 10, and swimming has been a large part of her life ever since. She was always involved with at least one team all the way into college. She began swimming at HAY Lightening Swim Team and moved on to Tsunami Swim Team years later. Colleen also helped build the Mansfield High School Swim Team and was named captain her senior year. She also spent a summer coaching the Finberg Flyers, out of the Attleboro YMCA, as well. Colleen believes swimming is a great sport for all ages, it builds a great community and helps with both team spirit and sportsmanship as well as individual growth. She is happy to share my knowledge and interests in the sport with the kids. Colleen has spent the last four years working with Bluefish as swim lesson instructor. Colleen is excited to join the Raynham coaching staff!
Jessica L Dorney
Mini/Goldfish & Asst Jr. Team Coach
Jessica Dorney started swimming competitively at age 9 for the Kent County YMCA. She then continued on to swim for the Foxpoint Boys and Girls club and The Prout School throughout her high school years. She attended Saint Joseph's College of Maine, where she was a member of their varsity swim program for three seasons. She graduated SJCME with a BS is Exercise Science & Fitness Leadership. She spent a season with the Kent County YMCA as the assistant coach for the "juniors" and "otter pups" (ages 6-12). Jessica has also taught swim lessons for almost 10 years and helped train firefighter and para-rescue recruits for their respective swim tests. Jessica is very excited to be a part of the Bluefish coaching staff and to share her passion for the sport of swimming.