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.
Louis Michael Arruda
Senior Group Assistant Coach
Louis has been swimming competitively since his youth, and he
does not see an end in sight. The 2005 graduate of Springfield
College achieved Division
III All-American status in the 200 yard Freestyle in 2004
and 2005. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Male
Athlete at Springfield during his Freshman and Senior
years. Louis qualified for Olympic Trials in 2008 in the 100
Freestyle and he is a swimmer training with Bluefish Senior Team as
he is contining to train for 2010 Olympic Trials. He began coaching
on a regular basis in 2005 with the Cranston YMCA in Rhode
Island. Louis has also been involved in
coaching high school athletes in Warwick,
RI since graduating from Bishop
Hendricken High School in 2001. He is excited to be able to
work with with the Bluefish family to expand his coaching
Peter T Zeiger
Special Assistant Age Group Coach
Peter was captain of the Cumberland High School swimming team
that was undefeated for four years and won 4 State
Championships. During that time he was on the RI All State
team four years straight and held several school and pool records.
He swam for and was captain of the University of Maine Swim
Division I team and was part of the 400 freestyle team record which
still stands from 1982. During the summers he coached age group
swimming and spent one year as an assistant coach at U/Maine while
preparing for graduate school. Peter is also an inductee in the RI
Swimming Hall of Fame.
At the age of 46 he is rated top 10 in the US Masters for two
events nationally. And at the ages of 45 and 46 he returned to the
finals at NE Opens at Harvard in the 50 meter freestyle. Peter is
married to Whitney Leeman who was a 1984 NCAA Division II champion
and held 12 school records. Their five children swim for the
Age Group Coach at Raynham
Jessica Pike has been working under the direction of Darlene
Dusseault and Christie Batchelor for seven years as a swim lesson
instructor and is now excited to be a coach for the Junior 1 group
out of Wheaton. 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.
The past three years, while in Virginia, Jessica was an Assistant
Coach for the Regency Park Tiger Sharks Swim Team. She is currently
attending Bridgewater State University and is working towards her
Masters in Student Affairs Counseling.
JESSICA P MORRISON
Age Group Coach at Raynham
Jessica Morrison's swimming
career began at age 10. She
swam with Christie Batchelor as her coach -
initially for the Barracudas, then the Cape
Cod Swim Club and finally the Bluefish
Swim Club. In addition, she was a member
of the Coyle and Cassidy swim team throughout high school and was
co-captain during her senior year. Jessica has worked for
the Bluefish since age 14. Shebegan working as an assistant swim
instructor and moved up the ranks to swim
instructor, followed by assistant coach and, eventually, swim
coach. Currently, she coaches the mini and
junior groups in Raynham. In May of 2012, Jessica
graduated from Keene State
College in New Hampshire with a major
in communications and a minor in psychology .
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.
Catherine J Butler
Assitant Age Group Coach
Prior to joining Bluefish Kate worked as an assistant coach for
the Smithfield YMCA, as well as St. Mary's Bayview Academy. Kate
has been swimming competitively since her youth. She has taught
swim lessons since she was sixteen an spent her summers
lifeguarding at the RI state beaches. Kate is currently taking
classes towards a degree in early education at the Community
College of RI.
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.
Mini Bluefish Coach at Cumberland
Whitney Zeiger Mini Bluefish Cumberland Coach
Whitney swam competitively as an age grouper and then through
college. As an age grouper she set 12 individual Maine state
records. In high school for Pine Crest
School in Florida, she won the 100 backstroke title at the
National Junior Championships. In college at the University of
Maine, she won 16 individual titles and the NCAA Division II
200 backstroke title. She was an NCAA Division I qualifier
and was named by Sports Illustrated Magazine as one of Maine's
all-time top 50 greatest sports figures. She was inducted
into the University of Maine's Hall of Fame. She received her
B.S. in Education from the University of Maine and her M.B.A. from
Janice L Churchill
Assistant Age Group Coach
Janice Churchill, assistant age group position at Wheaton
College. Janice is a life long resident of Attleboro and a graduate
High School, where she swam for the High School Team. Janice
graduated in 2010 from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst
with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Architecture and design.
Janice also has an associate degree from the Art Institute for interior
design and space planning. Janice has worked with the Attleboro
Park and Recreation department since 2002, where she designed and
implemented their learn to swim program. Most recently Janice was
the assistant coach at the Attleboro High School this past season
and worked with the age group program at the Attleboro
YMCA, Tsunami’s Swim Team.
Michael S Ross
Mike was a NCAA Division
All-American Swimmer for Princeton University (1986-1990). During
that time, he led two NCAA winning relays (1989 and 1990). He was
an American record holder in the 200 Medley Relay, a three-time
qualifier for the US Olympic Trials (1988, 1992, 1996), and a
member of the first United States Resident National Team for
Swimming 1994-1996. Mike currently holds 5 Masters World Records in
swimming and 9 United States Masters Records. Although Mike was
soundly beaten in his youth by head coach Chuck Batchelor when they
competed together on Capital Region Aquatic Club, he thinks he
could put up a good race against the Bluefish head coach now.
-NCAA Division All-American Swimmer for Princeton University
-Led two NCAA winning relays in 1989 and 1990
-Former American record holder in the 200 Medley Relay
-Three-time qualifier for the US Olympic Trials (1988, 1992,
-Member of the first United States Resident National Team for
-Current World Record holder in 5 Masters swimming events
-Current United States Masters Record holder in 9 swimming
-Assistant swimming coach of the Worcester Wahoos and the Bluefish