Coaching Staff

We are here to support your needs. Please contact one of the coaches for all questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs.

Coaching Staff

Neal Tyson

Head Coach


Coach Neal is a true HK swim alumni. He was taught how to swim by coaches Mary Kate Almeida and Lisa Johnson through Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Swim Lessons before joining CAT at age 10. He swam competitively for the team over the next 8 years and still holds the CAT records for the 50 and 100 yard freestyle as well as the 100 butterfly. In addition, he swam for the HKHS Boys Swim Team going All State a total of 7 times, was chosen Captain senior year, and helped set the 400 Freestyle Relay record.

Coach Neal currently attends Central Connecticut State University (when he is in the country) majoring in Natural and Social Marine Science with hopes of working in coastal community marine resource management or marine policy. When he’s not coaching he’s off somewhere in the world scuba diving with sharks, climbing mountains or biking down them.

Coach Neal joined the CAT coaching staff 3 years ago before accepting the position of head coach. He specializes in sprint freestyle and technique work for all strokes. With relentless enthusiasm and a passion for everything water related, Neal hopes to provide an atmosphere that encourages a love of swimming first, closely followed with a passion for competition.

Lisa Johnson

Program Coach


Coach Lisa has been involved in and has enjoyed the sport of swimming for many years. Whether as swim instructor, lifeguard or a coach; Coach Lisa has always had a passion for what she is doing with the athletes. Coach Lisa is a certified USA Swim Coach with 22 years of swim instruction experience and she joined the CAT coaching staff in November 2017. Coach Lisa has a passion for the sport of swimming and is eager to share her love for the sport with those she coaches. In addition to being a CAT program coach, where her primary responsibilities focus on teaching stroke technique, proper body positioning and regulation she is also working on goal setting and helping each swimmer reach their potential.