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.
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.
Coach Jennifer came to CAT
in September 2017 and took over coaching the C group, bringing with
her over two decades of coaching experience. Coach Jennifer
started her coaching career with the Orange Park and Recreation
swim team and then moved on to Albertus Magnus College where she
was the Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach. Coach Jennifer then
moved onto coaching with the Branford Stingrays for many years,
working with the 8 & under group. After a few years away
from the pool she is happy to be working with the CAT coaching
staff and swimmers.