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Coaches and STPA

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Sean Christopher Farrell

Head Coach

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Sean joined the staff as Head Coach in September of 1999. During his tenure with the Sea Dogs, Sean has produced several senior national qualifiers, an Olympic Trials Qualifier, 17 Individual YMCA National Champions and 6 Relay YMCA National Champions.  His swimmers have broken 25 Individual Connecticut, 14 Connecticut Relay Records and have earned over 430 YMCA All-American Honors. Additionally, he was named the Connecticut Senior Coach of the Year in 2001 and was nominated for that honor in 2002, 2005 and 2008. Sean was voted the 2008 LC YMCA National Coach of the Meet by his peers and was nominated for the 2009 YMCA Coach of the Year.  A 1988 graduate of Cheshire High School, Sean returned to Cheshire after being the Head Coach of the Westfield (NJ) YMCA from 1998-1999. In addition Sean was the Head Coach of the Sun Devil Aquatics in Tempe, Arizona and the Assistant Coach with the Arizona State University from 1995-1998. During his tenure with ASU, the squad established a NCAA Division I top-10 team ranking all 3 years and his resume includes working with 10 Olympians, 15 Division I All-Americans and 5 Pac-10 Champions. Sean earned a BS degree in Biology at Southern Connecticut State University. While at Southern, he earned Division II All-American honors and was a multiple swim team record holder. After graduating, Sean was the assistant coach for Southern’s Men’s Swim Team from 1993-95. As well as being the Head Coach for Sea Dogs, he was also the Connecticut YMCA Swim League President from 2001-2003, Program Development Chair for Connecticut Swimming from 2004-2006 and is currently on the Connecticut Swimming Technical Planning Committee.

Dan Mascolo

Associate Head Coach

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Dan has been with the Cheshire Y/Sea Dog Swim Club since 2005.  Under his direction the Age Group program has won 16 Age Group Team titles. His swimmers have broken 26 CT/Resident records. Additionally, his swimmers have recorded 124 YMCA National Top 10 Rankings including 14 YMCA National Age Group Champions and 2 YMCA National Age Group records. Dan has twice been named CT Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year ('07 & '15).  Prior to coming to Cheshire, Dan had Head Coaching experience with the Hockomock Area YMCA Lightning and the Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings swim teams.  Dan earned a BA degree in Communication Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. While at URI, he was named to the Atlantic-10 Commissioner Honor Roll and was a member of the record breaking 200 Free Relay.  In April 2012 he took the reins of the Cheshire HS Girls Swimming & Diving team and has led them to a dual meet record of 62-2; winning six straight conference championships, 2 State-Runner Up finishes and a State Title in 2017. Since staring at CHS the girls have broken 9 of 11 swimming team records and had numerous All-State and All-American honors. He is an active member of CT Swimming governance having served on the CT Swimming Board of Directors from 2009-2011 & 2017-Present as he took over as Chair of the CT Swimming Age Group Committee in 2017 having served since 2005.

Karl R Bishop

Assistant Coach - BUC/PT

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CDOG swimmer for 5 years, currently a member.  Before that swam for Southington Stingrays. Started swimming at the age of 8.

CDOG record holder 200, 400, 800 and 1500 L free, 1000 Y free, and relays

Swim for UConn Division I currently entering 2nd year.

First year at Uconn accomplishments: 2 school records 1650 and 1000 free and named to All-Conference Team for American Athletic Conference.

Y Nat trips: 7

Y Nat record holder 1500 and 800 L free

2016 Olympic Trials qualifier 1500 and 400 free

Selected for USA National open water select camp 2017

Went to Jr. Nats and Sr. Nats

High school: All American in 200 and 500 free, All State, Scholastic All American, 2015 state champion 200 and 500 free, CHS record holder in 200 and 500 free, 2017 CHS athlete of the year, Hartford Courant Swimmer and Player of the year 2015, New Haven Register MVP Boys swimming, CHS Boys swim captain.

Jenna N Cannata

Assistant Coach - PT

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Coach Jenna swam for CDOG for 11 years and was a member of the National Team her senior year. After CDOG she swam for Bryant University for a year and a half.

Kendra Kennedy-Laguzzi

Assistant Coach - Juniors

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Karen Novak

Assistant Coach - BUC/PT

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Karen has been a part of the Cheshire Y/Sea Dog Swim Club since 2000. During her time as an athlete for CDOG she was a four-time YMCA National Qualifier for the summer and spring YMCA nationals; a top 16 swimmer in Connecticut in 2008-2010; as well as having been the recipient of the Coaches Award, Most Improved, and Captains Award.

Karen also swam for Cheshire High School Swimming and Diving from 2007-2011 where she contributed to the national record holding team for most consecutive dual meet wins. She was also a state, state open, and SCC finalist all four years; Class LL runner-up her freshman and sophomore years; and Class L runner-up her senior year. She was a member of four SCC league championship teams and one Class LL State Championship Team her junior year. Individually she was Class L State Champion in the 200 free relay and the 500 free; and was the Class L record holder in the 400 free relay her senior year. She was also awarded team captain and was tabbed as the Most Valuable Swimmer her senior year. 

Karen has recently earned her BA degree in English while majoring in Elementary Education at Central Connecticut State University. Along with earning her degree, she swam four years of Division 1 swimming at CCSU where she was a member of the North East Conference Championship Team in 2015. Karen has also been awarded the Scholar Athlete Award for High Academic Achievement, Dean's List, and President's List during her time at CCSU.  

Kyle James Shadeck

Assistant Coach - BUC

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Rosanne Tejeda

Assitant Coach - BUC

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Rosanne has been an age group swim coach for 10 years and joined the CDOG Staff in 2014.Rosanne grew up in Hamden, CT and swam for Hamden High School. She attended Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ  on a Division I scholarship for swimming. While at Rider University she set team records in the 500, 1000 and 1650 yard freestyle events. She graduated cum laude, earning her Bachelor of Science in Business and went on to receive her MBA at Rider. She spent many years in the marketing field. She currently resides in Cheshire, CT with her husband and 3 daughters.

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