Coaches & Directors

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 the director.  All coaches are certified through USA Swimming, USA Diving, and/or US Masters Swimming.  All staff members undergo thorough background checks, athlete protection training, and topical eduacation and training.  

Coaching Staff

Rob Bouchey

Head Coach





Coach Rob Bouchey has been a professional swimming coach for 22 years, earning ASCA Level 4 certification during this time. During the first 7 years he served in multiple roles with the Utica Shelby Swim Club, including as Head Coach from 2002-2007. Following USSC, Rob was the National Team coach and Director of Competitive Aquatics for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut from 2007-2012, and then returned home to Michigan where he served as the head coach of the Dearborn Dolphins for two seasons, before a short stint as a lead coach for the Birmingham-Bloomfield Atlantis.  Following relocation to Connecticut in December 2014, Rob joined the Nutmeg program in March 2015 as the Senior Coach, has been the Head Coach since September 2016, and purchased the team in July 2018. 

Coach Bouchey's athletes have attained many accomplishments including; Michigan and Connecticut individual state champions, USA Swimming Sectional qualifiers and finalists, YMCA National qualifiers and finalists, USA Swimming Zone Select Camp participants, USA Swimming Top-16/Top-10 rankings, YMCA Top-16/Top-10 rankings, NCSA Jr. National qualifiers, USA Swimming Jr. National qualifiers, and USA Swimming Senior National qualifiers.

Rob is also the Aquatics Director for the East Lyme Public Schools, the Head Coach for the EL Boys Swim Team, and Assistant Coach for the EL Girls Swim Team. In addition to USA Swimming and ASCA Certification, Rob is a certified Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, and Certified Pool Operator.

Cecilia Emblidge

Assistant Coach


Cecilia Emblidge comes to Nutmeg Aquatics with several years of experience both in the pool and on deck. Since 2007, Coach Cecilia has been the Head Coach of the New London Coastal Cruisers for the Special Olympics of Connecticut. Coach Cecilia currently serves as an East Lyme Aquatics & Fitness Center Swim Instructor for the Nutmeg Swim School where she has coached all levels from beginners to advanced stroke school. In addition to her work with the Special Olympics and Nutmeg Swim School, Coach Cecilia also serves an assistant coach for the East Lyme Middle School.

Coach Cecilia’s philisophy for swimming is one that focuses on the technical aspects of swimming, setting goals for the swimmers, and an unwavering commitment to making swimming interesting and fun for her athletes. She is an American Swim Coaches Association Level II Certified Coach.

Coach Cecilia was an age group swimmer for 13 years. She also swam in high school, college, and is a current masters swimmer with the Nutmeg Aquatics Masters Team. She was the All-County swimmer at for her high school in Westchester, NY. Coach Cecilia earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Alfred University.
Board of Directors

Rob Bouchey