Coach Rob Bouchey has been a professional swimming coach for 18
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
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
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.
Lead Age Group Coach/Masters Head 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.
Diving Coach/Assistant Swim Coach
Brandon Biondi, a graduate of East Lyme High School, swam for Jack
Stabach and the successful Vikings program. Brandon is our
certified Program Director for the
lessons program. In addition, Brandon is the Head Coach for
the Nutmeg Diving program and assists when possible with the Nutmeg
Aquatics competitive team. He has been the Head Coach for the
New London High School Swim team, which is a co-ed team sponsored
during the winter season, since 2014. Beginning in the fall
of 2017, Brandon will begin as the Head Coach for the
Fitch/Stonington co-op Girls Swimming team. Brandon is
certified ASCA 2, Pool and Spa Operator, and is a Lifeguard
Instructor (LGI), and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) through the
American Red Cross.
Andrew S Chen
Lead Senior Coach
Andrew is entering his third year as a coach at Nutmeg Aquatics where his primary role is developing young athletes. A 2010 East Lyme graduate, Chen was a member of the high school swim team for four years where he was a captain and member of the ECC Championship squad for three consecutive years. He graduated from UCONN with a degree in Sports Psychology and also served as a volunteer coach and manager for the Division I UCONN swimming team. Andrew is also the assistant coach for the East Lyme Middle School Swim team and has helped coach both the women’s and men’s high school programs under Jack Stabach.
Chen’s coaching philosophy is reflective of his own personal experiences with the sport of swimming. “Swimming changed my life. It helped to build me into the person I am today. It is now my responsibility to give these athletes the same experiences I had and develop them into great individuals and swimmers.” Andrew is a certified USA Swimming Coach and is also an American Swim Coaches Association level 1 coach.
Rachel joined Nutmeg as a coach in the fall of 2018. Previously she
swam with Nutmeg through middle and high school. She continued her
swimming career in college at the University of Saint Joseph,
setting pool records in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle. She has
been teaching swimming for over 10 years to all age levels.
Rachel began coaching in the fall of 2017 with Old Lyme High
School. She primarily coaches Age Group 1 and is excited to work
with all of the groups! When not coaching Rachel is a science
teacher at East Lyme High School. Rachel is a certified USA and
high school swim coach.
Emily joined the Nutmeg Staff in February 2019. A
certified Physical Education teacher, Emily loves sports and
athletic instruction. We are excited to welcome her to the
Emma is currently a student at
UCONN and will be joining us as an assistant coach on all
groups. Emma has history as an age group swimmer with Nutmeg,
and also swam with LEHY later in her career. Emma is a
graduate of NFA and swam her freshman year at SCSU. We look
forward to welcoming her (back) to the program.