Head Coach / Senior Coach
Chuck Clark is celebrating his 20th year with the Rapids in
2018-2019 and has served as our Head Coach since 2009. Chuck brings
over 25 years of coaching experience to the Rapids, which includes
roles at the Stratford YMCA and Trumbull Pisces at the club level,
along with Head Coaching positions with Weston and Bunnell High
Schools. Chuck is a Level III certified coach with ASCA.
Chuck’s athletes have had continual success under his
leadership, including multiple swimmers achieving USA Swimming
“Top 16” rankings, over 30 swimmers named to CT Zone
teams and he’s had over 20 swimmers move on to compete at the
Chuck grew up in Milford and swam locally for Foran High School
in Milford and later at the NCAA level for Radford University in
Chuck is a Middle School Physical Education teacher at
Harborside Middle School within the Milford Public School district.
He lives in Trumbull with his wife Sharyn and three children
– Lauren, Connor and Alyssa – all of whom swim on the
Rapids. When not on the pool deck, Chuck enjoys powering down and
spending with his family.
Head Age Group Coach
2018-2019 marks Allison Wells’ eighth year with the
Rapids, having served as our Head Age Group since the 2016 season.
Ally brings eight years of total coaching experience to the team,
where, in addition to the Rapids, she’s served as on the
staffs of the Shelton High Boys Team (2011), CT Zone Team
(2015-2016) and the Shelton High School Girls Team (2018). Ally is
a Level I Certified Coach with ASCA.
Ally has a history of developing high level age group athletes,
having over 20 swimmers qualifying for the CT Age Group
Championships with most placing in the CT Top 16 for events in
their respective age group. She has placed 7 swimmers on the CT
Zone Team and had a swimmer achieve a national ranking. Many of the
athletes she developed have gone on to swim in college.
Ally grew up in Shelton and swam for the Shelton Seals/Shelton
Monroe Rapids for 11 years, having held multiple team records
during that time. She also competed for the Shelton High School
Girls Team where she was named Team Captain and held team records
in the 50, 100, 200 free, 200 Medley Relay, and 400 Free Relay and
was named to All-SCC team. At the NCAA level, Ally swam for the
State University of New York at New Paltz for 4 years and was named
team Captain while setting team records in 200 free relay and 400
Ally currently lives in Shelton, where she spends her free time
traveling to new places, attending concerts and Yankees games and
spending time with her family. She’s patiently waiting for
her boyfriend of 8+ years to put a ring on it.
Lead Coach - Sophomore Group
Emily DeMace is entering her third year with the Rapids in
2018-2019 where she’s served as our Lead Sophomore Group
throughout her tenure, while also assisting Chuck with our Senior
Groups. In addition to Rapids, Emily spent 2016-2017 as an
Assistant Coach with the Masuk Boys Team and was named to the
Eastern Zone Short Course staff in 2017.
Many of Emily’s athletes have achieved competitive success
under her guidance with over 20 swimmers qualifying for Age Group
Championships, Senior Championships and Zone Teams throughout the
Emily grew up in Monroe where she swam for the Monroe Gators,
SMST Rapids, Valley YMCA Sprinters and Masuk High School. Emily
went on to compete at the NCAA level for Adelphi University, where
she graduated in 2016 with a BS Degree in Business Administration.
Emily currently lives in New Haven, where, in addition to
coaching, she spends time as a Nanny and Pet Sitter while on the
hunt for the career of her dreams! She’s the oldest of three
in her family and her siblings were Masuk High swimmers. When not
on the pool deck, Emily’s probably out training for, or
competing in, a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Sprint Triathlon.
Lead Coach - Freshmen Group
2018-2019 is Etnike Dovolani’s first year with Rapids,
where she’s come on to lead our Freshman Group. In addition
to Rapids, Entike spent four years with the BSY Torpedoes and three
years volunteering with St. Pete’s Aquatics. At BSY, Etnike
was responsible for helping develop a YMCA Qualifying athlete. She
holds Level 1 Certification from ASCA
Etnike spent time in Stratford before moving to Florida when she
was little, where she swam for 12 years for St. Petersburg
Aquatics. She’s currently attending Southern Connecticut
State University as part of the their biology and pre-med program.
Etnike lives in Stratford and when not in class or at practice,
she volunteers at local hospitals and spends six days a week
Lead Coach - Developmental Group
Alissa Keyes is beginning her 5th year coaching with the Rapids
in 2018-2019. Alissa has spent her entire coaching life with the
Rapids, leading our youngest swimmers as they make their entry into
the world of competitive swimming. She holds ASCA Level 1
As our developmental lead, Coach Alissa has built a strong core
foundation for our novice level swimmers to be top performers for
our 8/u championships and progress to the higher levels of
Growing up in Trumbull, Alissa swam for the Trumbull Pisces and
SMST Rapids where she was an Age Group, Senior and CT Open Water
Championship Qualifier, while being named to CT Top-16. Alissa
competed for Lauralton Hall in Milford, where she was named Team
Captain her Senior year. After High School, she attended and swam
for Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY where she was selected
as team Captain Junior and Senior Years and was named to the
All-Conference First Team. Post-college, Alissa has participated in
the St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound (15 mile open water race
from Port Jefferson, NY to Bridgeport to raise awareness for the
fight against cancer)
Alissa works as a Healthcare Analyst in New Haven and lives
nearby in Woodbridge with her rescue pup Tallulah and cats Jack and
Jaws. When not working or coaching, Alissa loves spending time with
her pets, drinking coffee, teaching swim lessons and water safety
and volunteering with non-profit youth groups like the Boys and
Girls Club and the Hole in the Wall Gang.
Assistant Age Group Coach
Allie Szabo is entering her 11th year with the Rapids in
2018-2019. She’s spent her entire coaching career here with
SMST, working primarily with our Developmental group and youngest
swimmers during that time.
Allie has been instrumental in the development of our young
swimmers over the years, helping to set a strong foundation
that’s allowed them to move on and succeed at higher levels
of the sport.
Allie grew up in Shelton and swam for the Shelton Seals and the
SMST Rapids at the club level, as well as 4-years on the Shelton
High Girls Team. She attended the University of Connecticut, where
she spent three years competing on the university’s club swim
Allie is a Speech Language Pathologist within the Fairfield
Public Schools at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. She lives in
Shelton and when not on the pool deck or working with students in
Fairfield, you’ll find her hanging with her rescue pup,
Currently, in addition to serving as an assistant coach for the
Rapids developmental, freshman and sophomore groups,
Coach Ally is a speech pathologist in the Town of Milford.
Assistant Age Group Coach
Bill Natlo is entering his third year with the Rapids in
2018-2019 where he works primarily with our Freshman Group.
He’s been coaching for nearly 15 years, the majority of which
was spent in New York before moving to Connecticut in 2012.
Bill’s past experience includes positions at the NCAA, club,
high school and recreational levels, including: Head Coach at Pace
University (2008-2011), Senior Coach with Empire and Middies
Swimming (2004-2011), Head Coach at the Ursuline School (2007) and
Head Coach at Rocky Ledge Swimming Association (2005-2010). Bill
holds Level III certification from ASCA.
With Pace, 13 of Bill’s athletes were named to Conference
All-Star and All-Academic Teams and six athletes achieved NCAA
Division II qualifying times. At Empire and Middies, Bill helped
develop 50+ Sectional, Junior and Senior National qualifiers.
Bill’s teams at Rocky Ledge captured back to back summer
Division Championships in 2006 and 2007 and Bill was named
"Conference Coach of the Year" in 2008. And at the Ursuline School,
he guided the girls team to an undefeated season and the New York
State Section I Title, sending six swimmers to that season's NYS
Bill grew up in New York, swimming competitively for the BGNW
Marlins and Pleasantville High School, where he was a 2-time
Sectional Finalist in the 200 IM and 100 Breast. Bill competed at
the NCAA level for SUNY Cortland, where he was a SUNYAC qualifier.
Bill works at TracyLocke in Wilton, where he leads a team of 35
in developing and executing retail marketing programs for Heineken
USA. He currently lives in Trumbull with his wife Tara and three
children – Hannah, Colin and Brendan – two of whom swim
for Rapids. When not working or on the pool deck, you’ll
probably find Bill at some field or gym, watching or coaching
baseball, basketball or gymnastics.
Assistant Senior Coach
Tom is entering his second year as a Rapids coach in 2018-2019,
again working with Chuck and our Senior groups. In addition to
Rapids, Tom currently serves as the Head Coach with the Newtown
Masters Swim team, a role he’s held since 2014. Tom also
helped coach the Newtown Torpedoes Stroke and Turn clinics from
2014-2017, and has held age group roles with Mission Bay Makos and
Lansdowne Swim Clubs.
Tom also spent a year as a volunteer assistant with Temple
University’s Swim Teams. He holds ASCA Level 1
Certification. Tom is a USA Swimming certified official
and Meet Referee, a role he’s held since 2007.
Tom works for Access Rehab and lives in Sandy Hook with his wife
Missy and children Tommy and Peter, both of whom swim for Rapids.
When not coaching or working, Tom enjoys open water swimming and is
an avid bagpipe player.
Assistant Age Group Coach
2018-2019 marks Kyle Barber’s return to SMST Rapids
coaching ranks where he’ll be assisting across all of our age
group teams. Kyle previously coached with us back when he was in
High School for two years.
Kyle grew up in Shelton where he swam on the Rapids for 11 years
and competed four years on the Shelton High School team. Kyle then
attended Mount Saint Mary College where he was named team captain
and held the school record in the 200 fly and the Skyline
Conference record in the 1000 free.
Kyle works locally as a lifeguard, lives in Shelton and enjoys
reading, playing videogames and hanging with friends when
he’s not on deck with the Rapids.