Head Coach / Senior Coach
Chuck Clark is entering his 21st year with the Rapids in
2019-2020 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
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
Bill Natlo is beginning his fifth season with the Rapids
and was named our Head Age Group Coach in March, 2019 where he
leads our Junior group and has oversight of our broader age group
Bill’s been coaching for 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), Lead Age Group & 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 numerous Metro LSC age group champions and LSC and team
record holders, along with 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 Championship Meet.
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 IN Connected Marketing, where he leads the
development and execution of retail marketing programs for
Anheuser-Busch. He lives in Trumbull with his wife Tara and their
three children – Hannah, Colin and Brendan – two of
whom swim for Rapids. When not working or on the pool deck, Bill is
probably doing something baseball related - he serves as
Secretary on the Trumbull Little League Board of Directors and is
an active Manager within the program, as well.
John Michael Spadafina
Associate Head Coach
Coach John is entering his 17th year of coaching
competitive swimming. Since 2017, Coach John has been the Head
Coach & Director of the Park City Wolfpack. In the past 3 years
the Wolfpack have seen increasing numbers at the CT Age Group
Championships, CT Senior Championships, TYR International
Invitational, EZ Age Group All Star Qualifiers & EZ Sectional
qualifiers. Throughout Coach John’s years of coaching, he has
coached all levels from novice to national level swimmers. Coach
John’s swimmers throughout the years have been Age Group
Champions, CT Senior Open Champions, CT Resident and CT Record
holders both individually and on relays. Coach John was CT Board of
Director member in 2010-2012 as Coaches Representative. He was a
member of the CT Senior Committee from 2016-2020. In 2020, John was
the Meet Director of the CT LC Senior Open in March.
John, brings 10+ years of NCAA division 1 college coaching
experience as he is the Head Swimming & Diving Coach at Sacred
Heart University. In his time at SHU, Pioneer members set 67 school
records and have set 25 plus pool records throughout the region.
SHU Swimmers & Divers continue to excel in the classroom as
Coach John resides in Wallingford CT, with his wife Amber and
Daughter Chloe. John enjoys watching his daughter dance
competitively and the little free time he has left he enjoys
playing softball and golfing.
Lead Novice Coach
2019-2020 is Etnike Dovolani’s second year with Rapids,
where she’s the Lead Coach for our Novice 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
Assistant Senior Coach
Emily DeMace is entering her fourth year with the Rapids in
2019-2020 where she’ll be assisting Chuck with our Senior
program. For the last three years, Emily served as our
Lead Sophomore Group. 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 works as a Program Coordinator for Talem Health, a
continuing medical education company located in Trumbull.
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.
Assistant Novice Coach
Allie Szabo is entering her 12th year with the Rapids in
2019-2020. 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,
Assistant Novice Coach
Kyle Barber enters his second season with the Rapids in
2019-20, where he’ll again be assisting across all of
our age group teams. Kyle also 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 as a contractor with Teksystems for Yale New Haven
Health Services in their fleet services IT department. He
lives in Shelton and enjoys reading, playing videogames and hanging
with friends when he’s not working or on deck with the
Victoria San Pietro
Assistant Age Group Coach
2019-20 is Victoria San Pietro's first year with Rapids where
she'll be assisting our Novice and Junior Groups. Vic brings
four years of swim coaching experience to our team, including three
years at BSY and another with the Wallingford YMCA. With BSY,
Vic helped a number of swimmmers qualify for both short course and
long course Age Group Championships. In addition to swimming,
Vic has also spent four years coaching lacrosse at Joel Barlow High
Vic was born and raised in Stratford and competed for BSY and
Bunnell High School. She went onto swim at Eastern
Connecticut State University for four years and was also a
dual-sport athlete during that time, having played on ECSU's
Lacrosse team for three years!
Vic lives in Milford currently and works at BSY as a front desk
associate and helps teach private swim lessons. Additionally,
Vic is finishing all her necessary prequesites for nursing school!
When not on the pool deck, you'll probably find Vic at the
beach, eating Colony Pizza or spending hours wandering around
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