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 one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Chuck Clark

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 NCAA level.

Chuck grew up in Milford and swam locally for Foran High School in Milford and later at the NCAA level for Radford University in Virginia.

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.

Allison Wells

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 free relay.

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.

Emily DeMace

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 years.

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.

Etnike Dovolani

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 training CrossFit.

Alissa Keyes

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 certification.

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 competitive swimming.

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.

Allison Szabo

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 team.

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, Bella.

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.

Bill Natlo

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 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 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.

Tom Horan

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.

Kyle Barber

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.

Board of Directors

Michael Suba



Nancy Chavez

Vice President


Robert Cristiano



Domenic Lemma



Courtney Adragna



Katie Kirberger



Kathryn Metzker



George Mladsi