Director of Competitive Aquatics
Coach Rogers has a long history of success with athletes of all abilities. As an age group coach, he has guided swimmers to hundreds of NAG Top 16 swims and over a dozen NAG National Championships & Records. His swimmers have earned numerous New York, Louisiana and Florida H.S. State championships as well as both NCSA and USA Swimming Junior National Championships; including a Junior National champion in every stroke. His age group swimmers have finaled at USA Swimming Nationals, made National & Olympic teams both here and abroad and have gone on to hold NCAA, US Open and American records.
In his time as a Master’s coach, he led his swimmers to hundreds of USMS National Top Ten rankings, countless USMS All Americans and National & World championship gold medal performances. Rich has run successful Swim Schools throughout the Bay helping countless number of area children how to swim.
He began his coaching career under his coach and mentor, Charlie Schlegel, in Plainview, N.Y. That experience ignited a passion for the profession that lives within him to this day. Under Coach Schegel's guidance, Rich learned what it took to forge a winning team. Coach Schegel is one high school swimming's most successful coaches; with the second best winning percentage in high school history. Rich still uses many of the methodologies and mindsets he learned during those years today.
Rich left New York and moved to Tampa Bay in 1988 and began a long coaching career in the area. He was the founder and head coach of Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY). Under his guidance, TBAY was a perennial Top Ten team at Junior Nationals and had individual and relays qualified for USA Nationals year in and out. In 2006, after nearly twenty years in coaching in the area, he guided TBAY to the 18 & Under USA Swimming National Champions.
After that success, Rich decided to leave the Tampa Bay area to go to post-Katrina New Orleans in 2007. His goal was to bring his skill set to NOLA and do his part to help rebuild through swimming. While in NOLA, Rogers helped to return the local club team, Nu Wave, to healthy numbers and guided it to a competitive resurgence. He worked with his Board of Directors to institute new initiatives, such as outreach programs, learn to swim programs, camps and more to reach their goals. Under his guidance, Nu Wave developed club and high school state champions and record holders and also fielded squads for NCSA & USA Swimming Juniors.
Rich also helped implement successful training strategies as a member of the University of New Orleans coaching staff during his time in NOLA. He guided the staff in adopting the Super Sport System (3S) seasonal design methodology. It worked. In just three short years for the ladies and two with the men, the young team re-wrote the record books. UNO also had four of their foreign swimmers go home and combine to win nine (9) National Championships in their native countries.
Rogers returned home to Florida in 2010. He became the Program Director for Clearwater Aquatic Team (CAT). He joined with Hall of Fame Coach Randy Reese. During his time at CAT, the program’s offerings and participation numbers grew to new levels. The team’s performance in the pool also reached new heights. That combination of growth and performance helped CAT gain it’s first ever Gold Medal status from USA Swimming, along with many other in and out of the water accomplishments.
After leaving CAT in 2013, Rogers join the Amateur Athletic Union. Rich was appointed as the Director of Club Development by the AAU Swimming Executive Committee. His, and the AAU’s shared goal, is to extend the reach of the sport and provide more people with the opportunity to gain from it’s benefits.
In 2014, Rogers created a model AAU club called, Trident Swimming. The goal was to give others interested in expanding the sport some real world examples of how to start a swim club. Trident Swimming was used as a model for other individuals and helped spawn new competitive opportunities for swimmers across the country.
In September of 2016, Coach Rogers was brought on as the Director of Competitive Aquatics at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center in Brandon, Florida. Among is duties is being the Head Coach of Blue Wave Swimming. In this capacity, Rogers is utilizing his vast experience building successful swim clubs to bring Blue Wave back to national prominence.
One of the ways Coach Rogers is accomplishing that goal is by adding new facilities here at BSAC and branches to the Blue Wave family. At BSAC, we have added functional fitness areas, added a new ten (10) lane short course pool and will be upgrading the long course facilities. Across the Bay, Trident Swimming is now a big part of Blue Wave. Additionally, we have some other seasonal facilities across the greater Tampa Bay area.
Rich is happy to be a the helm of Blue Wave. He is certain we will find new and innovative ways to both grow the program and improve the experience for the swimmers and their families. Coach Rogers truly believes in the organization’s mission of Impacting Lives Daily. He hopes to contribute all he can to make his swimmers and their families the best they can be.
Coach Bridget Bowman has over 10 years of swim coaching
experience and 14 years of school teaching experience. She is an
ASCA Level 2 certified coach, and was a nationally ranked age-group
swimmer as well as a 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials participant!
Coach Bridget resides in Brandon, and loves to spend time with
family in her spare time!
Stephen L Rudacille
Steve Rudacille coaches our Precompetitive Group, the young
swimmers who have graduated from Stroke School and are ready to get
a taste of competitive swimming! Steve has been a U.S. Masters
Swimmer for ten years, and has found himself coaching our
youngsters after 40 years of serving as an Episcopal Priest. He was
mentored by our own previous aquatics director, International Elite
Coach Peter Banks. Steve holds a bachelor of arts degree from
Lynchburg College in Virginia and a Master in Divinity from
Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. He and his wife Gayle
have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Aquatics Director Theresa Hickie has over twenty years of experience in the aquatics field and oversees our entire Aquatics Department, including The Blue Wave Swim Team, our Blue Wave Learn to Swim Program, and our aquatics educationals: CPR, first aid, water safety, and lifeguard instruction. She is certified by the renown Olympic Coach Peter Banks Gold Medal Stroke School, and she and her staff oversee and perform over 10,000 learn-to-swim classes each year. She also supervises our lifeguarding staff. Theresa is married to David Hickie and has two children, Shannon and Connor.
Kyle D Trelka
Pinellas Branch Coach
Coach Kyle started his swimming career at an
early age. Due to his extremely high energy and constant
wiggles, his mother put him in every sport she possibly
could. In swim lessons at the age of six, the swim
instructors were quite sure Kyle was a good swimmer but he was
constantly at the bottom of the pool diving and swimming
around. They suggested that he try the swim team. He
found his niche. By the end of his six-year-old season, he
was hooked on practice and winning ribbons, medals, and trophies at
meets. At the age of 10, Kyle was ranked in the top 16 in the
nation for YMCA swimming in the backstroke.
In high school Kyle had the opportunity to
work with many different coaches and great teammates. In 2005
and 2006 his high school team won the Wisconsin division 2 State
Championship meets. In 2008 Kyle won the 100 backstroke and
100 freestyle at division 2 state earning him some looks from
several mid major division 1 NCAA colleges as well as division 2
and 3 schools.
Swimming at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kyle was part of a three-time Horizon League
Conference championship team. He received rookie of the year
in 2009, voted team captain both Junior and Senior year, and voted
MVP his Senior year. He is extremely grateful for the time he
had at Milwaukee and his amazing coaches and teammates who pushed
him to be his best.
After college swimming Kyle spent some time
abroad in South Korea and then worked a corporate job for two
years. After two years of being in the office, the passion
for swimming had not worn off. With a lot of prayers and
family encouragement, Kyle and his wife Shari decided to make a big
life change and move to Florida so Kyle could pursue his coaching
career with Rich Rogers.
In August of 2016 Kyle took the position as
the Head Swim and Dive coach of Clearwater High School. Two
months later, Kyle was able to assume the role of head coach for
the Pinellas county branch of Blue Wave swim team, continuing to
work closely with Rich. He currently resides in Tarpon
Springs with his wife Shari, and dog Koda. His hope is to
continue building the program, see his swimmer’s passion for
swimming keep growing, and most of all develop young, responsible
members of society. With the coaching staff Rich has
assembled, Kyle believes there are some national championships, and
Olympic trial, and Olympic qualifiers in Blue Waves near future.
Speed & Strength Specialist
Coach Svetolav or "Svet", as he is affectionately called by the
swimmers, is a special consutant to our program. Coach Svet has
been a National Team Coach for both Bulgaria and Croatia.
A former national team member himself in his native Bulgaria,
Svet has international experience both as an athlete and coach.
That experience, coupled with his advanced degrees in sport
coaching, make him a valuable asset to our entire program. Coach
Svet works with Coach RIch to ensure that our strength and
conditioning programs are sport-specific, developmentally
appropriate and most of all, safe.
Blue Group Coach
Coach Katie works with our Blue Group swimmers at BSAC. As of
this writing, Katie is in the final stages of becoming a nurse. Her
caring nature can be seen each day when she works with budding
competitive swimmers. Her energy and compassion are contagious.
Katie is in this vital team role because of her passion to help
young children fall in love with the sport of swimming. Coach Katie
has successfully worked with hundreds of area children in her role
at BSAC. Many of our top age group swimmers have had their start
with Coach Katie. We are glad she is here as part of the Blue
Wave staff and family.
Bronze Coach, BSAC Branch Admin
Coach Kelly is in charge of the Bronze Training Group at
BSAC. In addition, Kelly takes care of the administrative needs of
the BSAC Branch of Blue Wave.
Full Bio Fothcoming