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Coaching Staff

Jim Bocci

Head Coach and National Team

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Coach Jim Bocci is a highly experienced, goal oriented coach with a demonstrated track record of developing and leading a nationally ranked swim club. Coach Bocci is joining The Fleet from the Hawken School and the SPIRE Institute where he served as Aquatics Director and Head Coach, as well as CEO and Head Coach of the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins. During his time in Ohio, Bocci’s teams won multiple Senior and Age Group Championship team titles, the Central Zone Speedo Sectional Championship, and the past two Ohio High School State and District Championships. In addition, his club achieved USA-Swimming Silver or Bronze Medal status each of the past five years. Coach Bocci was named Ohio High School Athletic Association District Coach of the Year (2015 and 2016), and Chagrin Valley Conference Coach of the Year (2015 and 2016).

In 5 seasons, Coach Bocci has coached World Championship participants, International Olympians, U.S. World Championship Team Trials qualifiers, and a Central American Games double gold medalist and event record holder. Many of his athletes have went on to compete at the NCAA Division I level, and include numerous USA Swimming Junior and Senior National qualifiers, All-Americans, Ohio High School State Record Holders, US Open finalists and Open Water National Championship finalists.

Before Hawken/SPIRE and the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins, Coach Bocci served as Aquatics Director and Head Coach of Fork Union Military Academy, in Fork Union, Virginia.

His coaching accomplishments at Fork Union include back-to-back Virginia State Championships in 2010 and 2011, three consecutive years ranked in the top 10 on the NICSA Power Point Rankings (2009, 2010, 2011), and Virginia High School Coach of the Year for 2009 and 2010. 21 of his athletes earned All-American honors and qualified for USA Swimming Junior Nationals, winning individual and relay state championships and setting Virginia state records.

 

Colin Kennedy

Head Age Group Coach, Gold and Silver 2

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Coach Colin Kennedy joins Fleet in his 12th year of coaching and has experience coaching all levels and abilities from Learn to Swim to Junior National scorers and Olympic Trials qualifiers. He is certified as a Level 3 Coach with the American Swimming Coaches Association. Colin has coached several National Top 10/16 individuals including two 11 year olds in the 200 IM in back to back seasons.

 

Prior to joining Fleet, Colin was the Head Coach of the Parkway Swim Club in St. Louis, Missouri and Head Age Group Coach of the Flyers Aquatic Swim Team, also in St. Louis. He has also been the Head Coach of the Kirkwood High School Swim and Dive Team in St. Louis. In 2012, Colin was the Coach of the Year for the Ozark LSC. 

Louis Demetriades

Platinum, Titanium Group

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Coach Louis is in his 22nd year of coaching. He has experience in all aspects of coaching, including Senior, Age Group, and Masters coaching. He is certified as a Level 5 Coach (Education and Athlete performance) with the American Swimming Coaches Association -- the highest level a coach can attain. He has been on the U.S.A. National Team Coaches List and the National Junior Team Coaches List. He has coached 18 & under United States swimmers to qualify for and medal at the Junior National and Senior National levels, for the National Junior Team, at the Pan American Games, and at World Championships. He has also had numerous swimmers make the National Top 10/16 individual and relay finalist lists. Through technique, hard work, and consistency, he will prepare Fleet swimmers for the National group.

Prior to joining the Fleet, Louis was Head Coach of Memphis Tiger Swimming for 5 years and Head Coach of NGSV Gator Aquatics in southern California for 8 years. He more than doubled the size of both teams during his tenure. In addition, Louis coached for the Nashville Aquatic Club, where he was Head Age Group Coach and Masters Coach. While there,
he was awarded Age Group Coach of the Year for the Southeastern LSC in 2000 and was selected to the Zone coaching staff. Both there and in California, Louis has served on various
LSC committees.

Louis is a graduate of Ohio University with a Masters in Sports Science, and the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Louis has a wife, Suzanne (a former competitive swimmer), and a son, Louie (competitive swimmer and Crossfit competitor).

Rick Boucher

Spillane Site, Silver 1 and Bronze 2

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Rick Boucher began coaching 21 years ago in his home state of Maine.  He has spent the majority of his time working with smaller Clubs and has been working with every level of swimmer inside of the teams he’s coached.  From the 8 & Under novice swimmer to the US Open Qualifier.

Rick was most recently the Head Coach at Buffalo Area Aquatic Club where he served tenure as a Head Age Group Coach as well.  He has also coached at Shelbyville Sharks in Kentucky, Paducah Swim Team in Kentucky and Northern York County YMCA in Maine.

Rick has served on the Kentucky Zone Team Coaching Staff on five separate occasions (Three of these terms where as the Head Coach) and two appointments to the Niagara Zone Team Coaching Staff (One as the Head Coach).

Rick has coached his own athletes to US Open Qualifying Standards, Top 10 and Top 16 Nationally ranked swims, is an ASCA Level 3 Coach, was voted Niagara Swimming’s Age Group Coach of the Year for the 2010 – 2011 calendar year, and his article “Because they MUST Fail” was published in ACSA’s Coaches’ Newsletter.

Kristen Skroski

National Team and Junior 2

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Coach Kristen joins the FLEET family with over 15 years of coaching experience. Kristen got her start at coaching and teaching swimming at age 14 through a summer camp at her high school. She continued to teach and develop young swimmers throughout her school years at various local summer clubs. After graduating college, Coach Kristen joined the coaching staff at Amity Regional Aquatic Club in Connecticut. There she was able to work alongside some of the top coaches in the state with all age groups and skill levels from beginner up through sectional and futures qualifiers. As a distance specialist, Coach Kristen believes that good technique drives fast swimming and that being mentally prepared to swim is almost as important as being physically prepared.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Coach Kristen caught the swimming bug early and never looked back. She began competitive swimming at the age of 5 in order to keep up with her older sister and continued through 4 years of college swimming at the University of Bucknell. A captain of both her high school and college teams, Kristen not only received the high point award her senior year at Bucknell, but was also voted by her teammates to be the Frazier-Grunow award recipient for leadership and dedication in swimming.

Dustin Myers

Arnold Site - Senior Group , Br I & II

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Coach Dustin has been with Fleet since the spring of 2012, where he has been somewhat of a stable rock throughout several major transitions within the club. Dustin has worked closely with Fleet’s National Group. Playing a valuable role in the club’s success at the National level, he helped produce several Sectional, Junior National and Olympic Trials qualifiers. Over the years he has also worked with various groups within the age group program.

Prior to joining Fleet, Dustin spent 4 years in Shreveport, Louisiana.  There, he was an assistant coach for Centenary College of Louisiana, as well as the Senior Coach for the City of Shreveport Swim Team. At Centenary, Dustin presided over the team’s Sprint Group. Over the 4 year period of his coaching tenure with the school, the team set fifty-one new school records, and produced six Summit League Individual Conference Champions as well as two Relay Conference Champions.  He was also the primary coach for the school’s first ever NCAA “B” Cut Qualifier and Olympic Trials Qualifier.  Along with his on deck responsibilities, Dustin was in charge of creating and administering the team’s weight and dryland program. While working at Centenary, Dustin was also the Senior Coach for the City of Shreveport Swim Team (COSST).   There he produced numerous Louisiana State Qualifiers, State Champions, Sectional Qualifiers, several High School All-Americans and a pair of Junior National Qualifiers.  He also worked with several National and Olympic Trials Qualifiers.  During his time with COSST, the team consistently placed in the top 3 at the Louisiana State Championship, and swimmers from his Senior group set a total of 12 team records. 

Dustin grew up in Round Rock, Texas where he swam for Round Rock High School. At the club level, he competed for Texas Gold Swimming. Dustin swam collegiately for Centenary College of Louisiana.  Joining the Gents during their second year of existence, he was a vital role in creating and building the team and was team captain his junior and senior year.  He graduated with a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science.

Maryanne Svoboda

Bleyl Site, Bronze 2 and Junior 1 & 2

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Maryanne is a born and raised Houstonian. She began swimming for her neighborhood swim team, the Carriage Lane Splashers, at the age of 8 after overcoming a chronic fear of water. Summer league swimming lead to club swimming, and the rest, as they say, is history. She continued her club swimming career through high school (with a little bit of water polo sprinkled in) and swam briefly for the University of Houston before turning her focus toward coaching.

Maryanne began teaching lessons at the age of 16 in her neighborhood and for friends and family. This allowed her to make the easy transition to coaching when she retired from swimming. She started working with the club team she grew up with, and after a few seasons she landed at Fleet!  Since August of 2008, Maryanne has devoted herself to the swimmers and families of Fleet. Through the years she has coached with all of the 12 & under groups at some point, mainly focusing on the groups that are at Bleyl.  

Jeff Carder

Copper and Junior 1

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Coach Jeff Carder is beginning his first season coaching with FLEET.  Jeff is currently attending Lone Star, and has been with Fleet First since January 2011.  Prior to working at FLEET, Coach Jeff worked as an assistant coach for the Coles Crossing as a summer league coach, and also helped with lessons.  Jeff is a personable and outgoing teacher and loves to see his athletes develop a passion for swimming.  Prior to coaching, Coach Jeff swam for FLEET and was on the 11-12 Boys 2004, 200 Free Relay with fellow FLEET swimmers, Matt Duhon, Charlie Moore, and Brock Burdyl.  The relay placed the 6th fastest relay in the country for 11-12 Boys and won the Age Group Championship relay as well.

 

Prior to coaching 

Amy C Hays

Masters Coach

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Sean Bell

Age Group Coach

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Megan Evans

Age Group Coach

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Megan is currently in her second year  with Fleet, coaching the Bronze 1 group and assisting with the Senior group, both at the Arnold location. She is currently attending Lone Star College, and will transfering to Texas State University in the fall of 2017 to major in early education, with a minor in kinesiology. Prior to coaching with Fleet Megan helped with the 6 and unders at the Northpointe Shockwaves summer league swim team. She swam during her childhood years for the Shockwaves, and grew up to compete for her high school swim team.  Megan loves teaching swimmers of all ages. She wants to see her groups to reach their full potential by setting goals and working hard in practice.

Leah Ortiz

Age Group Coach

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Leah is a born and raised Houstonian. She started swimming with the Colony Creek Mariners summer league team, which eventually led to her swimming club; the rest, as they say, is history. Leah swam for Fleet during her high school years while also representing Cy-Creek HS. She followed up her club career by swimming collegiately for the University of Houston.

Leah began teaching lessons at the age of 17 for Fleet First. This allowed her to make the easy transition to coaching when she retired from swimming. She just recently started coaching for Fleet, joining in August of 2016. Leah has devoted herself to the swimmers and families of Fleet and is excited for the future of the club. She is currently working on finishing her degree at University of Houston.