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.  Contact information for Board Members can be found by going to General Info and then clicking on Board Members.

Coaching Staff

Adam Battaglia

Head Coach


Coach Adam is in his fourth year with the Bluefins and is starting his third season as the Head Coach.  He is a USA Swimming certified coach. His leadership has helped the Bluefins to double digit improvement percentages in every stroke since his arrival.  In addition, he also does swim lessons for youth and adult swimmers.  He has two swimmers on the Bluefins swim team, Jack and Ciri and loves to spend his free time on his new boat!

Shawn O'Neil

President/Assistant Coach


Coach Shawn is the founding member of the Bluefins and President of the board. He has nearly 10 years experience, is a USA Swimming certified coach and is a member of the American Swim Coaches Assc., holding certification as a Level 2 coach. He is also an Assistant Coach for the Chalmette High swim team. He has one swimmer on the Bluefins team, Shawn, Jr. and his daughter Emily is a former swimmer and current coach!

David Cox

Assistant Coach


Coach David has been with the team for over two years now and has an extensive coaching resume in St. Bernard Parish, having coached multiple recreation sports over the last 10 years. He is heavily involved in our dryland program, introducing our swimmers to new techniques and fun ways to get in shape!  He can usually be found behind the blocks motivating our swimmers to do their best!

Emily O'Neil

Head Summer Coach


Coach Emily has seven years of swimming experience having qualified numerous times for short course and long course state events. She has gained valuable experience over the last few years and is in her second season leading our summer swim program! She currently attends LaGrange College, where she swam for the Panthers and finished 7th in the Sun Coast Swimming Conference Championships in the 100 breaststroke in 2019.

Dustin Franatovich



Coach Dustin is entering his second season with the Bluefins and works with all of our swimmers in the pool and especially with dryland workouts.  He is an avid triathelete competing in triatholon events all across the country.  He has two swimmers on the team, Amelia and Alyssa.