Program Director & General Manager
Matt is the Head Swimming & Diving coach at Roger Williams University, as well as head coach of Kingfish Rhode Island, a USA Swimming member club. His coaching philosophy can be summarized in four words: Positive Process Produces Performance.
Matt has just completed his fifth season at Roger Williams University and the Hawks continued to reach new heights under his tutelage. Both the Men's & Women's teams were crowned the 2017 NEISDA Swimming & Diving Champions! Coach Emmert, and his staff, were honored as the Men’s coaching staff of the year. In 2016, Emmert lead the RWU Women’s team to their first ever NEISDA Championship title, as well as guide the program’s first ever NCAA Championship Qualifier. Emmert and his coaching staff were honored as the 2016 Men’s & Women’s NEISDA Coaching staff of the year.
Highlights of Emmert’s Tenure at RWU:
• 2017 NEISDA Men’s & Women’s Team Champions
• 2017 NEISDA Men’s Coach of the Year
• 2016 NEISDA Men’s & Women’s Coach of the Year
• 2016 NEISDA Women’s Team Champions & Men’s Team Runner-Up
• 9x Women’s Scholar All-American Team
• 2x Men’s Scholar All-American Team
• 1 NCAA Championship Qualifier
• 6 NCAA Provisional Qualifiers
• 37 NEISDA Individual Event Champions
Prior to his position at RWU, he was an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, Texas Christian University, and University of Rhode Island. In addition to his duties with Kingfish and RWU, Coach Emmert is also the founder and director of Ocean State Swim Camp, which sponsors technique, recruiting, and training camps & clinics throughout the region.
Outside of the Pool, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Jillian, daughters Brynn & Lyla, and dogs Gansett & Boston.
Connor serves as both the Head Coach of Kingfish RI and an
Assistant Coach of Roger Williams Swimming & Diving. As an
athlete, he was a Breaststroke and Butterfly specialist.
In high school, he trained with the Bluefish Swim Club, and
with the University of Maine varsity swimming team in college.
Throughout his career, Connor trained with athletes that regularly
competed at the National, Olympic, and World Championship levels.
He himself swam full programs at the Speedo Southern Zone
Sectionals, America East Championships, and ECAC Championships.
Some of Connor's proudest moment in swimming are medaling in
the 200 Breaststroke in the 2013 America East Championships, and
taking first place in the 200 Breaststroke at the 2013 Harold
Anderson Invitational, and telling Ryan Lochte that he would beat
him in the 200 IM at the 2011 Speedo Sectionals. Sadly, Connor
Connor began his career as a coach with the Adirondack Aquatic
Club, where he helped coach his athletes to the Regional Silver,
and Age Group championships. As a Kingfish Coach, he has helped
coach athletes to the New England Senior Championships, Speedo
Sectional Championships, and USA Swimming Winter Junior National
Championships. He has also coached multiple Top 8 finishers
at both the RIIL and MIAA State Championships, has
coached two RIIL Individual State Champions, and Champions in both
the RIMA and Narragansett Recreational Leagues. Connor has helped
Kingfish win consecutive New England Swimming 15-18 Age Group
Women's & Team Championships in 2017 and 2018, helped the
RWU Hawks win consecutive Men's NEISDA Championships in 2017 &
2018, and helped the Hawks win the NEISDA Team Championship in
Connor studied Creative Writing & Graphic Design in College,
and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. In his free time, he
enjoys cycling, long distance running, and sprint swimming. His
family has a dog Hank, whom Connor loves very much.
Head Coach Cumberland & Lincoln
Brian Hann serves as Kingfish Rhode Islands Head Coach of the
new Cumberland & Lincoln branch. Brian is from Sandwich
Massachusetts and swam for Cape Cod Swim Club, coached under Ron
Zuwallack, and Cape Cod YMCA Makos, coached under Ben Van Dyk. He
continued his swimming career and swam under Matthew Emmert at
Division III Roger Williams University from 2013-2017 and led the
team as captain for the 2016-2017 season. In his time at Roger
Williams University he was apart of the 2017-2018 NEISDA Men's Team
Champions, as well as Academic All American Team for the
2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons. Brian's favorite events are
the following: 200 Fly, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 IM. He just
recently graduated with a B.S in Civil Engineering as well as a B.S
Brian started with Kingfish Rhode Island in the summer of 2017
and also serves as Assistant Coach for the RIMA League
- Penguins Swim Team. He has helped bring success to both
teams along with his coaching staff. After four years of coming in
5th place, last winter the Penguins Swim Team came in 2nd place in
the RIMA League Championships.
As a Kingfish Coach, Brian has helped his athletes reach multiple
scoring postitions at the Massachusetts & Rhode Island
High School State Championships, the New England Swimming Regional,
Silver, and Age Group Championships.
Assistant Coach Cumberland & Lincoln
Kayla has been swimming her entire life. She graduated from
Cumberland High School in 2013. She continued her swimming career
for Divison I University of Rhode Island Rams where she swam
primarily freestyle and butterfly. She graduated in 2017 with a
degree in Kinesiology and is attending Graduate School at URI for a
M.S in Physical Education. Kayla has also worked at Rhode Island
Hospital and Hasbro Childrens Hospital.
Kayla has been coaching at Abbott Run Valley Club as well as the
YMCA of Woonsocket. Kayla joined the Kingfish Rhode Island of
Cumberland & Lincoln in the fall of 2018 as one of our head Age
Kayla lives by the quote, "the only person you should try to be
better than is the person you were yesterday". Kayla also has a
puppy named Tucker and three younger brothers.
Assistant Coach Cumberland & Lincoln
Joey Sullivan is a 2016 graduate of Cornwall Central High School
in New York. He continued his swimming career at Division III Roger
Williams University where he swam and dove underneath Matthew
Emmert. Joey recieved All NEISDA Honors as well as RWU and CCC
Joey is entering his Junior year at Roger Williams University
and plans to major in Environmental Science.
Head Coach UMASS Dartmouth
Owen joined Kingfish Rhode Island in the spring of 2017 and serves as the Head Site Coach for the new UMass Dartmouth location. Along with his duties at Kingfish, he also serves as the Assistant Men's and Women's Swimming Coach at UMass Dartmouth. Owen swam for Bishop Stang High School and the New Bedford YMCA during his age group years. In college, he served as a two-time captain of the men's swim team at Colby-Sawyer College. He won the team MVP award three times as well as being named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior. After college, he began coaching at UMD while also gaining experience in aquatics at Brown University. In 2013 and 2014, Worden was highly involved in the Men's and Women's Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Moran Aquatics Center in Providence. Owen also has experience coaching high school baseball at Dartmouth High School and Bristol County Agricultural High School. Owen has a bachelor's degree in Sports Management/Coaching from Colby-Sawyer College. He is currently wrapping up his master's degree in Sports Management/Athletic Adminstration at Southern New Hampshire Univerity. Each summer, he returns to work as a lifeguard supervisor at Horseneck Beach in Westport. He is an avid year-round surfer and loves spending time by the beach.