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Matt Emmert

Program Director & General Manager

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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 Devers

Head Coach

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Connor Devers was a Breaststroke and Butterfly specialist. In high school, he trained with the Bluefish Swim Club, and while he was in college, he swam for the Division I varsity University of Maine Swimming team. 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 accolades include finaling in the 200 meter IM at Sectionals in 2011, 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.
 
Connor began his career as a coach with the Adirondack Aquatic club as an Age Group coach, where his swimmers saw great success. Over sixty percent of his athletes qualified for championship meets ranging from Regionals through Age Groups, many of whom placed within the top ten finishers in their events. In one season, He helped his swimmers drop a cumulative 2500 seconds in their races, with an average of 100 seconds dropped per person. As a Kingfish Coach, Connor 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, and the Speedo Eastern Zone Sectionals. H
 

Connor studied Creative Writing & Graphic Design in College, and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. 

Evan Denard

Assistant Coach

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Brian Thomas Hann

Head Coach Cumberland & Lincoln

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Mike Constantino

Assistant Coach Cumberland-Lincoln

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Owen Worden

Head Coach UMASS Dartmouth

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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.

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Jillian L Emmert

Team Administrator

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