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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. We ask that parents do not interrupt practice time to approach coaches with questions.  Please e-mail [email protected] to set up an apppointment time or request a coaches phone number or email.  For all questions related to administrative needs, please contact Crimson Aquatics at [email protected] or phone 203-952-9106

Coaching Staff

Jennifer Lopez

Head Coach

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Jen started her coaching career in Connecticut with the New Canaan YMCA Caimans assisting various younger groups throughout her senior year of high school. Jen went off to swim at the University of Rhode Island all four years, becoming one of the Captains of the women’s team in 2012. Jen started coaching with Rams Swim Club in 2010 as the Junior 1 coach and has had experience coaching every single practice group in her tenure with Rams Swimming and when they merged with Shawmut Aquatic Club. As the head coach of Crimson Aquatics-South County RI, she has developed various athletes that have gone on to the next level and managed to swim in collegiate programs. Jen has also coached various Age Group qualifiers, AG champions, Senior qualifiers, Sectional, Futures, Winter Juniors, and Summer Junior qualifiers. Jen has also had experience coaching collegiate athletes, volunteering for two seasons with the University of Rhode Island Women Swimming and Diving Program. Jen graduated with her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Political Science and is currently enrolled in the Master’s program at Roger Williams University. Jen is employed as a police officer in the state of Rhode Island and also has an infant daughter named Carly.

Steven Gambino

Assistant Senior/Junior 2

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Steve’s coaching career began in 2011 with a local summer league team, which soon after transitioned into leading a small club team out of Middletown, CT.  From 2013-2015, Steve served as an assistant coach of Charter Oak Aquatics out of Hartford, CT.  Throughout his time there, he spent periods working with all various groups - swimmers ranging from hopping in the pool for their first practice to sectional qualifiers.  In the summer of 2016, Steve served on the coaching staff of various swim camps including Auburn University Swim Camp, where he had an opportunity to learn from top national and international coaches.  Steve started coaching with Shawmut Aquatic Club in fall of 2016, where he coached Age Group 1 and 2, along with assisting Junior 2.  A year later as Shawmut merged with Crimson, Steve took over the Junior 2 group, helping swimmers achieve a high level of success including a number of age group qualifiers and new team records!  Steve resides in East Greenwich, RI and is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at CCRI.

 

Olivia Kelly

AG1/ AG2 Coach

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