Head Coach, Williston Site
Nick Rice is a certified Level 5 member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and was named a member of the Coaching Staff for the USA Swimming National Junior Team 2014-2017. Coach Nick was named the New England Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 seasons as well as being a recipient of the 2014 and 2016 Certificate of Excellence Award from the American Swimming Coaches Association.
Nick brings experience from over 25 years of involvement in competitive swimming. He was previously the head coach of the Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings and the North Oakland Waves at the North Oakland Family YMCA in Auburn Hills, MI. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Coach for Cheyenne Mountain Aquatics in Colorado Springs, CO. As a head coach, Nick led swimmers to compete at YMCA and USA States, YMCA and USA Zones, and YMCA Nationals including a 5th Place overall Women’s Team Finish at the 2013 YMCA Long Course National Championship. He has coached multiple overall champions at the State and Zone Levels, along with 12 YMCA National A-Finalists and 2 YMCA National Champions. He was selected to serve as a member of the USA Zone Championship Coaching Staff in 2012 for Michigan LSC overseeing the 13-14 age group for that event. Nick swam for 4 years in college at Wayne State & Metro State Universities where he specialized in backstroke.
Nick lives in Chicopee, MA with his wife Kim, and daughter Evelyn.
Nick believes in developing well-rounded swimmers through vast technique focused drills and ample yardage to ensure a highly developed base for success across all disciplines and distances.
Head Coach, Attleboro Site
- Chuck joined the Bluefish
in September 2005.
- 2006 Head Coach of the USA
Swimming's Men's National Select Camp in Colorado Springs at the
Olympic Training Center.
- 2008 USA Swimming National
Junior Team Head Coach to Junior Pan Pacific Championships in
- 2009 USA Swimming Women's
Assistant to coach to World Championship in Rome,
- 2010 USA Swimming Women's
Assistant coach to Pan Pacific Championships Irvine,
- October 2011 Pan American
Games Women's Head Coach.
- 2012 New England Swimming
Senior Coach of the year!
In his coaching career
Batchelor has trained 1 Olympian, 52 National Qualifiers, 41
Olympic Trial Qualifiers, and had 10 swimmers rank in the top 100
in the world. He is committed to helping all of his swimmers get
into the best colleges possible, guiding them through the process
of selecting an institution and, if possible, receiving academic or
athletic scholarships. Over seventy percent of Chuck’s
student athletes have gone on to attend Ivy League
Head Age Group Coach-Williston
Christie Close Batchelor
Head Coach Attleboro Site
Christie Batchelor was
awarded the New England Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year for
Christie joined the
Bluefish in September 2005 as Age Group Head Coach, Swim School
Program Director, Vice-President and Co-owner with her husband
Chuck. Christie is a graduate of Kenyon
College, Gambier Ohio, where she was a part of NCAA Championship
teams. Christie received her BA in Psychology,
with a concentration in Women’s and Gender
Christie has been coaching
and instructing swim lessons for 16 years. Under her direction the
Bluefish Swim School program has grown from 0 to 500 swimmers. In
her coaching career she has worked with Regional, Age Group, &
Zone Champions. Christie coaches at
Wheaton College and Raynham Athletic Club facilities.
She coaches the Bluefish Junior Team consisting of the following
training groups: Goldfish, Mini and Junior 1 & Junior
Assistant SR and AG Coach, Attleboro
Greg Gillette is the
Assistant Senior and Age Group Coach. Coach Greg comes back to
ABF with vast experience as a Head Age Group and Head Coach of high
performance athletes in the Southern California, Pacific Northwest,
Illinois and New England LSC's.
Coach Greg has coached an
Olympic swimmer, several Olympic trial qualifiers, U.S. National,
Junior National and Sectional swimmers, as well as a number of Age
Group record breakers. He's coached on a number of Zone's All-Star
staffs, and was the Head Coach of the Pacific Northwest Team that
won the Western Zone Meet in 2009, when he was named the 2009 ASCA
Age Group Coach of the Year in the PNS LSC.
Coach Greg has served on
the Board of Directors in both the Pacific Northwest and New
England, where he served in both LSC's as the Coaches
Representative, and was on the Age Group Committee's.
Coach Greg enjoys the
challenge of finding ways to helping each individual athlete
achieve their goals, and looks forward to working with each and
every Bluefish Swim Club member.
Assistant SR and AG Coach, Attleboro
Ryan Yucka comes to the
Bluefish with 10+ years of coaching experience at YMCA's in Western
Mass. He has coached every level of the sport and loves to work
with all age groups. Recently, Ryan spent 7 years as head senior
coach for the Greater Holyoke YMCA, who finished in 3rd place at
the 2011 Y nationals, as well as Head coach at Holyoke Catholic
High School. During his time in Holyoke, Ryan coached mostly
sectional level swimmers, a few Jr. national and Senior national
qualifiers as well as the teams first female Olympic Trial
qualifier. Ryan graduated from Westfield State University and is a
ASCA level 4 coach.
Ron Neil Jacobs
Assistant Coach-Blue and BE Distance
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Ron Jacobs has fifteen years of competitive swimming experience and six years of coaching experience with swim teams in Florida, Texas, and California. After graduating from The Bolles School, he swam for Rice University for four years, specializing in distance events. He was also a professional triathlete for three years, before moving on to graduate school where he earned a PhD in Sociology at UCLA. He is currently a Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany, and co-founder of the American Journal of Cultural Sociology. Ron lives in Amherst, MA.
Amy Parent began swimming at the age of 5
and brings her experience as a competitive swimmer at the high
school, US swimming and collegiate levels as well as
years of coaching experience. Amy grew up
competing as part of New England Swimming and went on to swim
at the University of Connecticut specializing in distance events,
where she was a BIG EAST and ECAC top 3 finisher. She
graduated from UCONN with a business degree in Information
Management Services and her MBA from Western New England
lives in Wilbraham, MA with her husband Chris and their children;
Josh, Alex, Zach and Olivia. Amy is very excited to be part
of the coaching staff and share her passion, excitement and
commitment to the sport of swimming.