Coaches & Directors

TAC Riptide Swim Team
"Inspire and develop life skills through perseverance in the sport of swimming"


Coaching Staff

Head Coach Stephanie Crofton

Swim Team Head Coach


BS in Business Admin: Marketing & Management majors, Clarion University

CPR * First Aid * Coaches Safety Training * Lifeguard Training * ASCA Level 4 * US Triathlon Level 1

WSI Certified * Safe Sport Certified * USA Swimming Life Time Member
Current volunteer member of USA Swimming Convention Education Committee
Assistant manager of USA Eastern Zones Select Camp 2009, Buffalo, NY and 2012/2013 Baltimore MD
Manager of NJ Swimming Zone Team, Short course & Long course
Coach 1999 Arete Swim Camp, Rutgers University
Co-Race Director KickOff Triathlon for women, May 2010, Tuckerton, NJ
Master Instructor Gruenberg Method of teaching those with a fear of the water
8-Time All American in College * 2-Time National Team Member in college

Has been coaching for over 30 yrs, age group as well as master swimmers & triathletes
4 Time Ironman Finisher (Lake Placid 2000/Florida 2001-2002/NJ NY 2014)
4 time age group place SOS (Survival of the Shawngunks)


Denise Salvatore

Senior A / B Coach


Rosa Trinidad-Nedd

Junior Coach


BA in Psychology from Brown University
Rosa currently works for Monmouth Cty Division of Social Services as a Social Worker
CPR, First Aid, Coaches Safety Training, Lifeguard Training, WSI,* ASCA Level 1
Rosa swam with AAU in NY City, was a swim meet official for 3 years, and has been a coach for over 30 + years,coaching age group as well as adults.
Rosa is currently the NJ Swimming Diversity Chairperson
Rosa teaches adults in her spare time
She continues to swim, and run to stay fit.
Her main motivation in life is “Making a difference"

Michael R Thompson

Assistant Coach Juniors


Jennifer D Dettlinger

Sophomore Coach


BS in Dietetics from University of Connecticut

MS in Nutrition Science from Boston University

  • Jenn is in her 8th year coaching at The Atlantic Club  
  • As a member of the Ridgefield (CT) they were Class M state championship team in Junior & Senior years
  • Swimming at University of CT, she specialized in 100/200 breaststroke as well as 200/400Im events
  • Captain of university team both junior & senior years.
  • Finalist in both breaststroke events at Big East Championships
  • UConn women’s team were ECAC Champions  Assistant at the University of Connecticut Swim Camp
  • Assistant Coach for Weston Water Wizards swim club team
  • Marlboro Memorial Middle school – 7th grade science teacher
  • Swim School Director for the Atlantic Club
  • ASCA Level 1 * CPR 8  First Aid * Lifeguard training

Kirsten Hinds

Freshman Coach


BS Exercise Science from University of Connecticut

MS in Athletic Administration from Springfield College

  • University of Connecticut record holder in the 200 Freestyle, and the 200, 400 & 800 free relays
  • 9 Years collegiate COaching experience at teh University of Connecticut, Springfield College, the United States Naval Academy and Rutgers University
  • ASCA Level IV * CPR * First Aid * Coaches Safety Training * Lifeguard Training * WSI
  • Recipient of the American Swim Coaches Associations Certificate of Excellence for being the primary coach of a swimmer who placed top 8 at NCAA Division 1 Championships, Senior Nationals and Olympic Trials
  • LT US Nave (IRR) recipient of the United States Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • Certified Teacher in Health & Physical Education


Dennis David Crowell

Assistant Coach Prep Sops Jrs


Michele Cleveland

Prep Coach


Michele is in her 3rd year as a coach with The Riptide Swim Team
BS in Health Policy & Management from Providence College
MS in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College
1991 US Swimming National Qualifier in the 100 Backstroke
Providence College - record holder in the 200 Backstroke, 500 Freestyle & 1000 Freestyle
New England Collegiate champion in the 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle & 500 freestyle
Big East Finalist in the 200/500 freestyle & 100/200 backstroke
Assistant Swim Coach, Westfield YMCA, Westfield, MA
Currently works as an occupational therapist inthe Wall Township School District.
CPR, First Aid, Coaches Safety Training, Lifeguard Training & ASCA Level 1
Enjoys masters swimming, running and sharing her love of swimming with swimmers of all levels

Lois Marie Nealon

Assistant Coach Freshman


AS in Business Administration - focus in Accounting - Stuart School of Business
Certifications: CPR * First Aid * Coaches Safety Training * Life Guard Training * ASCA Level 1 & 2
2 years coaching at TAC
Assistant Manager of NJ Swimming Zone Team - Short Course & Long Course
10 & Under Coach for NJ Swimming Zone Team
Started swimming at age 9 & swam through high school
Coach Lois's most recent accomplishments for endurance sports - completed the St Croix 5 mile Coral Reef
Open Water Swim, 4 Time Marathon finisher, 3 time 70.3 Ironman Triathlon finisher, 4 time Rainbow 
Channel Open water 2 mile finisher.
Coaching philosophy is combined with her yoga practice of staying calm & controlling her breathing.
Swimming is 50% physical but the most important is the 50% mental. Developing solid technique
and form is also important with coaching young athletes. Her high energy and positive motivation brings
a higher level to all swimmers.