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Our Coaches

Emmanuel Lanzo~(NATIONAL, Masters)

Graham Bodner~(ELite 14&O, Age Group)

Thamara Clemente~(Elite 13&U, Age Group Elite)

Danielle Leprine~(Development Blue/Black, Olympic Way Blue/Black)

Katherine Didriksen~ Assistant Coach 


 

Head Coach/CEO - Emmanuel Lanzo

Coach Emmanuel is going into his fifth year with RAC. Our CT 2015 Senior Coach of the Year is looking forward to another terrific year. In 2017 we took 6th place at Long Course CT Age Groups and 3rd place at Long Course CT Senior Championship. On 2016, Emmanuel took three swimmers to Olympic Trials in Omaha, and four to Summer Junior Nationals, where two of his swimmers set new CT resident records, placing them both 3rd in the US for 16-year-old boys, and another swimmer taking home two seventh-place records, placing them 11th and 12th in the US for 16 year old girls. The American Swim Coaches Association named Coach Emmanuel a 2015 Coach of Excellence.Also, Emmanuel served as CT Swimming 2014-2015 SCY and LC Age Group Zone Championship Coach.

Coach Emmanuel will lead National, supervise the planning of the Elite 15&over and Elite 14&under and will lead the Masters. 

Coach Emmanuel Lanzo has been coaching since 1997. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedra Campus and his Master's Degree in Physical Education with Specialization in Sport Coaching at the University of Turabo. Also, Emmanuel is an ASCA Level 4 Swimming Coach and Certified Stroke Technician, International Olympic Committee Level 2 Swimming Coach, AAALF Adapted Aquatics Instructor, ATI-CPT, TRX Certified Group Trainer and Cross-train Group Trainer at Ridgefield Dance & Fitness. He is the founder and CEO of the non-profit ToxiKHeaD brand, which provides personal training for elite athletes in Puerto Rico and USA. 

As a coach, his philosophy is to be able to effectively teach, both fundamental and advanced skills, with a holistic approach, helping each swimmer to achieve their planned goals while having fun! His greatest wish is to guide, empower and inspire every child to realize and develop their potential on a daily basis. Also, to encourage every family to achieve greatness in life and develop great values in our Community.


 

Head Age Group Coach ~ Graham Bodner

Coach Graham is going into his third year with Ridgefield Aquatic Club.  In his previous year as Head Age Group Coach, he brought 15 swimmers to the CT Age Group Championship, had three regional champions, 5 swimmers in the CT Top 16 rankings in one or more events, took swimmers that qualified to the NASA Elite Showcase Classic in Florida, EEX Summer Sizzle in New Jersey and the Diplomat Swim Club Speedo Holiday Classic in Lancaster PA.   Coach Graham is the primary coach for the Elite 15&over squad,  Head Coach for the Age Group Squad, as well as assisting with every pre-competitive and competitive squad on the team.

Coach Graham comes to us from Pittsburgh, PA where he started coaching in the summer of 2010.  Since then, he has coached multiple levels of the sport including, Summer League, Learn-to-Swim, Club, High School, YMCA, Collegiate and was part of an effort to give more than 100 hours of free swim lessons to the impoverished youth of Pittsburgh.  Coach Graham graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania.  

Coach Graham while being very active on-deck, also finds time to be involved off-deck.  He is a published writer with swimming world magazine, check out some of his articles (and even an interview with the morning swim show)

Coach Graham was also recently selected as a 2017 ASCA Fellow.  He will spend the next year working on a research project aimed at the effective coaching of an age group athlete in the iY Generation (post-millennial)

Besides coaching, Graham is an avid golfer and a feverish Pittsburgh sports fan.  


Development/Olympic Way Coach - Danielle Leprine

Coach Danielle is going into her fourth year with Ridgefield Aquatic Club. Coach Danielle has brought three of her Development swimmers to Age Group Championship and had a Regional Champion. In addition to coaching Development and Olympic Way, Danielle took Futures qualifiers to Greensboro, NC summer of 2015, which was a great swimming experience for her. Coach Danielle will lead Development, Olympic Way, Senior, and assist with Age Group. 

Danielle graduated from New Fairfield High School in 2009 where she was an All-State swimmer. She then went on to become a collegiate athlete at Western Connecticut State University. Danielle held five school records and was nominated to be "Athlete of the Year" in 2013 & 2014. Before her collegiate career, she swam nine years as a member of the Wilton Y Wahoos. Danielle graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology. She is looking forward to another great year. 


 Associate Head Age Group Coach - Thammara Clemente

     

      Coach Thammara joined RAC coaching staff in the fall of 2015. She has coached competitive swimming and strength and conditioning for the last seven years. In this previous year, she took Sectionals Qualifiers to Ithaca, NY, and qualifiers for the Diplomat Swim Club Speedo Holiday Classic in Lancaster, PA. Thammara served CT Swimming as a  2016 LC Age Group Zone Championship Coach.

         Thammara graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (2014). She completed her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education in Sciences and is a certified ASCA Level 2 coach. Prior college career she swam with Puerto Rico's National Team (2002-2006). Coach T  is very excited about her third year coaching, where she will lead Dryland and assist every pre-competitive and competitive squad.