Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Charlie Rose Head Coach

Coach Charlie’s Bio:

Raised in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Charlie was registered as an athlete with Florida swimming for 17 years. As an athlete,  4 national age groups records, 4 individual State records, and over 30 top 16 USA finishes in his career.

Rose swam for Lyman High School, was a 6 time High School All-American and was a State Champion his Junior and Senior years. He was a Junior National and Senior National finalist.

He attended Florida State University were he received his BS Degree in nutrition and fitness and completed the Didactic requirements. He also swam for FSU and twice was an NCAA All-American.

He then went on and was the Grad Assistant Coach for FSU from 1991-1992. In 1994 he was the Assistant Coach of the USA swimming's Blue Doflins of Orlando and in 1995 became the Head Branch Coach for the Oviedo pool. From 1995-present, Charlie is the Head Coach for Oviedo High Swimming and water polo teams. He is the head coach for Blue Dolfins at the Oviedo branch. In 2017/2018 recieved Florida Swimming's Senior Coach of the Year award.

Charlie has served as the coaches rep for Florida Swimming on the board of directors as well as the senior chair for Florida Swimming and the board. In 2020, was elected as the General Chair for Florida Swimming.

Charlie enjoys coaching, fishing and time with the family. He is married to Renee and has 2 daughters, Carlie who swims at Harvard University and Marin a junior who has committed to swim at the US Naval Academy.

Ricardo Duran Silver Coach

Raised in Winter Park Florida, Rick started swimming at 6 years old. Rick first learned to swim on the Blue Dolfins swim team from Harry Meisel in 1996. Began swimming for Blue Dolfins and won numerous events at Junior Olympics (Flags). 

Rick continued to swim at Winter Park high school where he was runner up in both 200 and 500 freestyle and became a 3-time high school all American. 

Rick graduated high school and swam for Florida Atlantic university in 2008 for two years and transferred to finish swimming for Louisiana State University. Graduated LSU with a bachelors in Kinesiology and minor in Biology.

 Rick is currently living in Maitland and coaches for the same team that taught him how to swim in 1996. Rick has been married to his Wife Dana for 2 years now and currently works in Medical Consulting. Enjoys everything outdoors and has always been drawn towards water whether it is a pool, a lake or ocean.

Eric Christensen coach

Raised in the Fort Lauderdale area, Eric started swimming at 8 years old because a friend wanted to join a swim team, but didn’t want to do it alone.  As an age group swimmer he set 2 LSC records and was Junior Olympic high point winner as a 12 year old and as a 14 year old.  He won Junior Nationals at 17 in the 400IM with a meet record.

Eric swam for Western High School and was a 4 time High School All-American.  He was runner up 5 times and state champion in the 500 free.  His senior year he was selected to compete in the prestigious NISCA meet in Chicago where he placed second and fourth in his individual events.

He went to the University of Florida, where he received his BS in Business.  At Florida, he was a 4 time All American swimmer and placed 4th at NCAAs in the 400IM.  In his senior year, he received the Skip Foster award for the Most Valuable Swimmer.

Eric still swims competitively today and is an active Masters athlete.  He is a 17 time Masters National Champion and the current World Record holder in the Short Course Meter 400IM.  He is a ‘lifer’ and will never stop swimming.

Eric has been lucky enough to be coached by a lot of great coaches including 5 Olympic coaches.  They all had their own style and ways of coaching.  He tries to incorporate all of his past coaches into his own personal coaching philosophy.  His motto for swimming and life is:  work hard, work smart, smile often, and good things will happen.

Eric met his wife, Jennifer, when he was 10 years old and has been married to her since 1998.  He has two boys that are both Blue Dolfin swimmers.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and cycling.

Sue Butcher Bronze and Flipper Coach


My husband, David, and I moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 2015 for family after living in the Winter Springs area for 12 years. When I moved to Huntsville I joined the local club team, Huntsville Swim Association, as the primary coach for the 10 & unders. 


While at HSA the age group program exponentially grew from having zero 10 & under championship qualifiers in 2015 when I arrived to consistently producing sixteen 10 & under championship qualifiers for both short course and long course. My group of 10 & under girls have won the Southeastern Championship the last 3 years, and the boys have won two Southeastern titles. This past short course season I coached the fastest 9 year old girl 50 butterflyer in the nation as well as two top 10 nationally ranked girls in the 100 butterfly. With the help of my 10 & under group, HSA was able to win the Southeastern Championship for the first time in 32 years. Due to my group’s performance at the championship meet I was nominated for age group coach of the year in our LSC.


I am very excited to be back where my sons grew up and coaching a team I have watched from afar ever since I left in 2015. I am looking forward to seeing old faces again and meeting those that are new to the program. 


Go Blue Dolfins!

Elizabeth White Age Group Coach

Hi, I'm Lizzy, an age group coach on the Blue Dolfins.  I have been in the swim world since I was 8 years old. I started to swim competitively with a club located in Fort Myers Florida called Swim Florida when I was 9.  I made FLAG [Florida Age Group Championships - formerly known as the Junior Olympics]  cuts in each age group that I was in. When I got to high school I qualified for the State Championships all four years, and my last two years I was a state 3A A-finalist in the 100 breaststroke. I was also first team All Conference in my Region from 2012-2016. As a senior in high school I signed to swim at Florida Gulf Coast University. During my four years at FGCU I received a scholarship and was on the conference scoring team. 

While I swam in college I started to help coach my club team, and help with swim camps. I really enjoyed getting to work with kids and teaching them about the sport of swimming. I loved being able to challenge them while also encouraging them to see their potential as young swimmers.

I graduated FGCU in the spring of 2020 with a bachelors degree in Communications. Shortly after I took a job in marketing, and I began to realize how much I missed being in the world of swimming and teaching young swimmers.

To conclude, this is why I am very excited about the opportunity with the Blue Dolfins. I am excited being back in the swim world and helping this program grow to its full potential. 

Additional Info:

  • Coach Member of USA Swimming®
  • Current with USA Swimming® Level II Background Check
  • Current with USA Swimming® Athlete Protection Training
  • Certified CPR, First Aid and Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • American Red Cross® CPR & AED Certified
  • American Red Cross® Water Safety Instructor Certified


Steve Pishko Silver Coach

Coach Steve grew up on the central east coast of Florida along the Space Coast. Competitive swimming was a major part of his young life competing as an age grouper, high school, and collegiate swimmer. Coach Steve attended the University of Florida and after graduating he then focused on his career and family. Once his son took an interest in competitive swimming he decided that he wanted to be on the deck again helping young swimmers get better rather than standing on the sidelines. Coach Steve joined the staff in 2018 assisting our Silver group. Steve focuses on Silver's entry-level swimmers, with a heavy emphasis on stroke technique and preparing his swimmers to move up to the more advanced group within Silver. 


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