Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Lindsay Taggart Owner/Head Coach

Lindsay (Swiderski) Taggart has been involved in the sport of swimming for the majority of her life.  Growing up, she swam competitively for Wilmington Aquatic Club where she achieve such accolades as state champion, high school state champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle, Delaware High School All-State swimmer, and Junior National qualifier.  Lindsay was awarded a NCAA Division 1 swimming scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, where she swam from 1994 to 1998.  During her freshman year, she placed 6th in the 500 freestyle and 5th in the 1650 free at the Big East Championships.  While at Pittsburgh, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Teaching.  During her graduate school years, Lindsay coached part-time with Team Pittsburgh.  In 2004, she moved back to her home state and began both coaching and teaching for Team Delaware.  In 2008, she helped to re-develop Wilmington Aquatic Club in 2011.  Lindsay is certified in CPR/First Aid/Lifeguarding.

Alicia Caraballo Owner/Assistant Coach

Alicia started swimming before she could even walk.  She competed in her first swim meet at 4 and never looked back.  Alicia grew up swimming for Wilmington Aquatic Club until her senior year when it turned into Swim Quest.  She attended Padua Academy where she was state champ in 50 free, 100 free, and 100 breast. She made All-State and All-Catholic for all 4 years in high school.  She qualified for Junior Nationals in the 100 breast and 500 free while swimming for WAC.  Alicia now is one of the owners of WAC and Swim School, Inc., where she teaches kids from learning to love the water and swim up to the higher levels of the competitive side of the sport. 

Mark Nelson Lead Assistant Coach

Mark Nelson started competitive swimming when he was 5 for Delaware Riptide Aquatics.  He later swam for Team Delaware and Middletown in high school.  In college, Mark swam for George Mason University obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science.  After graduating, he worked in strength and conditioning for 2 years in Leesburg, VA before returning back home to Delaware.  Shortly after returning home, Mark joined Wilmington Aquatic Club in 2014.  He is certified in Lifeguard, First Aid, & CPR.
 

Mike Clemente Assistant Coach (13 and over)

Mike Clemente started his competitive swimming career with Wilmington Aquatic Club at the age of 7.  Later he swam for Salem County YMCA, Chestnut Run and Penns Grove High School swim teams in New Jersey. In high school, he was a 4 time Conference Champion and record holder in the 100 Breaststroke. In college he swam for Rowan University where he was selected as Team Captain in 1996-97.  While at Rowan he obtained his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science.  In 2011, he took over as head coach of his former team at the Salem County YMCA.  Mike joined Wilmington Aquatic Club as an assistant coach in 2014. He is certified in Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR and as an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 2 Coach.

Chris Belair Assistant Coach (13 and over)

Chris started coaching summer league in 1986 at the Graylyn Crest Swim Club in Wilmington, DE under Stan Arasim.  In the spring of the following year, Chris joined Stan at Team Delaware under head coach George Breen.  Chris would remain there for the next 17 years.  In his time at Team Delaware, he coached all levels of swimmers from 6 and under beginners to Olympic Trials qualifiers.  He has been a coach of several Middle Atlantic Zone All-Star teams and participated on the Middle Atlantice Swimming Age Group Committee.  He continued to learn under Bob Clemmer and briefly held the title of Associate Head Coach at Team Delaware.  Chris stepped down from full-time coaching to part-time to teach in the Brandywine School District where he teaches Social Studies at Concord High School.  Later, Chris joined John Pierson as an assistant coach of the BRY National Team where he helped build a top 10 national program.  In the later 2000s, Chris coached age groupers at DST where he was fortunate to spend deck time with Coach Bruce Gemmell who coach Olympians Andrew Gemmell (2012) and Katie Ledecky (2012/2016/2021).  Chris is constantly learning about swimming and experimenting with new techniques.  Over the years, he has developed a strong idea of how to develop athletes in a safe, efficient way that blends seamlessly with the philosophy of the Wilmington Aquatic Club.  

James Mauk Assistant Coach
Chris Devlin Assistant Coach (12 and under)

Started swimming at the age of 5 in the SSL.

- Joined Team Delaware at the age of 7.

- Was part of 3 State Championships while swimming high school at Salesianum.

- 3 Time first Team All-State Selection in high school. 

- Qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals in the 100 and 200 yard fly.  Also swam in 3 relays. 

- Swam for St. Bonaventure University in college. 

-Won a Atlantic 10 conference championship and was selected to the all conference team in 1999. 

Dominic Teoli Assistant Coach (12 and under)

Dom has been around swimming since age 6 when he started summer swimming at Westminster. Dom competed every summer until he graduated eventually becoming an Assistant Coach for Westminster 6 years. Dom also swam on the Charter Swim Team throughout High School and became a captain for his Junior and Senior year and was part of the 2016 State Championship Team. Finally, for the past 4 years Dom attended Towson University where he helped create and start the Towson Swim Club which now competes throughout the country in College Club Meets. Dom is very excited to get back to coaching and is looking forward to the season!

Badia Weeks Assistant Coach (12 and under)

Dia Weeks is a senior Exercise and Sport Science student from Temple University who will be graduating December 2021. A long time swimmer herself, Dia was actually taught by Coach Lindsay and Coach Alicia! She swam for Team Delaware, PDR, and her high school (G.W. Carver HSES) where she achieved several top national age group times, claimed several pool and meet records, and served as team captain. Her best events were 200 Fly, 400 IM, and distance freestyle. She has over 5 years of swimming instruction experience and over 3 years of coaching experience. Additionally, she is the Associate Director of Client Services and Aquatic Programming at Fitness Alive, a Philadelphia-based swim school and fitness based company.

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