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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Susan Schlemmer Head Coach
Susan has been with the Rapids since 2012 as Head Coach and firmly believes in “expediting the development of young swimmers using positive energy and a focus on technique."
Susan has 23 years of coaching experience for both competitive swim teams and synchronized swimming teams. Susan herself has competed at the national level from 1984-1986 as a synchronized swimmer and as a USA Olympic synchronized swim team trials semi-finalist. Susan was a co-founder and co-coach of Masters Aquatics at Spring Hill ( MASH ) swim team from 1996-2002, and is an ASCA Level 2 certified coach. Currently, Susan volunteers as the Meet Director and Volunteer Coordinator for the Loudon County Special Olympics Time Trials and serves as Head Coach for Dominion High School Swim Team.  Away from the pool deck, Susan spent 13 years in the corporate world as a project manager for environmental consulting companies before staying at home to rasie her five children.  
Board of Directors
Chrisi Hendershot President / Parent Liaison 8 & Up
Leigh Pappalardo Riptides Parent Liaison
Jamie Egbert Team Administrator
Amy Utterback Treasurer
Anthony Antognoli IT Administrator
Jacob Sultan Team Representative
Susan Chong-Chen Team Representative
Tom Kalka Coach Liaison
Carrie Pellegrino Volunteer Coordinator