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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues please contact Chuck or Christie.

Coaching Staff

Charles J Batchelor

Head Coach, National & Senior Groups

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  • Chuck joined the Bluefish in September 2005. 
  • 2006 Head Coach of the USA Swimming's Men's National Select Camp in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center.
  • 2008 USA Swimming National Junior Team Head Coach to Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Guam.
  • 2009 USA Swimming Women's Assistant to coach to World Championship in Rome, Italy.
  • 2010 USA Swimming Women's Assistant coach to Pan Pacific Championships Irvine, California.
  • October 2011 Pan American Games Women's Head Coach.
  • 2012 New England Swimming Senior Coach of the year!

In his coaching career Batchelor has trained 1 Olympian, 52 National Qualifiers, 41 Olympic Trial Qualifiers, and had 10 swimmers rank in the top 100 in the world. He is committed to helping all of his swimmers get into the best colleges possible, guiding them through the process of selecting an institution and, if possible, receiving academic or athletic scholarships. Over seventy percent of Chuck’s student athletes have gone on to attend Ivy League institutions.

Christina C Batchelor

Head Coach, Raynham & Wheaton Groups

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Christie Batchelor was awarded the New England Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year for 2010!

Christie joined the Bluefish in September 2005 as Age Group Head Coach, Swim School Program Director, Vice-President and Co-owner with her husband Chuck. Christie is a graduate of Kenyon College, Gambier Ohio, where she was a part of NCAA Championship teams.  Christie received her BA in Psychology, with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Christie has been coaching and instructing swim lessons for 16 years. Under her direction the Bluefish Swim School program has grown from 0 to 500 swimmers. In her coaching career she has worked with Regional, Age Group, & Zone Champions. Christie coaches at Wheaton College and Raynham Athletic Club facilities. She coaches the Bluefish Junior Team consisting of the following training groups: Goldfish, Mini and Junior 1 & Junior 2.

Ryan E Yucka

Senior Assistant & Age Group Coach

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Ryan Yucka comes to the Bluefish with 10+ years of coaching experience at YMCA's in Western Mass. He has coached every level of the sport and loves to work with all age groups. Recently, Ryan spent 7 years as head senior coach for the Greater Holyoke YMCA, who finished in 3rd place at the 2011 Y nationals, as well as Head coach at Holyoke Catholic High School. During his time in Holyoke, Ryan coached mostly sectional level swimmers, a few Jr. national and Senior national qualifiers as well as the teams first female Olympic Trial qualifier. Ryan graduated from Westfield State University and is a ASCA level 4 coach.

Louis Michael Arruda

Senior Group Assistant Coach

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Louis has been swimming competitively since his youth, and he does not see an end in sight. The 2005 graduate of Springfield College achieved Division III All-American status in the 200 yard Freestyle in 2004 and 2005. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Male Athlete at Springfield during his Freshman and Senior years. Louis qualified for Olympic Trials in 2008 in the 100 Freestyle and he is a swimmer training with Bluefish Senior Team as he is contining to train for 2010 Olympic Trials. He began coaching on a regular basis in 2005 with the Cranston YMCA in Rhode Island. Louis has also been involved in coaching high school athletes in Warwick, RI since graduating from Bishop Hendricken High School in 2001. He is excited to be able to work with with the Bluefish family to expand his coaching experience.

JESSICA P MORRISON

Age Group Coach at Raynham

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Jessica Morrison's swimming career began at age 10.  She swam with Christie Batchelor as her coach - initially for the Barracudas,  then the Cape Cod Swim Club and finally the Bluefish Swim Club.  In addition, she was a member of the Coyle and Cassidy swim team throughout high school and was co-captain during her senior year.  Jessica has worked for the Bluefish since age 14.  She began working as an assistant swim instructor and moved up the ranks to swim instructor, followed by assistant coach and, eventually, swim coach.  Currently, she coaches the mini and junior groups in Raynham.  In May of 2012, Jessica graduated from Keene State College in New Hampshire with a major in communications and a minor in psychology .  

Megan Abella-Bowen

Part-Time Assistant Age Group Coach

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Meghan Abella-Bowen joined Bluefish in 2007 as a part-time assistant age group coach at the Raynham location. Meghan picked up swimming in 2001 when she joined the Masters program at Raynham Athletic Club run by Christie. In 2004 she joined the Bluefish team as a part-time swim instructor at the RAC location before moving into to her current coaching position. Meghan is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University - Pomona where she played division II soccer. Meghan enjoys working with young people and has coached youth soccer and basketball programs in Texas and Kansas. Meghan works full-time as a Director of a National Science Foundation grant at Bristol Community College and resides in Taunton, MA. with her husband.

Catherine J Butler

Assitant Age Group Coach

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Prior to joining Bluefish Kate worked as an assistant coach for the Smithfield YMCA, as well as St. Mary's Bayview Academy. Kate has been swimming competitively since her youth. She has taught swim lessons since she was sixteen an spent her summers lifeguarding at the RI state beaches. Kate is currently taking classes towards a degree in early education at the Community College of RI.

Kim P Bray

Mini Coach

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Kim Bray, Part-time Wheaton and Raynham, Mini Bluefish Coach!

Has a Bachelor's Degree in French from Dickinson College and a Master's in French Literature from Tufts University.  She grew up swimming for the South Shore Strypers and then swam for Dickinson College.  She has been both middle and high school French teacher for 5 years before she choose to stay home with her three children.  She was the head coach of Sudbury Swim Team, a recreational town team that numbered approx. 100 kids, for 3 years.  She has been coaching Norton HS since 2006.

Michael S Ross

Consultant

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Mike was a NCAA Division All-American Swimmer for Princeton University (1986-1990). During that time, he led two NCAA winning relays (1989 and 1990). He was an American record holder in the 200 Medley Relay, a three-time qualifier for the US Olympic Trials (1988, 1992, 1996), and a member of the first United States Resident National Team for Swimming 1994-1996. Mike currently holds 5 Masters World Records in swimming and 9 United States Masters Records. Although Mike was soundly beaten in his youth by head coach Chuck Batchelor when they competed together on Capital Region Aquatic Club, he thinks he could put up a good race against the Bluefish head coach now.

-NCAA Division All-American Swimmer for Princeton University (1986-1990)
-Led two NCAA winning relays in 1989 and 1990
-Former American record holder in the 200 Medley Relay
-Three-time qualifier for the US Olympic Trials (1988, 1992, 1996).
-Member of the first United States Resident National Team for Swimming 1994-1996
-Current World Record holder in 5 Masters swimming events
-Current United States Masters Record holder in 9 swimming events
-Assistant swimming coach of the Worcester Wahoos and the Bluefish Shrewsbury Group

Board of Directors

Darlene Dusseault

Swim School Program Manager

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Carla Grube

Bluefish Bookkeeper

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Heidi Stapleton

CHS/AHS Swim Lesson Coordinator

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