Great swimmers and great teams are built by great coaches. Zeus has a long-standing reputation for having coaches who take the time to get to know each swimmer and provide them with the individualized instruction and motivation they need to progress. Zeus swimmers start out as early as age 5 and swim until they graduate from high school – many go on to swim in college.

Our coaches focus on setting goals with each swimmer and work with them to realize their goals and achieve their full potential. Our coaches are committed to each swimmer’s success and creating a positive team environment. They are actively engaged in the growth and development of our swimmers at every age and skill level and become important role models and mentors in their lives beyond the pool.


  • Dennis Flores

    Head Coach

    It is hard to believe this is already my second decade as a Zeus coach. It is amazing to watch and guide the budding Future Star swimmers into dedicated athletes that meet their swimming goals each season… then send them off to college.

    Dennis is in his 12th year with Zeus, now in the role of Head Coach. He has proven himself season after season as an exemplary coach, mentor and leader. For the past 11 years, he has served as the Head Age Group Coach and was nominated for both Connecticut Senior and Age Group Coach of the Year for 2016. In 2008, he was awarded Age Group Coach of the Year after his 10 and under squad won the Connecticut State Championships. He was also named the 2016 FCIAC Coach of the Year as the Darien High School boy’s Head Coach. Prior to joining Zeus, Dennis coached for the YMCA Middies Swim Team in White Plains, NY where he was also Assistant Aquatic Director. 

    In his nearly 20 years of coaching, Dennis has built a strong reputation for motivating and inspiring young swimmers to achieve success at all levels. He focuses on both the physical and mental development of swimmers, emphasizing the importance of teamwork, determination, patience, self-discipline and self-confidence. He believes these qualities are important for his swimmers to learn and utilize both in and out of the pool. His love for swimming and his dedication to the sport and developing young athletes is evident every time he walks onto the pool deck. He also holds a degree in Business and Marketing from the Westchester Business Institute.

    "fun facts" about Dennis Flores:

    • - I am a big Yankees and Giants Fan.
    • - I love being a dad to three great kids.
    • - I am a big Sneaker Head - love sneakers!
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  • Rodrigo Zuniga

    Assistant Coach

    I look forward to this new opportunity to be a part of Zeus and to work alongside Dennis once again.

    • Rodrigo is a native of Yonkers, NY. Born to immigrant parents from Mexico, he learned the importance of working for everything you want to achieve and that nothing is ever given to you. He appreciates the great diversity of the Zeus team and looks forward to becoming its new addition and having a positive impact for our team.
    • He has taught swimming for over 10 years at the YWCA of White Plains, NY. There, alongside Dennis Flores, he learned the importance of stroke technique and how to develop great swimmers through stroke mechanics and communication. He now will bring this experience to Zeus.
    • Proud father of 3 beautiful daughters, Rodrigo knows the importance of having patience and setting expectations early on. As a part of Zeus, he will look to motivate our swimmers to push themselves to their full potential.

    "fun facts" about Rodrigo Zuniga:

    • - I love to draw.
    • - Favorite TV Show: The Simpsons
    • - I am a big boxing fan!
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  • Sam Mouziyk

    Assistant Coach

    I’m grateful for the opportunity to be back again with Zeus coaching, alongside Head Coach Dennis Flores. This is a great club with a diverse community of swimmers and I’m looking forward to playing a role in each swimmer’s development.

    Sam, a native of Damascus, Syria, is well known in the swim community of Fairfield County, Connecticut. Sam works as a swim coordinator full time for the Fairfield YMCA where he’s in charge of all swim instructor and life guard staff. Sam has 25 years experience and possesses true dedication and passion for the sport. His style is rigorous but fun. He wants everyone to be able to swim well, with proper technique and to their fullest potential. It is his goal to bring out the talent in each individual swimmer he coaches. In his spare time, Sam enjoys cooking, traveling and playing soccer.

    "fun facts" about Sam Mouziyk:

    • - My favorite subjects in school were world history and geography.
    • - I am fluent in Arabic, French and English.
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  • Anna Gryglewska

    Assistant Coach

    So glad to be coaching on Zeus and sharing my swim experiences, tips and skills with young budding athletes.

    Anna joins the Norwalk Zeus coaching staff with over 20 years of swimming experience. Anna attended Norwalk High School where she swam Varsity all 4 years and was captain her Senior Year receiving All-FCIAC, All-State and All-American honors. She swam for both Norwalk Zeus and New Canaan Caimans growing up and qualified for both Speedo Champions Series (Sectionals) and YMCA National Championships.

    Anna continued her swimming career into college where she attended Division One, University of New Hampshire, receiving the Scholar Athlete Award multiple times during her career.

    In the last 2.5 years, Anna has gotten back in the pool as a US Master’s swimmer and has ranked Top 5 at both YMCA Master’s Nationals and US Masters Swimming National Championships.

    "fun facts" about Anna Gryglewska:

    • - Love to travel the world; I have traveled to over 12 countries in the last 5 years
    • - I am a big Liverpool FC fan
    • - I am fluent in Polish
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  • Kaitlynn LaPolt

    Assistant Coach

    I cannot wait for new experiences coaching the Zeus team this year.

    Coach Kaitlynn began swimming at the age of 7 for the Amity Regional Aquatics Club where she swam until she graduated high school.  She also swam on the varsity swim team at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden.  She went on to swim for Regis College in Massachusetts where she specialized in breaststroke and backstroke events.  While attending Regis, she also played for their varsity softball team. This is her second year coaching swimming. 

    "fun facts" about Kaitlynn LaPolt:

    • - enjoys competing with her German Shepherd in dog sports
    • - loves traveling to new and different places with friends and family
    • - teaches swim lessons at the Soundview YMCA in Branford
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Welcome Coaches ~ Mark Sedlak, Betsy Matheney, Mike Simerman