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.

Coaches

  • 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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  • Mark Sedlak

    Lead National Team Coach

    Looking forward to the 2018/2019 season.

    Mark was elected Coach of the Year in 2011 by his peers in Connecticut Swimming. Mark is a certified ASCA Level 4 coach. He was the Head Coach of the Greenwich YMCA Marlins for two years. Previously, Mark served as Head Junior Coach and Assistant Senior Coach for the New Canaan YMCA Caimans as well as Aquatics Director and Head Coach at Greenwich Country Club. A longtime swimmer, Mark swam for The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. Later, he was a varsity member of the Tar Heels Swimming Team while he earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina (class of 1995). Coach Sedlak’s passion is coaching and participating in the development of young athletes at all levels.

    "fun facts" about Mark Sedlak:

    • - Mark was elected Coach of the Year in 2011 by his peers in Connecticut Swimming
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  • Rodrigo Zuniga

    Assistant Coach

    It always seems impossible until it’s done. - Nelson Mandela

    • 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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  • Betsy Saunders Matheney

    Assistant Coach

    Work Hard! Swim Fast! Have Fun! Play Betsyball!

    Coach Betsy Matheney has a passion for coaching! She began her career at the internationally known Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Over her twenty two years as a teacher and coach, she produced elite athletes in 5 different sports, was Coach of the Year twice in Cross Country, produced State Champions in Track and Field and is proud of the fact that she has over 50 athletes in the Pine Crest Hall of Fame.

    Since coming to Connecticut in 2008, she has taken her passion to the next level.  Her first year, she had the #1 12 year old YMCA swimmer in the country in the 50 yards Freestyle.  In 2012, she earned the honor of  being named Connecticut Age Group Coach of the Year as well as the American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In 2013, she was selected to coach the top 12-14 year old swimmers at the Eastern Zone Select Camp at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  In 2016, she was honored to be invited to the National Age Group Summit, held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she presented a talk on “Wacky Wednesday Workouts”

    While Coach Betsy has produced swimmers that are ranked top 10 in the country, 1st in the State, Zone Qualifiers, and State Record Holders, she is equally proud of her swimmers who are just learning to swim and who find excitement and challenge in competing in the sport.

    Coach Betsy has developed her coaching philosophy and style by working and training with her own coaches, Olympic Coaches, Jack Nelson and Don Gambril, and has continued to improve her skills by working with Olympian Jonty Skinner and UK Olympic Coach, Dennis Pursley at the University of Alabama Swim Camp. She has conducted swim clinics in Canada, England, Mexico, and the Bahamas.

     

    "fun facts" about Betsy Saunders Matheney:

    • - was a multi- All American Swimmer in High School and College
    • - was inducted into both the Pine Crest and University of Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame
    • - is a Mama to her daughter, Tory, and “Bama” to her grandson, Dylan.
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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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  • Kaitlynn LaPolt

    Assistant Coach

    I cannot wait for my second season coaching the Zeus team this year. Get ready to work hard and have fun.

    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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