Dorsi Raynolds Head Coach
Dorsi Raynolds is currently serving as Head Swimming Coach and Competitive Aquatics Director. In five years the USS club has grown to 160 swimmers ranging in ages from 5-18. Since her arrival in June 2008, (2 years with NCAC-North Country Aquatic Club, 3 years with the newly formed Upper Valley Aquatic Club) nineteen swimmers have qualified for USS Sectional competition along with three swimmers qualifying for National level competition. The Fall of 2013 both coach and swimmer Hannah Cox were invited to the United States Olympic Training Center for the National Select Camp. Cox qualified for the National Select camp by posting top among all 15-16 year old girls in the 800 meter freestyle. Coach Raynolds’ accomplishments also include multiple New England Age Group Champions from 10-17 both in boys and girls individual and relay events.
Dorsi’s 20 plus years of coaching experience include the position of Men’s and Women’s Head Swimming coach at Drew University, where she also held the position of aquatics director. Dorsi not only doubled the size of the swim program at Drew but also improved the overall standing of the team. Prior to heading the Drew University programs, Dorsi served as the head women’s swimming and diving coach at the University at Buffalo, where she led the Bulls to five Mid-Continent Conference championship titles and qualified 20 swimmers for nationals. In her 13-year tenure at Buffalo, Raynolds received three coach-of-the-year titles and led 58 student-athletes to first-team all-conference honors. She left the University at Buffalo as its all-time winningest women’s swim coach. Raynolds also served as the assistant swimming coach at Northern Michigan University where she helped guide the Wildcats to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and 2nd place in Division II. While pursuing her Masters in Education and Sports Psychology at Boston University, Raynolds assisted the swim team and helped guide them to two Northeast Athletic Conference Championships. Prior to B.U. she served as the head swimming and soccer coach at Wells College from 1985-88.
A member of the College Swim Coaches Association of America, Raynolds was a clinician on mindfullness training at the CSCAA convention, while also serving as a three-year faculty member at the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy. She also belongs to the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and the National Association for Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA).
Fritz Bedford Coach
A 19-time All America swimmer, Fritz Bedford excelled in a variety of strokes at St. Lawrence University. The Outstanding Male Senior Athlete Award winner in 1985, Fritz qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual in each of his four years and was All America in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back and 200 back, as well as the 400 medley, 400 free and 800 free relays during his career. He was New York State champion in 50 freestyle and 200 backstroke and part of the state champion 400 medley relay team.
Currently a mechanical engineer, he earned his master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire and a PhD at the University of Wisconsin. As as Masters swimmer for the UV-Rays, Fritz currently holds the National short course meters record for the 50 fly in the 45-49 age group. Fritz has been coaching the UVAC Development and Junior swimmers at the Dartmouth site for the past three years.
Dan Castillo Head Age Group Coach
Dan is one of the resident swim experts here at UVAC, and one of our most enthusiastic coaches and instructors. He has been teaching in the water for over eight years and is certified through the American Red Cross, YMCA, and the SwimAmerica learn to swim programs. Recently, Dan became a certified ASCA Level 2 swim coach and USA Swimming certified. He teaches Preschool classes, Group lessons, Private lessons, and also coaches with the UVAC age group team. Dan's energy and positivity is an incredible asset to the UVAC Learn-to-Swim Program.
Jen Rybeck Houde Coach
Jen started swimming competitively at the age of 7. She was an AAU swimmer throughout high school; highlight of high school was placing 5th in CT state champs in 50 free. She continued her swimming career at Bates College where she was a top 10 New England Swimmer in distance free and fly.
After college Jen received her M. Ed. in psychology from Springfield College. From 1988-90 she was the age group coach for NCAC and the assistant coach for Dartmouth Women's Swim Team. At that point Jennifer decided to get her teaching degree and taught grade 3 and 4 for 7 years prior to the birth of her first child.
Jen is an avid athlete who competes in the occasional swim meet as well as triathlon, running, and mountain biking events.
Erin Hyser Coach
Erin's coaching career started at the young age of 14, in Houston, TX with the First Colony Summer Swim Team. When she was 16 her family moved to Georgia. She then coached her neighborhood team, the Doublegators, in Alpharetta, GA. Erin swam competitively through high school. Her best events were the 200IM, 100 Breast stroke, 200 Breast stroke, 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle.
Erin is a graduate from the University of Georgia. She received her Bachelor's in Science degree in which she studied Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus on Marketing and Education. After college Erin moved to Seattle, WA. Here she worked for Swim Seattle as assistant age group coach while she also worked at the Sunshine School teaching pre-school. In 1999, Erin moved back to Georgia, and in November launched an e-commerce website selling inline skate and skating gear. The company was called Skatepile. Erin started the business with her husband, her brother-in-law, and two friends from high school. During the eight years she helped run Skatepile, Erin developed the customer relations department, ran a subsidiary distribution company and planned the most successful inline skate contest the industry had during that time. It was also during this time that her children were born. Bella is now 10 and TJ is 7.
In 2008, Erin visited the Upper Valley with her husband, who is employed by Rollerblade, USA a part of the Tecnica Group. One of the first things she looked into prior to moving was the health of the swimming community. It was during this time that the UVAC was being built. Erin knew that as long as she had a pool nearby, the move from Georgia to the Upper Valley would be okay.
Today Erin is a teacher to her children, whom she homeschools. She plays keyboards in her church band. She also works part-time at Rollerblade to assist with marketing. Finally she is an avid athlete with a focus on running and swimming. She also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, yoga and cycling. Her athletic goals for 2014 are to PR in the Covered Bridges 1/2 Marathon and to complete the Rev3 1/2 Ironman in Sandusky, OH.
Meg Petroski Coach
Meg was a long-distance competitive swimmer in high school but quickly discovered her passion was for teaching the finer points of stroke development. She attended college at Kent State University in Ohio where she received both her B.A. in International Relations and her M.A. in Geography (GIS; Cartography).
At Kent, Meg taught parent and child classes designed to increase safety and awareness around the water as well as toddler to teenager group & private lessons that encouraged enthusiasm for the water and beginner to advanced stroke development. She specialized in adult lessons for those looking for the confidence to participate in water activities or complete their first triathlon and coordinated the Adaptive Aquatics program for students with special needs. Now after 10 years of experiencing in the teaching world, Meg has taken on the added challenge of coaching the UVAC team.
When she's not at the pool, you'll find Meg rock climbing at the local crag or training for a running event (or two).
Jake Shoemaker Coach
Jake Shoemaker comes to UVAC via Dartmouth College where he graduated with a B.A. in American History in 2012. While at Dartmouth, he represented the Big Green as a member of the Track & Field and Cross Country teams. Upon graduation, Jake moved to East Palo Alto, California to work at Eastside College Preparatory School, a high school that prepares students from high-risk neighborhoods to be the first members in their families to attend college. After a year in California, Jake decided to move back "home" to the east coast in order to pursue his dreams as professional triathlete and to continue working with young men and women.
Currently, Jake serves as a member of the In the Arena athletic group, a non-profit organization that supports professional athletes in under-funded Olympic sports to serve in leadership roles with youths in their surrounding communities. In addition to working with the young men and women at UVAC, Jake coaches a middle school cross country and track & field team at the Indian River School in Enfield, NH.
A four time USA Triathlon All-American, Jake finished fourth at the 2013 Under 23 National Triathlon Championships and fifth at the 2013 Under 23 World Duathlon Championships. His primary goal is to represent the United States at the Olympics alongside his brother, a 2008 U.S. Olympian.
At UVAC, Jake will work primarily with the Developmental and Junior groups.