Chuck Batchelor of Bluefish Swim Club Named As SwimMAC Carolina Head Coach

After joining the club in September 2005, long-time head coach Chuck Batchelor will be leaving Bluefish Swim Club and will join SwimMAC Carolina as head coach and director of competitive swimming this coming fall.

At the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, Bluefish was represented by Wave II qualifications from Josh Parent, and Summer Smith, who are coached primarily out of the team’s Western Massachusetts site by Nick Rice. The club also had four other Wave I qualifiers. 

Batchelor is best known for coaching three-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel during her prep career. More accolades to Batchelor’s name include training 52 national qualifiers, 41 Olympic Trials qualifiers, and 10 swimmers who have ranked in the world top 100. Other accolades for Batchelor include:

  • 2006 USA Swimming Men’s National Select Camp head coach
  • 2008 USA Swimming National Junior Pac Pacific Championship team head coach
  • 2009 USA Swimming World Championships women’s assistant coach
  • 2011 Pan American Games women’s head coach
  • 2012 New England Swimming Senior Coach of the Year

Bluefish was named a Gold Medal Club under USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program from 2010-2013 under Batchelor and maintains the highest status, Level 4, in the USA Swimming Club Recognition program.

Like Bluefish, SwimMAC Carolina has achieved the top levels of USA Swimming’s club recognition programs. They finished 2nd nationally in the most recent Club Excellence program rankings in 2020, and have been at or near the top of those rankings for most of the program’s 21-year history (including multiple program first place rankings).

Bluefish finished 23rd in the 2020 rankings, which also earned them gold medal status. That was their second straight season back in the top tier of USA Swimming’s youth club performance rankings – after being named to the rankings in 2019, they were carried forward to the 2020 gold medal rankings because of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SwimMAC is one of the nation’s most decorated clubs, having produced multiple Olympians and World Record holders in its history. At the 2021 Olympic Trials, they were represented by several athletes, including Grace RaineyTim ConneryBaylor Nelson, and pro Madison Kennedy at the faster Wave II meet.

This is now the third full-time head coach (and fourth head coach including interims) that SwimMAC Carolina has employed in a year. A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020, then-head coach Terry Fitch stepped down from his role as head coach. He assumed the position in February 2017, succeeding 2016 US Olympic Team head coach David Marsh.

At the time, Eric Lane was named interim head coach effective immediately.

In November 2020, Megan Oesting was then named to the head coaching position. However, Oesting then announced July 1, 2021 her resignation nine months into her tenure.

Batchelor has a history in North Carolina: he is a University of North Carolina alumnus, having graduated in 1993 with a degree in studio art.

Here is the original message sent to Bluefish Swim Club announcing the move:

“Bluefish Families,

We are announcing that Chuck Batchelor has accepted the Head coach/director of competitive swimming at SwimMac Carolina. Chuck and Christie will not be returning to coach this upcoming season. After 16 years at the helm we are heart broken to be leaving Bluefish and all of the families we love dearly. These have been some of the best years of our lives and would not change a thing. That being said  we are super excited about this new adventure.

We are working hard to ensure Bluefish continues with its prime directive of being, athlete well being and development first. We are talking to some quality people to take over the day to day running of operations, with exceptional coaching and leadership. Our first priority is for each swimmer and family to be taken care of and second that Bluefish continues to be the premier swim club, by every metric, in the North East.

with sincere appreciation and gratitude,

Chuck & Christie

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NCSwimFan
3 months ago

Congrats to Chuck! Sad Russ didn’t get the nod but Chuck has a great pedigree, hope he helps bring SwimMAC back to great heights (although given the 3 NAG relays from this summer it’s hard to argue they’re not doing well).

leisurely1:29
3 months ago

Woah.

Time For Barta To Go
Reply to  leisurely1:29
3 months ago

Woah is right. Note to Chuck – rent, vice buying, for a few years.

Coach Chackett
3 months ago

Nick Rice is the coach of Summer Smith and Josh Parent. He coaches them from the western site of blueFish in Western Massachusetts.

Imagine
Reply to  Coach Chackett
3 months ago

Nowhere in this article does it say that Chuck coached them. It did say he was head coach – which he was.

Coach Chackett
Reply to  Imagine
3 months ago

This article lists Nick Rice as a Wave 2 Swimmer. That’s what is inaccurate in the article. NICK PECORARO
This article lists Nick Rice as a Wave 2 Swimmer. That’s what I’m pointing out. Nick Pecoraro, thanks for the article. Perhaps correct to show Nick Rice as a coach.

NC Fan
3 months ago

Welcome back to North Carolina! This can’t hurt the SwimMAC to Carolina pipeline. I hope Gangloff treats him well!

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
3 months ago

A dude who didn’t wash his hands is going to head SwimMAC?! Crazy!

Imagine
3 months ago

This is insane. Is Michael Brooks – who stepped down from Weymouth Waves today – taking over at ABF?? Quite a culture change.

Justadudeplayingadude
Reply to  Imagine
3 months ago

Actually, he stepped down about a week ago

Matthew Connery
Reply to  Imagine
3 months ago

I didn’t see or read this about Michael Brooks. Do you have a link or source?

William Hoover
Reply to  Matthew Connery
3 months ago

Weymouth Club Waves announced it. He is headed to Montreal. Our 3 kids are very disappointed.

davidsap
Reply to  William Hoover
3 months ago

come to cra

Nswim
Reply to  Matthew Connery
3 months ago

I have received confirmation about this from members of the team and a new HC has already been appointed.

Swimmer LC
Reply to  Nswim
3 months ago

Fingers crossed that this goes in favor of some wonderful kids

Darnell Hayes
Reply to  Imagine
3 months ago

Coach Brooks will be rejoining Coach Hutchison and re creating their Pacific Northwest KING success in the North East

Erik
Reply to  Darnell Hayes
3 months ago

ha, jokes!

Riccardo
Reply to  Darnell Hayes
3 months ago

You don’t know anything about Michael Brooks if you think the 6 months he spent coaching with Hutchinson defines his career.

NC Fan
Reply to  Riccardo
3 months ago

That’s true. I believe Brooks to be a man of high moral character and a swim savant who knows more about strokes than almost anyone. A lot more than that to being a great head coach though.

Coach Tom
Reply to  Riccardo
3 months ago

Michael Brooks is a great coach but also just a straight-up all-around good dude. I will miss having him on deck here in New England but I wish him nothing but the best on his new gig in Montreal. They are very lucky to have him.

Swimmer LC
Reply to  Coach Tom
3 months ago

Super sad that we didn’t get a few championship seasons with Brooks in NE. He is an incredible coach & an all around good guy. Incredibly grateful that a few of my former swimmers got to spend some time with him.

Coach
Reply to  Imagine
3 months ago

Coach Brooks is off to Montreal.

https://www.neptunenatation.com/entraîneurs.aspx

Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

When he’s at a meet we can easily recognize Mr Batchelor thanks to his very personal squeaks when one of his swimmers competes. The first time I watched Elizabeth Beisel swim at a meet in a video or during a livestream I remember hearing those little screams. And then I understood that it happened each time a Bluefish swimmer was in the water. He has proved he’s a great coach.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Right if you hear that you know who it is 😂

Christine Hagar
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Coach Brooks is the best! He took my son from being a good swimmer to being a National Swimmer in 2.5 years in the midst of a pandemic. We are truly grateful to have had him as our sons coach, we are very sad to see him leave New England. Great coach, man and friend! He will be missed for sure.

Last edited 3 months ago by Christine Hagar
Swimmer LC
Reply to  Christine Hagar
3 months ago

It’s been great to see what he’s done with that club & with your son, hoping they make the right move next at WC.

2Fat4Speed
3 months ago

Kinda looks like Jack Black.

Scotty P
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
3 months ago

Accurate

B1Guy!
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
3 months ago

Spot on! hahaha

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