CHESHIRE — Coming off a Class L state championship and a dominant SCC championship, the Cheshire girls swimming and diving team hopes to make another round of title runs in 2018.
They’ll be doing it, though, with a new coach.
Dave Modzelewski arrives at Cheshire Community Pool to take up the reins of one of the most successful programs, in any sport, in state history. He’s coached the last several years in Fairfield County, working with swimmers of varying ages.
“I grew up in Newtown and have only coached in Fairfield County, and I am excited to see what further upstate has to offer in term of swimming talent,” Modzelewski said. “I have been coaching for about eight years now. I have coached high school swim teams as well as developmental and age-group swimmers ranging from 5 to 12 years old.”
Modzelewski also coaches the Connecticut Swimming All-Star Zone Team, which is why he isn’t wholly a stranger to the current cast of Rams.
“During my time as the head coach of the zone team I had the pleasure of coaching many of the girls that are on the Cheshire High swim team, so it is amazing to see how they all have grown into such great swimmers and, even more importantly, great young women,” Modzelewski said.
In coming to Cheshire, Modzelewski fills the role once held by legendary coach Ed Aston and, for the last five years, by Dan Mascolo. Mascolo stepped down from the program in June to coach the Greater Spartanburg YMCA swim club in South Carolina.
Mascolo signed off with a 62-2 dual meet record, the 2017 Class L crown and a runner-up showing at the State Open. In all, Cheshire swimming and diving has won 27 state titles and 13 State Open championships.
Modzelewski looks to keep the winning going in Cheshire.
“I’m really excited to be at the helm of such a strong team with a tremendous tradition of great swimming,” Modzelewski said. “It’s also very helpful to have our dive coach Patti Conte and assistant coach Shea Moriarty back for another season to help ease the transition. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how amazing our captains Ellie Murphy and Elli Haskes have been leading the team in the preseason and into the beginning of the season.”