CRA STAFF

Jacqueline Poirier

Director of Instructional Swim Lessons

A native Medford resident, Jacqui started swimming competitively at the age of 9 for Magnus Aquatic Group. Jacqui swam all four years at Medford High School and was named team captain her senior year.  A graduate of Curry College with a B.S. in Biology, Jacqui taught swim lessons for seven years and began work at Charles River Aquatics as an instructor at our Summer Camp.  Her passion for teaching was evident and Jacqui came on staff full time in 2014. Outside of swimming, Jacqui enjoys running, music, and spending time with her family and friends.

Chris Tower

Boston Site Director of Lessons

Chris grew up in Norwalk, CT and swam competitively for his local YMCA. After falling away from the water for a bit, he rediscovered his love of aquatics and swimming through his heavy involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. For many summers, Chris has worked on camp staff at Yawgoog Scout Reservation serving as Waterfront Director for 5 years and Camp Director since. Before joining Charles River Aquatics, Chris taught swim lessons at the Danvers YMCA. Chris graduated from Roger Williams University with a BA in Social Science.

Alex Rosado

Senior Assistant Aquatics Director /
Director of Facilities and Training

Alex began swimming competitively at the age of 8 for the West Roxbury YMCA Gators. In high school, he swam for the BLA Dragons and captained the team in his junior and senior year. During college, Alex rowed crew and played water polo at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he studied Environmental Sciences and Policy. He taught lessons for the Boston Sports Club in Wellesley before coming to Charles River Aquatics.

Jason Kleckner

Assistant Aquatics Director

Born in Belmont, Massachusetts, Jason took to swimming at a young age. He started learning how to swim at his local Boys and Girls Club, and later taught lessons there as an assistant swim instructor and lifeguard. Jason also competed on the Belmont Dolphins swim team, where his passion for the sport developed even further. He continued swimming in high school at the varsity level, earning several personal bests and even placing first in his heat during the 50m freestyle event at the Middlesex League championship meet. After high school, Jason attended Suffolk University, where he graduated with an Honors BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Political Science. When he is not teaching lessons at CRA, Jason enjoys reading, collecting vinyl records, and taking walks.

Tom Wallace

Wellesley Site Director of Lessons /
Pool Operations

Tom started swimming competitively at age three in CA, and has never stopped swimming. In 1976 he competed at the Olympic Trials in the 1500-meter freestyle. After attending college and earning his BA and BS degrees, he became an officer in the US Air Force, earning his Masters degree and accumulated more than 2200 flying hours, including 151 combat support missions while serving in conflicts in the Persian Gulf and Bosnia. During his military career, he did humanitarian work in Bosnia and Africa, and represented the Air Force and NATO in swimming, running, cycling, and triathlon competitions in Europe, Africa, and North America, including five Ironman triathlons and three world championships. When Tom retired, he ran aquatics programs at YMCAs in Tucson, AZ and Waltham, MA before joining CRA as Aquatics Director in 2007.  In 2019 Tom was elected to the Lynnfield Planning Board, and also serves on his town’s Tree Committee. He competes for Charles River Aquatic Masters Swim Club and also races in 5K and half marathons in New England, and has a Blue Heeler rescue dog named Delta and a Bengal cat named Ngozi.

Jon Castaldo

Head Coach | CRA Dragons 

Jon began his coaching career in 2012 and primarily focused on training 14 and under athletes to achieve their goals through implementing technical improvements. This is done through furthering athletes’ education within the sport and using their new found knowledge to find their most efficient stroke.

Jon was a lead coach at Phoenix Swimming for his first 3 years where he successfully coached athletes to compete at the New England Championships and National Level Meets.  Several of his swimmers also achieved New England records for various performances.

Jon is a very energetic fan of the sport of swimming and looks forward to bringing his skills and expertise to the CRA community! Under his guidance CRA has doubled in size and is quickly becoming a top tier competitive club in the area!

Hannah Mitchell

Associate Head Coach | CRA Dragons

Hannah started competitively swimming at an early age. She swam for Magnus Aquatic Group for seven years, and later, Phoenix Swimming. In high school she was a school record holder, team captain, and four-time MVC All Scholastic. After high school, Hannah swam Division I at Florida International University for two years before transferring to Florida State University and graduating with a degree in sociology.  

Prior to coaching with CRA, Hannah coached the Maclay High School swim team in Tallahassee, FL, worked as an instructor with CRA Summer Swim Camps, and coached seasonally with Phoenix Swimming. In 2016 Hannah began coaching with CRA and worked primarily with the Junior and Senior groups before being named Head Age Group Coach in the Fall of 2017.  

Hannah is excited to lead the new site in Wellesley and bring CRA’s philosophy to the MetroWest area!

Scott McInerney

Director of CRA Masters Swim Team

Growing up in New Jersey, Scott began swimming in 2001 upon entering high school, competing at both state and national levels in sprint freestyle and butterfly events. Scott attended Oberlin College (Division III) in Ohio and led the team in these events, swimming alongside elite swimmers at fellow schools like Kenyon College and Denison University, setting multiple school records in the process. After graduation, he moved to Boston to start his professional career, but continued to swim for the Charles River Aquatics Masters for a year before joining the coaching staff in 2010.

 

As a coach, Scott brought with him the experience of being a recent college swimmer, reminding swimmers of the importance of exercising proper technique when training to build speed and stroke efficiency. His time spent coaching the team has allowed him the ability to develop workouts to meet the differing needs of each individual swimmer to help best suit their abilities and personal goals. To this day, he continues to assist swimmers in identifying their strengths as well as areas of improvement among all levels (advanced or novice) to help promote growth and development while minimizing potentially injurious swimming behavior. After almost 9 years of assistant coaching for Charles River Aquatics Masters, Scott has developed strong relationships with countless swimmers on the team, earning their trust and learning nuances of each member’s stroke, young and old. It was only fitting for him to assume the role of Head Coach in Spring 2019.

 

Outside the pool, Scott works in market research and consumer insights and understands the value of member feedback to create needed change, whether it be professionally or coaching on the pool deck. In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his husband and dogs, traveling (local and abroad), exercising, cooking, and craft/DIY projects.

 

To ask questions or provide feedback about the team or workouts, email Scott directly at scott@charlesriveraquatics.com.

 

At Charles River Aquatics, all full time staff have current CPR, First Aid, and lifeguard certification.

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