SOUTHINGTON >> Middletown High School boys swim coach Trevor Charles was named Connecticut’s Swim Coach of the Year by the Connecticut High School Swim Coaches Association at the organization’s All-State banquet at the Aqua Turf Club Tuesday evening.
The MHS swim team completed a 12-2 regular season, won the Central Connecticut Conference South Division championship, was fourth in Class L and fifth in the State Open, the team’s best open finish in 20 years. The team established nine new school records and at the Class L meet, won four state championships.
These included junior Matt Dagenais in both the 200 yard individual medley and the 500 yard freestyle. His time in the 200 IM was a new Class L record. He also swam a leg of the championship 200 yard freestyle relay.
The fourth state title came when sophomore Jack Doherty won the Class L championship in the 100 yard freestyle.
“Charles is a workaholic,” said MHS Director of Athletics Mike Pitruzzello. “He works to get the most out of his kids, and that what it’s all about. The kids listen to him because he knows what he’s talking about.”
Charles has been the boys head coach for six years. He succeeded the highly successful George Baldwin. Together, the two coaches put together 31 consecutive winning seasons.
“I feel very honored,” said Charles, who was a championship-level swimmer at Middletown High and Marist College.. “I was very touched and excited at the same time.”
Charles’ team also had three All-Americans, Dagenais plus divers Monica Marcello and Dan Kinney, both of whom signed National Letters of Intent to dive at the University of Connecticut.