Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
James Billesimo Director/Head Coach

Jim Billesimo is the Director/Head Coach of the Red Fox Aquatic Club. Billesimo started his association with the college in 1977 as the Head Age Group Coach for the Marist Swim Club. In 1983, he was given the reigns of the collegiate women's team. The highlight of his four years in charge was runner-up finiash in the Metropolitan Swim Conference.

Billesimo then moved on to New Jersey, where he was the Head Coach of Montclair State University. While there, his women's team secured top 20 finishes at the NCAA Women's Division III Championships with multiple NCAA All-Americans. Outside of college athletics, he was the Director/Head Coach of the Montclair Aquatic Club for six years from 1987-1993.

During his tenure at both Marist and Montclair State, he was the Vice President at the Women's Metropolitan Swimming Conference. 

Beginning in 1995, he became the Associate Head Coach of the Atlantis Aquatic Club in Bethlehem, Pa. During his eight years, he saw eight members qualify for the Olympic Trials, including one finishing fourth at the 2000 Trials for the 200-yard butterfly. That swimmer went on to win the World University Games establishing a new games record.  Billesimo also had four of his swimmers post times to rank in the top 100 of the world.

With his success at Atlantis, he moved back into the collegiate ranks in Bethlehem as a volunteer assistant/stroke clinician at Lehigh University. He served on the Mountain Hawks' staff for six years.

The Red Foxes first-ever women's coach, Billesimo rejoined the Marist coaching staff in 2009 after stops in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jim took over the Head Coaching Position of the Red Fox Aquatic Club in 2011. In 2021 Jim assumed the role of Director/Head Coach of the club.

Katherine Mosca Coach
Kate Mosca is joining us as an age group coach for the 2023-2024 season. Kate is from Dansville, NY and started her swimming career at age 10 for Mercury Swimming in the Niagara LSC. She finished her club swimming career competing with Victor Swim Club. Kate is a Marist Swimming alum who graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a dual degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After graduation she moved to Sacramento, CA where she served with AmeriCorps NCCC across the west coast and later moved to Fort Myers, FL to work for a nonprofit. In 2021 she returned to Poughkeepsie to begin her journey towards achieving her master's degree in school psychology. She has been the graduate assistant coach for the Marist Swimming and Diving team for the past 2 seasons. While in undergrad from 2014-2017 Kate was a volunteer assistant coach for RFAC and worked with the 8 and under group. Kate is excited to return to club coaching and cannot wait to meet and work with the RFAC athletes!
Lauretta Russell Coach

Junior Coach Lauretta Russell is a current Honors Program student at Marist College, studying Adolescence English and Special Education, with a concentration in English literature. After college, she plans to teach at the middle school level. Lauretta is from Red Hook, NY, and began her swimming career at age 8 with Coach Kevin Storrs on Red Hook Sea Raiders. After her first Sea Raiders season, she immediately transitioned into club swimming with Northern Dutchess Aquatic Club (NDAC). 


After many years of competitive swimming, she was asked to begin coaching for NDAC. She began coaching in 2021, as a Junior Coach working with swimmers ages 4 through 12. She worked with swimmers who were just learning to swim, as well as swimmers in the age group level. After her time at NDAC, Lauretta chose Marist College, and has been fortunate enough to continue coaching with Red Fox Aquatic Club. The 2023-2024 season will be her third season coaching, and second with RFAC.

Board of Directors
James Billesimo Director/Club Owner