When Dave Modzelewski stepped down as Cheshire girls swim coach on Monday, Cheshire athletic director Steve Trifone said he hoped to have a new coach in place within a week with the season approaching. Trifone wasn\u2019t kidding when it came to a quick hire, announcing Matt Traub\u2019s hiring on Wednesday. \u201cMatt will be a nice addition to our high school coaching staff, since he has experience coaching and working with high school age group athletes,\u201d Trifone said. \u201cHe knows many of our athletes through the (Cheshire) YMCA Sea Dogs where he coaches the younger athletes. \u201cSpeaking to Matt, he is excited to pick up where Dave ( Modzelewski) left off.\u201d This is Traub\u2019s first high school head coaching position. He swam for Torrington High for four years and graduated in 2015. He was captain of the Boston University men\u2019s swim team and swam there from 2015-2019. He swam as part of Texas A&M\u2019s post-grad\/pro team until the pandemic hit. Traub also swam for the Cheshire Sea Dogs during his high school days and when he would come home from college until he stopped swimming in 2020. The past year he has been working for the Cheshire YMCA assisting with the Sea Dogs swim program. \u201cAs a coach, I put a lot of emphasis on communication with the athletes during practice,\u201d Traub said in an email response. \u201cI like to make sure they understand why we do certain things so they know what to focus on and how to get the most out of each set. As with anything new, there are challenges. But I am fortunate enough to have great support, especially from people like Steve Trifone, Susan Murphy (works in Cheshire athletic department), Dave Modzelewski and Sean Farrell (Sea Dogs head coach), as well as my high school coach Andrew Marchand, to help me through the transition. \u201cWorking with Dave on Sea Dogs this last year was a pleasure. I was really able to learn a lot from him. It doesn\u2019t surprise me that he was offered such a great new job (in Boston area). He is an awesome coach and co-worker.\u201d Traub will meet with the girls swim team on Thursday for the first time since being named the new coach. \u201cI am super excited,\u201d Traub said. \u201cI\u2019m looking forward to a fun season and to continue the Cheshire swimming tradition.\u201d Next up on Trifone\u2019s hiring plate is finding a new Cheshire boys swim coach, a position Modzlewski also held.