About Vitale Aquatic & Tennis


Vitale Aquatics & Tennis is the new home of Thames Aquatic Club!

Thames Aquatic Club was founded by The Vitale Family in 2009 as a USA Registered competitive swim team. Because of the extensive swim history of the Vitale’s, a thriving, competitive swim environment was re-energized in Southeastern Connecticut. Hundreds of swimmers passed through the doorway of Connecticut College to begin their swimming careers at TAC. Now, 10 years later, the Vitale’s have found the need for a new facility!

The newest athletic facility in Ledyard is not only the home of Thames Aquatic Club, but is also the home of Top Dogs, the newest, juniors’ tennis team in Southeastern Connecticut.

Various aquatics and tennis programs are featured at The VAT. Open swim and fee free court reservation for first hour (singles)and hour and one half (doubles) is available for members only.

In addition to aquatics and tennis, The VAT offers yoga programming; not in a studio, but outdoors in a peaceful, earthy environment! Members are able to connect with their inner self and nature to totally relax, refresh and renew.

The VAT is a place for families to gather, swimmers to swim, players to play tennis and individuals to unwind with a relaxing class of yoga!

Meet The Team At Vitale Aquatic & Tennis


John Vitale, Owner/Director of Tennis

Progression training has been a staple of John’s athletic philosophy since the early 1980s. As a professional tennis player and USPTR certified instructor, and after training with world renowned Dennis Vandermer in Hilton Head South Carolina, John brought his professional athletic experiences to Connecticut where he took a position as Director of the Copper Valley Swim and Tennis Club in Cheshire, CT. He then went on to become the Director of Operations at the Rocky Hill Tennis and Fitness Center and Sugar Hollow Tennis Club located in Ridgefield, CT. John developed successful training programs for all levels of athletes at each of these clubs. These same training strategies have been employed at Thames Aquatic Club and  will now be continued at Vitale Aquatic & Tennis to produce top level athletes.

Contact John at jvitale@thevat.org


Anne Vitale, Owner/Director of Aquatics

In 2015, Anne identified the need for a facility in southeastern Connecticut for families to get away to, spend time together, and participate in quality aquatic and tennis programming.  After building Thames Aquatic Club as the place to learn the nuances of competitive swimming; where top swimmers in the area have emerged from, Anne felt it was time to provide that facility for individuals and families and Vitale Aquatic & Tennis was formed.  

With 20 years of coaching swimmers from the beginner level to the elite level, Anne brings the same preparation philosophy to the floors of The VAT.  Anne holds certifications in USA Swimming, American Swim Coaches Association, Stroke Technique and swim instructor training.

Contact Anne at avitale@thevat.org


Samantha Vitale, Director of Business Development

Samantha has a flare for marketing and business and has numerous years of marketing experience.  She has been instrumental in the development of Vitale Aquatic and Tennis strategic plans and will continue in her role of providing top notch customer acquisition and event planning.  Samantha is close to completion of her undergraduate degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing.

Contact Samantha at svitale@thevat.org


Rachel Vitale, Director of programming

A former competitive swimmer herself, Rachel has 10 years of experience in competitive coaching and swim instruction and has worked throughout the years teaching children proper swim technique for a life-long love of the sport.  

At Thames Aquatic Club, Rachel was instrumental in the development of Thames Aquatic Club’s successful Learn to Swim program, where hundreds of swimmers have learned water safety and proper swim technique.  

Rachel is responsible for aquatic and yoga programming at Vitale Aquatic & Tennis.

She holds certifications in Yoga and swim instruction and swim instructor training.  

When not in the pool or Yoga Den, Rachel is working on her undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

Contact Rachel at rvitale@thevat.org


Erica Vitale-Burke, Business Manager

After a successful swimming career, beginning at age 8 and continuing through Division 1 swimming, Erica continued to stay in touch with the water through teaching other young swimmers proper swim and race technique.  While a mom herself now, Erica still helps around the pool deck, but can be found managing the front office.

Erica has her Masters Degree in Elementary Education.  

Contact Erica at eburke@thevat.org


Kristen Vitale-Engel, Human Resource Coordinator

Kristen, also a decorated collegiate swimmer, with a Master’s Degree in History, is an integral part in the development of The VAT’s  Human Resources Department. Her past experiences in Thames Aquatic’s Learn to Swim program allows Kristen to understand the needs of The VAT’s staffing requirements.  Questions regarding employment opportunities can be sent to her attention at info@thevat.org


Alexandra O’Neil, Director of Multi Media Production

Alexandra, an accomplished Division 1 swimmer herself, with a Master’s Degree in Communication Management, is The VAT’s multimedia professional. Alex brings her experiences from working in the New England Patriots,  Buffalo Bills and various television news stations across the country, to the floors of Vitale Aquatic & Tennis. Questions regarding multimedia production should be emailed to Alexandra’s attention at info@thevat.org.  

Club Hours


Monday through Friday: 6:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday: 6:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 6:00am to 5:00pm

Please check out the calendar for specific programming, tennis court reservation times and open swim times.

Directions To The VAT


Vitale Aquatic & Tennis is conveniently located in Ledyard Center on Route 214, just a 12 minute drive from either Interstate 395 or 95.


Vitale Aquatic and Tennis(The VAT) – Located at 14 Iron St, Ledyard, CT 06339. Meet the team, Club Hours and Directions to The VAT!