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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Amine Boubsis

Associate Director of Aquatics

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Amine Boubsis brings more than 20 years of experience, integrity, innovation, management, and technical skills to YFD Swimming. Since joining the club in 2007, Amine has resurrected YFD’s program, orchestrating a growth of nearly 300 percent. During his tenure with the club, he has developed and cultivated numerous Junior Olympic champions, ISCA Junior National medalists, National Open Water qualifiers, High School State Championship finalists, and Scholastic All-Americans. Furthermore, Amine helped place a member on the USA Junior National Team where they represented our country at the World Maccabiah Games in Isreal and brought home four individual medals.  His swimmers have broken over 400 team records, and many have gone on to swim at some of the most prestigious universities in the country.
 
Amine’s personal coaching accomplishments include being named to the USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp Staff in 2019, USA Swimming Eastern Zone Select Camp Staff in 2012, serving as an All-Star Metro Zone Team coach on multiple occasions, and serving on the Metropolitan Swimming Board of Directors.
 
Amine provides leadership and vision geared towards making YFD Swimming the premier competitive swim program in New York City. Amine focuses his development on the entire athlete by using intense physical training, forging mental toughness, and sharing his knowledge of the sport. He strives to create well-rounded individuals who pursue excellence in the pool, in the classroom, and in their outside endeavors. He is working with the coaches and families of YFD on building a championship program as well as fostering relationships within the 92Y community 
 
As a swimmer, Amine was a member of the Moroccan Youth National team where he participated in many international meets including the 2003 Long Course African Championships where he finished seventh in the 100 breast. Later that same year, Amine was the Moroccan Junior National Champion in the 100 meter breaststroke and a bronze medalist in the 200 meter IM.
 
Amine is a member of the International Swim Coaches Association and the American Swim Coaches Association. He holds Water Safety Instructor and CPR/AED/Lifeguarding certifications. He received his bachelor's degree in business management from Touro College.

Naomi Hansen

Co Senior Lead Coach

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Naomi Hansen is honored to be a part of the YFD staff as the Lead Senior Coach. With over a decade of experience coaching in New York and Illinois, she brings thoughtful technical precision and a whole-athlete-centered philosophy. Naomi loves supporting swimmers as they meet and exceed their goals in the water and in the classroom.

During her time at YFD, Naomi’s swimmers have forged a legacy of excellence at the Bronze, Silver, MIT, and NCSA Championship Meets with dozens of YFD All-Time Top Ten finishes. Graduates of the group have gone on to thrive at elite universities.

Naomi is an International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) Certified Coach, and holds American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level II with additional certifications in advanced stroke mechanics, anatomy & physiology, sports psychology, and nutrition. Naomi is a member of the Alliance of Women Coaches, and was a participant in the Women Coaches Mentoring Program.

As a youth swimmer, Naomi competed with Patriot Aquatic Club, one of the premier teams in Illinois. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. Out of the water, Naomi is a MSTOM student in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Sami Robbins

Age Group I and Co Senior Lead Coach

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Sami Robbins is excited to join YFD as Lead Coach of Age Group I and Co-Lead Coach of Senior. She brings five years of experience coaching all levels of athletes in both Seattle and New York City. She believes in value-based coaching and technical excellence. 
 

Sami hails from Seattle, Washington, where she started swimming at eight and competed through her senior year of high school when she began coaching. During her time with Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club (SMAC) in Seattle and Manhattan Makos, Sami’s swimmers qualified for Junior Olympics, PNS Champs, NW Age Group Regionals, Zones, and Senior Mets.
 

In the Pacific Northwest, Sami was a member of KING Aquatics and SMAC. As a coach, she was a lead site coach for SMAC and led four groups while also volunteering with the Shadow Seals, a Paralympic swim team. As a swimmer, she achieved Senior Sectional standards in butterfly and freestyle and was the captain of Holy Names Academy High School, where she led her team to State titles and WIAA records. 
 

Sami is pursuing a BS in Sports Management concentrating in Sports Law at New York University.  

Nelson Rivera

Junior Lead Coach

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Iliana Bitis

Age Group III Lead Coach

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Iliana Bitis has been an integral part of the 92Y Flying Dolphins family for over a decade. During her time here, Iliana has been directly involved in the success of hundreds of athletes ranging from 8 and unders to NCSA finalists. Her swimmers are responsible for over 50 team records, and many of her athletes have competed at the Metro Junior Olympics, the Eastern Zones Championships, ISCA Senior Championships as well as the NCSA Age Group Championships. Iliana is a member of the American Swim Coaches Associatio and holds Water Safety Instructor and CPR/AED/Lifeguarding certifications for over 15 years.

Iliana Bitis also worked with the Hunter College Hawks Swim Team. During her two seasons with the Hawks, the team saw several notable accomplishments including two undefeated conference seasons, a second-place finish at the CUNYAC Championships, and multple school records. Additionally several swimmers were named CUNYAC All-Stars, and the team as a whole received the CSCAA scholar All-American team award with a 3.5 GPA. 

Iliana's coaching philosophy centers around the values of hard work, patience, and dedication, and she incorporates building physical strength and mental toughness in her workouts. She also holds our core values of Character, Community, and Excellence to high esteem and implements an environment that allows for her athletes to practice these values every day.

Iliana began her swimming career in Greece before moving to New York City in grade school. Once here, she swam and competed in the age group level at AGUA. She was also the captain for the Long Island City High School swim team. Iliana graduated from Queens College with a degree in History—focusing on European History and minoring in Byzantine Studies. 

Rafael Flores

Age Group II Lead Coach

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Giovany Bolivar

Assistant Coach

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David Kim

Assistant Coach

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Originally from South Korea, David has been an age group and masters swim coach for over a decade before he moved to the U.S. in 2016. David began his U.S. coaching career at The Race Club under former Olympian Gary Hall Sr. in the Florida Keys before relocating to NYC.  

 

Here in New York, he has been the main coach for the masters swim team at McBurney YMCA. He has led stroke clinics for Team New York Aquatics, instructed private lessons at the Yale Club, and currently he provides lessons at Sacred Heart. Since 2020, he has been working with IMX short course NJ ranking 1 age group swimmers through private coaching.      

 

At 92nd Street Y, he assists Head Coach Amine with coaching the national group and he focuses on improving stroke technique and has provided dryland training for strength and conditioning.

 

In 2019, he was a finalist for the U.S. Masters Swim Team head coaching position for the 2019 FINA World Masters Championships held in Korea. Prior to moving to America, he established a Korean YouTube channel that provides tutorials on swimming techniques which has accumulated 11 million views and gained over 24,000 subscribers.  

 

As an athlete, he got two MVPs from the Bucheon City and Jecheon City Mayor's Cup Masters swim meets. He also joined a national triathlon championship with an Olympic course in Tongyong City in 2000 where he won 3rd in his group.  

 

He is a U.S. Masters level 3 coach, a certified Water Safety Instructor, U.S. Masters Swim Instructor and Red Cross Lifeguard, and a ASCA level 2 coach. He has a degree in mass communications from Konkuk University in South Korea. In 2008 he completed his military service in the Republic of Korea Air Force.

Frederique Lefebvre

Assistant Coach

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Michael Orlando

Assistant Coach

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Mike Orlando is thrilled to join YFD as Assistant Coach for Age Group I and Age Group II. Mike has over 18 years of experience as a swimmer and coach, and has a passion for guiding young athletes to reach their full potential. He believes with confidence comes success!

As a coach at Trident Aquatics, Mike has led dozens of swimmers to Silvers and Junior Olympics cuts, and championship meets including Zones, Sectionals, and Junior Nationals. In 2017, he was named to the Metropolitan Swimming Eastern Zone All-Star team coaching staff.

Mike began swimming competitively at seven, and fell in love with the sport. He worked hard on Richmond Aquatic Club team and earned an athletic scholarship to St. Francis College where he specialized in breaststroke and graduated with a BS in Physical Education. He is currently a Physical Education teacher in the department of education, and is also pursuing his MS in Exercise Science and Nutrition and finishing his Personal Training Certification.

Susan Murray

Assistant Coach

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Eileen Towey

Assistant Coach

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Jared Chamoff

Individual Giving Coordinator

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Jared has been working at the 92nd Street Y for three years and leads fundraising efforts for YFD and 92Y’s May Center for Health Fitness & Sport. If you are interested in supporting YFD with a charitable gift, you may contact Jared at 212.415.5424 or [email protected]. To make a contribution online you may visit the website https://www.92y.org/donateyfd