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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 topics, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to volunteering, meet fees, merchandising, fundraising or publicity, please contact one of the members of the Executive Board of the Parents Association.

Coaching Staff

Alex Boutov

Head Coach

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Alex comes from Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics in New York where he served as an Assistant Coach working with the National Team, Senior Team, and several others. He is the founder of Alex Aquatics offering data-based swimming technique improvement sessions. He will be using that technology to assist in developing swimmers and will offer private lessons.

Alex is a graduate of St. Petersburg State University (Russia), where he swam competitively, and earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial psychology. He later achieved a Master of Science in computer science from Northern Illinois University. 

Alex had a career in software development before discovering his love for coaching competitive swimming. He coached youth swimming in Virginia and Illinois for two decades. In Illinois, Alex was named Swimming Coach of the Year, led Masters Swimming State Champs and won a Masters Swimming State record in the 1500 free. Alex has an American Swimming Coaches Association Level IV certification.

Kyle Laracy

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Dear Dolphins and Family:  Greetings!  I am passionate and committed for you and your children to experience joy and all domains of personal growth as a YMCA competitive swimmer!  My own journey in the sport began at the age of 8 in Worcester, MA.  I am proud to be a New England Age Group champion in the 1,500 meter freestyle, New England Prep School champion in the 500 freestyle, and a 4 year varsity swimmer at Columbia University scoring points in multiple distance, medley, and fly events for our squad at the Ivy League Championships each year.  After college, I competed in 5 US Open Water National championships in the 5K for the New York Athletic Club where we won several team events.  I am also a recently trained, educated and experienced 4th grade Teacher in our area.  Previously, I  was a co-founder and manager of a successful legal translation firm.  Father of Brenna plus 3 other children ages 13 to 5.  

Christopher Hanson

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Christopher Hanson has been an assistant coach at the YMCA of Montclair since 2008. His coaching emphasizes technique to cultivate a balanced, self-empowered athlete. In life outside the pool, he practices meditation, tai chi and (occasionally) yoga. These disciplines support a well-rounded focus to his swim practice. Chris began his swimming career in 1981 with the Hollin Hills Bluefish (Northern Virginia Swim League), where he also coached for two seasons during college. He earned his varsity letter with Bishop Ireton High School, serving as team captain his senior year. During that time, he also swam with Nation’s Capital Swim Club (formerly Curl Burke Swim Club). Chris was an NCAA Division III swimmer in the Landmark Conference for the Susquehanna University River Hawks (formerly the Crusaders), earning his varsity letter in his first year, graduating with a BA in Theater. He also has an MA in Sustainability Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

 

Daniel Scialabba

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Dan is a soon to be graduate at Montclair State University majoring in Communications and Media Arts. He grew up swimming in Jackson, NJ, and was on the high school varsity swim team at Jackson Liberty Highschool. He went on to compete in Counties in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke his freshman year. As he swam competitively he taught swim lessons at Frog Bridge Summer Camp. 

After graduating from Liberty High School, Dan continued to swim competitively at Ocean County College until after he transferred to Montclair State University where he continued his swimming career as a swim instructor for Lifecycle Aquatics in Montclair, NJ and British Swim School in Clifton, NJ.

"As an Assistant Swim Coach at the YMCA of Montclair I look forward to seeing every competitive YMCA swimmer grow to their highest standards."

Ruth Roberts

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Ruth will be entering her first season as an Assistant Coach with the Montclair YMCA Dolphins. Before joining MYM, Ruth coached all age groups for the Indianola Tide swim team at the YMCA in Indianola, Iowa.

Ruth swam competitively for twelve years at the Sarpy County Swim Club, formerly Monarch Swimming, in Papillion, Nebraska. Her favorite stroke was the butterfly but her favorite event was the 100 yard Individual Medley. One of her proudest moments of her swim career was swimming the 200 yard butterfly at the age of 9. Ruth’s competitive career was brought to an end due to a shoulder injury, but while competing she had the opportunity to qualify and swim at various levels including state, All Stars, and Zones.

When coaching, Ruth puts a lot of emphasis on technique and endurance training. She feels it is important to incorporate goal setting and to develop athletes holistically to be successful both in and out of the pool. Ruth lives in Montclair with her husband, Matt, and their corgi Ein.

Sarah Melnik

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Aleksandr Galindo

Coach

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Coach Aleksandr is a recent graduate from Syracuse University with a M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He grew up in Montclair and swam competitively for the high school varsity team as well as Montclair Red Hawks club team.

He went on to do his undergraduate degree at Syracuse in Mechanical Engineering and also swam competitively for their college club swim team. During this time he became president of the team and was responsible for running the 60 member organization including practices, meets, and taking the team to college club swim nationals at OSU. During the summers he lifeguarded and was a swim instructor for a variety of pools and camps. During his graduate study he coached for the club.

Aleksandr still swims to this day and most recently competed in the Lake George 2.5k open water swim finishing 5th out of 161 competitors. He hopes to impart his knowledge and passion for swimming to the Dolphins so that they can become fierce competitors and foster their love for the sport. 

 

Board of Directors

Ted Foung

Treasurer, Executive Board

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Ashley Emala

Officials Coordinator, Executive Board

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Ed Powers

Communications, Executive Board

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Jeni Goldman

Team Banquet, Executive Board

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Stephanie Song

Merchandise, Executive Board

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Wartyna Davis

Board Liaison, Executive Board

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Jaime Hukkanen

Concessions, Member Board

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Noemi M Morrison

Athlete Representative

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