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Mike Switalski

Head Coach

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Mike Switalski is the founder of the Buffalo City Swim Racers (BCSR). He is an ASCA, Level 4 Coach and a former Division III, All-America swimmer from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 

Switalski knows what it takes to succeed and is committed to mentoring swimmers to great success.

Prior to founding BCSR, he was the head swim coach at Buffalo State College. Switalski coached and mentored the Buffalo State College men’s and women’s teams to multiple semesters of Academic All-America recognition.  He established the team as a mainstay on the list. This recognition is awarded by the College Swim Coaches Association of America.

He also watched 20 school and more than 20 various pool and college records fall under his guidance during his time at the school. In addition, he coached several All-SUNYAC performers, including Kelly Stoklosa, who became the first female Buffalo State swimmer to win a SUNYAC title, capturing both the 100 and 200 breast stroke events at the 2006 championship meet.

His previous coaching experience is diverse, serving as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, as well as coaching several club and high school teams. He has coached national level swimmers for USA Swimming (National Age Group Top-16, Junior National, Senior National and U.S. Open).

Switalski currently serves on several committees and boards:

1.The Buffalo Public Schools Physical Activity Committee

2.Western New York Afterschool Network

3.Niagara Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Chair)

4.USA Swimming Eastern Zone Diversity and Inclusion Committee

5.USA Swimming National Diversity and Inclusion Committee

6.Niagara Swimming Board of Directors

7.Buffalo City Swim Racers Board of Directors

He has served as the national chairperson for the United States Swimming Outreach Committee and authored several published articles on competitive swimming in addition to giving multiple lectures on the sport, including at the USA Swimming National Convention. He was the only coach to represent USA Swimming in 1999 at the United States Olympic Academy, hosted by the US Olympic Committee. He has also attended several coaching clinics over the past decade to stay on the cutting edge of training and coaching techniques.

In 1994, he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education with a minor in coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and received a Master's in Student Personnel Administration at Buffalo State College in 2011. Mike and his wife Kim reside in Buffalo with their son Nicholas and daughter Alexandra. 

Kate Scherer

Coach

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Kate grew up loving the water and enrolled in swim lessons at a very young age. Her competitive training began with the Buffalo Cazenovia Sea Lions at the age of eight before moving>While attending Mercyhurst University, Kate received a degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in Exercise Science. She is self-employed as a personal trainer and also works as a professional pet sitter. Kate plans to return to school for nursing.

Margaret Scherer

Coach

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Margaret has been swimming since the age of four. Starting early with the Cheektowaga Stingray Swim Club and moving onto the Town of Tonawanda Titan Swim Club, Margaret quickly developed a love for swimming that drove her to continually set new goals for herself.
Margaret's love of swimming has inspired her to help young children reach their own goals. She can't imagine her life without some aspect of the sport and is proud to support BCSR.