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.
Director of Business Development
As Director of Business Development for Buffalo City Swim
Racers, Lamont Williams draws on his diverse experience working in
the fields of education, nonprofit, government, and over 30 years
of successful entrepreneurship to foster funding relationships and
grow the organization.
Prior to joining Buffalo City Swim Racers, Lamont was Executive
Director of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection where he led staff
and developed programming designed to equip and empower low-income,
at-risk youth and young adults to become self-sufficient by
addressing the educational, economic, family, and social challenges
Lamont’s youth engagement experience extends to a national
level through his work with the National Urban League. He was a
core member and organizer of their annual Youth Summit and provided
key contributions in the development of their education
initiatives. He has also been a guest speaker at a variety of
events and professional development workshops.
Lamont is a graduate of SUNY University at Buffalo, a United
States Navy Veteran, a 2012 graduate of Leadership Buffalo, and a
board member of multiple local organizations. He enjoys mentoring
and working with young people to help them achieve their academic
and career goals – especially encouraging entrepreneurial
aspirations. Lamont resides in Buffalo with his wife, Alexandra,
and daughter, Taylor.
Director of Learn-to-Swim
With nearly 40 years of experience in the Western New York
swimming community, Darcee Rae Hughes has the perfect combination
of knowledge and passion to lead Buffalo City Swim Racers’
Learn-to-Swim programming. Her goal is to assure that all children
are active, involved, and committed to their sport, coaches, and
Prior to joining Buffalo City Swim Racers, Darcee served as the
Aquatics and Wellness program director at the Lockport Family
YMCA/Camp Kenan. In this role, she led the staff and volunteers
through many trainings and certifications, including lifeguarding,
CPR, first aid, emergency oxygen, responding to emergencies, swim
lesson instructors, water fitness, personal training, aerobics,
SilverSneakers, and swim coaching clinics. She was also a part of
the Buffalo Niagara YMCA Aquatics and Wellness product teams that
worked to improve and implement safety policies.
In addition to being a YMCA swim official and Lifeguard
Instructor Trainer, Darcee has served as WNY League commissioner
– helping to organize and lead swim league competitions,
meetings, invitational swim meets, YMCA New York State swim
championships, parent booster clubs, and fundraising efforts.
A native of Lockport, Darcee and her husband have two grown
children and two grandchildren. She is an active member of the
Lockport Alliance Church where she serves as Deaconess on the
Deaconess Committee and volunteers in the nursery and welcome