Alayna L Gallegos
Lead Coach @ WEST
Originally from Lakeville, Minnesota, Alayna began swimming
competitively at 8 years old and continued swimming through college
at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her main events
in college were the 100 Butterfly, 200 Butterfly, and the
400IM. She started working with swimmers as a swim lesson
instructer at age 16. Through college, she swam and coached the
Calvin College Age Group Swim Team.
Alayna moved to Madison to recieve her Masters in Social Work
and fell in love with both the city and the team. She is also
working as a School Social Worker at Elm Lawn Elementary School in
This is Alayna’s third year as the Head Coach
for YDC United – West.
Tessa R Monroe
Assistant Coach @ EAST
Born and raised
on the east side of Madison, Tessa began taking swim lessons at the
YMCA at age 4. During her first class, Lynn Stickels who was the
head coach of MEYO (Madison East Y Octopi) at the time, plucked her
out of the lesson and had her try out the swim team. There was no
turning back after that! From then on, Tessa swam nonstop all the
way through high school.
Tessa has taught swim lessons for 8 years and combine that with
swimming for 15+ years, she had a great base to start coaching. She
figured those who can’t do, teach! She has been coaching for
about 5 years and also works for an Architectural Company on the
west side of Madison.
Tyler M Moser
Assistant Coach @ WEST
Tyler began competitively swimming in 2000 at the age of seven.
During the winter, he swam with the Green County Golden Gators
until 2006. Over the summers, he swam with the Monroe Area Swim
Team (MAST) until 2009. In his final summer of swimming, he started
coaching for MAST and continued to serve as an assistant coach
until 2012. In 2013 he served as the Co-Head Coach of MAST
alongside his mother, Linda. In 2015, Tyler began helping out with
the YDC United Swim Team. This year marks his fourth year of
coaching for the team. Tyler also served as the Assistant Coach of
the Monroe-New Glarus High School Girls Swim Team coaching under
his mother, Linda, from 2016 through 2018. He also served as an
Assistant Coach with the Goodman Waves for two years.
Head Coach @ East
Hello everyone! My name is Nick Nager and I am the new Head Coach
for the East YMCA Swim Team. I am extremely excited to now be part
of such a great swimming community here at the YMCA!
I have lived in Madison my whole life and learned how to swim in
Lake Monona when I was 7. Since then I have never looked back and
went on to begin my competitive swimming career at Madison East
High School and at the UW-Madison Swim Club & Water Polo teams.
In addition to the 10 years of personal swimming experience I bring
to YDC, I also have been coaching for 5 years. During the summer I
am the Head Coach for the Goodman Waves, a local pool who is part
of the city’s All-City age-group swim
I loved learning how to swim and loved the fact that the sport
allows athletes to push themselves to improve individually, while
also fostering a sense of team growth with the other athletes they
train with. Personally, I am excited to continue my swim coaching
career and look forward to getting the season