Guerby Ruuska has been named the head coach of Tri-West Swim Club.  He brings in amazing enthusiasm and passion for swimming, as well as many connections throughout the state, collegiate, and international world.  Guerby is excited to guide and help grow TRIW, along with leading the swimmers to unbelievable heights. 

Guerby’s coaching journey started with his local summer league team, Rensselaer Summer Swim Team, where he started coaching 8 & Unders.  In 2015 he guided the 8 & U girls to a 1-2 finish in every event at the PSSL conference championship.  He then moved up to coach the 11 & 12’s group.  At the 2018 PSSL conference meet, Guerby led the 11&12 girls to a 1-2 finish in all but 2 events and the 200 medley relay team record.  After 3 years of great success, in the summer of 2019 Guerby moved up to the position of head coach where he was in charge of coaching the 13-19 group, as well as full operations.  Guerby helped lead the Rensselaer Summer Swim Team to a 6th straight PSSL conference title while breaking 9 team records along the way, 7 of the 9 records coming from his 13-19 group. 

Ruuska has volunteered his time to assist with club swimming, swim lessons, and even high school functions.  He truly enjoys being around the water and has a passion for seeing people get better.  Guerby has a great philosophy: “Seeing kids get better is its own reward.  It’s not about winning or losing, it’s just about swimming fast.  Swimming fast is fun and when you see the smile on a kids face when they swim fast, nothing beats that feeling.”

Guerby is a huge believer in mental toughness and motivation training.  He is also very big on dreaming big.  He believes that with high energy around the pool, true respect for athletes, and big goals, one can accomplish anything they put their mind to.  Guerby has seen much success in a short period of time by following the coaching model he invented, called “The 6 G Rules.”

  1. Have a vision 
  2. Have a process to get to that vision 
  3. Long/short term goals
  4. Don’t be afraid to dream big
  5. Respect yourself and your peers 
  6. TRUST the process 
  7. Have FUN (Friends, Unity, Necessary) 

Guerby's goal for the club is for it to be it's own and unique from any other club.  When athletes step on the pool deck for the first time, his vision is that they realize something neat is happening and they are about to be a part of something special.

Guerby graduated from Manchester University with a B.S. in English and a minor in Journalism.  There he competed for the Spartans all 4 years and was a record-setter in all 5 relays and the 100 and 200 backstrokes.  Guerby is also a member of the Haitian National Swimming Federation where he competed for them internationally in the FINA Worlds Swim meet in Gwangju, South Korea.

In his off time, Guerby enjoys swimming, watching Netflix with a cup of coffee, reading articles, cooking, writing, and spending time with loved ones.