Chicago, IL

STINGRAYS COACHING TEAM

Head Coach: Alex Dovale

Growing up in South Africa I trained under national head coaches; Karoly Von Toros and Rafiq Bedford for a number of years, accumulating in a national title as a member on the men's 800 Freestyle relay team. Soon after, I left South Africa to start my career in the United States collegiate swimming world as a freshman in 2009. Here I competed in the 200 & 400IM and 200 Butterfly events. As well as multiple relays, finishing my career as team MVP of my senior year. A year after graduation I took the position at Stingrays and it has been another great journey since, the transition from athlete to coach was an educational one, that has allowed me to find my passion for the sport again. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping to build the team over the past three years and am excited to go from strength to strength in the upcoming season. I believe that the one of the keys to success in the pool and in life is a strong work ethic. This is the foundation of our coaching philosophy here at Stingrays.

Assistant Coach: Sebastien Rousseau

I started competitive swimming at the age of 9 in South Africa and immediately enjoyed the challenges of the sport. I won my first Senior South African National Title at 16 and made my first South African Senior National Team at age 17. I represented South Africa in 3 Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016), 2 Commonwealth Games (Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014), 2 Short Course World Championships (Manchester 2008, Doha 2014), and 3 Long Course World Championships (Rome 2009, Shanghai 2011, Kazan 2015). I currently hold the South African record in the 400m IM at 4:11.11. I swam collegiately at the University of Florida (2010-2014) where I was a 14 x All American, 2 x SEC Team Champion, 7 x SEC Champion, 2 x NCAA Champion, and the 2014 SEC Swimmer of the Meet and SEC Commissioner's Trophy Winner (Most points scored at SEC's). I retired from competitive swimming after the Rio Olympics and I have had a connection with Stingrays since I moved to Chicago shortly after. I look forward to helping develop young swimmers and helping them realize their potential through hard work.

Assistant Coach: Sarah Shriam

I took my first swim lesson in Mexico over one summer when I was about six years old. From then on I continued with my swimming career in the Middle East for ten years. I swam competitively all across Jordan in middle school and high school, where I competed among the top sport clubs in the nation. Although I stopped my swimming career earlier on in life, my passion for the sport continued growing after many years of competitive swimming in the Middle East. I shortly became involved in teaching swim lessons to kids of all ages once I entered college. I look forward to the years of teaching and coaching young athletes in one of the toughest sports out there. My experiences that I have had overseas are what I plan on sharing with young athletes, as well as help in developing our swimmers in all forms possible.

 

Assistant Coach: Davis Malone

I've been involved in competitive swimming for 18 years, most recently competing in National level meets for New Trier Swim Club. I've achieved success at an age group as well as high school level and was an All American at Lake Forest High School. I'm excited to bring my experience and knowledge of the sport to the club and hopes our athletes can achieve similar successes but most importantly enjoy the sport as much as I have. I look forward to my first USA Swimming coaching experience with our club and cannot wait to see our athletes consistently improve.