GATOR SWIM CLUB STAFF

Our experienced aquatics professionals are here to make your swimmer the best they can be!

Sooner or later if you want to be greater, you've got to go Gator!

Coaching Staff
Alex Cronin Head Coach and Owner

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Alex Cronin became the owner of Gator Swim Club in January of 2016. He was previously the Head Coach and owner of APEX Aquatics, Gator Swim Club's sister team. APEX Aquatics merged with Gator Swim Club in August of 2017, and he became Head Coach. The American Swim Coaches Association presented him the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2014. He was the Head Coach of the 2010 New England Zone team.

Coach Cronin has coached swimmers to Olympic Trials, Phillips 66 Nationals, US Open, Winter Nationals, Speedo Junior Nationals, Speedo Junior Winter Championships, Arena Pro Swim Series, NCSA Championships, Sectionals, New England Seniors and New England Age Group Championships.

He swam for Gator Swim Club as a senior swimmer and was previously a member of the Gator staff from 2002-2010 working as an age group coach and senior coach and later as Age Group Director and Associate Head Coach. He has coached many record breaking and nationally ranked swimmers over the years.

Coach Cronin has developed a technical approach to the sport of swimming that puts emphasis on educating and motivating swimmers towards their full potential. He believes that there is a science and art to coaching and that when both are emphasized the athletes in a program fully develop. He is a high energy coach who works well with young athletes, while educating and coordinating with their parents to put the swimmer in the best possible situation to maximize their potential. He has a proven track record in New England Swimming for technical efficiency and his athletes have achieved high levels of success. Excited to carry on the tradition of excellence Gator Swim Club is known for, he and his skilled team of coaches are ushering in a new era of elite swimming at BGSC.

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Chris Morgan

GATOR SWIM CLUB DIRECTOR OF HIGH PERFORMANCE - BERKOFF
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Chris Morgan brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the legendary Gator Swim Cub. Most recently, Morgan served as Head Coach of the YMCA of the North Shore and prior to that, was the Varsity Assistant Coach for the Harvard Women’s Team.  Morgan spent the 2011-12 as a member of the Stanford coaching staff, helping the Cardinal to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Stanford won national titles in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay at the meet, and earned 33 All-America honors after taking second at the Pac-12 Championships.

Morgan coached in Switzerland from 1997-2011. His international coaching experience has also included the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 2010 European Championships in Hungary, the 2009 World Championships in Rome, the European Short Course Championships in Croatia in 2008 and in Hungary in 2007, and three World University Games in Thailand in 2007, Turkey in 2005 and South Korea in 2003.

A 1993 graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Biological Sciences, Morgan earned his Masters in Human Movement and Sports Sciences from the University of Geneva in 2002.  While at UC Davis, Morgan was a conference champion in the 100 fly during his 1992 junior season.  Morgan began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Stanford under the late Richard Quick from 1993-97. In 1995-96 he was the assistant women's coach at San Jose State, and prior to that he was a high school coach at Palo Alto's Gunn High School (1994-97) for both the boy's and girl's programs. His first coaching job was as a JV coach at Los Altos High in 1993-94.

Tricia Argentina

GATOR SWIM CLUB COACH - HACKETT | BERKOFF
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Sal Barba

GATOR SWIM CLUB COACH - KOSTICH
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Kelly Barker

GATOR SWIM CLUB COACH - KOSTICH
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Kelly grew up in Westwood and  swam for the New England Barracuda's as a child and Ocean State Squid in Middle School and High School.  Kelly was also a lifeguard, swim instructor and coach for the Westwood Recreation department when she was in High School and had several of the APEX swimmers in her lessons when they were learning to swim. After Swimming Kelly Attended the University of New Hampshire to study Exercise Science.  After college Kelly began coaching for New England swimming with an area club team.  Kelly comes to Gator swimming with over 10 years experience coaching swimmers ages 8-13.

Andrew Hebert

GATOR SWIM CLUB COACH - CAREY
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John Lacey

GATOR SWIM CLUB COACH  - JAFFE
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John is a USA Swimming certified coach and joined the Gator Swim Club coaching staff in 2019, primarily supporting the 13-14 age group athletes.  Prior to joining the Gator coaching staff full-time in 2020, John was also the Head Coach of the Weston Red Waves swim team, a highly competitive age-group town league team with over 120 athletes.  Before coaching the Weston Red Waves, John was a three year assistant coach at the USA swim team MetroWest Aquatic Club.  John is a U.S. Masters swimmer with the MIT Tech Masters and competes regularly in open water races throughout New England.  He began as an age group club team swimmer in Rhode Island and Virginia, swam for a Cape Elizabeth, Maine H.S. Class A state championship team, and was a four-year member of the Bates College Water Polo team.  The Laceys also have two daughters on Gator Swim Club.  In addition to coaching, John is an executive at Johnson & Johnson.

Peter Sczupak

Assistant Coach & Support Staff
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Peter Sczupak has nearly 20 years of competitive swim coaching and instructional experience in the Boston, Washington DC, New York/New Jersey, San Francisco, and Phoenix areas.

Athletes under his tutelage include National Age Group Top 16 swimmers, YMCA National Swim Championship Finalists, Olympic Trial Semi-Finalists, and National High School Relay Recordholders, along with NCAA Division I, High School, and Masters All Americans. Peter's instructional experiences have proven equally gratifying, with hundreds of toddlers, youth and adults across non-competitive levels being the beneficiary of his knowledge and engaging teaching style. Practically, Peter's Masters' Swimming involvement provides a vehicle to try out new training and technical ideas, too!

Peter is certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association at Level III (top 20% nationally). He is also a coach member of USA Swimming and fully certified in all Red Cross Water Safety areas.

He holds an MBA in Finance and Sports Business from the University of Oregon and a BS in Business Management from Cornell University.

Brendan Walsh

GATOR SWIM CLUB COACH - BERKOFF
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