Buffalo Aquatics

Coaching Staff

From left to right: Coach Emma, Coach Alec, Coach Mike, and Coach Veronica.

If you have questions regarding workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your swimmer's coach.

Michael S. Cutler

Head Coach


Mike joins Buffalo Aquatics from Rockford, Michigan with over 25 years of coaching experience including head coach positions at the Rockford Riptide, Rockford High School, Traverse City Breakers Swim Club in Traverse City, Michigan and Godwin Heights Swim Team in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During this time, his teams have sent swimmers to Junior Nationals, Futures, Short Course and Long Course Sectionals, and several team Michigan Zone qualifiers. In addition to coaching, Mike has served on various positions with the Michigan Swimming LSC most recently as General Chair.

Mike has four children who all participated in collegiate aquatics including three daughters who swam at Michigan State University and a son who played water polo at San Jose State. Mike is relocating to Western New York in August with his family.

Emma Leonard

Novice & Bronze Coach


Emma grew up in Durham, Connecticut until her family moved to Horseheads, New York in 2002. She started her swimming career at age 11 when she joined her school team. She spent the early years of her career swimming for her local club team, Horseheads Thrashers Aquatic Club. In high school, she taught swim lessons to the children in her town as well as coaching the novice group for her club team. 

After her high school career ended in 2014, she decided to continue her education at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York. At MCC, she swam for 2 years competing in the 200 backstroke, 200 and 400 IM. After finishing her schooling at MCC, she transferred to Buffalo State College in 2016. She finished her swimming career in 2018, swimming the 100 and 200 backstroke. She is currently working on her Art Therapy major at Buffalo State College. 

Alec Cutler

Assistant Coach


Alec joins Buffalo Aquatics from Rockford, Michigan where he was an All American Swimmer and Water Polo Player.  Alec swam from an early age as well as trying his hand and many sports before he found water polo in middle school.  He holds School Records in Swimming and participated in 3 State Championships in Water Polo at Rockford High School. 

Alec attended San Jose State after Graduating from High School in 2016 and has assisted in coaching several teams in the Rockford, Michigan Area.  Alec's understanding of racing and race strategy is key to his assisting with our Senior Athletes.

Veronica Trzeciak

Assistant Coach


Veronica grew up in Chicago, Illinois until her family moved to Long Island in 2009. She started her swimming career at the age of 9 with swim lessons and at the age of 10 started to swim competitively year round. Growing up she spent time swimming for her local club team, Barrington Swim Club (BSC) and later when she moved to Long Island for Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). In high school, she swam for Garden City High School Varsity Swim team making counties all four years and being undefeated conference champions.

After finishing high school in 2015, she decided to continue her education at University at Buffalo. At UB, she swims for the Masters Team, Nickel Splash City. She is also an active member of UB Club Swimming, where she was Vice President her Sophomore year and President her Junior and Senior years. She is also a lifeguard and teaches swim lessons to all ages at Alumni Arena. She plans to graduate with a degree in Psychology and to pursue a graduate degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.


Troy Lubanski

Assistant Coach


Troy is from Leicester, New York where he began swimming at the age of 14 for Mercury Aquatics and York High School. In 2012, Troy was a member of the winning 15-18 200 free relay for the Niagara LSC at Eastern Zone Championships. Graduating from York in 2013, he holds school records in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 IM. After high school, Troy continued his swimming career at SUNY Fredonia, graduating with a BS in Sport Management in May 2017.

Prior to joining BAAC, Troy was the Aquatics Director and Administrative Head Coach for the Greater Canandaigua YMCA and Canandaigua Area Aquatic Club. Prior to that, Troy held coaching positions at the West Virginia University of Technology (WVU Tech) where he led the men's team to win the 2018 AAC Championship and also coached at his alma mater of Fredonia.