Coaching Staff
Michael Cutler Head Coach/Senior Coach

Mike joins BAAC 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