COACHES AND DIRECTORS

Coaching Staff

 

​   Nick Lambert
   Associate Swim Team Coach & Greystone Head Site Coach
   Email: nlambert@ymcabham.org

 

Coach Nick has been a coaching staple in the City of Birmingham over the past 13 years.  He is now beginning his 5th season with Swim Birmingham YMCA and serves as Association Head Coach and Head Site Coach of the Greystone Branch.  Prior to his arrival at SBY, Nick spent 8 years at Birmingham Swim League, working his way up from Head Developmental Coach to Interim Head Coach, while coaching numerous summer league programs to better the sport for the city. Nick has enjoyed success throughout his career and has had the opportunity to coach and develop swimmers at the highest levels of the sport, including Olympic Trial qualifiers, Junior National Qualifiers, Southeastern Champions, YMCA National Qualifiers, High School State Champions, and multiple Southeastern Zone Allstar Teams, one of which won the Southeastern Zone Championships.

Prior to his coaching career, Coach Nick studied Athletic Training at Troy University, where he was a member of the Troy University Track & Field Team and served as a Student Athletic Trainer for the Troy University Football Team. Nick's background in Athletic Training helps him focus on injury prevention as a tool in producing well rounded, long term athletes. His education and understanding of the biomechanics that go into swimming helps him develop dynamic, science based workouts for each group, believing that training methods should always reflect the swimmers' and group's current and future needs. This method goes alongside Coach Nick's long-held view that athletes benefit most from participating in both group and individualized training where focusing on the details is the key to success.

Nick resides in Pelham with his wife, Jennifer and his four children. In his free time he enjoys playing in the yard with the family, swimming, and working on projects around the house.


 

 Austin Coyle
 Pelham Head Site Coach & Aquatics Site Director
 Email: acoyle@ymcabham.org

Austin has been involved with the sport of swimming for over 12 years. He has been coaching for 6 of those 12 years and has developed a passion for learning the sport. He swam for Mountain Valley Aquatics as well as Grissom High School throughout his swimming career before attending Montevallo University for a degree in photography.

Through his training and mentoring from Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame Head coach Barbra Belyea, he has gained an appreciation for the sport of swimming and loves working on stroke details with swimmers.

Austin started out as an assistant coach for the Southeast Family Y from 2012-2014 before applying for the Head Site Coaching position at the Alabaster YMCA in 2014. He developed the team over the past 4 years and has developed an incredible culture and program. Throughout his 4 years he has had numerous swimmers qualify for the Southeastern Championships.

In August of 2018 Austin accepted to take on the dual role of Pelham YMCA Head Site Coach and Aquatic Site Director to combine both the Alabaster and Pelham sites in order to develop swimmers in a bigger community.


 

 Alex Roberts

 Hoover Head Site Coach

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Coach Alex Roberts comes to the Hoover YMCA from Lifetime Swim Southeast after 4 successful seasons of developing and mentoring kids of all levels. He brings the energy, excitement, and enthusiasm to the pool deck it takes to keep athletes motivated during his fast-paced and intense practices.

Alex's style of manufacturing urgency, constantly changing speeds and requiring his swimmer's to remain focused on details has led to numerous Southeastern, Sectional, and Zone team swimmers. Prior to Lifetime Fitness he swam and coached for the Opelika Swim Team. When Alex isn't on deck or in the water he can usually be found on the golf course working on his short game.   


  Ryan Klages
  
Trussville Head Site Coach
  
Email: rklages@ymcabham.org

Coach Ryan comes from Long Island, New York as a graduate of Manhattan College.  He was a four-year member of the swim team, breaking 5 school records while serving as Team Captain and competed against current and former Olympians from around the world.  After his collegiate swimming days, he returned to coach his high school swim team, Chaminade High School, where they won back to back NYCHSAA Championships.  During his coaching tenure, he has produced 4 All-Americans, State Champions in the 100 and 200 Freestyle, as well as the New York Swimmer of the Year.  He most recently taught and served as an assistant for Coach Evan Chastain at Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas.

Ryan's primary responsibilities will be Head Site Coach for Trussville while also assisting Saturday practices at our Greystone Site.  He is a welcome addition as he brings his knowledge, energy, and excellence to our Staff here at SBY!


 

 Kelsey Williams
 Mountain Brook Head Site Coach
 Email: kelsey.williams@ymcabham.org

 

Coach Kelsey was recently named Head Site Coach at Mountain Brook where she will be heading up all groups.  Kelsey has been assisting and coaching with SBY since 2011, first at our Hoover location and most recently at Pelham.

Kelsey grew up swimming in the Greater Birmingham area and is an SBY Alum.  During her time at Auburn University where she earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Sports Coaching, she also coached and assisted multiple age-groups for Auburn Aquatics.

Kelsey currently lives in Alabaster with her family.  In her free time she enjoys reading, Auburn football, and spending time on the lake.


  

  Melissa Mayfield
  Assistant Coach
  

 

Coach Melissa starts her 3rd year with Swim Birmingham YMCA.  Her direct responsibilies will be coaching Level 1, Level 3, Junior 1, & Junior 2 while assisting with other groups as needed at the Greystone Site.  Melissa has been a welcome addition to SBY's staff bringing knowledge of the sport, a positive attitude that carries over into her swimmers as well as staff, but more importantly a true passion to see each swimmer tap into their potential and succeed.

Melissa has her Bachelor's degree from Auburn University in Human Sciences focusing on Child Development and a Master's Degree from AUM in Elementary Education.  She began swimming at age 5, and continued swimming competitively through her Senior year of High School.  While swimming, she narrowly missed Junior Nationals in the 100 Butterfly and was offered athletic scholarships to Division 2 schools.  Melissa's passion for teaching combined with her love of swimming make her a valuable asset to our coaching staff.

Melissa and her husband, Brandon, have three children:  Ella, Evie, and Zoey, two of which swim on the team.


 

Amber Broadhead
Assistant Coach

 

 

Coach Amber joined the staff in 2018 and starts her 3rd year with SBY.  After spending the first half of 2018 at our Vestavia Site with Coach Nick, Amber took over as Head Site Coach at Shades Valley in 2018/2019 and was instrumental in developing our age-group swimmers Level 3 and below while assisting with other groups as needed.  Amber will continue in her role developing the age-group while assisting Coach Austin at our Pelham location for the 2019/2020 season.

Coach Amber grew up swimming in Tuscaloosa and helped coach multiple age-groups for Crimson Tide Aquatics (CTA) while attending the University of Alabama.


 

Franck Southon
Assistant Coach

Coach Franck is a former All-American swimmer with the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Born in France, he was the swimming junior national champion in several events, including 100BK, 200 BK, 200IM, 400IM, 200FR, 400FR. He came to the United States to be a student-athlete for the University of Alabama where he completed Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. While pursuing his Master's degrees in Business Administration and Applied Mathematics, he was a Graduate Assistant for the swim team where he helped coach the mid-distance group. His primary focus was technique and efficiency; he developed a model for the coaching staff to calculate Freestyle training speeds given heart rate and blood lactate acid.

Franck resides in Greystone with his wife, Cristina, and his three children. He works as a Quantitative Financial Developer for a small business in town. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching soccer and college football, and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.