Mike Murray is returning to his roots at the Victor Swim Club as head coach after spending 2 years as the co-head coach at Islanders Aquatics. He was the head coach at the Victor Swim Club from 2013-2017 before moving across the state from Rochester to Long Island to take over at Islander Aquatics.
Murray will serve in his new role as Program Director and co-head coach of the Victor Swim Club along with Brett Leader, with Murray expected to take on a large administrative role in the club’s day-to-day operations in addition to coaching duties. Leader and Murray worked together in Murray’s previous stint with the club as well.
Press Release, Courtesy Victor Swim Club
Co-Presidents of the club, Karen & Neal Senglaub, “We are thrilled that Mike Murray will be returning to the Victor Swim Club as our Program Director and Head Coach. Mike’s vast knowledge of swimming, combined with his endless energy and enthusiasm, make him an invaluable asset to any swim program. We feel very fortunate to be bringing Mike back to Victor.”
Murray is returning to Western New York after a successful 2 seasons with Islanders Aquatics in West Islip, NY on Long Island. During his tenure with Islanders, IA athletes broke over 22 team records and finished with their highest VCC score in team history in 2018; as well as team highwater marks at the Senior Metropolitan Championships, Metropolitan JO’s and finishing in the top 10 teams at the Speedo Sectional Series.
Islanders also enjoyed their first-ever winter Junior National qualifiers, 1st USA Summer National qualifier, 2 athletes in the top 100 nationally for IMX scoring, and 2 top 8 finishes at Summer Nationals & Open Water Nationals. In 2018 Coach Murray earned the ACSA Certificate of Excellence, ASCA Level 5 certification in 2019 and ASCA Level 4 Open Water Certification.
From 2013 to 2017, Coach Murray & Coach Leader guided Victor Swim Club to several Niagara LSC Championship titles, top 5 team finishes at the Speedo Sectional Series, as well as a pair of top 3 finishes at 2016 & 2017 Futures East Championships.
Coach Mike has been named to USA Swimming National Select Camp Staff, Zone Select Camp Staff and presented his work on test set development and implementation on the USA Swimming Online Coach Clinic series.
“I’m thrilled to return home and continue to build the Victor Swim Club legacy. Brett and the staff have elevated the excitement around the program, and I’m humbled by the way they have welcomed me back! Brett and I have always wanted to create a situation where we could coach together, we’re blessed to have this opportunity. I can’t wait to get back to the #WorkWorks family. I’m incredibly thankful for my time with Islanders and I’m proud to have been a part of that program, I know Coach Marc (Danin) will have great success!”