Rick Aronberg Returns to NY as Head Coach of Buffalo City Swim Racers

by Robert Gibbs 6

April 13th, 2020 Club, Coaching Changes, News

The Buffalo City Swim Racers announced that longtime club coach Rick Aronberg has been hired as the new head coach for the program, which provides swim and water safety lessons for the City of the Buffalo.

“We are thrilled to have a coach of Rick’s caliber join our young program,” stated Mike Switalski, founder and Executive Director of BCSR. “His ability to relate with swimmers and optimize their performance while nurturing personal growth will work perfectly with our mission. We cannot wait to see what the future holds as we start a new chapter in building our competitive program.”

This marks something of a homecoming for Aronberg, who grew up in Fairport, NY, about 90 minutes from Buffalo, and who has previously coached in the area at Velocity Aquatics, STAR Swimming, Greater Rochester Racing Raiders, and Nazareth College. Last year, Aronberg departed New York to become the head coach at Parkland Swim Club

“I am absolutely thrilled to be back in Buffalo,” said Aronberg. “I am also honored to be a part of the team’s mission and help lead the Buffalo City Swim Racers for years to come.” He will also assist with organizational and business aspects of the program as BCSR grows into a national leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion in swimming and youth athletics.

After competing for Fairport High School, he swam for the Clemson Tigers where he was a 4-time Division I All-American, a 6-time individual ACC Champion, and a member of the ACC 50th anniversary team. He also competed at the United States Olympics Trials in 1988 and started his coaching career as an assistant at Clemson.

About the Buffalo City Swim Racers

Founded in 2012, the BCSR is a USA Swimming-registered swim club recognized as a Safe Sport Program with a mission to make a positive impact in diverse communities by providing access to the sport of swimming. Youth members receive pool access, coaching, equipment, and more, at no or low cost. BCSR partners with numerous local organizations, including the Williams-Emslie Family YMCA, West Side Community Services, the City of Buffalo, and Buffalo Public Schools. For more information, visit BuffaloRacers.org.

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Sunny Cal

Wonder what happened at parkland?? He wasnt there long…

Shawn Bitowski

He was an awesome coach, but he was not in favor of the new merger of all Lehigh Valley teams.


Ricky is a class act, great guy… best of luck!

Mike Murray

This is AWESOME! Can’t wait to catch up with Coach Rick, we missed you! Looking forward to seeing you on the deck! Congratulations on the new position!