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.