The YMCA of Montclair is pleased to announce that beginning September 17, Alex Boutov will assume the role of Director of Competitive Swimming, leading all aspects of the Dolphins Swim Team.
“We are excited to have Coach Boutov join our team. The recruitment process took some time, but we wanted to make sure we hired the best person to guide our swim team to achieve an even greater level of excellence,” said Buddy Evans, President & CEO.
Alex comes from Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics in New York where he served as an Assistant Coach working with the National Team, Senior Team, and several others. He is the founder of Alex Aquatics offering data-based swimming technique improvement sessions. He will be using that technology to assist in developing swimmers and will offer private lessons.
“I am very excited that Alex is joining our Y family to lead our successful team of dedicated swimmers,” said Tammy Como, Association Aquatics Director. “We know Alex will provide technical expertise and experience that will bring our already highly skilled swimmers to the next level.”
Alex is a graduate of St. Petersburg State University (Russia), where he swam competitively and earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial psychology. He later achieved a Master of Science in computer science from Northern Illinois University.
Alex had a career in software development before discovering his love for coaching competitive swimming. He coached youth swimming in Virginia and Illinois for two decades. In Illinois, Alex was named Swimming Coach of the Year, led Masters Swimming State Champs, and won a Masters Swimming State record in the 1500 free. Alex has an American Swimming Coaches Association Level IV certification.
“I like to work individually with parents and children so that they can reach their greatest potential,” said Alex Boutov. “I apply this philosophy to my coaching staff as well. Building a strong coaching team is important for the sustainability of the program and success of the swimmers.”
Alex now lives in NYC and is looking forward to becoming a part of the MYM Dolphin community. Please join us in welcoming Coach Boutov to the YMCA of Montclair!