Leadership and Staff
Mike Switalski is the founder of the City Swim Project. He is an ASCA, Level 4 Coach, and a former Division III, All-America swimmer from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Prior to founding City Swim Project, he was the head swim coach at Buffalo State College where he mentored his athletes to succeed in both the pool and classroom. His other coaching experiences include at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, as well as coaching several clubs and high school teams.
Mike currently serves on several committees and boards:
- The Buffalo Public Schools Physical Activity Committee
- Western New York Afterschool Network
- Niagara Swimming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (Chair)
- USA Swimming Eastern Zone Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
- USA Swimming National Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
- Niagara Swimming Board of Directors
- Buffalo City Swim Racers Board of Directors
He has served as the national chairperson for the United States Swimming Outreach Committee and authored several published articles on competitive swimming in addition to giving multiple lectures on the sport, including at the USA Swimming National Convention. He was the only coach to represent USA Swimming in 1999 at the United States Olympic Academy, hosted by the US Olympic Committee. He has also attended several coaching clinics over the past decade to stay on the cutting edge of training and coaching techniques.
In 1994, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with a minor in coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and received a Master’s in Student Personnel Administration at Buffalo State College in 2011. Mike and his wife Kim reside in Buffalo with their son Nicholas and daughter Alexandra.
Director of Business Development
As Director of Business Development for Buffalo City Swim Racers, Lamont Williams draws on his diverse experience working in the fields of education, nonprofit, government, and over 30 years of successful entrepreneurship to foster funding relationships and grow the organization.
Prior to joining City Swim Project, Lamont was Executive Director of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection where he led staff and developed programming designed to equip and empower low-income, at-risk youth, and young adults to become self-sufficient by addressing the educational, economic, family, and social challenges they face.
Lamont’s youth engagement experience extends to a national level through his work with the National Urban League. He was a core member and organizer of their annual Youth Summit and provided key contributions in the development of their education initiatives. He has also been a guest speaker at a variety of events and professional development workshops.
Lamont is a graduate of SUNY University at Buffalo, a United States Navy Veteran, a 2012 graduate of Leadership Buffalo, and a board member of multiple local organizations. He enjoys mentoring and working with young people to help them achieve their academic and career goals – especially encouraging entrepreneurial aspirations. Lamont resides in Buffalo with his wife, Alexandra, and daughter, Taylor.
Director of Learn-to-Swim
Patti Nabinger comes to us with over 30 years experience working with children. Her latest position was as the Aquatics Coordinator for the William Emslie Family YMCA. Where she grew their learn to swim lesson programs for youth and adults. Prior to working for the YMCA, Patti was a Buffalo Public Schools Teacher for 18 years at the junior high level. Her background also includes work with the Girl Scouts of America and the Buffalo Boys and Girls Clubs.
In addition, Patti is a certified lifeguard instructor for the American Red Cross and works with BCSR staff and its members to renew or obtain American Red Cross certifications. Lifeguard certifications for BCSR swimmers often result in employment opportunities with BCSR or surrounding aquatic facilities.
Patti is an accomplished athlete as well with NYS high school championships in Softball and Field Hockey in the 1980’s. Currently, she is an avid pool player. She has represented WNY in the APA World Championships in 8ball and 9ball.
Patti is the caretaker for her beloved mother and dog companion Jasper Jack.
Rick Aronberg brings nearly three decades of coaching experience to the City Swim Project and our competitive team, Buffalo Tide. Starting his coaching career at the assistant and developmental levels sparked his passion to work with young swimmers and advanced his knowledge of the sport.
Prior to joining the City Swim Project, Rick was the Head Coach at Parkland Aquatic Club in Allentown, PA. His team reached USA Swimming’s prestigious Bronze-level status, and one of his swimmers finished 64th in the World in the 400 meter IM for all 18-and-under athletes.
Coach Aronberg has deep roots in Western New York Swimming. He served as Head Swim Coach for Velocity Aquatics in Amherst, NY, where he helped grow the team by nearly 50%. During his 13-year tenure as Head Swim Coach/CEO at STAR Swimming, Aronberg’s teams captured 20 short-course and long-course Niagara LSC Championships. His coaching resume also includes the Greater Rochester Racing Raiders, Nazareth College, and the USA National Swim Team for multiple international competitions.
A native of Fairport, NY, Aronberg was a seven-time high-school All-American for Fairport High School and six-time NCAA All-American at Clemson University. In 1988, he competed at the United States Olympics Trials in the 200, 400 and 1500 free-style and was ranked first in the world in the 400-meter free in 1989. Coach Aronberg and his wife Laurie and have two children, Jon and Ryan.