Meet the JCC Aquatics Staff
Alex Tkachuk, Aquatics Director / USA Swim Team Coach
Interests: Triathlons, healthy living (both physically and mentally)
Strengths: Alex prides himself on his ability to tailor lessons to individual personalities and ability levels, in an effort to ensure results in a timely manner. His personal interests transfer to his teaching methods by focusing on physical endurance inside and outside of the water.
Certifications: Alex is an AAAI/ISMA, AFFA certified personal trainer and ASCA and USA Swimming coach. He has his certification as a TRX and BODYPUMP instructor and is a JCC group fitness instructor. USA Swimming Foundations of Coaching 101, and American Red Cross Coach Safety Training Certified.
Andres Baez, Aquatics Coordinator / Head lifeguard
Andrey Seryy, Swim Instructor/Head USA Swim Team Coach
Interests: Financial markets, lifting, nutrition
Strengths: 20 years of competitive swimming experience, former Russian national swimming team member, European junior champion, Russian national champion 2012, 2009, 2006, 6-time NCAA division II national champion and record holder, 14 time All-American, NCAA swimmer of the year 2011.
Mikhail Iogman, Head Swim Instructor / USA Swim Team Coach
Interests: Year-round kayaking, camping tour guide, yoga, cross-country skiing
Strengths: Mikhail has taught swimming for 18 years to more than 3,500 swimmers, children and adults. He is goal-oriented, results driven, and uses his knowledge of psychology to encourage pride and self-trust in new and/or developing swimmers.
Certifications: USA Swimming Coach, USA Swimming Foundations of Coaching 101, and American Red Cross Coach Safety Training Certified.
Gabi Field, Swim Instructor
Interests: Running, swimming, spending time with her kids
Strengths: As a mother and long-time JCC member who has taken advantage of our aquatics programs, she believes in building strong ties between babies/children and the water. By sharing the benefits of an early introduction to swimming, Gabi is able to help children foster a love for swimming from an early age.
Nicolas Mancheno, Swim Instructor
Interests: Soccer, swimming, tennis
Strengths: Nicolas has been teaching kids for several years; in that time Nicolas has found much success as an instructor and has been instrumental in laying the foundation for numerous swimmers throughout Fairfield County.
Certifications: Lifeguard, first aid, CPR, and AED certified. Nicolas is currently studying graphic design at NCC.