Baxter joins Wahoos as new age group coach

Alexander Baxter has joined the Wilton Y Wahoo Swim Team staff as the program’s new age group coach. He replaces Derek Farrar, who accepted a head coaching position at the Brandywine, Del., YMCA earlier this summer.

Baxter is an ASCA-certified Level 3 coach with over nine years of coaching experience. His last four years were spent as competitive aquatics director and head swim coach at the Lionville Community YMCA in Exton, Penn., during which time the Riptide team saw a 30% rise in participation and, with each subsequent year, enjoyed new team bests in qualifiers at the YMCA district, state and national levels.

While at Lionville, he coached one YMCA All-American, four YMCA national finalists and six YMCA Pennsylvania state champions. In March 2013, the LCY 10U girls won the YMCA state team title, a first in any age group for the Riptide program.

Baxter grew up in Boise, Idaho, where he was a member of the Boise Y Swim Team. He went on to swim in college at the NCAA Division III level at Linfield College in , Ore. Shortly after earning a BA degree in business, he returned to Boise, where he assisted part-time with the Boise Y and where he was head coach of the Timberline High School swim team for four years.

His experiences with those teams are what led him to the decision to choose coaching as his lifetime profession and pursue opportunities on the East Coast. Baxter hopes he is able to help each one of his athletes develop a lifelong love of the sport of swimming. He enjoys teaching younger swimmers skills which will help them both in and out of the water, and has developed creative ways to motivate his swimmers to reach new heights.

“I feel honored to be offered this opportunity to join the Wahoo swim family,” Baxter commented. “The Wilton Y is among the most respected swim teams in the country and I look forward to the challenge of helping to uphold that reputation.”

For more information on Wilton Y Wahoo Swim Team programs, contact the coaches’ office at 762-8384, ext. 287.