Last Updated: September 19, 2019
CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Ed on being named the 2019 YMCA Coach of the Year for the Short Course National Championship, a national honor!
Coach Ed has been with the East Hartford YMCA for 33 years, growing the team from 17 swimmers to more than 120 each year. Coach Ed is there for the team members in and out of the pool, helping them with his "Nickles for Nationals" fundraiser to help kids raise money to get to YMCA Nationals; fix their bicycles; leading them in neighborhood clean-up projects, and so much more.
In the nomination submitted, a former swimmer, who is now a team parent and coach, spoke about the sense of family that Coach Ed creates by making each individual feel valued as an important part of the whole.
Thank you to Coach Ed for his tireless service to our YMCA community!
For over fifty years, the Laurel East Hartford YMCA Swim Club (LEHY) has been developing youth to reach his/her highest potential (in and out of the water) through the sport of swimming. Using the YMCA Core Values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY, LEHY coaches work to instill commitment, dedication, teamwork, and a love of swimming in each and every member of the club.
LEHY has consistently been seen as one of the top age group developmental programs in Connecticut Swimming. LEHY swimmers have been recognized through a multitude of accomplishments:
- Swimmers named to the Academic All-American Team
- National Top 16 rankings
- YMCA National Top 16 rankings
- Multiple finalist (including relays) at YMCA SC and LC National Championships
- U.S. Senior National Qualifiers
- U.S. Junior National Qualifiers
- Speedo Sectional Qualifiers
- CT Age Group Individual and Team High Point
- YMCA New England Championship High Point- male, female, and overall
The coaches pride themselves on developing life-long swimmers. We are proud of the fact many of our members start with the program as ten and under swimmers and go on to compete at the collegiate level. LEHY swimmers have gone on to compete at such colleges as Amherst College, Bentley College, Bryant University, Central CT State University, Conn College, Davidson College, Emory University, Florida Atlantic University, Lehigh University, Penn State, Rice University, RPI, Southern Connecticut State University, South Dakota State University, Springfield College, University of Tennessee, University of California- Davis, University of Maine, UMBC, URI, University of Richmond, Wesleyan University.