Dave Fine Named New Head Coach of Stamford Y Aquatic Club
STAMFORD, Conn., May 31, 2017 – The Stamford Family YMCA (The Y) is thrilled to announce David (Dave) Fine will be returning at the new Head Coach of the Y’s Competitive Swim Program. Dave Fine’s passion for the sport of swimming is evident in his experience as both a swimmer and coach. Growing up, Dave swam for the New Canaan YMCA Caimans, West Hill high school, and his summer club, Newfield. During this time he earned recognition as a Junior National qualifier, YMCA national finalist, and was a team record holder for the NCY Caimans. His successful high school career led to his swimming for the University of Miami.
After his competitive swimming career ended, Dave continued to be involved in the sport, gaining recognition as one of the most enthusiastic and committed coaches in the county. This fall, Dave will be entering his 15th season as the New Canaan Girl’s High School head swimming coach, a team that has made significant waves at both the FCIAC and State level since he began coaching. In this time, Dave has led his girls’ team to numerous achievements, including 1 state title, 3 FCIAC titles, 9 state class runners-up, and 5 State Open Runner Up Finishes. Dave was recognized for his success with the girls program, earning the FCIAC “Coach of the Year” award in 2009, 2010, and 2015, the CIAC “Coach of the Year” in 2011 and CHSCA “Coach of the Year” in 2014.
Dave is also the Head Coach of the New Canaan High Boy’s Swimming Team. He was the assistant coach from 2003 to 2009, where he has helped to lead the team to incredible success, garnering 8 State titles, 1 FCIAC title, 1 Open title as well as 9 FCIAC, 2 State and 6 Open runner-up finishes. Since taking over the team in 2012, he brought the Boy’s from a team that place 24th at the open meet back to a top contender, earning back to back Class L state titles in 2016 and 2017, an FCIAC runner up finish in 2017, an undefeated dual-meet season in 2017, an accomplishment only 1 other school in the FCIAC has achieved in more than 40 years, as well as a top 3 finish at the 2017 State Open meet. Dave was name the FCIAC “Coach of the Year” in 2012 and 2017, and CIAC “Coach of the Year in 2016. In the 2015-2016 season in the NISCA High School All- American dual meet Rankings, New Canaan Swimming was first in the nation for the Combined Girl’s and Boy’s point totals for schools of their Class size and 24 in the nation overall.
For the last 15 years Dave has spent his summers as the head coach of the Newfield Swim and Tennis Club. During his tenure at Newfield, Dave has created a contagious, inviting, enthusiastic environment that promotes elite and developmental swimming equally to achieve long lasting memories in the sport of swimming. He has helped drastically change the Newfield family from a 30 member team to over 180 athletes in the swim programs. Newfield has risen from a division 3 club to a team that has been a staple in Division 1 for 8 consecutive years. Newfield was second overall in FCSL for the 2016 dual meet season and has placed in the top 6 at the county Championship meet for the past 15 years. Newfield also was the recipients of the Phil Goode Award (team of the year) in 2005 and Dave was the recipient of the Hope Carter Humanitarian Award in 2015 for his service to FCSL as the Coaches representative and current league President.
In addition to his pivotal role in the New Canaan high school swimming programs and FCSL swim league, Dave was the Head Coach at the Stamford YMCA from 2012-2015. Dave’s unique mission which offers an avenue to the sport of competitive swimming encourages and develops a passion for the sport. Dave recognizes and responds to each individual’s goals and objectives which can include those of other athletic and academic options and helps his athletes achieve the unimaginable both in the water and in everyday life. We are so excited to have Dave’s knowledge of stroke technique and conditioning, as well as his contagious commitment to and love of the sport of swimming back at the Stamford YMCA.
The Stamford Family YMCA was founded in 1868. It is known for its award-winning Leadership, Enrichment, Acceptance and Development (LEAD) Program for children in grades six through 12, and the LEAD Academy licensed after-school academic enrichment program for elementary school children, including a computer lab. Currently it employs ten full-time directors supported by more than 100 part-time and seasonal personnel. The Y is located at 10 Bell Street, just east of Washington Boulevard. The Y offers complimentary parking for members in the Bell Street parking garage. For further information call 203-357-7000 or visit www.stamfordymca.org.
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