With all of us practicing social distancing, we thought it would be a great time to get to know your coaches a little better. We asked our coaches 10 questions about themselves that their swimmers might not know. Here are their responses:

Head Coach Nikolay Shevchenko

Who is your hero?

My parents

What was your favorite subject in school?

Literature and Geometry

What is your best swim memory?

Travel Swim Camps

What is your favorite movie?

Back to the Future

What is your favorite song?

Duduk

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Berries and Nuts

Other than swimming, do you have other hobbies?

Traveling and singing

In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a friend/relative, watch a movie, or read?

Read

If you weren’t a Swim Coach, what would you be?

Entrepreneur

What is something that people would be surprised to find out about you?

I learned how to swim before I learned how to walk

Coach Sue Lecarreaux

 

Who is your hero?

The Lord Jesus Christ

What was your favorite subject in school?

Math

What is your best swim memory?

I had the good fortune of swimming in a clinic with Dara Torres and Rowdy Gaines

What is your favorite movie?

Princess Bride

What is your favorite song?

Amazing Grace

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A fresh salad with grilled chicken

Other than swimming, do you have other hobbies?

In the past I always enjoyed boating, water skiing and snow skiing.

In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a friend/relative, watch a movie, or read?

I would rather visit a relative.

If you weren’t a Swim Coach, what would you be?

A private swim instructor.

What is something that people would be surprised to find out about you?

People would be surprised to know that I used to race offshore power boats and fly in my own helicopter.

Coach Merouane Ould Abbou

 

Who is your hero?

Nelson Mandela

What was your favorite subject in school?

Science

What is your best swim memory?

When Rayane got the first place on his first international meet in Dubai

What is your favorite movie?

The Ides of March

What is your favorite song?

Hotel California

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Traditional Moroccan called Couscous

Other than swimming, do you have other hobbies?

Judo and Soccer

In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a friend/relative, watch a movie, or read?

Read

If you weren’t a Swim Coach, what would you be?

Marketing Manager

What is something that people would be surprised to find out about you?

A father of 3 Kids and speaking 3 Languages as well

Coach Alex Protsenko

Who is your hero?

Michael Shumacher

What was your favorite subject in school?

Geography

What is your best swim memory?

Winning my 1 NCAA title at college in 2008.

What is your favorite movie?

Meet Joe Black

What is your favorite song?

Shattered Glass by Amatory

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Rib eye steak with rice and broccoli

Other than swimming, do you have other hobbies?

Computers, tuning cars, travelling, spending time with my family.

In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a friend/relative, watch a movie, or read?

Watch a movie

If you weren’t a Swim Coach, what would you be?

Probably, I would be a car mechanic and would have my own garage. It’s my second passion after being a swimming coach, so it could’ve been possible.

What is something that people would be surprised to find out about you?

It’s hard to say. Kids knowing me as an angry, “mean” person. but in real life, once  I step out of the pool deck, I’m a very nice and friendly person who smiles a lot and jokes around. To make people feel surprised about me, they need to get to know me better.

Coach Pasha Buyanov

Who is your hero?

I do not have one

What was your favorite subject in school?

Physics

What is your best swim memory?

Swimming in an outdoor pool

What is your favorite movie?

Matrix

What is your favorite song?

I do not have one

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fruits

Other than swimming, do you have other hobbies?

Reading, sports

In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a friend/relative, watch a movie, or read?

Read

If you weren’t a Swim Coach, what would you be?

Marketing specialist 

What is something that people would be surprised to find out about you?

I am not the kind of person they think I am. Regardless of what they think 

Coach Brian Jensen

Who is your hero?

My father

What was your favorite subject in school?

Phys ed

What is your best swim memory?

Helping break Brooklyn colleges 200 and 400 free relay records

What is your favorite movie?

School of rock

What is your favorite song?

All along the watch tower – Jimmy Hendrix 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Buffalo chicken pizza

Other than swimming, do you have other hobbies?

All sports 

In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a friend/relative, watch a movie, or read?

Visit a friend

If you weren’t a Swim Coach, what would you be?

Track coach

What is something that people would be surprised to find out about you?

I have a twin brother

Coach Antonio Gaspar

Who is your hero?

My old high school P.E. Teacher

What was your favorite subject in school?

Gym class

What is your best swim memory?

Being part of an undefeated swim team in high school and making long lasting friendships

What is your favorite movie?

Deadpool

What is your favorite song?

Basshunter – All I ever wanted

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Medium rare steaks

Other than swimming, do you have other hobbies?

Playing soccer and going for runs

In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a friend/relative, watch a movie, or read?

Play games with friends and family.

If you weren’t a Swim Coach, what would you be?

To be honest I don’t know. Coaching gives me so much joy. I can’t see myself without coaching.

What is something that people would be surprised to find out about you?

I was a diver in college and swam only if I needed to for points during the meets.

While we are apart, we hope you enjoyed this opportunity get to know the people behind the whistle’s and stopwatches. If it brought a smile to your face, that’s even better.

Please continue to stay safe and follow all guidelines in place and we hope to see everyone back at practice soon!

To learn all the coaches official bios, please click here: Freedom Aquatics Coaches

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