Mary S Ruffin
Mary Ruffin is the Head Coach and
CEO of the Arlington Alligators. She is an ASCA Level 4 coach. She
has been coaching for 33 years - 15 years with the Alligators! She
has had the privilege of coaching multiple athletes to State,
National and Olympic Trial level. The majority of the High School
swimmers have continued their swimming career in college and return
in the summers to train with the Alligators.
Mary has sat on the Illinois Board
of review and has continuously volunteered her time with Illinois
swimming through task forces, committee’s and coaching or
managing team Illinois. She is currently a member of Illinois
Swimming's Senior Committee.
- Mary was a High School State
Champion, All-American, and Olympic Trial Qualifier during her own
swimming career. Her love of the sport that she developed while
swimming, is carried with her now as a coach.
- Strength of character, integrity
and a strong work ethic, are some of the qualities she hopes to
instill in all her swimmers.
- Her love the sport is only
surpassed by her love for her family. She has been Married to
Stuart for 27 years and is the extremely proud Mom of 4: Samantha,
Stuart, Rebecca and Jeffrey.
Food: Roast Beef and Leg of
Pastime: Cooking, Kayaking and obviously Coaching!
Movie: Donovan’s Reef / Pretty Woman / Affair to
Quote: "Walk the Walk, Don’t Talk the Talk" & "What
I’m to be, I’m now becoming"
Christine joined the Alligator coaching staff in
2009 and loves being a part of the Alligators. Her
involvement in swimming has spanned more than 30 years.
Christine swam as an age group swimmer, swam in high school at St.
Viator High School, and continued on to swim in college at Indiana
University. Her continued involvement in the sport through
coaching is her way of giving back to the sport.Christine lives in
Kildeer with her husband, Mike, and their three children all of
which are involved in the Alligators through the swim and masters
programs. She currently works for a Point-of-Purchase Display
company and is actively involved in her neighborhood summer
Adam is an Alligator
through and through. He has been a part of the Alligator program
longer than any other individual. Adam swam for the alligators for
many years and continues to train with the team around his job and
other coaching responsibilities. Adam is also the girls head coach
at St. Viator and has at his side his wife Andrea. Adam is a
dedicated coach and offers a love of team that is amazing. He
offers a great deal to our athletes of all levels. ASCA level
Tom Blumenfeld swam as an age group swimmer from
the age of 6 for Leaning Tower & High Ridge YMCA, as well as a
USS Team in Skokie. He swam on the Varsity team for 4 years
in High School and was team captain his senior year. He
continued to swim in college as a long distance and butterfier at
Northern Illinois University. Tom currently swims with the
Alligator Aquatics master’s program and competes in local
triathlons. Along with an extensive aquatics career, Tom has been
an assistant coach for his daughter’s softball and soccer
Tom also volunteers his time as our Treasurer.
He is responsible for keeping the clubs financial records, and
making sure the financial needs of the club are met. Swimming,
coaching and volunteering his time for the Alligators comes
alongside his being a CPA with Pawlan, Blumenfeld, Miscinski &
Associates in Skokie Tom has been a resident of Arlington
Heights for 10 years with his wife Debbie and their 2 children
Shannon and Leah
Laura coaches our Green and SilverGators and has
been swimming with the Alligators since she was 9. Her
experience and her love of children help her to coach swimmers who
have little experience. Laura lives with her family in Arlington
Heights and is a student at Harper college. Laura is an ASCA level
Chase has been a part of the
Alligator staff since Spring of 2010. Many of you knew him as a
coach for the AHPD where he enjoyed working and coaching kids for 8
years. That along with Chase’s swimming career allows
him to work with all different levels of Alligators. He is a
college graduate of Wheaton College with a B.A. in History/Social
Science. He is Firefighter for the Glenview FireDept! Chase
Is recently married to Katianne and they live in nearby Mount
Prospect. Chase is an ASCA Level 2 coach.
Stuart R Ruffin
Stuart swam for the Alligators all throughout
his age group years. He has also coached for the team for 4 seasons
before he left for college. Stuart currently a Senior at Northern
Illinois University where he is finishing his Biology. He will be
coaching all levels as a substitute throughout the year and will
come to meets as often as his schedule allows.
In addition, Stuart is one of our Swim America
Jeffrey J Ruffin
Jeffrey has been a part of the
Alligator family since he was 3! He has grown up and swam up
through the various levels of the team. Jeffrey has been an
assistant to our Spring Stroke clinic and is currently and
instructor for our Alligator SwimAmerica lesson program. He is a
Senior at Hersey HS and works with the swim team as a
Rebecca M Ruffin
Rebecca has been in the
water her whole life. She started swimming for the Alligators when
she was six and still continues to do so. She joined the coaching
staff 5 years ago and has left a positive impact on our green,
silver and Gold gators each and every practice. Becca is a Senior
at Eastern Illinois University swimming and continuing her journey
to a Biology degree. ASCA level 2
Steve swam for the Alligators through his
Freshman year in college. He has coached for us for 7 years. He is
currently a student at NIU and commutes back to continue to coach
with us when he can during the year. Steve also teaches swim
lessons with our SwimAmerica program.