Olympian from Princeton named Chelsea Piers Connecticut head swim coach

Chelsea Piers Connecticut Announces Doug Lennox as   Head Swim Coach for Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club

Chelsea Piers Connecticut is thrilled to welcome Doug Lennox as Head Coach of the Chelsea Piers Aquatics Club.  Lennox, a 2008 Beijing Olympian, comes to Connecticut from Princeton University where he served his alma mater for the last four years as the Men’s Assistant Swim Coach & Recruiting Coordinator. 

 Lennox’s career in swimming began more than twenty years ago in Illinois as an accomplished club and high school athlete. In college, Lennox competed for the Princeton Tigers and represented Puerto Rico internationally. Upon retirement, Lennox earned his master’s degree in Education and worked as a kindergarten teacher with the Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn. Lennox then transferred his passion for education to coaching age group, senior level and masters swimming at Asphalt Green in New York City. From there, Lennox sharpened his skill set as a college coach at New York University, Kenyon College and Princeton University. 

“I am excited to join the staff at Chelsea Piers Connecticut and to lead the already accomplished Chelsea Piers Aquatics Club into a very bright future,” commented Lennox.  “After my experiences at Princeton, I feel it is time for me to return to my roots and work with younger athletes. I am eager to bring my knowledge, experience and passion to age group & senior level student-athletes who are striving to compete at the collegiate & international levels.”

“Our expansive search identified qualified candidates from across the country,” commented Kevin Burton, Athletic Director, Chelsea Piers Connecticut. “Doug emerged as the clear choice based not only on his background as an elite athlete and accomplished coach at multiple levels, but also his evident commitment to educating and mentoring young athletes through sport.”

“Doug is the first recruit by our new Athletic Director,” commented Greta Wagner, Executive Director, Chelsea Piers Connecticut. “Chelsea Piers Connecticut is looking forward to expanding our outstanding coaching roster with talent like Doug.  Our club is committed to providing the best to our members and competitive athletes. More than ever, it is important to have talented coaches that are leaders and can not only coach but serve as mentors to our young athletes.”

Jamie Barone, who was the founding coach for the Chelsea Piers Aquatics Club, has known Lennox since 2012.  For the last 9 years, Barone & Lennox have developed a profound respect and a strong rapport on deck at national and junior national level meets. Over that span, Jamie has shared his evolving vision for Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club with Lennox. As a result, the program that Barone has designed and the facility that he helped build is now being passed onto one of his most trusted & respected coaching peers.

Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club is recognized as one of the top 20 programs in the United States with more than 35 swimmers headed onto collegiate careers since 2016.  The club was designated a “Silver Medal Club” in 2016 and climbed to “Gold Medal Club” status in 2020. 


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