Alex de la Peña enters his first season at Pfeiffer in for the 2017-2018 season. After a two year hiatus, the swimming program was reinstated in January 2016. The team finished fourth place out of 8 teams at the 2018 Sun Coast Swimming Conference Championships. The team posted 8 All-Conference performances (top three finishers) and Allison Lindsey swam to an individual conference title in the 200-yard butterfly.
Prior to Pfeiffer, de la Peña was the Assistant Director, Swimming and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cleveland Sports Institute and held Division I assistant coaching positions at UNC Wilmington and Brown University from 2013-2016.
“It is an honor and privilege to coach and work with student-athletes at the collegiate level," commented de la Pena. The University itself has a lot of positive momentum and I am glad swimming will be a part of that as we move into a new era of athletics competing at the NCAA Division III level. I am happy be back coaching at the Division III level and look forward to helping our student-athletes acheive success in the classroom and the pool. I would like to thank Coach Reasso and the administration for selecting me for this position.”
As an Assistant Coach at UNC Wilmington, de la Pena coached several top-eight performers in program history. In addition to his duties in coaching, de la Pena assisted with recruiting, workout plans, organizing team travel, planning summer camps and clinics as well as teaching in the exercise science program. Prior to coaching at the Division I level, de la Peña was the Head Swimming & Diving Coach with Monmouth College and worked in assistant coaching positions with Oberlin College and St. Lawrence University. In his time as the Head Coach with Monmouth college he doubled the roster size, guided the team to 12 school records and the highest finish at the Midwest Conference Meet is program history.
de la Peña competed collegiately at Baldwin-Wallace University where he served as team captain his junior and senior year and was a part of several team records as well as top ten times in program history. He resides in Concord, NC with his wife Heather and their three dogs Mia, Bentley and Kobe.