PAINESVILLE, Ohio—Lake Erie College Athletic Director Reid Guarnieri announced the hiring of Alex de la Pena as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Operations Tuesday, April 26.
De la Pena joins the Storm after most recently serving as the Assistant Swim Coach at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Guarnieri remarked, "We are very fortunate to welcome Alex into the fold at Lake Erie. His coaching experience will add a new perspective to our sport operations but most importantly, he brings a wealth of experience in the areas of budget management, facility direction, game supervision, sports information, fundraising, and student-athlete advising."
"I want to thank Reid Guarnieri for granting me the opportunity to work at Lake Erie," said De la Pena. "I look forward to helping provide a positive experience for our coaches and student-athletes."
At UNC Wilmington, de la Pena coached several school record holders and top-eight performers. 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 UNC Wilmington, de la Pena served as the Lead Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Division I Brown University from 2013-14. He helped the Brown swimmers top over 60 school records as well as the Ivy League record in the 200 fly.
De la Pena served as the Head Swimming and Diving Coach at Monmouth College from 2011-13. He coached Monmouth to several top ten times in program history in addition to a third place finish at the Midwestern Conference Championships in 2013. In addition to his coaching duties at Monmouth, de la Pena served as the Director of Aquatics. In that role, de la Pena managed lifeguard staff, pool maintenance, swim lesson program and competitive swim clinics.
Before getting his first head coaching job, de la Pena served as the Assistant Coach as well as the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications at Oberlin College from 2009-2011. He also served as the Graduate Assistant Coach/Assistant Director of Intramurals at St. Lawrence University and the Aquatic Director at Lakewood Country Club.
De la Pena earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management and Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College and his Master'sDegree of Education in Administration from St. Lawrence University.