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Jamie Platt

Jamie Platt

Head Coach

Jamie Platt is in his seventeenth season at La Salle University and his fourth as the head men's and women's swimming and diving coach. He began his coaching career at La Salle as an assistant coach, later to be named Associate Head coach before taking over as Head Coach. "Jamie has a long association with La Salle swimming as a student-athlete and assistant coach and truly understands the Lasallian values and culture associated with our University," former Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Brennan said. "He is well-liked by both student-athletes and alumni and is well-respected in the swimming community. We are delighted to have Jamie as our next head coach." The Emmaus, PA. native has been involved in all facets of the La Salle program throughout the past 15 years, including a concentration on the distance and stroke swimmers and directing the recruiting. He has also been responsible for engaging the swimming and diving alumni through events and fundraising. He has also served as the team's liaison to the sports information and academic support offices. "I am extremely thankful, honored and excited to lead our swimming and diving program," Platt said. "The program is a proven pathway towards success for so many student-athletes. Simply put – La Salle University cares about its students and student-athletes and I am humbled to have the opportunity to contribute to the University's success. I specifically thank Dr. Brennan, John Lyons and our alumni for this opportunity and for their support in my new role as head coach." Platt looks to continue his proven history of success on the Explorer pool deck. Since Platt's arrival, the Explorers have set 63 school records, won 19 Atlantic 10 individual titles and set three A-10 conference records. He has mentored two A-10 Rookies of the Year and a US Olympic Trials qualifier. Platt's distance swimmers have captured five A-10 titles in the 1,650 freestyle event in the last six years. In 2014, Mattias Glenesk broke a 31-year-old A-10 record in his gold medal swim. Also under Platt's tutelage, La Salle was represented at the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, NE, with meet qualifier Blase Szyszko '13 and at the 2016 US Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, NE with meet qualifier Mattias Glenesk. He has experience coaching swimmers from the developmental to Olympic levels. He came to La Salle in 2002 from Emmaus, Pa., where he was the Head Age Group Coach and Aquatic Director at the Emmaus Aquatic Club (EMAC). Platt is also a former member of La Salle's swim team. Platt is currently the General Chair of the Middle Atlantic Swimming LSC Board of Directors, the fifth largest LSC in the nation. He is also a member of both the American Swimming Coaches Association and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Platt was also the NCAA Division I Women's and Men's Swimming and Diving Championship's Meet Coordinator for nearly 10 years, overseeing the national championships operations. He currently resides in Philadelphia, Pa.
Steve Kuttruff

Steve Kuttruff

Diving Coach

Steve Kuttruff enters his 10th season as the La Salle men's and women's diving coach. A graduate of Penn State University ('89), Steve competed for the Lions from 1985-87. While at La Salle, Steve has led members of the men's and women's squad to the finals of every Atlantic 10 Championship for the past nine years. Most recently, Dylan Yurasits was the 2016 A10 champion in the one meter. During his time at La Salle, Steve has produced seven NCAA Zone qualifiers. "Steve has a great reputation as a coach and is well respected throughout the diving community. As a member of of the La Salle Swimming & Diving coaching staff, Steve's understanding of the importance in developing the overall student athlete is on point to our program's mission", says head coach Jamie Platt. "His attention to detail and passion for the sport is contagious and is making a lasting impression on our program." In addition to coaching La Salle University, Steve also coaches the Centennial Diving Team based out of La Salle. Under Steve's guidance, Centennial Diving has qualified divers to USA Diving national championship every year since 2007, produced an Olympic trial qualifier, over 10 Pennsylvania and New Jersey state diving championship qualifiers and five state champions. Steve is a member of USA Diving and holds degrees in Art (Penn State University '89) and Education (West Chester University '05). He currently resides in Jenkintown, PA.
Sasha Malanina

Sasha Malanina

Assistant Coach

Two-time All-American and former Russia National Team member Alexandra "Sasha" Malanina begins her second season as an assistant swimming & diving coach at La Salle University in 2019-20. Most recently, Malanina served as an assistant coach at Rowan University where she worked specifically with the distance group. She helped John Tepper to All-America honors in the 1650 free at 2018 NCAA Championships. A member of the Russian National Team from 1999-03, Malanina was a silver medalist in both the 200 and 400 IM at the 1999 Junior Olympic Days in Esbjerg, Denmark. A year later, she won a Junior European championship in the 400 medley relay and earned a third-place finish at the 2000 Russia Olympic Trials in the 200 breaststroke. Malanina took part in three consecutive World Championship meets from 2000-02, advancing to the finals of the 800 free and 800 free relay at the 2002 games in Moscow. Two years later, she competed in her second Olympic Trials, finishing in fourth place in the 400 IM. Following her international career, she began swimming collegiately in the United States at the University of Maryland. A two-time NCAA Qualifier, Malanina was an honorable mention All-American in the 800 freestyle relay in 2005. In 2006, she was the Atlantic Coast Conference champion in the 400 IM, earned honorable mention All-America status in the event and was named Team MVP. After graduating with a degree in finance and a concentration in international business from Maryland in 2008, she moved on to Villanova University and completed her master's degree in finance in 2011. She embarked on a three-year stint on Wall Street working in sales and trading. She is currently pursuing another master's degree in sports business from New York University.
Billy Gordon

Billy Gordon

Graduate Assistant Coach

La Salle University head men's and women's swimming and diving coach Jamie Platt announced that Billy Gordon has joined the program as an assistant coach. Gordon comes to La Salle from Radnor Aquatic Club, where he was the Head USA Swimming Coach and Assistant Coach of the Radnor Aquatic Club. While at Radnor, Gordon helped coach USA Swimming National Qualifiers, USA Swimming Junior National Qualifiers, NCSA Junior National Qualifiers, PIAA State Champions and Middle Atlantic Swimming Junior Olympic Champions. "When given the opportunity to add Billy to our staff, it was a no-brainer," Platt said. "I have known Billy for many years and I know our teams are very lucky to have him on the coaching staff. He has a great swimming mind and a refreshing approach to working with athletes." Previously, Gordon coached high school swimming for five seasons, including three with Unionville High School and two with the Radnor High School girls team. Before that, he spent three years coaching for the Atlantic Coast Swim Team in West Chester. "I am quite excited about this opportunity to join the La Salle swimming and diving program," said Gordon. "My experiences as a coach have been rewarding. Working with driven athletes inspires me, and I look forward to doing the same at the college level." Gordon attended East Carolina University, where he swam competitively all four years. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics education and is currently pursuing his master's in education at La Salle.