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(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) – The Bloomington-Normal YMCA has announced that Michael Cobarrubias has joined the operational leadership team as the Director of Aquatics beginning his role on November 1, 2021. 

“I’m over the top excited to be able to bring my vast knowledge, skills, and experience in aquatics to the Bloomington-Normal YMCA,” said Michael Cobarrubias. “To be able to open a new facility in the coming months is a huge opportunity to grow the aquatics community of Bloomington-Normal into one that is recognized as a driving force not just in this state, but in the entire Midwest/Great Lakes region.”

Michael joins the Bloomington-Normal YMCA from Stanford University Athletics & Recreation in Stanford, California where he certified and trained university staff in lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid and AED classes as well as supervised the aquatics staff for the Rec Center at Redwood City Campus. His extensive aquatic experience includes more than 15 years of swimming and water polo playing experience, 7 years of coaching swimming and water polo, 15 years teaching swim lessons and more than 7 years of aquatic facility management. 

Previously, Michael was the general manager for P&S Aquatics in San Francisco, served as the founder and CEO for Silicon Valley Aquatics and provided aquatic leadership to the YMCA of Silicon Valley increasing participation by 275% in less than 12 months.

With a passion for aquatics, Michael is a level 3 coach with the American Swim Coaches Association, Certified Pool Operator with the National Swimming Pool Foundation, Aquatic Facility Operator with the National Recreation and Park Association, Lifeguard Instructor with the American Red Cross and certified in all American Red Cross lifeguard, CPR, first aid and AED programs. 

We are delighted to welcome Michael, his wife Jennifer and their dog Beyoncé to the Bloomington-Normal community and look forward to growing together.




Established in 1855, the Bloomington-Normal YMCA is the oldest continually existing human service organization in McLean County. Serving more than 5,000 people annually, the YMCA is dedicated to instilling Christian principles through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. As a charitable, nonprofit organization, the Y seeks to establish programming in the community for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information, please visit