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Coaching Staff

Kevin Anderson

Head Coach (High Performance)

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Kevin is a proven leader and was selected to fulfill our very ambitious goals. Kevin is coming to us with excellent credentials, an attitude of success, and a desire to be at the leading edge of our sport. He holds a diploma in High Performance Coaching from the National Coaching Institute.  Kevin has placed athletes on every level of Canada’s National Team program.  He was a coach on the Canadian World University Games Team in 2009, and Canada’s Junior Pan Pacific Team in 2010 and was selected as a coach for Canada’s Junior Team in 2011.  He placed 13 athletes onto Ontario Academy camps, the most from any one club in Ontario.  In addition, he has had athletes selected to Swim Canada’s Race Simulation Camp, Relay Camp and in 2015-2016 onto Canada’s Junior Team.  He was selected to Swim Canada’s Select Coaches Group where he earned the opportunity to travel to Gold Coast Australia to work with Bill Sweetenham and Chris Nesbitt.  His athletes have broken numerous National Age Group Records and have combined to break 4 national records. He is a goal oriented, dedicated and positive coach who has committed himself to producing winning athletes and teams. The Mississauga Aquatic Club has improved tremendously in the 6 years that Kevin has been here and he has instituted a comprehensive curriculum throughout our program that is yielding fantastic results.  The year prior to Kevin assuming the Head Coach role the team placed 75th on the national stage.  During Kevin’s leadership the team has improved to a 4th place finish and the girls placed as high as 2nd in Canada at the National Age Championships.  In 2013 he produced the women’s 50 fly national champion and in 2016-2017 he placed an athlete on Ontario's Canada Games Team.  In 2016-2017 Kevin’s swimmers achieved 3 number 1 national rankings and many of his swimmers were ranked top 10 nationally with senior relays ranked top 3.  

Nandi Kormendi

Asst. Head Coach (Junior National)

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Nandi is the Assistant Head Coach and is directly responsible for coaching the Junior National Group.

Nandi has been coaching for over 30 years and more recently was the Head Coach of Region of Waterloo (ROW) Swim Club/Wilfrid Laurier University Varsity Team and was also the Head Coach for Cascade Swim Club. He has coached his swimmers to success at every level.

Nandi has been on staff for Ontario and Alberta Provincial Tour Teams and the 2005 Canada Games Team. Nandi was part of the National Team Staff on two World Cup meets, the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships and the 2003 World Aquatic Championships.

Nandi’s athlete’s have broken 15 Provincial, 5 National Age Group and 4 National Records.

Along the way his swimmers have won over 130 Provincial medals, 16 Senior National medals (including 4 Gold) and won Bronze medals at both the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships.

Four of Nandi’s previous swimmers have gone on the represent Canada at the Olympic Games: He played a part in developing Stephanie Richardson (Atlanta ‘96) and Joel Greenshields (Beijing), and led both Mike Brown (Athens, Beijing) and Jillian Tyler (Beijing/London) to the International stage before they made the big show in their University years.

Nandi has been awarded OSCA's Coach of the Year Award in 2001 and 2002. In 2005 Nandi was awarded both the ACC National and Junior Coach of the Year awards in Alberta.

Nandi has been a speaker at the 2004 and 2005 Alberta Coaches Conference and the 2007 National Coaches Conference.

Andrea Pittis

Coach (High Performance Age Group)

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Andrea has been coaching with the Mississauga Aquatic Club since 2003.  Andrea has over 25 years of swimming experience as swimmer and coach.  As a swimmer for 15 years Andrea has memories of competing for his home county of Italy and the pride that goes along with that.  He brings the passion of his own memories to his coaching.   Andrea is now dedicated to coaching and education.  He obtained an Honours degree in Physical Education in Florence, Italy, and an Honours degree in Kinesiology at York University in Toronto.  As an age group coach and Head Coach, he has developed national swimmers in Italy and Canada. Andrea believes that young children are always looking for new learning experiences, new challenges and new goals to achieve.  Swimming provides them with the opportunity to learn new skills and build necessary confidence to face and overcome any challenge, and enjoy success.  He believes that swimming provides opportunities to make new friends, develop healthy habits, become independent, earn a good education, and travel. 

Aris Bousoulegkas

Coach (Regional Senior)

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Aristeidis Bousoulegkas has been a Head Coach and Technical Manager in major private clubs in his hometown Thessaloniki, Greece. With over 12 years of experience in creating and coordinating plans for the development of elite athletes, Aristeidis is a true asset to MSSAC.  His leadership abilities, connection with his athletes, skills and passion for coaching have awarded him with many victories at the National Championships with his biggest accomplishment, his athlete Diogenis Tsitouridis placing 16th  worldwide in the 1500m (personal record: 15.20.92) according to2004 Fina World Ranking from January to May 26,2005. Aris received a degree in Physical and Sports Education with a specialization in swimming from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Sherry Patel

Coach (Regional Junior)

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Shernaz (Sherry) has 8 years of competitive swimming experience. She started swimming in 2008, but quickly qualified for nationals across all four strokes and 200 IM. After representing MSSAC at nationals in 2013 and winning gold in 50m butterfly and bronze in 100m butterfly, she earned a scholarship to swim with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Shernaz has gone on to win team medals at nationals swimming both breaststroke and freestyle on relays, as well as competing as a valuable member of the 2015-2016 national championship winning Varsity Blues swim team. Shernaz hopes to inspire her swimmers and provide them with the proper skills to succeed in competitive swimming. 

Regina Ferrara

Coach (Regional Development)

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Regina holds over 20 years swim experience, over 2 years swim instructing experience and 10 years instructing, coaching and mentoring experience as a Dance Instructor and Cheerleading Coach in both Canada and the United Kingdom. She has a strong dance background, performing in the Closing Ceremonies of Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, in “The Nutcracker” with the National Ballet of Canada, as well as Choreographed and Performed in three music videos and a short film. She is currently a Professional Performing Artist with the RSDivas Creative Agency. She holds a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Degree from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Regina is excited to share her expertise in Kinesiology, Physiology, Biomechanics, athlete nutrition and conditioning to her swim team. She is a very dedicated Coach, positively encouraging and developing mastery of skills and transferrable life lessons such as leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship. Regina believes in working hard to accomplish goals and dreams. She is very excited for the year ahead working with and advancing her swim team. 

Bryan Brodie

Coach (Regional Development)

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My name is Bryan Brodie and I am in the first year of the Master of Biotechnology program at UTM. I completed my bachelors in Biochemistry at Queens. At Queens I was a student coach and athlete for the Queens University Varsity Triathlon Club. I have been swimming my whole life and have been teaching swimming for 6 years. I look forward to a great year! 

Alexandra Petala

Coach (Blue A)

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Alexandra Petala has been coaching for over seven years in a private club and has worked with swimmers of all ages. Her drive lead her both in swimming and coaching successfully. She is a three times gold medalist in the Greek National Championship and is also going in to her fourth year of studying Business Communications. Her vision is to share her love for swimming and inspire children of all ages.

As part of Alexandra's portfolio she is the Wave Program Director where she is responsible for the curriculum, training and managing of the MSSAC Wave Program.

Ara Vazquez

Coach (Blue B)

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Ara is a hard working, experienced coach who has participated in Swimming Canada National Camps, was invited and participated in many Ontario Swimming Academy camps and also developed the number one 10 and under girls relay team in Canada.  Her 10 and under group while coaching in B.C. won the High Point award at their Regional Championships and her 11-12 group won the High Point award when she was coaching in the Swim Ontario North West region.  While in Manitoba Ara was selected to their Summer Games team.  Ara will bring professional, consistent and experienced coaching to the Blue B squad that will be dependable throughout the year and into the future.  She has been coaching young swimmers and has specialized in this age group throughout her coaching career  Working with her husband, Roman at South Western Aquatics, they helped develop one of Canada’s premiere sprint freestylers, Evan Van Moerkerke who represented Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Diego Pesce

Coach (Orange A & B)

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At sixteen Diego was selected to the Uruguayan national team. From 1983 to 1987, Diego held the national record for the 100m and 200m backstroke. In 1985, he competed in the South American championships where he placed 8th and 9th in the 100m and 200m backstroke respectively. He also competed in the 200m IM and 100m freestyle.  Diego is a former Head Age Group coach with NYAC and we look forward to having him on staff.

Drayton Coolen

Coach (White Clarkson B)

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Drayton has been coaching for over 20 years in a variety of sports.  He has coached adults, children and teens in the sport of Canoe/Kayak, Dragonboat and now, swimming.  He has been with MSSAC for 3 seasons.  Drayton has his Competition Development coaching qualifications in the sport of Canoe/Kayak and is fully certified as a level 1 coach in swimming.  He has sent athletes to multiple National Championships, the Jr. World Championships, and The Canada Games, and has attended 2 Canada Games as a coach.  

Drayton also has a degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University and Bachelor of Education from UofT.  He currently works with the Peel Board of Education when he is not at the pool.  Drayton continues to strive to help every athlete reach their potential.

Nicolette Goncalves

Coach (White GF)

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Nicolette Goncalves has more than 12 years of competitive swimming experience.  After having represented Mississauga Aquatic Club for 8 years she earned a full scholarship to an NCAA Division I institution; California State University, Bakersfield. Nicolette studied Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology and graduated in June of 2016 with two honours. Nicolette served as a team captain for her sophomore, junior and senior years of university. While competing in California she achieved 3 CSUB All-time Top 5 times in the 100 back (third), 200 back (third), and 100 fly (second). Nicolette is a WAC Champion and CSUB record holder in the both the 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays. She is also a CSUB record holder in the 200 and 400 medley relays. Nicolette earned Second Team All-WAC honours in 200 back and 100 fly with a pair of sixth-place finishes at the 2016 WAC Championships.  Academically Nicolette earned All-WAC honours throughout her university career (2012-2016). She ended her swimming career as an inducted member of the California State University Golden Circle, the highest honour bestowed upon a CSUB undergraduate student-athlete serving in the role of leadership.

Cameron McCabe

Coach (White MW)

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My name is Cameron McCabe, I have been swimming with Mssac for more than 10 years now and I specialize in freestyle swimming. When I was younger I did gymnastics, soccer and skating and now swimming. I am a very athletic person that just loves to be on the move. This will be my second year of coaching experience and I love doing what I do and also challenging myself to do everything that I can possibly do. I plan to bring everything I know and experienced to everyday training and meets to pass on my knowledge of swimming onto the roots of the future MSSAC generation

Jackie Chan

Coach (White HP)

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Jackie started swimming with MSSAC at the age of 8 and credits the sport of swimming and the club for shaping her into the person she is today. She swam competitively on both the Provincial and Age Group National teams and was a recipient of MSSAC’s Swimmer of the Year award. Jackie recently graduated with distinction from Queen’s University with a degree in Physical and Health Education. She strongly believes that swimming can provide athletes with endless opportunities as well as teach discipline, independence, initiative, and many other important life skills. Jackie is excited to share her love and passion for the water and to guide her swimmers in their path of competitive swimming!

Madison Otsuki

Coach (White Clarkson A)

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Madison started swimming in MSSACs wave program in 2009, since then she has competed at a Provincial, Eastern and Age Group National levels, and was also a finalist at last summers Nationals. She believes that despite the difficulty of the sport, swimming teaches you many important lessons both from athletic and academic aspects, and that it might even teach you a little about yourself! She is very excited and prepared to bring what she’s learnt over the years back to the pool to teach future generations of mssac swimmers

Miguel Solomon

Coach (Regional Dev/White CW)

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Miguel started competitive swimming in 2012. Throughout his career, he swam on Provincial, Eastern and Age group teams. He is young and enthusiastic to become part of the MSSAC family.  He is a recent graduate of Bishop Allen Academy where he earned his OSSD and French Immersion Certificate with Specialization. Miguel has been instructing young swimmers as well as being an assistant coach for the past four years. He is also very passionate about swimming and would love to share his enthusiasm to inspire young swimmers to be at their personal best.