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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.

Roman Ramirez

Coach (Regional Junior)

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Roman Ramirez has been coaching for more than 25 years  in Canada and Mexico.  He was a confounder of one of the  largest  swimming school in Mexico.  He has worked with teams from Ontario, B.C and Manitoba. He has coached swimmers from all ages having swimmerget to the podium at Age Group Nationals and Provincials from ages 12-18. He also has had top swimmercompete in Senior Nationals and the Canadian Trials. He had swimmers qualify in the Junior Canada team as well as the para Junior Canada swim team. He coached and developed swimmer Even VanMoerkerke who participated at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. As well he was a volunteer coach at St. Mary’s catholic high school in Woodstock working with the students.

Chris Caloian

Coach (Regional Development)

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Chris has been involved in many sports in his youth. He fell in love with competitive swimming when his son started to compete in 2011.

Chris coached novice, junior and senior development groups for Dolphins, WRMS, RAMS Swim team (MM Robinson High School).

Chris is coming to Mississauga to bring the passion, enthusiasm and the knowledge of the technique required for this sport. He is looking forward to taking on the role of Regional Development Coach and cannot wait to see how much the swimmers improve and accomplish in the upcoming season.

Alexandra Petala

Coach (Blue)

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Alexandra Petala has coached internationally for over 11 years.  She has been a Gold Medalist for 3 years in the Greek National Championship and along with her experience in developing athletes and raising their performance, she has proven to be valuable asset to our programs.  She is currently leading our Top 12 and under Blue Group to compete at the Provincial Level.

The past two years Alexandra has taken upon the role of Wave Head Coach and is responsible of managing, leading, hiring and training Wave Coaches, as well as developing the training program and organizing events to promote competitive swimming within our Club.

Ara Vazquez

Coach (Orange/White Meadowvale)

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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.

Drayton Coolen

Coach (White Clarkson)

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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.

Coach 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.

Daria Dabrowski

Coach (White GF B)

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Daria started swimming competitively at the age of 7, crediting the sport for shaping her into the person she is today. She swam competitively in the states, for the Central Connecticut Aquatic Team, as well as Age Group National teams competing in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly. She believes swimming provides athletes important life skills from an early age such as discipline, initiative, as well as knowing there aren't any short cuts and the only way to improve is to work hard. Daria is excited to share her passion for swimming and guide her swimmers for the upcoming season.

Wendy Babits

Coach (White Cawthra)

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Wendy has been a certified swim coach for over 25 years, starting with the GO Kingfish in Ottawa. She has more recently done Adult Swim Improvement at the YMCA and since 2011 she has been the head coach for the HMNCS for both the senior and middle school swim teams. Wendy has been a swim parent since 2004 with children progressing from Wave to High Performance. Personal swim experience includes swimming for the University of Ottawa and then swimming Masters. Wendy has a passion for swimming both on the deck and in the water as a swimmer and is looking forward to coaching the White Program.

Oskar Shura

Coach (White Cawthra B)

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Oskar is currently a student in his final year of Life Sciences at University of Toronto. He has been in the water since a very young age, and then began swimming competitively for MSSAC at the age of ten. After this, he represented his high school in many regional and provincial competitions. In 2013 he reconnected with the MSSAC Wave Program this time as a coach and is pleased to be moving up to coach the White program this year!

Oskar believes strongly in the self-discipline and character building aspects of competitive swimming, as well as the physical benefits derived from it. Oskar is looking forward to passing this belief to his young swimmers.