Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Nathan Kindrachuk

Head Coach & HP Group Coach

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Nathan is very excited to be returning to the Olympian Swim Club as head coach of the club this season! Coach Nathan is no stranger to the pool decks in Edmonton, having spent fourteen years training and competing at regional, provincial and national level events as a former swimmer, first with OSC and then with the Alberta Golden Bears.

After swimming as a Golden Bear at the U of A for three years, Nathan completed a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (majoring in coaching studies) from the University of Alberta. He is currently completing the thesis of his Master of Arts degree in coaching studies from the University of Alberta. Nathan has coached for a number of swimming organizations in Edmonton, including a three-year role as the head coach of the Steadward Bears Para Swim Team and two years with the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas. His success as a coach has translated into many of his swimmers reaching national levels. His hard work and dedication to the athletes has also resulted in swimmers qualifying for international teams.

Nathan, who has NCCP Level 3 (Comp/Dev.) certification, has a coaching philosophy that focuses on determining a clear purpose for the many aspects of training and competing, while considering the needs and perspectives of athlete’s in every stage of decision making. He believes that for athletes to make the most of their training, there needs to be attention and understanding to all the aspects of their lives. By working with the swimmers and bringing them in on the decisions regarding their training, Nathan believes that their performance in and out of the water improves.  He is a firm believer that understanding the individual needs of his swimmers is the basis for a good partnership and that the partnership between the swimmer and the coach is the cornerstone to success in the water.  

As the head coach of OSC, Nathan intends on providing the club with a clear vision that includes creating a culture of team cohesion that supports individual and team success. His passion for swimming and his enthusiasm as a coach are readily evident and he is looking forward to seeing everyone on the pool deck for a great season of swimming.

Lesley Serediak

Performance Blue & Assistant Head Coach

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With more than 26 years of coaching experience, all in the Edmonton area, Coach Lesley is back on deck for another year with the Olympian Swim Club. This year, as well as being the OSC Performance Blue Group Coach, she is taking on the role of assistant head coach for the club as well.

Lesley is a certified level two coach and continues to pursue further education in her chosen field by continually updating her education with courses and books. She is working on attaining her competitions coach certification. Outside of her work with the performance group, she has been selected to represent Team Alberta as a coach more than 10 times and has served as a stroke coach for the Prospects West and the North/South Swim Camps.  Lesley’s hard work and success with swimmers primarily at the 14 and under level has led to her swimmers to achieving provincial and national level success consistently over the years. It is her belief that age group swimmers should excel in all four strokes and have great technique. She is a strong believer in hard work producing awesome results which allows all swimmers to achieve their goals. Lesley's aim, as always, for the upcoming season is to help all her swimmers reach their swimming potential while enjoying the experience.

 When not on deck, Lesley enjoys her time spent with husband Troy, and two sons; Tyler and Shane as well as her two dogs. We are looking forward to hearing her loud familiar whistle, in all its pitches, as she goes about her coaching duties.

Caitlin Kamminga

Performance White Coach

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OSC Alumni Caitlin Kamminga joins the club for the 2017-2018 swim season as the Performance White coach. Caitlin swam competitively for 14 years, first with the Olympian Swim Club and then for five years with the University of Alberta Pandas Varsity Team. She is a Certified Level 1 coach and is working towards her Level 2. Caitlin comes to the club with five years of coaching experience under her belt, including three years as the head coach for the Millennium Marlins Summer Swim Club, who are based out of Sherwood Park. In her tenure as a coach, she has taught a wide range of ages and abilities.

Caitlin believes that swimming starts with the basics. Proper technique comes first, with the focus on speed developing as the season progresses. She believes that with the proper encouragement, every swimmer is capable of doing every stroke. Caitlin is looking forward to returning to OSC, and she hopes to bring to the club, and her group in particular, a strong work ethic, a desire to achieve more, and an appreciation and enjoyment for the sport.

As a graduate from the University of Alberta in 2017, with an English and film studies degree, Caitlin enjoys the occasional video game, likes to work out, and with a nod to her studies, and shows a great appreciation for the art of film.

Colleen Marchese

Age Group Performance Blue Coach

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The Olympian Swim Club welcomes back Colleen Marchese who will be the Age Group Performance Blue Coach for the 2017-18 season. Colleen has been a part of the swimming community in Edmonton for the past 37 years. She has experienced the sport from many levels, and from many different perspectives, beginning as a competitive swimmer from 1980 to 1997 and evolving into an age group coach, parent official, club administrator, team manager, and Swim Alberta coach developer as well as spending two years as the Head Coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Swim Teams. As a Level 3 certified coach and learning facilitator, Colleen is now focusing her coaching efforts on passing on what she has learned and experienced.  Colleen is excited to start her second year with the coaching staff of the Olympian Swim Club and hopes she can pass on her passion for the sport of swimming to the young swimmers of the next generation.

Lori Layne Kremer

Age Group Performance White Coach

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Lori is very excited to be back at Olympian Swim Club and to experience the coaching side of swimming.   She began her competitive swim career at the Olympian Swim Club almost 20 years ago. For thirteen years she wore the blue and   white colors with pride as she competed in the United States, receiving a scholarship from Arizona State University where she competed for the Division 1 School for four years. 

 

She has a passion for the sport and can't wait to be back at the pool every day. Her   favorite thing to focus on is making sure the kids   have a strong technical base and understanding for the strokes. 
 

She believes that the determination and effort that swimmers learn to put into the sport at a young age are terrific life skills that   shape them for their futures. Lastly she wants everyone to have fun, love the sport as much as she does, and become the best   humans they can be! 

Brian McGrath

Satellite Pool Mentor Coach

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The Olympian Swim Club is pleased to welcome Brian McGrath to our swim family as the mentor coach, to work with the coaching staff and club. Brian is a NCCP Level 2 certified coach and comes to our club with 20 years of coaching experience at all levels, from high schools, to club swimming, to NCAA universities.

Originally from Columbia, PA in the US, he began his career as a coach at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (PA). He then moved to teach at the Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster PA, where he took over the swimming program, and from there it was on to Edmonton as a National Team Assistant coach with Keyano.

Brian admits his swimming career started late but he did quite well at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where he is still listed on the all-time top 10 list in two events (1650 Free and 1000 free. From that point he gravitated to triathlons, where he competed in the Ironman in both 2005 and 2007.

Brian has a BA (of Business Administration) from Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA), a Bachelor of Education from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA), and a Masters in Education from Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre University, PA).

As the new mentor coach, Brian hopes share his experiences, provide guidance, and be on hand to assist our coaching staff in all areas, and is looking forward to starting with the club in September.

On a more personal note, Brian is hoping to run in the Boston Marathon again but this time with his wife Sara, and then again in 20 years with his kids, Patrick, Ciara, and Rylynn.

Kristan Kushlyk

Scona Pool Head Coach (JAG Coach)

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The Olympian Swim Club is thrilled to welcome OSC Alumni Kristan Kushlyk back to the club. Kristan swam competitively with our club from 2002 to 2012. She then went on to swim for the University of Alberta Pandas from 2012 to 2017. During her time as a competitive swimmer, she made Olympic Trials twice and competed at the senior national level from 2009 to 2017. As a coach, she is NCCP Level 1 Certified and has four years of coaching experience under her belt including three seasons with the HUMA summer club.

As a graduate of the University of Alberta, Kristan holds a BSC Biological Science degree that she received in 2017, as well as being a BA honors student in molecular anthropology. While her education goal is to earn her doctorate, she is hoping to give back to OSC after having such a great experience competing for the club. Welcome back Kristan.

 

 

Victoria Lovsin

Scona OW Coach

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The Olympian Swim Club is pleased to welcome OSC alumni Victoria Lovsin to our coaching family.  Victoria swam five years with OSC and three years with the University of Alberta Pandas. She is NCCP Level 1 certified and has spent the past three years coaching summer club swimming (most recently with the Derrick Devil Rays). Currently in her fourth year at the University of Alberta, where she is studying nutrition and food science, Victoria will be coaching the Scona OW group this fall. She is super excited to be assuming a new role with OSC and hopes to share her love of swimming with her group and encourage them to do great things.

Jorgen Klein

Scona JOW Coach

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Jorgen Klein is returning to the OSC family, but this time out as a JOW coach for the Scona pool. Jorgen has been coaching the Mini O’s for the past three seasons and is moving up to coach in our competitive program. A former summer club swimmer (13 years with the Killam Cyclones and the Camrose Sea Serpents), Jorgen is now Swimming 101 and NCCP certified. When not on deck attending to coaching duties, Jorgen can be found at the U of A where he is entering her fourth year as a student of political science. With a strong foundation in sports and a desire to teach, Jorgen hopes to pass on a love and appreciation of the sport of swimming to our youngest competitive group.

Agnieszka Howat

Fountain Park Head Coach (JAG Coach)

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The Olympian Swim Club welcomes Agnieszka Howat as the new coach for the JAG group, and the head coach at the Fountain Park Pool. Agnieszka grew up in Poland where she swam competitively for 12 years before moving to Canada and competing at the national level for an additional two years. Staying in the swim community, she then went on to coach at the Keyano Swim Club for six years at the provincial level. Along with her husband Nathan, she is raising two teenagers (one of whom swam for the OSC) and she has spent the past seven years with our club as a pool parent, chaperone, and swim official. Agnieszka has her level two coaching certification, and has been a massage therapist for the past 19 years. Her goal is for the swimmers to enjoy this great sport of swimming as it teaches much more than just swimming. It teaches self discipline, perseverance, commitment, and confidence. Always dream big and work hard so you can become the best you can be. Never quit even though life may have many obstacles.

Berkley Nowlan

OW Fountain Park Coach

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The Olympian Swim Club welcomes back another alumni as Berkley Nolan takes on the duties of the OW group at Fountain Park. Berkley swam for more than 10 years with the Olympians before going on to the University of South Dakota where she graduated with a bachelor of Science degree, majoring in medical biology. Through her swimming career, she has taken advantage of many opportunities to volunteer coach numerous groups and ages as well has coaching the Special Olympics team in Vermillon, South Dakota. Berkley loves all manner of sports and is a huge Disney fan.  In taking a break from academic studies to coach with the club, Berkley hopes her swimmers gain confidence in the water as their skills develop. This confidence will hopefully carry over into all aspects of the swimmers lives.

Julia Lema

Fountain Park Pool JOW Coach

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The Olympian Swim Club welcomes Julia Lema as the new JOW coach. Julia spent six years as a competitive swimmer and has two years as a triathlete. She holds an NCCP Level 1 Certification and is currently completing her Level 2. Coach Julia comes to our club with four years of coaching experience with the St. Albert Sailfish. She also has two and a half years of coaching experience with the Steadward Bears Para Swim Team. She is currently the Head Coach of the Steadward Bears Para Swim Team! 

Add to that a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree concentrating on adapted physical activity, and you can see why Coach Julia will bring a wealth of expertise in body motion and range to her group. As an advocate for physical fitness and as an inspiration to her swimmers, Julia is hoping to complete a Half Ironman triathlon next summer.

Jasmin Hillman

Terwillegar Head Coach (JAG & OW Coach)

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Jasper Fung

Terwillegar JOW Coach

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Lindsey Thomas

Mini O's Program Director

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Lindsey is back with the Olympian Swim Club for the 2017-18 swim season in the roles of Team Administrator and Mini O's program director. Lindsey is no stranger to our club as she is the creator of the wildly successful Mini O’s program. Since its inception, it has grown to now have more than 200 swimmers participating in the program each year. As the driving force behind the program, Lindsey is gratified to see the young swimmers grow to love the sport and be able, by the completion of the program, to swim all four strokes as well as have a good understanding of both dives and turns.

Lindsey is no stranger to the sport having been involved in the swimming community for the past 16 years. After four years coaching with other clubs, Lindsey joined the OSC family in 2007 and spent her first  two years as a JOW coach.  She attended the University of Alberta and obtained her Bachelor of Physical Education and returned  to school to obtain her diploma in massage therapy from Grant MacEwan University. As a registered massage therapist, the club and the swimmers know they can count on Lindsey  to be on hand  to help the swimmers on deck during competitions with any needs them may have. Lindsey is well known and influential within the OSC and Alberta swimming communities and is very excited to be involved with the club in the upcoming season

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