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Coaching Staff

Dave Macdonald

Head Coach

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Dave is excited to be starting his third season as Head Coach of the Olympian Swim Club and his eleventh season with the club this fall. Dave is Level 3 (Senior Coach) trained and is working towards becoming fully certified that this level. Dave’s coaching philosophy is that for swimmers to be successful they need to strive for constant improvement every day. Through dedicating themselves to their training and challenging themselves in the pool every workout, he knows that they can achieve to great heights in the sport.

Swimmers that Dave has coached over the years have won medals at the Senior, Age Group, and Western National Championships levels, while breaking many records at the Club, Provincial and National level. These swimmers have gone on to compete on National teams at the World Championship, World Junior Championship, Junior Pan Pacific Championship and various National and Provincial teams.

He has also been named as a coach to National and Provincial Teams including most recently the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championship, 2013 Canada Games, the 2011 and 2012 North American Challenge Cups and the 2011 Western Canada Games. For the 2009-2010 season Dave received the Alberta Age Group Coach of the Year and Alberta Para-Coach of the Year awards and from 2011-2013 Dave was the Alberta Provincial Backstroke Coach.

Dave began his own swimming career at age 9 in Mississauga, Ontario. He swam there for 9 years before attending the University of Victoria in BC. He competed for the UVic Vikes for five years while completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree. While swimming in Victoria, Dave represented British Columbia at the 2001 Canada Games and won a bronze medal in the 200 backstroke at the 2002 Canadian Interuniversity Sports championship.

Dave is excited to continue as part of the OSC program that has become one of the top teams in the country over the last few years and to have the opportunity to lead the team into the future!

Lesley Serediak

Performance Coach

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This is Lesley’s seventh year coaching with the Olympian Swim Club but not her first time spent with the club. As a competitive swimmer, Lesley swam eight years with the Olympians and qualified for senior nationals in the freestyle and 200 butterfly events.

Lesley’s coaching career began with the Bonnie Doon Blue Fins and although she worked with all the age groups, she found a good fit with the younger swimmers and decided to focus her efforts there. After an absence from the pool to start on her own family, Lesley returned to coaching at the Keyano Swim Club. Her extensive work with that club had her working with all age groups right up to seniors national swimmers, but it was in the development of the 14& under swimmers, of whom she has spent the majority of career coaching, that she decided to focus her attention on. She signed on to coach with the Olympian Swim Club in 2007. She is now firmly established in our club and in her work with this age group.

At the 2013 Aquatics Banquet Conference held last fall, Lesley took home the Age Group Coach of the Year award. This top award is presented to an Alberta coach who works with a group of swimmers who are primarily 14 and under.

Lesley is a certified level two coach and continues to pursue further education in her chosen field. Currently she is working on attaining her competitions coach certification. She has been selected to represent Team Alberta as a coach over 10 times and has a proven track record of coaching her swimmers to both provincial and national records.

It is her belief that age group swimmers should excel in all four strokes and have great technique. She also believes that with hard work, all swimmers can achieve their goals. Lesley’s aim for the upcoming season is to help all her swimmers succeed and reach their personal goals.

When not on deck, Lesley enjoys her time spent with husband Troy, and two sons; Tyler and Shane as well as her three dogs.

With more than 22 years of coaching experience, all in the Edmonton area, Lesley is back on deck for another season with the Olympians. We are looking forward to hearing her loud familiar whistle, in all its pitches, as she goes about her coaching duties.

Julia Dutove

Age Group Performance

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Julia returns to the Olympians after spending the last four years studying at the University of Minnesota. She has been coaching for the past 14 years with both summer and winter clubs, most recently coaching with the Southdale Sharks in Edina, Minnesota in 2013-2014 and the Merritt Otters Summer Swim Club in 2011 and 2012 where she had numerous swimmers medal at provincial and state championships. Before that, Julia was the JOW coach at Fountain Park from 2008 to 2010.

Julia swam competitively for 8 years, starting in summer and winter club in Grande Prairie then at Grande Prairie Regional College and the University of Alberta. She finished her NCCP level 2 certification in 2007, has a Bachelor of Physical Education and Masters in Physical Education from the University of Alberta. She is currently finishing her PhD in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport sociology and psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Julia’s coaching philosophy is that hard work and a focus on always improving technique, no matter how big or small, will result in fast swimming and meeting goals. She is looking forward to being back on the deck with OSC!

Bobbie Mielnichuk

Youth Development Coach

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Bobbie has a long history with swimming in Edmonton and is an OSC alum, having swam with OSC in high school. In her time swimming with the club she set multiple club records both individually and on relays. For the last five years Bobbie has been swimming for the University of Alberta Pandas, representing U of A at the CIS championships all five years. Some of the highlights of Bobbie’s swimming career include representing Canada twice on National Junior teams, winning relay medals at the National Championship and Olympic Trials, and representing Alberta at the 2009 Canada Games. Bobbie is currently finishing her studies at the U of A and will be completing her Bachelor of Education degree in the next year. Over the years Bobbie has volunteered at a number of events coaching young swimmers.  Bobbie is excited to coach the next generation of OSC swimmers in the upcoming year.

Heather Van Brabant

Fountain Park JAG Coach

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Heather is coming to us from Leduc where she coached 3 years of lifeguard club as well as she coached for a year for Leduc Otters Swim Club.  She is excited for the opportunity to join our club and help strengthen children’s development of competitive swimming. 

She swam competitive for 13 years with Leduc Otters Swim Club/Edmonton Keyano Swim Club.  She went to the 2004 Olympic Trials, US Open, US Nationals and World Cup. 

She started helping to coach Edmonton Keyano Swim Club Pre-Competitive group, after falling in love with coaching she decided to get her level 1 coaching certificate and started coaching with Leduc Otters Swim Club.  Her career took off from there.  

 

 

Brittney Moline

Fountain Park OW Coach

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Brittney is extremely excited to be a part of Olympian Swim Club for the first time. She has spent her swimming and coaching career thus far with the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club, swimming with RDCSC from when she was 10 until 16. After completing her swimming career, she finished her NCCP Level 1 certification and has been coaching ever since.

In Red Deer, she coached a range of swimmers. Now going into her fifth year of coaching, Brittney began coaching a pre-competitive group and eventually worked her way up to coaching provincial level swimmers. Outside of the pool, she can be found at the University of Alberta where she is in her third year of the Bachelor of Science program studying Kinesiology. Brittney is looking forward to being a part of a new swim club and helping swimmers improve their technique and skills to become better athletes!

Kassandra Sharren

Fountain Park JOW Coach

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Kassandra has been coaching the St. Albert Sailfish summer swim club for the past three summers, working with swimmers of many different ages and skill level. She started working for OSC teaching the I Can Swim program at Fountain Park in fall 2009. While she enjoyed this experience, she is really looking forward to engaging swimmers at a more advanced level. Last season she also was an assistant coach for St. Albert Gators Triathlon Club. She believes that emphasizing technique is vital for the success of any athlete, and that fun is key, particularly for new swimmers, in developing a positive relationship with the sport. 

Though she has never swam at a competitive level, she has been competing in triathlon since the age of eight and is an avid runner. Kassandra is entering her third year in the Arts program at the University of Alberta with an Anthropology major and a History minor.

Lauren deLeeuw

Scona Pool Head Coach

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Throughout her life, Lauren has learned the value of sport and how it can affect multiple areas of an individual’s life. This is why she thoroughly enjoys being the head coach at Scona pool and having the opportunity to watch as the JAG and OW swimmers learn the same value. Competitive swimming teaches hard work, perseverance and the importance of setting goals. She is now very excited to start her fourth year as head coach of Scona pool.

Lauren started swimming at the age of eight for the summer club in Whitecourt. She moved to Edmonton and began swimming for OSC at the age of fourteen. She swam throughout high school where she accomplished many of her goals in the pool as well as outside the pool in a wide array of sports. She started coaching at the age of 18 and has enjoyed every minute of it!

After taking a year off to travel, she is now in her fourth and final year of the journalism program at Grant MacEwan University. She hopes to be able to continue coaching and helping young swimmers reach their full potential as athletes.

Katelyn MacLeod

Scona JOW Coach

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Katelyn MacLeod began swimming at the age of five with the Olympian Swim Club and her love of swimming is still going strong. To give back to the sport, Katelyn returned to the Olympians last year to take on a coaching role with the Mini O's program. This year she is  looking forward to the challenge of coaching at a more competitive level by assuming coaching duties as the new Scona JOW coach. 

Katelyn believes that teaching young swimmers the value of hard work, determination and team work, is very important and the sport of swimming provides all that and more. As a former competitive swimmer with the club, she is looking forward to passing on her love of swimming to the next generation of young swimmers. 

When not at the pool, Katelyn can be found at Grant MacEwan where she is currently in her second year  of commerce.

Stefan Lau

Terwillegar OW Coach

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Stefan is thrilled to continue with the OSC program in this upcoming season. Prior to making the switch to coaching, he swam competitively for 10 years. During the 2010-2013 swim seasons, he coached for the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club where he was the head coach of the Bonnie Doon satellite program before switching to the Olympian Swim Club. He looks forward to establishing a competitive and fun environment for the OW group at Terwillegar. His goal is to help his swimmers reach their full potential and develop the necessary technique and speed to compete at both the regional and provincial level. Outside the pool, Stefan is a full-time student at the University of Alberta, pursuing his Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Lee Vandenham

Terwillegar JOW Coach

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Lee Vanden Ham is very excited to join the OSC coaching team this year. Lee began swimming at the age of 6 with the Edmonton Huma Swim Club and stayed with them for 11 years as a swimmer and worked as a coach helper in his last year. He was also a part of the Strathcona Lords Highschool Swim team and helped them win their 28th City Championship as a captain of the team. Last year he coached with Edmonton Keyano and over the summer he coached the U of A swim camp. He is now very honoured to join OSC for the upcoming season. Lee is still currently coaching for his former high school team as well as the U of A Para swim team. Lee is not only involved with competitive swimming, but is also an avid scuba diver. He currently has his PADI Rescue Diver certification and is working on his Divemaster certification.

Jared Wilson

General Manager

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Jared brings a strong swimming background to this role, having swum competitively for 15 years including five seasons with OSC.  Jared has also coached in various capacities with OSC since 2011 and last year served as the X Group Coach and the assistant High Performance Coach. He obtained his chartered accountant designation last year and his accounting knowledge combined with his swimming and coaching background makes him the ideal person to assist in balancing the needs between the technical and operational components of the club.

This past season Jared worked with club part time to help manage its books and records. In his role as general manager for the club, Jared will continue this work for the club as well as assuming additional duties. In his new role, Jared will provide assistance to the board and coaching staff in preparing the yearly budgets, participate in strategic planning sessions, work to develop a more comprehensive social media initiative with an eye to maximizing internet exposure of the club, and manage and supervise the office staff.

As general manager, Jared will also be attending various meetings on behalf of the club as they pertain to allocation of pool time. He will take on a more active role with respect to seeking corporate sponsorship and grants to provide additional sources of revenue that will help fund club operations.

Jared will also assist in providing technical support to the head coach who will determine the club’s staffing needs with respect to hiring, contracts, training and mentoring.

By assuming some of the more administrative roles that have historically fallen to the head coach, this role will enable the head coach to concentrate more fully on the technical and coaching aspect of the club.

Lindsey Thomas

Mini O's Program Director

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Lindsey has been involved in the Edmonton swimming community for over 10 years, first as a coach, then as a massage therapist and currently in administration. For three years Lindsey was a satellite pool Head Coach with the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, spend one year as the Head 10 and Under Coach with the Cascade Swim Club and then joined the Olympian Swim Club in 2007 as the JOW coach for two seasons.   

Lindsey is a registered massage therapist and currently works with the High Performance Group throughout the year.  In 2010, she took over the role of Team Administrator and maintains the daily office operations of the club.

Lindsey’s commitment to excellence in the club can also be found in the new Mini O’s program for the little swimmers. She oversaw the restructuring of the program which now incorporates many of our club values and goals and provides a much smoother transition to our competitive program.

Outside of the office and deck Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family at their cabin at Seba Beach.  

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