Head Coach & HP Group Coach
Nathan is very excited to join 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’s coaching philosophy 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.
Assistant Head Coach & Performance Coach
With more than 25 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 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.
AGP Coach & Communcations Coordinator
Lauren Wilson is very excited to be returning to OSC as the Age Group Performance Coach and communications coordinator. Lauren has been involved in the world of swimming and particularly OSC for quite some time now—first starting out as a swimmer and then moving into the head coach role at Scona Pool where she successfully ran the Scona satellite program for four years.
She most recently worked at Swim Alberta as the Program and Club Coordinator. Over the past year, she gained a new understanding and appreciation of the sport on a local, provincial and national level. Her degree in communications also brings a unique skill set to the club— a skill that she hopes can contribute to OSC's development as a successful swim club.
Lauren is passionate about swimming and truly believes that sport teaches important life skills such as hard work, dedication and perseverance. She is thrilled to be a part of a club that has the opportunity to grow and have a positive impact on the athletes that are a part of it. See you on deck!
Performance Development Coach
John is new to OSC this year and is excited to be coaching the Performance Development group as well as working closely with the Steadward Bears Program where he will be integrating their competitive athletes into the PD group. John first started swimming with the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club and did so for seven years. He then moved onto coaching where he started out as a Bear Cubs coach and moved throughout the club to become head coach of the Terwillegar silver program.
John is a certified level one coach and is currently working on completing his level two. John is also looking forward to working alongside Nathan and Lesley on a weekly basis where they will help him develop his swimmers to the next level. John will be working with provincial, national and soon to be international level swimmers and is certain that this year is going to be a success for both his Performance Development swimmers as well as the Steadward Bears swimmers! He is looking forward to a new and exciting season with the Olympian Swim Club!
Technical Program Consultant
The Olympian Swim Club is pleased to welcome Bill Humby in the capacity as a technical program consultant. Bill is a fully certified NCCP Level III coach and course conductor, Coach Humby comes to us with more than 34 years of experience as a swimming teacher and coach. His experience covers all age groups, all strokes and distances in competitive swimming including open water and triathlon, able bodied and para-athletes, learn-to-swim thru university activity courses. He has placed swimmers on numerous teams from the Canada Games and the Canadian Junior Teams right thru to the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams. Most recently Bill was the Head Coach of the U of A from 2006 to 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years with the University of Calgary Swim Club. As one of the most nationally recognized coaches in Canada, Bill will lend his experience and expertise toward the continuing development of our swimmers as well as our coaching staff.
Fountain Park JAG Coach
Blair is excited to be back coaching with OSC for the 2016-2017 season. He will be taking on a new role as the Fountain Park JAG coach in the fall and is excited for the chance to work with the new group.
Coach Blair attended the University of Alberta finishing with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 2006. In 2008 he returned to Medicine Hat where he took up his position as assistant head coach with the Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club. While there, he went on to assist the program in growing to be one of the best small clubs in Canada. In that time Coach Blair served in helping numerous swimmers become provincial champions/medalists/finalists and provincial team participants. In his time as a swim coach, he was privileged enough to directly assisted the Head Coach in coaching provincial record holders, national age group champions, and national team members.
Outside of swimming, Blair has been competing in triathlons over the last eight years and has taken his passion for the sport into helping others. As a trained community triathlon coach, Blair has combined his education and experience to help other triathletes become faster and more efficient in the water. Coach Blair loves helping guide others in achieving/exceeding their goals and looks forward to the opportunity to do so with OSC.
Coach Blair lives north of the city with his wife Jeanine (who is in massage therapy studies) and; their two boys Mikai and Owen
Fountain Park OW Coach
The Olympian Swim Club welcomes back Jessie Lavallee who will be taking on the duties of coaching our OW group at Fountain Park. Jessie has spent the past two seasons coaching at the Olympian’s Mini O’s level and using her words “is stoked” to now be moving up to the competitive side of the program. Jessie swam competitively with our club for three seasons while competing for Ross Sheppard High School in the Edmonton Metro Athletics Association, where she served as team captain for two year in a row.
Her passion doesn’t only manifest itself in the competitive swimming world, but also in her love for working with kids. As time allows, she works as a lifeguard and a swim instructor throughout the year with the YMCA of Northern Alberta, and spends her summers working as a Day Camp Counselor with the YMCA.
Jessie is starting her first year at The University of Alberta, where she will be pursuing her Bachelor of Education Degree in Elementary Education. Jessie brings her enthusiasm and knowledge to the pool deck knowing she is going to help young swimmers develop into better athletes and assist them achieve their own personal goals.
Fountain Park JOW Coach
Katelyn is back for her fifth year of coaching at OSC as the Fountain Park JOW coach. Coach Katelyn has a long history with OSC. She began swimming at the age of five with the club and her love of swimming is still going strong.
Katelyn believes that by teaching young swimmers the values of hard work, determination and team work, she is setting them up to be great swimmers and those same values will give them a head start for later in life as adults. As the JOW coach, her goal for the upcoming season is to ensure these young swimmers have a good understanding and application of the mechanics of the four strokes in addition to starts and turns as they begin competing. As a former competitive swimmer with the club, Katelyn is looking forward to passing on her love of swimming to the next generation of young athletes.
When not at the pool, Katelyn can be found at MacEwan University where she is finishing her last year of a degree in commerce.
Scona JAG Coach
Samantha Diminutto is very excited to be joining the Olympian Swim Club as the head coach of the Scona pool and coach of the JAG group. Samantha has been coaching and teaching swimmers for more than five years, having taught all ages and skill levels from small children learning to blow bubbles, to adults seeking to improve their technique. Coach Samantha has always been in and around water – first as a competitive synchronized swimmer then switching to competitive swimming. OSC feels that her combined knowledge of feel and technique in the water will prove to be an asset for both the club and her swimmers. Coach Samantha wants to inspire a passion for the sport in her swimmers. Her ultimate goal is to motivate her young swimmers to work constantly toward improvement and to be the best they can be.
Samantha graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2014 and is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Art Therapy at the University of Alberta. Due to her artistic background, her workouts are going to be full of creativity and fun while focusing on endurance and, most importantly, technique.
Scona OW Coach
Colleen Marchese has been a part of the swimming community in Edmonton for the past 36 years. Colleen has seen the sport from many levels and from many different perspectives, beginning as a swimmer in 1980 and evolving into age group coach, parent official, club administrator, team manager, Swim Alberta coach developer, small business owner and more over the past three and a half decades. As a Level 3 certified coach, Colleen has spent the last 2 years as the Head Coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Swim Teams and is now focusing her coaching efforts on learning even more, through participating both as an instructor and a graduate student at the University of Alberta. Colleen is very excited to join the coaching staff of the Olympian Swim Club and hopes she can inspire her passion for the sport of swimming into the young swimmers of the next generation.
Scona JOW Coach
The Olympian Swim Club welcomes Kiersten Zimmerman back into the fold as the JOW coach for the Scona pool. Coach Kiersten comes to us with four years of experience as a coach under her belt. She has spent the last two years as a coach for the Mini O’s for our club and is moving up into the competitive side. She is excited to share her experience, knowledge and passion for swimming with all the young swimmers who are just starting out in our competitive program.
Besides swimming, Coach Kiersten has a strong understanding of overall fitness and the benefits of being in shape through personal experience. She has worked hard for her certification through the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals as a personal trainer. Outside of swimming Coach Kiersten will be continuing her education at NAIT where she will be working towards a business degree and furthering her knowledge in personal training. Coach Kiersten is excited to see the progress that her swimmers make throughout the upcoming season.
Terwillegar OW Coach
The Terwillegar pool will be seeing a familiar face this fall as Loubna Cherifa-Laaouad is back as the Terwillegar head coach as well as the OW coach for the pool. Coach Loubna grew up in Montreal and swam competitively for many years. When her competitive career was over, it was off to university but she never really left swimming. After graduating from the U of A with a double major in sociology and psychological sciences, Coach Loubna came back to swimming and will be passing on her knowledge and love of the sport to the kids she will be teaching. She hopes that the Terwillegar kids will love swimming as much as she does. She strongly believes that swimmers must create a balance between discipline, hard work, and fun to succeed. Her motto is if it feels tough … you are doing it right.
Terwillegar JOW Coach
The Olympian Swim Club is pleased to welcome back Julia Marchand as the JOW Terwillegar coach for the upcoming season. Julia is no stranger to the club having spent 10 years as a competitive swimmer for the Olympians. She finished her competitive career competing at the Western Canadian Championships in the Butterfly events. In ending her competitive career, Julia hopes to pass on her love for swimming to the kids just starting out and hopes they enjoy it as much as she did. Her goals for the swimmers include teaching proper technique, building speed and encouraging them to make the most of the experience. With her infectious enthusiasm for the sport that she loves, we have no doubt that the JOW's at Terwillegar are in for another great season.
Mini O's Program Director
After taking a year off to attend to a new addition to her family, Lindsey is back with the Olympian Swim Club for the 2016-17 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 15 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. Welcome back Lindsey.