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Coaching Staff

Brandon Oates

Head Coach - Senior Program

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Brandon is entering his 19th season as a swim coach, 13th as a Head Coach and 6th at the helm of the BYST. Over the past 5 years, the BYST have tripled in membership and are at capacity in all levels with rentention rates surpassing 90 percent. The team has reached 50 Regional qualifiers, 20 Provincial qualifiers and a dozen National qualifiers. Under his direction, more than 500 team records have been broken; the team has placed top 5 in all Regional Championships; multiple Provincial medals have been attained, including a Provincial Champion; a handful of National medals have been earned, plus 5 athletes achieved Sr. National standards last season. Most recently, 6 swimmers went off to university, with 4 of them competing in the OUA/CIS and 2 racing for NCAA Division I schools on scholarships.

Brandon started swimming at the age of 7 with the North Bay Titans and experienced success at all levels, including qualifying for Provincials multiple times. Although he was involved in many other sports during his teenage years, he decided to try coaching at an early age. The first group he ever coached blossomed with talent and his athletes won medals at almost every single meet they attended. Ever since, he has had the pleasure to work with hundreds of athletes who have all shown a great deal of improvement and posted incredible results. 

Following North Bay, Brandon began coaching in Aurora with Ducks Swimming while he was in college. He later moved back to North Bay to further his education and took on the role of Assistant Head Coach. After a couple years of producing Provincial medalists and gaining wonderful experience, he returned to Ducks Swimming; this time in his first Head Coach role with the Stouffville Swim Club. In a few seasons, he built that team from single digits to over 50 members and had athletes winning medals on both the Provincial and National stage. 

Prior to arriving in Belleville, he was the Head Coach of the Collingwood Clippers Swim Club. Within the first two years, the small town swim team grew to over 100 members. In their tiny pool, he managed to lead the team to victory at many competitions and his athletes broke almost every single club record! In his last season he produced over half a dozen Provincial qualifiers, a few Age Group National qualifiers and a couple Eastern Canadian qualifiers, plus five athletes attended Ontario Summer Games. Over the quadrennial he spent with the Collingwood Clippers, he accomplished success at every level including multiple Provincial medalists and National finalists. 

Brandon has been involved with quite a few camps in Ontario and placed athletes on many different tour teams at the Regional, Provincial and National level. He was also the Head Coach of the Huronia Region at the 2010 Ontario Summer Games, part of the Ontario Swim Coaches Committee and Regional Director of the Eastern Ontario Region. He is working on finalizing his NCCP Senior Coach certification. In addition to coaching, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family. His spouse, Lauren, was a swimmer in North Bay and his children, Emery, Olive and Grady enjoy swimming more than any other activity (even their dog, Keeda, loves the water)! 

Rick Haskin

Senior Assistant / Age Group Coach

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Rick has been a Skills certified swim coach since 2003 and has been coaching with the BYST ever since. He has coached at swim meets up to the provincial level and hopes to pass some of his knowledge on to the age group swimmers .

Nikki Cairns

Jr. BYST Coach

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Amy Sommerville

Jr. BYST Coach

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Thomas Butler

Jr. BYST Coach

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Jenna O'Neill

Jr. BYST Coach

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Board of Directors

Rob Mullowney

President

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Tim Terrington

Vice President

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Terry Van Bakel

Treasurer

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Carrie West

Registrar

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Daryl Coe

Assistant Treasurer

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Nicole Isbester

Member at Large

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Debbie Cairns

Member at Large

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Meaghan Redden

Secretary

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