Coaches & Directors




Our coaches are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.


Coaching Staff

Mark Chantaj




2019/2020 will be Mark’s 7th season with the Mantas and 4th as Head Coach. He is a “301 Trained” Coach and is working towards completing his certification. He has an Honors Degree in Physical Education with a specialty in movement studies and a Graduate Diploma of Education.


Coach Mark insists on taking a teaching approach while on deck and is adamant young swimmers should be taught the ‘how/what/when/where/why’ of all their competitive swimming strokes & skills. By doing this, he’s confident they’ll develop good habits and a tough mindset that will translate to success in their development beyond their age group swimming years.


Coach Mark loves to travel and if he’s not coaching in Fort McMurray he’s off exploring the world. He’s a proud supporter of all Toronto sport franchises…and yes, that includes the Toronto Maple Leafs!


Alanna Huffman





I was born in British Columbia where I swam for both the Prince George Barracuda Swim Club and the Williams Lake Blue Fins. I have enjoyed the water ever since I was young. I Moved to Fort McMurray when I was 13 and swam with the Mantas for 3 years. I couldn’t give up the pool completely so I became a lifeguard and taught swimming lessons for 4 years. Since then I have graduated from Keyano College with my Early Learning and Child Care Certificate. I spend my days as a preschool teacher and coaching for the Mantas and I enjoy every minute of it!

Kim Norris



As a swimmer of the Fort McMurray Swim Club at its inception over 40 years ago, there is a big place in my heart for the clubs continued success and accomplishment. I was blessed with great coaches when I swam to National level and am so excited to be coaching the Mini Mantas this year and helping Coach Jo take over the Manta Swim School. My philosophy is to coach swimmers to work and play in a fair manner, to help them set and work hard to achieve challenging goals, and to do THEIR best and BE their best in everything they do.



Jo Young

MANTA Swim School Coordinator


Coach Jo is in her second year as the swim school coordinator.  Coach Jo is no stranger to the pool.  She was a competitive swimmer for 12 years and her favorite race was the 200 fly!!! She then went on to coach for 20 years in Kitimat, BC prior to moving to Fort McMurray.   Coach Jo passed on her love for swimming to her children, with all 3 children participating in competitive swimming, one at the national level.  Coach Jo is well versed in the life of a swimming parent!!

Coach Jo's goal for the MSS program is to inspire in all the kids a great love for the sport of swimming.  But not just the sport.......... also the sportsmanship, teamplay and the friendships that will last for years.  Lessons learned in the pool can be put into your every day life.  You can succeed at anything you try, it only takes a little hard work and its a lot of fun along the way.   

Coach Jo can not wait to get to know all of her little swimmers again this year.