Mark Bottrill has been the Head Coach
and Director of Swimming for Hyack since 1999 and a professional
coach since 1987. For the 2015-2016 season he was named to the SNC
High Performance Selected Coach Group. He was named a National Team
Coach for the 2011 Pan Am Games and a personal coach for two major
international competitions, including the 2000 Olympics in Sydney,
Australia. Mark is active in the BC Swim Coaches Association
serving as President several times. Mark also sits on the
Technical Advisory Committee which advises Swim BC on technical
issues related to provincial swimming matters.
Mark enjoys the swimming team
environment and helping swimmers to attain their maximum
As Director of Swimming he promotes a
team-coaching environment which utilizes the high skill level of
his fulltime professional coaching staff in regular practice
conditions. In this manner all coaches are involved at all levels,
in all different aspects of the program from the young developing
swimmers through to the senior group of the club.
"Hyack has the swimming pools, the
administrative support, the team coaching environment and the
financial backing to set our club apart in it’s ability to
attain swimming goals for all levels through to international
excellence". Mark and his family have been Lower Mainland
residents since 1992.
His qualifications include being a
graduate of the University of Alberta.
Assistant Head Coach
Andrew started his swimming career
with the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts swim club in Ontario where he
competed at the National Level before moving to BC to attend Simon
Fraser University in 1992.
His dedication to coaching started
in 1995 with the Lumby Lungbuster summer club and continued for the
next few years with summer maintenance programs for several clubs
in the lower mainland. He has also held coaching positions
with VPSC and Delta before settling
down with Hyack where he has coached since 2000 and was made
Assistant Head Coach in 2001. Andrew maintains coaching
duties of the Provincial and Youth groups while overseeing the
development of the Jr Provincial and Regional groups.
He enters the season very
optimistic about what the year will bring. " We are coming off a
very successful year that saw us become provincial champions for
the first time in over 30 years as well as achieving our Best
ranking in 10 years at the Age Group National and National
level. We are looking forward to the challenges of
taking our performances to the next level!".
His qualifications include
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration while competing
for the varsity program at the NAIA Championships from
1992-1997. He also holds Certified Coach Level II.
CCAC Head Coach
Frici has been a professional swim
coach since 1984. During his coaching career he has produced
numerous Age Group and Provincial Champions, had provincial record
holder swimmers. He was born in Budapest, Hungary where he attended
the Hungarian University for Physical Education and graduated with
a Masters Degree. As a young athlete, Frici was a four-time
Hungarian Senior Nationals Champion, Hungarian Age Group Nationals
Champion, and a member of the Hungarian National Team from
1974-1980. From 1989-2005 he was the head coach in Sopron, Hungary
which is a city near Vienna. After coming to Canada, he completed
NCCP's Level 3 Certificate and continued his life as a swim
Frici started his Canadian career in
Manitoba with the Selkirk Dolphins and Manitoba Marlins. Since 2008
Frici has been the CCAC Head Coach for HYACK. He believes that with
the habit of a regular and passionate work, improvement and success
will not stay long behind. He is motivating, compassionate, and
demanding, he brings extensive background to HYACK.
Frici has received the the Age Group
Coach of the Year 13 & Under Award from the British Columbia
Swim Coaches Association (BCSCA) in 2014.
In 2016 and most recently in 2017,
Frici was awarded the Age Group Coach of the Year 11 & Under
Award from the BCSCA.
He also has claimed the Development
Staff of the Year (2017) together with his colleagues. This
recognition is based on results achieved at the BC AA
CCAC Regional, 13& over Provincial
CGP Regional and 13 & over Provincial
Alex swam competitively for sixteen years which included various competitions at the provincial, national and collegiate levels. He swam with the Dollard swim club in Montreal before moving to Burnaby to swim for SFU.
His start in coaching was with the Elm Park swim team, a summer club in Montreal where he was head coach for three years. He was then head coach of the Burnaby Barracudas for three years and coached for the Surrey Knights swim club for a year. Alex is also a strength and conditioning intern at SFU where he works with various varsity teams in the weight room and on the field.
Alex is very excited about the new season where he can share his passion and knowledge of swimming with his swimmers to help them become the best athletes they can possibly be.
He has a B.Sc. in health sciences and holds his level 1 coaching certification.
CGP Olympic Way & Grassroots
Emily has been swimming competitively for six years; in the last two years of swimming she was fortunate enough to be part of the Hyack Swim Club. It was a natural progression for Emily to go from swimmer to coach as she feels at home when around the pool environment. Emily understands the role of proper training as she was sidelined with a shoulder injury prior to joining the Hyack Swim Club. Today, she has her Level I coaching, NLS and First Aid
certifications and continually strives to learn more by taking courses to make her a better coach both in technique as well as mental preparation. She is already planning to take her Level II certification from Swim BC. Emily is pursuing the Physical Education and Coaching Degree at Douglas College, and striving towards becoming an elementary school teacher. She is very excited to be working with the Grassroots 1 & 2 and the Olympic Way White, setting their skill foundation for their future success.
CCAC LMR 11-13, Grassroots 1 & 2
Nicole is a recent graduate from Simon Fraser University and has been swimming competitively for the past 17 years. She was a member of the SFU varsity swim team and is excited to coach with Hyack this season. She has experience swimming at the NCAA national championships where she reached All-American status.
CGP Grassroots, OW
Shannon started swimming when she was 5 years old. She began swimming summer club and transitioned into Winter club at 13. When she finished swimming she took on the role of coaching. Shannon has coached for the Mission Marlins Summer Club and Calgary Swimming as both a head and assistant coach. In 2014 she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary and is now working towards a Masters degree in Sports Administration. This is Shannon's second year with Hyack.