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Your experienced team of swim coaches are here to support your needs. We are committed to offering a fun competitive environment for all swimmers, of all ages.  If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting and other swimming related needs please contact one of the coaches. We would be more than happy to assist you.  If you have any questions related to club administration such as safety or policy issues please contact one of the Hyack Swim Club board at board@hyack.com    On behalf of all the Hyack Swim Coaches, we look forward to serving your swim needs.

Kind regards

Coaching Staff

Mark Bottrill

Head Coach

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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 potential. 

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.

Andrew Lennstrom

Assistant Head Coach

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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.

Frici Laszlo

CCAC Head Coach

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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 coach.

 

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 Championships.

Siobhan Newell

CCAC Regional, 13& over Provincial

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Alex Duguay

CGP Regional and 13 & over Provincial

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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.

Emily Williams

CGP Olympic Way & Grassroots

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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.

Nicole Cossey

CCAC LMR 11-13, Grassroots 1 & 2

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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.

Shannon Key

CGP Grassroots, OW

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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.