Head Coach-HP Gold
For the past eight years, Darren has
been the Head Coach of the Scarborough Swim Club, where he was
instrumental in tripling its competitive membership during his
tenure and bringing recognition to the club due to his respected
connections within the coaching community. Prior to
Scarborough, Darren held Head Coaching positions at the Saskatoon
Lasers and South Western Aquatic clubs. He was also the
Assistant Head Coach at the Mississauga Aquatic Club. Darren has a
demonstrated ability to develop large swim programs from the
fundamental level to the National and International level.
Prior to coaching, Darren was an
accomplished swimmer, most notably representing Canada in two
consecutive Olympic Games in 1988 and 1992 and holding a place as
World Cup Champion in 1992. He is a former Canadian and
Commonwealth Games Record Holder in the 100 I.M. & 200 I.M and
ranked number one in the world in the short course 200 I.M. and 400
I.M. in 1992.
Assistant Head Coach-Gold
Laurence joins our club from the United Kingdom. For the past 2 years, he coached for the Bolton Metro and helped them achieve the most improved program in the North West of England for the past 2 season. Laurence has coached multiple county, regional and national medallists and has had his swimmers selected for England's national talent program for the past 5 seasons. In 2016, he had his most successful season where he coached 15 swimmers to the British National Championships achieving 11 Medals and a top 5 finish in the top age group club.
Laurence was a national standard swimmer until the age of 18. At that time, he took a 2 year coaching apprenticeship and became passionate about coaching the next generation of accomplished swimmers!
Laurence visited Canada in 2016 as part of his ongoing coaching education and was a participant at the Canadian Coaches Conference in Toronto. At that time, he spent his time visiting some of the top senior swimming programs in Ontario.
Laurence is a results driven, straight talking Yorkshire-man and a great motivator. He believes in creating a positive team environment with relentless consistency. His motto: "What can we do today to make us better than yesterday"
Age Group Coach-Silver 1/ Gold 2
Glen is a former college swimmer who has returned to the sport as a coach. He began swimming in London, Ontario at the age of 6 with the London Aquatic Club. He swam at LAC for 13 years, three of them as a National Qualifier. He was Junior National Champion in 1996 in the 1500 free. Glen received a swimming scholarship to St. John’s University in New York City, where he swam in the NCAA Division 1 for four years while studying Business. He was Team Captain in his senior year.
Glen began his coaching career with McGill University Masters Swimming, coaching there for four seasons and producing Provincial and National record holders. He has been in charge of the program for the last two years, while also serving as the Assistant Coach for the McGill University varsity swim team. Glen is currently completing his CAC Level 1 certification and is excited to continue his coaching education. He is looking forward to working with young up and coming swimmers and growing with Markham Aquatic Club.
Age Group Coach-Silver 2/Bronze 2
Lev’s desire to be a competitive swim coach started when
he was working with local swim schools and helping swimmers achieve
their goals in all avenues. He is passionate about coaching
competitive swimming and helping swimmers achieve well roundedness,
efficiency in all four competitive strokes, developing a strong
kick and encourages the swimmers to be a student of the sport.
He is excited to be apart of the Markham Aquatic Club family and
believes swimming is a great sport that develops sportsmanship,
encourages team involvement, self discipline, builds self
confidence and provides individual growth.
"I believe our job as a coach is to help our young athletes to
develop into the best version of themselves. We hope that they will
develop into exceptional individuals during their time with the
club, and during their journey will also reach all their goals as
student athletes. I will teach the swimmers that working hard and
doing the right work can be an exciting and fun process, which will
help with their development in all areas of their life."
Lev is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in
Engineering at York University and has completed NCCP Coaching