Now entering his 19th season with NYAC, Murray Drudge continues
to produce national and international swimmers. During 2013, Murray
was also named as the men’s coach for the Canada Games 2013
in Sherbrooke, as well as assistant coach for the World Junior
Championships held in Dubai. He is considered to be one of the best
club coaches in Canada.
Murray has received numerous awards and accolades for his
coaching. Most recently, one of his National group swimmers, Teddy
Kalp, competed at the World Junior Championships. In 2006 Murray
was awarded the High Performance Coach of the Year for Julia
Wilkinson's amazing performance that year.
Murray began coaching with the Scarborough Swim Club in 1978
with their 12-under program. For four years he developed a
passion for the sport and decided to make coaching his profession
of choice. In 1982 Murray was hired by NYAC for an age group
position by head coach Mark Temple. In 1985 Murray was
offered the opportunity to coach under the world renowned head
coach, Paul Bergen, with Etobicoke Swim Club. During the
1980s, Etobicoke Swim Club was considered to be the best club
program in the world at the time.
After ten years of apprenticeship, Murray moved to the Regina
Optimist Dolphins in 1988 as their new head coach. The RODs had a
fledgling program and provided the perfect opportunity for someone
intent on making a name for himself to excel. After three
years under Murray’s leadership, the club won the National
Age Group title and held this honour for three years as the
strongest 17 & under Canadian program.
NYAC continues to produce exceptional swimmers at all levels
that thrive in the competitive environment. Murray’s swimmers
often represent Canada on international teams. Recently, Teddy Kalp
was a team member at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii
and Michelle Williams was on the Senior B team tour to the US
Nationals in Indianapolis.
Assistant Head Coach
Eddie was born in Paraguay, South America, and started swimming
when he was 6 years old. He has been swimming competitively
at the International level until this year, and only retired from
swimming in 2012 after attempting to qualify for the 2012 London
Eddie reached the international level for the junior national
Canadian team and the senior Paraguay national team, placing
5th at the 2012 South American Games swimming for
Paraguay. He also placed 6th in the 200 IM at the
2005 Junior Pan Pacific Chamionships.
Eddie swam under the leadership of NYAC’s current head
coach, Murray Drudge, from 2003-06, and on and off throughout his
university career from 2006-10. During his time as a NYAC swimmer,
Eddie was very successful, qualifying for many provincial and
junior national team trips, and posting some of his best swims.From
2006-12 Eddie swam for Oakland University, Michigan, on an NCAA
Division 1 scholarship, and holds the 200IM and 400IM school and
Eddie’s goal this year is to assist coaches in
communicating with NYAC athletes on the clearest and most accurate
information about “how to swim fast”. Eddie believes in
creating a coach-swimmer environment that will produce the optimum
swimming performance. As an athlete, Eddie feels he was able to
reach his maximum potential by making the most of the information
given to him by his coaches. Eddie hopes to be able to pass on that
knowledge and expertise to NYAC swimmers this year.
Guillermo (Billy) Toro
Coach: NatDev 3
This is Billy’s 4th year coaching with NYAC. Billy started
coaching with NYAC in 2010 after an illustrious swimming career
with the club. He joined NYAC in 2003, moving up through the
various group levels before joining head coach Murray
Drudge’s National group in 2008.
Born in Paraguay, Billy has chosen to be a NYAC coach because he
loves the challenge of a new season and the challenge of each
practice. He particularly enjoys working in a team
environment with the swimmers and helping each person discover how
to be the best he or she can be.
Billy coached Intro groups from 2010 to 2013.
Coach: NatDev 1 & NatDev 2
After 10 seasons as an age group coach across Italy, coach
Tommaso “Tom” Panizza has decided to move to Canada to
try this new adventure in the exciting context of the Canadian
swimming, bringing his experience and his enthusiasm into this
environment. Coach Tom has been coached by coaches with Olympic
experiences, and from these experts and tough coaches he learned
the discipline, the attitude to sacrifice and the value of the hard
work. For these reasons, and for his determined temperament, he
truly believes in hard work, with intense workouts based on
discipline and respect, building the group victories on the
everyday efforts of the singles.
Assistant Coach:NatDev1 & NatDev 2
Kwesi has been a swimmer with NYAC since 2007, and has brought a
positive attitude and high spirits to NYAC during the time he has
been involved. After Kwesi stopped swimming competitively
with NYAC in 2010, he stayed involved with the club by volunteering
as an assistant with the Youth group coach, Suzy Simonetti. He
still continued to swim for York Mills Collegiate Institute, where
his leadership took his team to an OFSAA Championship.
Kwesi also excels in running, where he led his Cross Country
team to another OFSAA Championship. During his graduating year in
2012, he was named Swimming MVP, Cross Country MVP, and Track and
Field MVP. He was also given the OFSAA Leadership Award, and
ultimately, Athlete of the Year.
This is Kwesi’s 5th year coaching with NYAC. Kwesi has
worked with various levels, from Waves Swimmers to Provincial-Level
Swimmers. He is also one of the NYAC coaches for the Swimtec Summer
Camps. Kwesi focuses on hard work and consistency, as he
teaches his swimmers to train with diligence and compete with
Coach: Provincial 1A & Provincial 1B
Steve Downs has over 22 years of coaching experience, the past
two years with NYAC. Previously he coached at the Scarborough Swim
Club and prior to that, he coached with numerous clubs throughout
the province, including Markham Aquatic Club, Nepean Kanata
Barracudas, Ducks Swimming, Trent Swim Club and the Windsor Aquatic
Club. Steve has coached all of levels of swimmers from
beginner to national qualifier. Prior to coaching, Steve was
a provincial level swimmer with the Windsor Aquatic Club.
Steve believes very strongly in goal setting and preparation. He
believes the process of understanding one’s strengths and
weaknesses and turning those weaknesses into strengths is the most
effective way to improve. Steve also believes that
understanding him or herself allows the athlete to get the most out
of each and every workout.
Steve is looking forward to helping all NYAC swimmers attain
their utmost potential both as swimmers and as people.
Coach: Provincial 2 North, Intro 6
Tracy has turned her passion and drive for swimming as a young
girl into a coaching career. She began swimming competitively when
she was 5 years old and before she was 10, she held the 10-under 50
Fly short course NYAC record for over 20 years. Tracy’s
records continued to mount over the years and included numerous
provincial records for agegroup 11/12; attending several tour teams
with top Ontario swimmers aged 11/12; winning two high point
trophies at Top Cup aged 11/12 and 13/14; and holding various
provincial records for individual and relay teams aged 11-13.
At age 13, Tracy made the national team. She also won Ontario
champs twice aged 11-13.
Tracy moved her swimming efforts from the water to the pool deck
as a NYAC coach from 1992-94. She then became a paralegal and held
various legal jobs before working for the Department of Justice for
ten years. Tracy’s passion for swimming called her back
to coaching in 2009 when she returned to NYAC. Since that time
Tracy has coached the Waves, Intro and Junior groups.
Coach: Provincial 2 South
This is Kashyap’s fourth year coaching with NYAC. During
the 2012-2013 season Kashyap coached the Intro 8 & Junior North
group at Northview SS, and before that he began working as an
assistant coach with NYAC in November 2010.
Kashyap brings with him a wealth of swimming knowledge. He started
working in aquatics with the City of Toronto in 2001. Kashyap has
graduated with several degrees, including an Honours Bachelor of
Science in Life Science at the University of Toronto, Master of
Science in Kinesiology & Health Science at York University,
Master of Management of Innovation at the University of Toronto,
and most recently, an Honours Bachelor of Arts at York University
in which he successfully completed the Fitness Assessment &
Exercise Counselling certificate program, thus earning the
designation of Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) through the
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP).
Kashyap aspires to use his thorough background in life sciences and
kinesiology to promote healthy and active living, fitness, and
exercise to complement his coaching background to help produce the
next generation of athletes.
Coach: Senior 1 & Senior 2
This is Andrew’s second year coaching the Senior East
group for NYAC. Andrew was a member of the Canadian National
Team from 1997 to 1999 for the 100m and 200m breaststroke. In
1997, he competed at the Pan Pacific Games in Fukuoka, Japan.
He also came 3rd, 6th and 7th at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the 400m Medley Relay, 100m and 200m
Breaststroke respectively. In 1999, he placed 3rd and 4th in
the 400yd Medley Relay and 100m Breaststroke at the NCAA Division I
Championships in Auburn, Texas.
Andrew began coaching in 2003 with the York Swim Club. After
a year and half of coaching, Andrew left York and continued his
studies. He graduated from the University of California,
Berkeley in Integrative Biology in 2006 and from the Canadian
Memorial Chiropractic College in 2011 where he became a registered
Chiropractor. Later that year, he also became a Certified Strength
and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2012, Andrew
returned to coaching with NYAC.
Andrew is happy to coach such a wonderful group of swimmers and he
is looking forward to a fun and successful season!
Coach: Senior 2, Junior 2 & Intro 2, 8
This is Laura’s sixth season with NYAC. Laura swam in
Murray Drudge’s national group for a few years before
transitioning into a coach. Laura loves working with younger
children, because she says that’s where she can see the most
overall improvement, share in their excitement and become a major
influence in their development as a swimmer.
Laura holds an advanced diploma in business marketing and is
currently finishing her last semester at York University in
Taylor Elizabeth Ostrander
Coach: Senior 3, Junior 4 & Intro 3
Coach: Junior 3 & Intro 4
Coach: -Intro 7
"Stefanie is starting her first year as a NYAC swim coach and
could not be happier! She has worked for the city of Toronto for
the past 5 years as a Lifeguard and Swim instructor and is ready to
take on a new learning experience of being a swim coach. She loves
to interact and work with kids and hopes to one day have a career
that involves working with kids on a day to day basis. Outside of
swimming, Stefanie enjoys to live a healthy and active lifestyle
and hopes to encourage to everyone else that living a healthy
balanced lifestyle is important to a happy life. She's super
excited to start the upcoming season and is ready for a great year
Cotrach: Intro 1
Mike has been a coach with NYAC since 2016. He started out
coaching Waves during the 2016-17 season and is now coaching at the
Intro level. Mike comes from City of Toronto Aquatics, where
he has been a swim instructor, lifeguard and pool manager since
2011. He has taught a wide range of swimmers, ranging from
preschool all the way up to adults. He also currently studies at
York University, where he is in his last year of Kinesiology &
Health Studies. On his spare time, Mike pursues his passion for
emergency medical services, where he volunteers with St. John
Ambulance and Toronto Paramedic Services as an emergency medical
Heather has been coaching with NYAC since 2012. She has
coached many of the competitive groups and has had the pleasure of
meeting so many families and athletes of all ages. Heather
can be seen out on the pool decks around the city mentoring the
Waves coaches ensuring that a high quality program is being
delivered to the groups and that all of the swimmers needs and
learning styles are being met. Heather’s background is
in Psychology and Early Childhood Education and she specializes
working with the youngest of swimmers. In addition to being
the Waves Co-Ordinator and Staff Trainer, Heather coaches running
and in July is outside of the pool leading groups of young runners
through the trails of Glendon training them to complete an Aquathon
in the summers for NYAC. A competitive swimmer herself, she
trains with the NYAC Tri/Masters team and is currently ranks in the
top 5 of her age group in Canada for freestyle and
breaststroke. NYAC is a big part of her family, her two
children swim in competitive groups and her husband joins her on
the Tri/Masters Team.
Heather would be happy to answer any questions regarding the
Waves program and/or the Tri/Masters program:
Coach: Intro 5
Coach: Senior, Tri/Masters
Prior to working with the North York Aquatic Club, Andrew was
the Assistant Head Coach for the Toronto Swim Club (TSC). After
taking over that role in 2000, Andrew’s leadership helped TSC
grow from a small community club of 30 members into one of the top
swim clubs in Canada with membership approaching 300. Over
Andrew’s fifteen-year coaching career, he has coached
athletes to become national champions, national record holders and
onto National teams. In addition to his role with the Toronto Swim
Club, Andrew also placed many swimmers on Canadian national and
provincial teams at various competitions. As a former
competitive swimmer, Andrew is a multi-national medalist and Canada
Games record holder.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas
Christian University. Andrew is also a member of Coaches of Canada.
In addition, Andrew coaches at the Swim Toronto for the past 17
years. As the current assistant coach, he is responsible for
design and implementation of the swim program catering to
master’s swimmers and elite triathletes.