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Coaching Staff

Murray Drudge

Head Coach

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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.

Eduardo Toro

Assistant Head Coach

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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 Olympics.

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 conference records.

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

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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.

Tommaso Panizza

Coach: NatDev 1 & NatDev 2

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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.

 

Kwesi Kwarko-Fosu

Assistant Coach:NatDev1 & NatDev 2

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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 finesse.

 

Steve Downs

Coach: Provincial 1A & Provincial 1B

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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.

Sarah Steinke

Coach-Provincial 3

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Tracy Kosinski

Coach: Provincial 2 North, Intro 6

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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.
 

Kashyap Gosai

Coach: Provincial 2 South

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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.

Andrew Chan

Coach: Senior 1 & Senior 2

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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!

Laura Watts

Coach: Senior 2, Junior 2 & Intro 2, 8

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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 Psychology.

Taylor Elizabeth Ostrander

Coach: Senior 3, Junior 4 & Intro 3

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Jocelyn Langballe

Coach: Junior 3 & Intro 4

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Stefanie Bosnyak

Coach: -Intro 7

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"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 to come!”

Mike Bosnyak

Cotrach: Intro 1

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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 responder. 

Heather Bruce

Waves co-ordinator

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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: 

Tereza Macel

Coach: TriSwim/Masters

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Henrietta Dorogi

Coach: Intro 5

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Andrew MacDonald

Coach: Senior, Tri/Masters

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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.