Head Coach & HP Group Coach
Nathan is very excited to be returning to the Olympian Swim
Club as head coach of the club this season! Coach Nathan is no
stranger to the pool decks in Edmonton, having spent fourteen years
training and competing at regional, provincial and national level
events as a former swimmer, first with OSC and then with the
Alberta Golden Bears.
After swimming as a Golden Bear at the U of A for three years,
Nathan completed a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (majoring
in coaching studies) from the University of Alberta. He is
currently completing the thesis of his Master of Arts degree in
coaching studies from the University of Alberta. Nathan has
coached for a number of swimming organizations in Edmonton,
including a three-year role as the head coach of the Steadward
Bears Para Swim Team and two years with the University of Alberta
Golden Bears and Pandas. His success as a coach has translated into
many of his swimmers reaching national levels. His hard work and
dedication to the athletes has also resulted in swimmers qualifying
for international teams.
Nathan, who has NCCP Level 3 (Comp/Dev.) certification, has a
coaching philosophy that focuses on determining a clear purpose for
the many aspects of training and competing, while considering the
needs and perspectives of athlete’s in every stage of
decision making. He believes that for athletes to make the most of
their training, there needs to be attention and understanding to
all the aspects of their lives. By working with the swimmers and
bringing them in on the decisions regarding their training, Nathan
believes that their performance in and out of the water
improves. He is a firm believer that understanding the
individual needs of his swimmers is the basis for a good
partnership and that the partnership between the swimmer and the
coach is the cornerstone to success in the water.
As the head coach of OSC, Nathan intends on providing the club
with a clear vision that includes creating a culture of team
cohesion that supports individual and team success. His passion for
swimming and his enthusiasm as a coach are readily evident and he
is looking forward to seeing everyone on the pool deck for a great
season of swimming.
Performance Blue & Assistant Head Coach
With more than 26 years of coaching experience, all in the
Edmonton area, Coach Lesley is back on deck for another year with
the Olympian Swim Club. This year, as well as being the OSC
Performance Blue Group Coach, she is taking on the role of
assistant head coach for the club as well.
Lesley is a certified level two coach and continues to pursue
further education in her chosen field by continually updating her
education with courses and books. She is working on attaining her
competitions coach certification. Outside of her work with the
performance group, she has been selected to represent Team Alberta
as a coach more than 10 times and has served as a stroke coach for
the Prospects West and the North/South Swim Camps.
Lesley’s hard work and success with swimmers primarily at the
14 and under level has led to her swimmers to achieving provincial
and national level success consistently over the years. It is her
belief that age group swimmers should excel in all four strokes and
have great technique. She is a strong believer in hard work
producing awesome results which allows all swimmers to achieve
their goals. Lesley's aim, as always, for the upcoming season is to
help all her swimmers reach their swimming potential while enjoying
When not on deck, Lesley enjoys her time spent with
husband Troy, and two sons; Tyler and Shane as well as her two
dogs. We are looking forward to hearing her loud familiar whistle,
in all its pitches, as she goes about her coaching duties.
Performance White Coach
The Olympian Swim Club is thrilled to welcome OSC Alumni Kristan
Kushlyk back to the club. Kristan swam competitively with our club
from 2002 to 2012. She then went on to swim for the University of
Alberta Pandas from 2012 to 2017. During her time as a competitive
swimmer, she made Olympic Trials twice and competed at the senior
national level from 2009 to 2017. As a coach, she is NCCP Level 1
Certified and has four years of coaching experience under her belt
including three seasons with the HUMA summer club.
As a graduate of the University of Alberta, Kristan holds a BSC
Biological Science degree that she received in 2017, as well as
being a BA honors student in molecular anthropology. While her
education goal is to earn her doctorate, she is hoping to give back
to OSC after having such a great experience competing for the club.
Welcome back Kristan.
Age Group Performance Blue Coach
The Olympian Swim Club welcomes back Colleen Marchese who will
be the Age Group Performance Blue Coach for the 2017-18 season.
Colleen has been a part of the swimming community in Edmonton for
the past 37 years. She has experienced the sport from many
levels, and from many different perspectives, beginning as a
competitive swimmer from 1980 to 1997 and evolving into an age
group coach, parent official, club administrator, team manager, and
Swim Alberta coach developer as well as spending two years as the
Head Coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas
Swim Teams. As a Level 3 certified coach and learning facilitator,
Colleen is now focusing her coaching efforts on passing on what she
has learned and experienced. Colleen is excited to start her
second year with the coaching staff of the Olympian Swim Club and
hopes she can pass on her passion for the sport of swimming to the
young swimmers of the next generation.
Lori Layne Kremer
Age Group Performance White Coach
Lori is very excited to be back at Olympian Swim Club and to
experience the coaching side of swimming. She
began her competitive swim career at the Olympian Swim Club almost
20 years ago. For thirteen years she wore the blue
and white colors with pride as she
competed in the United States, receiving a scholarship from
Arizona State University where she competed for the Division 1
School for four years.
She has a passion for
the sport and can't wait to be back at the pool every day.
Her favorite thing to focus on is making sure the
kids have a strong technical base and understanding for the
She believes that the
determination and effort that swimmers learn to put into the sport
at a young age are terrific life skills that shape
them for their futures. Lastly, she wants everyone to have fun,
love the sport as much as she does, and become the best humans
they can be!
Satellite Pool Mentor Coach
The Olympian Swim Club is
pleased to welcome Brian McGrath to our swim family as the mentor
coach, to work with the coaching staff and club. Brian is a NCCP
Level 2 certified coach and comes to our club with 20 years of
coaching experience at all levels, from high schools, to club
swimming, to NCAA universities.
Originally from Columbia,
PA in the US, he began his career as a coach at Juniata
College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (PA). He then moved to teach at
the Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster PA, where he took
over the swimming program, and from there it was on to Edmonton as
a National Team Assistant coach with Keyano.
Brian admits his swimming
career started late but he did quite well at Franklin and Marshall
College in Lancaster, PA where he is still listed on the all-time
top 10 list in two events (1650 Free and 1000 free. From that
point he gravitated to triathlons, where he competed in the Ironman
in both 2005 and 2007.
Brian has a BA (of
Business Administration) from Franklin and Marshall College
(Lancaster, PA), a Bachelor of Education from Juniata College
(Huntingdon, PA), and a Masters in Education from Wilkes University
(Wilkes-Barre University, PA).
As the new mentor coach,
Brian hopes share his experiences, provide guidance, and be on hand
to assist our coaching staff in all areas, and is looking forward
to starting with the club in September.
On a more personal note,
Brian is hoping to run in the Boston Marathon again but this time
with his wife Sara, and then again in 20 years with his kids,
Patrick, Ciara, and Rylynn.
Scona Head Coach (JAG & OW Coach)
The Olympian Swim Club is pleased to welcome OSC alumni Victoria Lovsin to our coaching family. Victoria swam five years with OSC and three years with the University of Alberta Pandas. She is NCCP Level 1 certified and has spent the past three years coaching summer club swimming (most recently with the Derrick Devil Rays). Currently in her fourth year at the University of Alberta, where she is studying nutrition and food science, Victoria will be coaching the Scona OW group this fall. She is super excited to be assuming a new role with OSC and hopes to share her love of swimming with her group and encourage them to do great things.
Scona JOW Coach
Jorgen Klein is returning
to the OSC family, but this time out as a JOW coach for the Scona
pool. Jorgen has been coaching the Mini O’s for the past
three seasons and is moving up to coach in our competitive program.
A former summer club swimmer (13 years with the Killam Cyclones and
the Camrose Sea Serpents), Jorgen is now Swimming 101 and NCCP
certified. When not on deck attending to coaching duties, Jorgen
can be found at the U of A where he is entering her fourth year as
a student of political science. With a strong foundation in sports
and a desire to teach, Jorgen hopes to pass on a love and
appreciation of the sport of swimming to our youngest competitive
Fountain Park Head Coach (JAG Coach)
The Olympian Swim Club welcomes Agnieszka Howat as the new coach
for the JAG group, and the head coach at the Fountain Park Pool.
Agnieszka grew up in Poland where she swam competitively for 12
years before moving to Canada and competing at the national level
for an additional two years. Staying in the swim community, she
then went on to coach at the Keyano Swim Club for six years at the
provincial level. Along with her husband Nathan, she is raising two
teenagers (one of whom swam for the OSC) and she has spent the past
seven years with our club as a pool parent, chaperone, and swim
official. Agnieszka has her level two coaching certification, and
has been a massage therapist for the past 19 years. Her goal is for
the swimmers to enjoy this great sport of swimming as it teaches
much more than just swimming. It teaches self discipline,
perseverance, commitment, and confidence. Always dream big and
work hard so you can become the best you can be. Never quit even
though life may have many obstacles.
OW Fountain Park Coach
The Olympian Swim Club
welcomes back another alumni as Berkley Nolan takes on the duties
of the OW group at Fountain Park. Berkley swam for more than 10
years with the Olympians before going on to the University of South
Dakota where she graduated with a bachelor of Science degree,
majoring in medical biology. Through her swimming career, she has
taken advantage of many opportunities to volunteer coach numerous
groups and ages as well has coaching the Special Olympics team in
Vermillon, South Dakota. Berkley loves all manner of sports and is
a huge Disney fan. In taking a break from academic studies to
coach with the club, Berkley hopes her swimmers gain confidence in
the water as their skills develop. This confidence will hopefully
carry over into all aspects of the swimmers lives.
Fountain Park Pool JOW Coach
The Olympian Swim Club welcomes Julia Lema as the new JOW coach. Julia spent six years as a competitive swimmer and has two years as a triathlete. She holds an NCCP Level 1 Certification and is currently completing her Level 2. Coach Julia comes to our club with four years of coaching experience with the St. Albert Sailfish. She also has two and a half years of coaching experience with the Steadward Bears Para Swim Team. She is currently the Head Coach of the Steadward Bears Para Swim Team!
Add to that a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree concentrating on adapted physical activity, and you can see why Coach Julia will bring a wealth of expertise in body motion and range to her group. As an advocate for physical fitness and as an inspiration to her swimmers, Julia is hoping to complete a Half Ironman triathlon next summer.
Terwillegar Head Coach (JAG & OW Coach)
The OSC family welcomes Coach Jasmin Hillman to the
Terwillegar pool as the JAG and OW coach. Coach Jasmin joins our
club with five years of coaching experience; most recently as the
assistant head coach and dryland coordinator for the Silver Tide
Swim Club. Coach Jasmin comes to us with a Level 1
coaching certification, and is currently working on her Level 2
certification. She also has a Resistance Training certification
through the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association.
Prior to coaching, Jasmin swam competitively for seven years
with the Silver Tide Swim Club. It was during that time that she
developed a passion for the sport which she hopes to pass on to the
swimmers she coaches.
Terwillegar JOW Coach
Terwillegar pool will be seeing a familiar face this fall as Loubna
Cherifa-Laaouad is back as the Terwillegar JOW coach. Coach Loubna
grew up in Montreal and swam competitively for many years. When her
competitive career was over, it was off to university but she never
really left swimming. After graduating from the U of A with a
double major in sociology and psychological sciences, Coach Loubna
came back to swimming and will be passing on her knowledge and love
of the sport to the kids she will be teaching. She hopes that the
Terwillegar kids will love swimming as much as she does. She
strongly believes that swimmers must create a balance between
discipline, hard work, and fun to succeed. Her motto is if it feels
tough … you are doing it right.
Mini O's Program Director
Lindsey is back with the Olympian Swim Club for the 2017-18 swim
season in the roles of Team Administrator and Mini O's program
director. Lindsey is no stranger to our club as she is the creator
of the wildly successful Mini O’s program. Since its
inception, it has grown to now have more than 200 swimmers
participating in the program each year. As the driving force behind
the program, Lindsey is gratified to see the young swimmers grow to
love the sport and be able, by the completion of the program, to
swim all four strokes as well as have a good understanding of both
dives and turns.
Lindsey is no stranger to the sport having been involved in the
swimming community for the past 16 years. After four years
coaching with other clubs, Lindsey joined the OSC family in 2007
and spent her first two years as a JOW coach. She
attended the University of Alberta and obtained her Bachelor of
Physical Education and returned to school to obtain her
diploma in massage therapy from Grant MacEwan University. As a registered massage therapist, the club
and the swimmers know they can count on Lindsey to be on hand
to help the swimmers on deck during competitions with any
needs them may have.
Lindsey is well known and influential within the OSC and Alberta
swimming communities and is very excited to be involved with
the club in the upcoming season.