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PARKLAND LEADERSHIP

The coaching philosophy of the Parkland Pirates highlight the importance of developing work ethic, mastering skills, becoming self-reliant, while over coming the fear of failure in a fun, safe, & challenging environment. 

Coaching Staff

Ryan MacDonald

Head Coach

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Coach Ryan MacDonald has an adaptive coaching style that allows him to prepare student-athletes for success in the pool and in life.  His athlete-centered philosophy stresses the importance of hard work, mastery, self-reliance, and the mental strength to overcome the fear of failure. Coach Ryan’s swimmers are seen as leaders, positive role models to younger swimmers and are characterized by their commitment to excellence, being selfless teammates, and contributors to improving the sport of swimming.

 

Armed with 20 years of experience coaching children of all ages and abilities, aided with his prior military service, Ryan a solid perspective towards preparing athletes for a success.  Throughout the years, he has coached a championship swimmer in every stroke and distance--to include Open Water.  A number of swimmers he has developed have gone on to swim in College/University in the US and Canada. 

 

Much of Ryan's coaching career has been spent with recognized USA-S teams of Excellence such as: Sierra Marlins in Calf., Marlins Of Raleigh, and New Wave Swim Team of North Carolina; as well as, coaching high school teams and developmental teams along the way.  Coach Ryan holds a B.S. in Sport and Health Science and is a Level 3 certified—level 5 educated—member of the American Swim Coaches Association. 

 

Ryan lives in Edmonton with his bride of 23 years and their three children.

Dakota Kasper

Coach

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Coach Dakota has been coaching with the Pirates for over eight seasons and grew up swimming in the Spruce Grove Area.  Dozens of Coach Dakota’s  swimmers have progressed into the Provincial Level under his guidance and prepared many others to transition to the next level, with former swimmers qualifying for Canadian Westerns and Canadian Junior Nationals. Dakota 

Coach Dakota received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta—majored in Finance minored in Business Law—and is currently pursuing the CFA designation.  When Dakota is not Coaching he works part-time for Quantum Advisory Inc., a Business Valuation Firm in Edmonton.  Dakota's passion for swimming can be easily recognized by watching him Coach. Swimmers tend to bring every emotion out during practice.  

Alisa Fald

Coach

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Board of Directors

Kathleen Fossen

President

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Nynke Vermue

Vice President

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Deanna Curry

Secretary

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Lori McCrimmon

Treasure

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Beata Wagner

Team Manager

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