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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.
Coaching Staff

Jan Wahlen

Head Coach

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Hello Parents and athletes, my name is Jan Wahlen.  
I have been teaching grade 4 at Millgrove School in Spruce Grove for the past 6 years where I also help run the athletic program.  I have been coaching swimming for 26 years now both as a winter club coach and a summer coach and have NCCP level 301 coaching credentials.  I started swimming when I was 5 in the Okanagan as a summer club kid and moved on to winter swimming when I was a teanager ending up on the University of Victoria varsity team.  I have been to nationals and both as a swimmer and as a coach and love the sport of swimming as it has given me a lot of opportunities.  I am aso a certified Soccer, X-country ski and Archery coach.  I am looking forward to the upcoming season and look forward to not only being a Barracuda coach but a Barracuda parent as well, my 6 year old daughter in now a member of the club.  Have a great season, I look forward to seeing everyone at the meets this summer.

Dakota Kasper

Assistant Coach

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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 he has prepared many others to transition to the next level, with former swimmers qualifying for Canadian Westerns and Canadian Junior Nationals. 

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.

 

 

Ian Simons

Assistant Coach

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Hi Barracuda Families! I'm back coaching another season for the swim team, this time as an assistant coach for the summer. 

For those who don't know me, this will be my sixth year coaching for the Barracudas, and my third as an assistant coach after stepping down from head coaching this year due to an increased responsibility in my university research lab. So you might not see me as much at the start of the summer, but I will get back to the pool as soon as I can!

I first swam with the Barracudas when I was 10 years old which began an 11 year love for the sport of swimming that lead me to qualifying for age group and western nationals. As a part of the Parkland Pirates Aquatic Club, I trained under many great coaches, including our current head coach Jan Wahlen, and even though I eventually stopped focusing on being competitive, I am still a part of the University of Alberta swim team and enjoy the sport all the same. 

More importantly than qualifying for any meet, I found that the friends I made during swimming are some of the best I've ever had, and a goal I’ve set for myself this summer is to help create a culture in this swim club that pertains to forming long lasting friendships, because I feel that the things about swimming that the swimmers will remember when they are older is not the time they set in 50 backstroke, but the experiences they had and the hard work they did that led to that 50 back time.

 

Thanks!

 

Ian

Alisa Fald

Assistant Coach

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Kayla Hansen

Assistant Coach

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