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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.
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.