Coaches & Directors

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 Coaching Staff.

For all questions related to administration such as dues, safety, or policy issues; please contact one of the Board of Directors listed in the Parents Info tab of the website with their pictures.

Coaching Staff

Mike Mcwha

Head Coach

Email

mikemcwha@windsoraquatic.com

 

 

 

Mike brings a very comprehensive background in swimming to our coaching staff. 

Mike is originally from Windsor, and is excited to return back to where it all started.  He has been involved in swimming since the age of 8 and has 16 years of competitive swimming under his belt. Mike has been coaching for over 10 years, most recently at the Markham Aquatic Club where his swimmers have medaled at Provincial Championships and Age Group Nationals, breaking National Age Group Records along the way.  Mike was named as a Swim Ontario Female Age Group Coach of the year in 2012.

Mike has coached swimmers at every level ranging from developmental to national. Mike's philosophy caters to each individual with a strong emphasis on proper technique and aerobic fitness. "It doesn't matter what your swimming goals are, I will work with you to help achieve them". 

During his career Mike has received many accolades.  He was a national team member for 5 years and competed at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000.   He was team captain for the University of Michigan Swimming and Diving team where he helped the wolverines win 2 Big Ten Conference Championships.   He has been named a 3 time Honourable Mention All-American and 1 time All-American. Mike is a 7 time Canadian National champion and held the 15-17 National Age Group record in the 1500 scm Freestyle.

Mike has a Masters of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor and Bachelor of Science, Movement Science, Division of Kinesiology, from the University of Michigan.

Debbie Grant

Assistant Coach

Email

coachdeb@windsoraquatic.com

 

 

 

  • 1980 Olympic team member
  • 1982 world championship team member
  • Female Athlete of the year for University of Calgary
  • Head Coach of Windsor Aquatic swim club
  • Head Coach of Saskatoon Goldfins
  • Age Group Coach for Saskatoon Goldfins
  • Head Coach of University of Saskatchewan swim team
  • Age Group Coach for the University of Calgary
  • Coaching exchange in Northern China for 2 months
  • Coaching for 13 years
  • Level 3 Certification

Cord Kitson

Assistant Coach

Email

cordkitson@windsoraquatic.com

 

 

 

  • Bachelor Degree in Psychology from University of Windsor
  • Graduate Teaching Degree from New Zealand
  • St. Thomas of Villanova High School Swim Team Coach for 5 years
  • Finalist at Canadian Junior National Championships in 1999
  • Qualified for the New Zealand Open championships in the 50 butterfly 2006
  • Ontario Masters Provincial Champion 2009
  • Swimming coordinator of the 47th International Children Games, Windsor 2013
  • 12th year of coaching
  • Level 2 technical certification
  • Elementary school teacher at GECDSB

Lily Dong

Swim 4 Success Lead Coach

Email

lilydong@windsoraquatic.com

 

 

 

 

  • Lily has coached several age group, development, and masters programs in the GTA for the past 10 seasons. Lily also held multiple team manager appointments with Swim Ontario and Swimming Canada at competitions and training camps abroad. Most recently at the Orlando Pro Swim Series and the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.
  • Lily holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of Toronto and has strong strength & conditioning and injury prevention knowledge. Lily wishes to bring strong technical foundation and increase enjoyment in the sport for her swimmers.
  • Lily is a NCCP, CSCTA and Swimming Canada Certified Level II Age Group Coach, as well as certified in Standard First-Aid Examiner and NLS with the Lifesaving Society.

Joel Potma

SEAL and Swim 4 Success Coach

Email

joelpotma@windsoraquatic.com

 

 

 

Joel is currently a third year Chemistry student at the University of Windsor.  He started swimming competitively at the age of 8 and swam with WAC for 3 seasons before starting university.  Joel’s favorite stroke is backstroke and he qualified for both Eastern and Western Canadian Championships during his time with WAC.  He was also a student coach for his Sandwich Secondary School swim team and qualified for OFSAA for all four years.  Joel is a Swimming Canada Certified Level I Coach and also has his NLS certification. This is Joel's third year as a WAC coach.

Olivia Binder

Age Group Development Coach

Email

oliviabinder@windsoraquatic.com

 

 

Olivia has been part of the WAC family since she was 10 years old. As a competitive swimmer her favourite event was 100m breast stroke. Throughout high school, she swam for St. Thomas of Villanova and competed at OFSAA. She obtained a degree in Disability Studies and Education from the University of Windsor. She is currently working on completing a Masters degree in Education. For the past 10 years, she has gained much experience as a lifeguard, swim instructor, first aid instructor and swim coach. Olivia is looking forward to coaching Age Group Development this season and being a member of this team! 

Iris Cheung

Swim 4 Success Coach

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