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2018/19 Coaching Staff

Brian Johns

Head Coach / Director of Swimming

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Brian joins VPSC after serving as the Assistant Coach for the UBC Thunderbird Varsity Team and the UBC Dolphins for the past 4 years.  Prior to that, Brian represented Canada internationally from 1998 to 2012, including qualifying for the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

In his time on-deck, he has helped holistically develop varsity athletes and has helped guide them towards great performances in the water while ensuring they continue to excel in their academic goals.  Brian's swimmers have gone on to compete internationally for Canada and have also achieved numberous academic All-Canadian honors.

In developing younger swimmers, Brian firmly believes that swimmers can not just achieve success in and out of the water, but having success away from the pool will actually enhance their potential in the water.  It is this holistic development attitude that Brian hopes to bring throughout the entire club at VPSC as we compete at the highest levels provincially and nationally.

Elliott Lee

Senior Provincial

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Elliott has been swimming his entire life, with various clubs throughout BC, and went on to swim with the UBC Varsity team following high school. He coached summer swimming between years of schooling, which culminated with 3 seasons as head coach of the Vancouver Vikings. Following that, Elliott coached as the Assistant Head Coach of the Winskill Dolphins for 3 seasons, and have most recently had assistant coach positions with the UBC Varsity team under Steve Price, and the Vancouver High Performance Centre under Tom Johnson.

Elliott wants to be part of a club that he can share his values with. He believes the direction VPSC is headed under the guidance of Brian Johns, is one he can enthusiastically align with. His philosophy is best described as one that rewards commitment and discipline proportionally. Fair and distributed coaching is a principle he adheres to, however, it cannot go without saying that those who are willing to fully engage themselves will experience a more synchronized coach/athlete relationship, and this will happen organically. He is also convinced that the bridge to a successful working relationship must first be extended by the coach, and must prompt reciprocal actions in the swimmer, and it must be understood that the principles of investment are a learning process and will be met with patient guidance, but an unwavering standard. The final objective is that swimmers in Elliott's group will experience not only swimming success, but a foundation of skills that will allow them to be successful in all facets of life.

Kassidie Cornell

Senior Regional

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Kassidie swam competitively for 13 years with the Liquid Lightning Swim Club in West Kelowna. Kassidie achieved age group national and western qualifying time standards in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke. After graduating from high school in 2014, Kassidie went on to earn a swimming scholarship to the University of South Dakota which is an NCAA Division one level school. Kassidie swam all four years of her undergrad, while serving as team captain for her final two years. Kassidie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Media & Journalism in May 2018 and returned home to Kelowna to start her coaching career with the Kelowna Aquajets and the Okanagan Masters Swim Club.

When she’s not on deck, Kassidie can be found working on her Master of Journalism degree at the University of British Columbia as well as hiking, watching Netflix and cooking/baking. 

Andre Kudaba

Junior Provincial

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Jason Chugh

Youth Provincial and Junior Regional

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Jason has over 15 years of coaching experience some of the top clubs in Canada and Australia.  Prior to coming to VPSC in 2014, he coached at the Pointe-Claire Swm Club, Queensland Academy of Sport, Edmonton Keyano Swim Club and Abbotsford Olympians.

Jason's philosophy is that better people make better athletes.  He strives to create athletes that are well-rounded and are real competitors.  As well, Jason teaches his swimmers to be respectful in success or in defeat and are eager to learn and improve.

For Jason, it's not just important for the swimmers to develop in the water, but also understand the needs of the community around them so that they grow to be great athletes, students and people.

Stefanie Serka

Interim Youth Regional

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Stefanie swam competitively for 12 consecutive years, achieving various standards such as Senior National in the 50m, 100m, & 200m Breaststroke and 200m IM. As a recent University of British Columbia graduate, Stefanie spent the last five years as a member of the UBC Thunderbird Swim team. Highlights of her swimming career were qualifying and attending the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Game Trials in the 50m & 100m Breaststroke. During her time coaching the Yough Reginal Group, Stefanie is passionate about making every practice equally enjoyable and challenging for each swimmer. 

Outside of the pool deck, you can find Stefanie out exploring with her camera or planning her next trip to Europe

Kennedy Aragon-Scriven

YD Lead and YD Gold and Silver

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Kennedy swam competitively at Pacific Coast Swimming in Victoria for 8 years, achieving the Western National Standard in 100m & 200m butterfly during 2015 and 2016 seasons. In addition to swimming, she also spent the latter half of her time at PCS as a coach in their swim school and introductory competitive levels. Kennedy is dedicated to creating a challenging and fun practice environment that fosters a sense of community within the team and provides swimmers with opportunities to learn and grow as athletes.
 
 
Kennedy is always happy to answer any questions or chat about the Youth Development program at VPSC, and can be reached at kennedy@vancouverpacificswimclub.com

Maiya Rasheed

Youth Development Bronze

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Maiya swam competitively with the University of Calgary Swim Club for 9 years. After retiring from swimming in high school, Maiya went on to coach development groups with the same club under Lorna Snow over the past two years. She has also coached swim camps with a wide variety of ages and skill levels. Maiya is passionate about creating an environment where younger swimmers can learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming - and to have fun!

Haley Black

Youth Development Assistant Coach

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Haley has been in the pool since she was six years old and  was a part of the  Prince George Barracuda’s for 11 years before heading off to University. Haley attended Western Kentucky University for one year, before transferring to Auburn University to finish up her NCAA career as well as graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May 2018. At Auburn, Haley broke the school record in the 100 yard butterfly and was able to qualify for NCAA’s her Junior and Senior year, while earning 3 NCAA All-American titles as well as one Second Team All-SEC. 

After graduating, Haley moved back to Canada and has joined the High Performance Centre in Vancouver. She recently competed at World Short Course Championships in December, wher she broke the Canadian National record in the 50m Butterfly (25.43) and qualified into finals in the 50 & 100m Butterfly as well as the 4x100m Medley Relay.  
 
Hayley will be on deck with the Youth Development Bronze and Silver groups during the 2018/19 season.
 
"I love being a part of helping the younger swimmers develop a solid technical base and teaching them about racing and enjoying the sport. I hope to encourage these young minds into starting competitive careers in swimming as I journey into a career in coaching myself."

Jacqueline Lee

Youth Development Silver 1 and 3

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Jacqueline swam competitively for 7 years at VPSC, Canadian Dolphin Swim Club, as well as summers at the Vancouver Vikings, and the Richmond Kigoos. This is Jacqueline's third season coaching at VPSC. Whilst swimming and coaching for VPSC in high school, she was also team captain for the York House swim team and assistant coach for the St. George's junior swim team. Her achievements include setting a provincial record at the 2016 BCSSA provincials, as well as winning dozens championship events.  

 

Jacqueline enjoys being part of the VPSC environment and is excited to stir up a competitive spirit and love for the sport. She believes that diligence, grit, and commitment build successful swimmers and carries into their lives away from the pool. With support from parents, coaches, and peers, she knows that a culture of encouragement and collaboration will create a long-lasting passion to continue achieving bigger and higher goals.  

 

When she's not at the pool coaching or life guarding, Jacqueline can be found studying astronomy, playing piano, throwing a disk, or travelling the world.

Sarah Rudolf

Club Manager

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2018/19 Board of Directors

Don Currie

President

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John Hossack

Vice President

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Paul Drohan

Secretary

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Kathy Findlay

Treasurer

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Brenda Lee

Board Member

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Claire Adams

Board Member

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Andy Miller

Board Member

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Stuart Turvey

Board Member

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Steve Szabo

Board Member

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