Head Coach / Director of Swimming
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 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
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.
Regional Lead / Junior Regional
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
Marin swam competitively for 17 years, competing at the National
level, including placing top 5 in the country as a youth swimmer
and top 16 as a senior swimmer. He spent 2 years competing for
SFU where he was a 6-time All-American at the NAIA
Championships. Outside of swimming, he has been involved in
action sports and the lifestyle industry for the last 14 years
working as a sales manager and brand marketer.
Marin has worked with Regional Lead Jason
Chugh on a number of projects outside of the swimming world
and has now taken the opportunity to share his experiences in order
to help young athletes mature both as an athlete and as a
person. He is eager to share his wealth of knowledge not just
from swimming but also from his experience outside of the sport in
order to develop our athletes holistically.
Marin has coached 1 year with VPSC, leading the Red Dolphins
group last year. His goal as a coach is to continue to pass
along the values of commitment, work ethic and consistency to young
athletes so that they can continue to develop within the sport and
use these values beyond the sport.
Fun fact: Marin gets grumpy without food + coffee, this can be
pacified with a grande Americano 1/2 full, black. He also enjoys
snuggles with his kitty, and really long walks in the mountains.
Developmental Lead / Gold / Silver 2
Kennedy swam competitively at Pacific Coast Swimming 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 learn to swim program 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
When she's not coaching at Lord Byng Pool, Kennedy divides her
time between the UBC Campus (in class, giving campus tours, or
attending Masters Swimming practice) and going on adventures around
Vancouver with her roommates.
Silver 1 / Bronze 1
Louisa swam competitively with the Burnaby Mountain Mantas
Summer Swim Club for 16 years, attending multiple provincial
championships from a young age. She began coaching at the same club
for 3 years as a Junior Coach, then went on to being the Assistant
Head Coach for 2 years. Previously, she was a high performance
national level athlete in biathlon for 7 years before retiring to
focus on her academic endeavours. Soon after, Louisa transitioned
to coaching year round for Hyack Swim Club in New Westminster for
2.5 years before joining the coaching staff at VPSC.
Ultimately, Louisa aims to transfer her knowledge and
experiences to her athletes to assist in creating long term
athletes and more inportantly, well rounded young adults. She is a
strong believer that there is no goal too big or small to achieve
with time, effort, and some fun along the way!
Academically, Louisa is working towards her Bachelor in
Kinesiology at UBC to pursue a career in sports medicine. Outside
of swimming, she coaches cross country skiing at Cypress Mountain
and is an avid paddler with the UBC Current Dragon Boat Team. You
can definitely find her on some form of water - on snow, the ocean,
at the pool, you name it!
This is Jacqueline's second season as a VPSC junior development
coach. She enjoys coaching the young swimmers because of their
endless energy and enthusiasm for swimming. Jacqueline previously
swam with VPSC for 2 years and loves the competitive environment,
therefore choosing to coach after discontinuing her own swimming
Her goal this season is to get all the swimmers in her group to
enjoy and come eager to improve in each practice. This year,
Jacqueline is in grade 12 at York House School and hopes to
continue her studies at UBC, close to home. In her free time,
Jacqueline enjoys listening to music and studying. Go VPSC!
Club Manager / Regional Assistant