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 coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Jordan Harper

Head Coach



Jordan Harper has been associated with AMAC for the past nine years and has been the Head Coach since the 2014-2015 swim season.

He began as a member of the Marlins in 2008 where he swam under Peter Schori (University of Lethbridge Head Coach) until 2012. Jordan has been a competitive swimmer since the age of eight and qualified and competed at the Olympic Trials in Montreal in 2011.

Jordan believes that he has a lot of experience and knowledge which will benefit his coaching, planning and decisions with the Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club. Swimming is without a doubt one of the biggest parts of his life!

Jordan will be completing his Coaching 301 starting in September 2020 in order to further his swimming education. Attitude, work ethic and leadership are three things he prides himself on and are tools he wants his swimmers to take out of the sport; furthering not only their swimming careers but life outside the pool as well.

He is looking forward to seeing the steady progress and fast swimming that AMAC will have this 2019-2020 season!

Jilayna Stigter

Assistant Coach


Jilayna has been coaching for 12 years and is in her fourth season of coaching with AMAC. Prior to joining AMAC, she coached in Lethbridge for three years and has also worked with the Medicine Hat Hurricanes, Medicine Hat Special Olympics Tiger Sharks, Alberta Aquatic Marlin Masters and Dalhousie Tigers.

Jilayna began swimming at the age of nine with the Medicine Hat Hurricanes, spent four years with AMAC, and was a Dalhousie Tiger from 2009-2011. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013 with a Kinesiology degree.

Jilayna has worked with swimmers at all levels, from young kids learning to swim to nationally ranked athletes. Her favorite part of coaching is helping her swimmers reach their potential and achieve sustainable success. She is a NCCP certified Fundamentals and Age group coach, as well as an I Can Swim Master Evaluator.

Nathan Sawicki

Assistant Coach - TAG, JAG, Mini Marlins


Always staying active in multiple sports, Nathan Sawicki began competitively swimming at the age of eight and became a member of the AMAC swim club at the age of twelve.  As an NCAA Division 2 swimmer, Nathan attained third at the National Championships in the 1500m freestyle.  In addition to this accomplishment, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a minor in Business, all the while maintaining a 3.3+ GPA. 

This is Nathan’s first season coaching with AMAC; as a Level 1 certified Swim Coach he wants to help his athletes improve and succeed in the pool, supporting their love of the sport and for swimming in general.  AMAC is where he began his successful competitive swimming career and for him, it just felt right to start his coaching career where his "success and love for the sport began".  In addition to this, he has had the opportunity to swim with all of the other members of the current AMAC coaching staff, something that is pretty special in terms of building trust and a coaching staff that supports the athletes in the club.  Nathan is looking forward to a successful and exciting swim season!

Danton Valkenburg

Assistant Coach- JAG & Mini Marlins


Danton Valkenburg has been involved with sport for most of his life.  Having started swimming with AMAC at the age of 8 years old, he continued swimming with the club until he was 18 and then joined the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns swim team for one semester.  Danton possesses a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge and is currently pursuing a career in the financial services industry. 

This is Danton’s third season coaching with AMAC, having started with the club as a coach in 2017 after completing his Swimming 101 certification.  Danton feels coaching is a great way to give back to the sport of swimming and to support AMAC, the club where he learned and developed so much as an athlete and as a person.  One of the aspects of coaching that he enjoys most is “helping young athletes to learn and grow stronger, both in and out of the pool!”  Danton looks forward to seeing the growth and development of all of the swimmers in the club this coming season.

Emily Schlenker

Assistant Coach- JAG & Mini Marlins


Emily began swimming with AMAC at the age of five as a Mini Marlin and began competing in 2012. The highlight of her swimmng career came when she qualified for Canadian Junior Championships in Quebec! She is in her final year of swimming and will be headed to the Medicine Hat College to pursue a career in nursing.

This is Emilys first season as the Mini Marlin/JAG coach and she has completed the Swimming 101 certification. She hopes to continue with coaching once she is graduated from high school!

Emily loves teaching the Mini Marlins and JAG kids and enjoys sharing her love of swimming with a new generation. 

Board of Directors

Shandea Swaren



Amanda Nielsen

Vice President


Randy Valk



Michelle Vetter



Shannon Ma

Member At Large


Mike MacPhail



Mark Begin

Meet Director