Coaching Staff

Bill O'Toole (Head Coach, Director of Swimming)

Bill has more than 30 years of coaching experience and has coached swimmers to nearly 100 National and 100 Provincial records.  He has placed several swimmers on Canada's National Team including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships.  Bill's swimmers have been medalists and finalists at both World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Bill started coaching in 1982 for the York Swim Club and then became the Head Coach of the Markham Aquatic Club from 1986-1996. After his tenure in Markham, Bill moved on to the Cobra Swim Club as Head Coach from the fall of 1996 until the summer of 2013.

Bill has received numerous awards for his coaching including the Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award and Swim Ontario Coach of the Year. He is a Level III certified coach and is recognized as ChPC (Chartered Professional Coach) with the Coaching Association of Canada. 

Byron MacDonald (Assistant Coach)

As Head Coach of the University of Toronto Varsity team, Assistant Coach of the TSC National group and President of the TSC Board of Directors, Byron MacDonald not only assists in the training of our elite swimmers, but also shapes the growth and development of the Club itself.

Byron is a former Olympic finalist in the 100 metre butterfly and has been with U of T since 1978. In this time Byron has produced over 100 international swimmers and has been the Head Coach of numerous Canadian teams, taking them to international competitions. A valued and respected coach and mentor, Byron has repeatedly been awarded “Coach of the Year” by his teams.

Assistant Coach to the 1992 Canadian Olympic team, Byron proudly watched as one of his swimmers won a bronze medal.

Byron is the proud father of three children including one former Gold II TSC swimmer.

Byron is a Level III certified coach.

Kris Bell (Coach: National 2, Junior National)

Kris started his swimming career with the York Swim Club, then moved to Timmins, Ontario where he began coaching with the Timmins Marlins and founded the Masters program.Upon returning back to Toronto, he joined the coaching staff of the York Swim Club and then later joined the Etobicoke Swim Club where he spent 8 years before taking a 4 year break to raise his family. Following the 2012 Olympics, he returned to coaching and became the head coach of the Comox Valley Aquatic Club.Kris has been coaching for just over 20 years, 30+ provincial and National records and several Provincial and National team Coach Selections.Kris is most proud of being a husband and father of 2, son 9yrs old and daughter 7yrs.

Jane Wright (Coach: Junior Provincial, Youth Festival)

With more than 30 years in competitive swimming as an elite athlete, coach, student and fan, Jane is thrilled to join the TSC family and we are lucky to have her.  

Jane was the Head Age Group Coach of the Lakeshore Swim Club, Chair the Aquatic Council of Ontario member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame.  Prior to Lakeshore, Jane coached for several years with the Fredericton Y Aquanauts, University of New Brunswick and University of Toronto, and pursued a career in health care management.

Jane’s swimming successes are impressive!  For six years she was a member of Canada’s national team participating in the 1970 Commonwealth Games, 1971 Pan-American (1 gold, 1 silver) and 1972 Olympic Games.  She set more than 100 national and provincial records, following which she was inducted into each of the University of Toronto and Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame and Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame.

Mitch Bowmile (Coach: Senior 1)

Mitch has more than 10 years of experience in the sport including stints as an age group coach, senior coach, and as a competitor at the junior national level. Mitch has successfully developed multiple festival, provincial, and age-group national qualifiers. Mitch is an NCCP level 2 certified coach in Canada, an ASCA certified coach in the US, and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mitch previously served four years as the senior Canadian correspondent for SwimSwam News and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ryerson University. Mitch believes strongly in a wholesome coaching approach of shaping athletes’ physical and mental development as well as educating them on the opportunities made possible through swimming. As a strength coach Mitch aims to support athletes’ athletic development through functional training methods while giving them the tools to prevent injury and improve performance.

Bob Hayes (Head Coach: Toronto Summer Swim Camp)

He has been with the Toronto Swim Club since 2000 and has been recognized as one of the premier age-group coaches in the country.
In the past decade he has coached our 11-14 year olds swimmers 12 Ontario and 9 National Age Group records. Having coached many Provincial and National age-group champions, Bob has received several Domestic Coaching awards of excellence for coaching and is a Level II certified coach.
His expertise in teaching techniques to our swimmers, combined with a well balanced coaching philosophy have given Bob a favourable reputation for coaching our athletes to become top swimmers. Bob is committed to the improvement of each and every swimmer.
Prior to coaching with TSC, Bob was a top level National swimmer. In 2000, while studying at U of T, Bob was awarded the University of Toronto Athlete of the Year. In 2001, Bob won 3 World Cup Medals in all three Backstroke events.
He is also a certified as an Elementary School Teacher. Bob is a full-time teacher at Kingsway College School as a Grade 4 Phys Ed, Grade 5 Science and Grade 6 Math teacher.

Ashley Bradbury-Correia (Team Manager)

Ashley was a competitive swimmer for 8 years, competing at the Junior National level, before making the transition to coach. Her experience as a swimmer helped shape her coaching skills, as she was both a leader among her peers and a dedicated competitor. Her work with all ages in both the club’s development and competitive programs has made her a highly valued asset to the TSC staff. Ashley creates a positive and energetic environment, which ensures that every swimmer who gets into the water comes out with confidence, determination and pride.

Ashley is a two time recipient of the TSC President’s Trophy, awarded to swimmers that exemplify all the best qualities of dedication, commitment, perseverance, and social well being.

Ashley holds a degree in Arts and Science from the University of Toronto (2009). She has been coaching with TSC since 2004 and is a currently completing her Level II coaching certification. In addition, Ashley has assisted Swim Ontario and Swimming Canada as a Team Manager at various swim camps and competitions.

Ashley helps run the day to day operations of the Toronto Swim Club as Team Manager and office administrator.

Amanda Andal (Coach: Junior 1, Junior 2)

Amanda has been coaching with TSC for the past six years, before which she competed for seven years as a competitive swimmer.  A member of TSC since age nine, Amanda can proudly say she grew up with this club.  It was through TSC that Amanda learned the importance of good sportsmanship, building a support system among team mates, and confidence - characteristics she hopes to instill in her swimmers.  As a coach, Amanda believes success comes from dedication and love for the sport.  Her goal is to help her swimmers become technically and emotionally strong and resilient, while having fun.

Parker Arnold (Assistant Coach) 

Parker joins TSC with two years of competitive coaching experience with the Timmins Marlins Swim Club, seven years of pre-competitive swim instruction, and eight years of competitive swimming.   Passionate about swimming – as demonstrated by his excitement on the pool deck and relationships with colleagues and athletes - Parker is eager to work with our TSC swimmers.   Parker is in his 1st year of Life Sciences at the University of Torontopursuing as career in medicine.

Nicolas Flint (Senior 2) 

Nicolas was born in South Africa and raised around the globe. He has been in competitive swimming for 17 years. Growing up, he was nationally ranked in Germany and he raced in nationals in Japan. Following high school, he spent 3 years training under Byron MacDonald with the Toronto Varsity Blues. Nicholas is in his last year of Kinesilogy at the University of Toronto.

Kate Lyne (Senior 3, Junior 3) 

Kate started competitive swimming at the age of 13 with Toronto Swim Club. She gained Provincial, Age Group National and Senior National qualifications. She went on to join the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, under coaches Byron MacDonald and Linda Kiefer. During her time on the UofT Varsity team, she competed at OUA and CIS’s championships, as was the co-caption of the girls varsity team in 2016/17.

Kate has coached children ages 6-12 in both private swimming lessons and elementary school teams. As a coach she is focused on creating a positive and thriving environment for each and every swimmer. She believes in strong sportsmanship and creative environments.

Kate is currently finishing her final year of her undergrad studying Architecture Design and Theory at the University of Toronto, both on an academic and athletic scholarship. She aims both as a student and coach to act as a strong leader among her peers. 

Kate Andal (Youth 1, Youth 2)

After trying quite a few different sports, watching a friends older sister swimming in a local public pool was what sparked Kate's love for swimming.
Swimming since 5, she was a part of  Etobicoke Swim Club and later Toronto Swim Club where she has chosen to stay and coach.  
Kate has been coaching at Toronto Swim Club since 2011 and has enjoyed seeing many of the swimmers she has coached and taught find success in and out of the pool.
Kate's goal is to further a new generation of swimmers lifelong love for the sport of competitive swimming.  The sense of camaraderie, hardworking and dedication in times of success and failure can help with many other aspects of life and Kate hopes that this what the athletes at TSC learn and take forward in their lives

Jessica Lusthuas (Youth 3, Academy)

Jessica started swimming at the age of 8 with NYAC. She recently graduated from Brock University in June 2017 with a major of recreation and Leisure and a minor In child and youth studies. During her five years at Brock she was a part of the Varsity swim team. Her events included the 50m free and 100m free. After she completed five years of varsity swimming she wasn’t ready to retire yet and still competes at Master level championships. Her passion and love for the water has made her want to coach kid so that they love the sport as much as she does. 

Vera Tzvetanova (Director: Toronto Swim Club Academy) 

Vera has more than 25 years of coaching and teaching experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in education as well as being a former athlete on the Bulgarian National Swim Team.

Vera started coaching in 1990 in a small club in Sofia, Bulgaria and within a couple of years three of her athletes qualified for Youth European Championship.

In Canada, she has been coaching in Champion Athletic Club and Richmond Hill Aquatic Club as an age group coach, responsible for the development of athletes 10-13 years old. Her swimmers won multiple Provincial and Festival awards and broke a number of club records.

Vera’s passion is teaching and coaching young children, helping them to be the best they can be and to set them for success in their future endeavours.

As a Director of TSC Academy her goal is to spark in children the love to the sport of swimming, to prepare them for a long and rewarding swimming career in TSC and to create unforgettable memories of those initial years in the club.

Presently, Vera teaches a Kindergarten class in TDSB.

Luke Hall (Academy Coach) 

Luke is a University of Toronto graduate and a Varsity Blues veteran who has swum competitively for 16 years. As a two-time Olympian (2008 and 2012) and multiple World Championships participant representing Swaziland, Luke has a wealth of experience in the sport of swimming, has been a standout Coach at the Toronto Summer Swim Camp, and is excited to contribute and add to the Toronto Swim Club.

Kaleigh McKinnon (Assistant Coach)

Kaleigh McKinnon has been involved in Canadian swimming for the past 20 years, competing for 17 years and coaching for the past 3. As a swimmer, she competed at 2 Olympic Trials, served as the University of Toronto's Swim Team Captain and held 2 Canadian National Age Group Records - one individual and one relay. Since retiring, Kaleigh has shifted her attention to coaching. Coming off a successful year with many final and podium swims at Ontario Provincials and the Canadian National Age Group Championships, Kaleigh is excited to tackle a new challenge - developing the next generation of Canadian Swimming at Toronto Swim Club.

Renée Gagnon (Academy) 

Hi my name is Renée Gagnon, I am in my fifth year year of studies in the faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto.  I also recently finished  swimming five years with the Varsity Blues swim team, training alongside Olympians Kylie Masse.  I love working with kids and sharing with them my passion for swimming!  I look forward to coaching kids of all ages at the Toronto Swim Club.  

Melanie MacDonald (Academy)

Melanie McDonald is in her fourth year of Kinesiology studies at the University of Toronto and a Varsity swimmer. As an avid  member of both faculty and athletics, she was named one of the Co-Captains of the Blues Women’s Varsity Swim Team (2017/2018) as well as volunteered and participated in many athletic and academic events throughout her four years at U of T. She has been passionately swimming for 14 years and is excited to be able to share her knowledge from her studies and experiences to youth of Toronto Swim Club!

Charlie Lewlie (Senior 3, Junior 3, Youth 3 Assistant) 

Jonathan Hutton (Academy) 

Kathryn Haggis (Assistant Coach)

Kathryn has been coaching novice and age group swimmers for over 30 years, dating back to The City of York Swim Team in the late 80's.

(Kathy) is a Toronto based working actor/writer with over forty-six film and stage credits. She is also Second City Alumnae where she specialized in teaching a teen program focused on building self-esteem and confidence for youth and young adults.

She is a long time associate (15 years) of The Central YMCA  Aquatic and Group Fitness Departments as well as Coordinating Volunteers and Corporate Partnerships for Variety Village, an all abilities athletic centre, located in Scarborough.

Kathy founded and chaired, The Variety Village Open Water Swim held in Haliburton On.at Boshkung Lake.

She was also head coach and consultant for The St. James Town Swim Club, a grassroots initiative sponsored by Canadian Tire at Jarvis Collegiate.

Kathy is a self designated party lane swimmer with Bob Hayes Master's program at Donald Summerville Pool and in 2016 won National Open Water Champion for her age group.

Itza Maceda-Rustecki (Youth 1, Youth 2 Assistant)

Rebecca Stellino (Academy)

Rebecca Stellino started swimming at the age of 10, and swam competitively for 7 years.  She reached Provincial, Age Group and National qualifications. Rebecca started her swimming career with Toronto Swim Club this year. Her goal is to train the swimmers to be competitive and to develop a passion for swimming. She hopes to motivate her young swimmers and provide as much support she can to lead them to success. Rebecca is currently teaching Bronze and Silver groups.

Julia Nowicki (Academy)

Julia Nowicki is a third-year journalism student at Ryerson University and former varsity swimmer for Laurentian University. She began swimming at the age of five and swam competitively for 13 years. Julia has been coaching for over two years and at TSC’s Academy program since November 2017. She hopes to use her experience and passion for the sport to train young, incoming swimmers.