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The NKB Coaching Staff is full of people passionate about the sport of swimming and the development of our swimmers as both individuals and athletes. Their collective experience as swimmers themselves and experience as coaches and professionals, as well as the certifications they hold and professional development they continue to pursue are at the core of what enables NKB reach elite levels of success.
Scott is returning as the head coach, has been with NKB since 2000 and brings nearly 30 years coaching experience to the pool, including successful stints as Head Coach of Perth Stingrays and at Oakville Aquatic club. As a coach, he has received numerous awards and honours including CSCTA’s Domestic Excellence Award multiple times, Age Group Coach of the Year, coaching Provincial, Canadian, and International all-star tour teams, and Head Coach of Ontario’s Summer Games Team. His extensive national and international coaching experience includes work with many of the faces you see, past and present, on the Olympic circuit, including recent Hall of Fame inductee and former Canadian record holder Mike Brown. As a swimmer, he was a Canadian record holder himself, so the swimmers of NKB are sure to benefit from his talents.
Heather Page Fairley
Head Age Group Coach
Heather came to NKB from the USA, where she had a long and successful career in competitive swimming. She is returning as the Head Age Group Coach again this year, as well as the Program Coordinator for our Junior Barracudas program. She joined NKB in 2010, following her work as an award winning teacher in Boston Public Schools. She brings nearly two decades of coaching experience to the pool, during which time she has coached novice swimmers through to some of the top ranked young Canadian athletes. She has also been named Ontario Coach of the Year and earned CSCTA’s Domestic Excellence Award on multiple occasions. She shares her love of the sport of swimming with her swimmers and is committed to helping all swimmers succeed, in and out of the pool, through her emphasis on technique development, character development, and positive, strong work ethics.
Assistant Senior Coach
Ben is returning to NKB this year, and donning a new cap! He will be the new strength coach, as well as continue his work as the Senior Group Assistant Coach and Assistant Coordinator in our Junior Barracudas program. Ben brings his passion for coaching and working with young athletes to the NKB family from his experience with other aquatic clubs. He has numerous certifications and experience across athletics, and he will be continuing to use his skill set to build our dryland and weight room programs.
Age Group Green Coach
Tori has been a long time NKB swimmer who ranks among our elite alumni. Previously she was a Junior Barracuda coach and supervisor, and we are glad to have her returning to Age Group Green for another season. She will also be coaching our FitSwim program again this season. We look forward to her continued commitment to the swimmers and supporting them in reaching new levels of success in the pool!
Age Group White Coach
For Mike, swimming has always been a family affair. His swimming career started at Pointe Claire Swim Club where he and his sisters were no strangers to owning the podiums as swimmers, with Mike being a regular fixture at Canadian National events in the ‘70s and ‘80s. While swimming, he met his wife Gigi who was national level swimmer herself, and is arguably one of NKB’s (and their son’s ) loudest and proudest fans. After he hung up his goggles, Mike went on to be a coach, including time as the collegiate head coach at John Abbott college. Like his father, he has also been extremely involved in the world of officiating and has been integral in shaping some of the policies common in our sport today. IF you’ve been to an NKB meet in the past 10 years, we’re sure you’ve seen him. This year, however, he is happy to be trading in his official’s whites for a coaching shirt once again, and we are glad to welcome him into his new role in the NKB family!
Age Group Kanata Coach
Ryan is a long time NKB Alum who has returned to Ottawa from University of Calgary, where he continued his swimming career and earned a degree in Kinesiology. He wears both an athlete and coach cap at NKB, leading by example in the water and on the deck. Coming off his 2016 Olympic Trials Finalist performance, and the equally exciting successes of the swimmers in Age Group Kanata as they rose to new heights, we look forward to all he has in store for another season!
Junior Black Coach
Morgan will be returning to Junior Black this season, and we are excited to have him return to this role after raising the bar for our Junior programming - once again supporting our Junior swimmers in having an extremely successful year. He is another proud NKB alum, was previously a Junior Barracuda instructor and supervisor, and is a certified competitive coach. Away from the pool, he is a graduate of Algonquin College and is working as a Registered Massage Therapist.
Junior Green Coach, Senior Assistant Coach
Barb is excited to be back with NKB this year! She has 8 years of coaching experience ranging from the most novice "rookies" to helping "veterans" move onto the national level. She is passionate about coaching and enjoys helping swimmers achieve their goals. She is an NCCP Level 2 trained coach. As an Early Childhood Educator as well, Barb enjoys combining her skills with early learning and the swimmer's love of the water.
Junior Kanata Coach
Sam is new to NKB this year, but she is certainly no stranger to the pool deck! Sam comes to us from London where she swam competitively with London Aquatic Club for seven years, as well as coached their youngest swimmers for the past five years. She is currently finishing up a degree in software engineering at Western University, and recently moved to Ottawa for an internship working in cyber security. She is very excited to continue coaching in the capital with NKB, and we are just excited to welcome her to the capital region and our NKB family!