Our coaching staff is dedicated to providing a safe sport environment and encouraging our athletes to discover a life long commitment to being active in sport. All staff are members of the Canadian Swim Coaches Association and commit themselves to its values and code of conduct. Code of Conduct
Troy Prinsloo - Head Coach
Proudly hailing from South Africa, Coach Troyden Prinsloo’s affinity for swimming began from the moment he dove in and his passion for the sport has carried him around the world until today.
A freestyle swimmer, who during his career excelled both in the pool and open water, Troy earned repeated accolades collegiately while representing the University of Georgia (2006-2011) as well as had the privilege of representing South Africa internationally in multiple events at the FINA World Championships, All-African Games, Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, Commonwealth Games and most notably at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
Shortly after closing out his swim career, Coach Prinsloo made the transition to pool deck and led club swimmers in South Africa and most recently was Head of Aquatics for Fit Republik in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Troy is excited to have traveled north as he begins his new adventure as the Head Coach of the Dartmouth Crusaders Swimming Club. Without a doubt, Troy’s greatest sense of accomplishment comes from creating a fun and positive environment for all swimmers to support their overall development, aspirational and competitive pursuits.
Additionally, Coach Troy believes swimming as part of a club offers important and unique opportunities that often provide individuals with lifelong skills and he is excitedly looking forward to sharing many new experiences with the Crusader community!
Michelle Wilson – Head Age Group Coach, Lead Coach Junior squad
Michelle joined Crusaders as Head Coach in August 2008. She was previously an assistant coach in Ottawa, Ont. and Richmond, BC and then took the Head Coach position with Sungod Swim Club in Delta, BC, a position she held for 21 years before moving to Dartmouth.
Michelle is a graduate of University of Western Ontario, MA Physical Education and has completed Level 4 NCCP. She was an apprentice coach with the National Youth, Commonwealth Games, and World Championship Teams in 1994; on the coaching staff for the Sydney Australia Youth Olympic Festival in January 2001; and was an assistant coach with the Team BC at the 1993 and 1997 Canada Games, and for Team NS at the 2013 and 2017 Games. As a founding Director for the BC Swim Coaches Association she served on the Board for 4 years. She was a Director with the Board of the Canadian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association for 8 years, and Chair of the CSCTA Education/Certification Committee for 4 years.
Michelle seeks to challenge each Crusader through the sport of swimming to set goals personally and professionally that inspire them to a level of commitment and determination that enables them to persevere until success is achieved. She believes that success in sport is not a path of instant gratification and that rewards are found in the effort. Failures must be embraced as part of the learning as much as successes are celebrated as part of the reward. Whenever the end of their career in sport arrives, while the successes are exhilarating, it will also be the challenges shared with the team that will combine to be foremost in defining the quality of each person’s swimming experience.
In the 2020-2021 season Michelle will lead coach the Junior squad and continue to support the team with rebuilding initiatives.
Lauren Ching – Lead Coach Gold, Lead Coach Blue Age Group
Lauren hails from New Zealand and has been coaching since 2013. She has assisted with age group programs, was Head Coach at Canada Games Centre where she helped to build the fledgling program that is now part of the competitive swimming landscape in NS. She now joins Crusaders to lead the Gold and Blue Age Group squads.
Leila Bautista - Lead Coach Blue Novatech
Leila swam with NS Summer Swimming then joined Crusaders and rose to the level of podium performance at NS Provincial Championships. She is currently a 3rd year student at Dal in the Kinesiology program. Leila joined the Crusaders coaching staff in the 2015-16 season after first volunteering for a year. She is certified NCCP Level 1 and trained for Level 2, which she plans to complete this season. She continues to strengthen her understanding of biomechanics and human performance through her academic studies. Leila is the Lead Coach for Blue Novatech squad. She brings her strong understanding of technique and her compassion and determined care for developing young swimmers to our foundation program.
Samantha Campbell - Assistant Coach Blue Novatech
Samantha recently moved to Nova Scotia from London Ontario. Her keen interest is in coaching fundamental level swimmers and she previously coached with LAC for four seasons, and one in Ottawa with NKB. She will be working closely with Leila to guide the Blue Novatech squad.
Kevin Dupuis – Lead Coach Crusader Playground and Crusader Fitness
Kevin was a top ranking national age group swimmer with over 20 years’ experience and returned to Crusaders during the 2013-2014 season. He started his swimming career with Crusaders and set several Provincial and club records which still stand today. At the 1996 Canadian Olympic Trials Kevin was a finalist and after graduating he received a full swimming scholarship from the University of Cincinnati.
While with The Cincinnati Bearcats he became a 1999 NCAA All-American in the 200 yard breaststroke. Kevin also received silver and bronze medals at the 2001 US Open in New York City.
Kevin is certified NCCP Level 1 and readily integrates his experience with his coaching skills sharing his passion for the sport with the young swimmers he coaches. He enjoys finding way to make challenging skills and practices both educational and fun. He takes pride in his swimmers enjoying learning while he helps them build their successful experiences and confidence. Kevin will lead the Crusader Playground this season and the crusaders Fitness squad.
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