Michelle Wilson – Head Coach
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 was 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.
As we begin the 2019-2020 season Michelle will coach both the Junior-AA and Senior-AAA squads.
Emma Ryan – Lead Coach Gold
Emma has been coaching with Crusaders since 2013, and swam for 12 seasons with the team. She is a 2019 graduate at Dal. Emma is certified NCCP Level 1 and is working toward level 2. She has a creative flare and brings this to her coaching technique, infusing the work in the pool with purpose and fun. Emma has been honing her coaching eye over the previous seasons and will guide the Gold and Blue Age Group squads. As a skilled stroke technician in the pool herself, she is able to translate her feel for the water into improved foundation skills of her swimmers.
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 2nd 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 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 compasion and determined care for developing young swimmers to our foundation program.
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.
Lucas Seto - Assistant Coach Blue Novatech
Lucas has been a member of Crusaders since the age of 7. During his active competitive years he set numerous Club and Provincial records and was a podium finisher at Canadian Age Group Nationals / Canadian Junior Championships. Lucas is certified level 1 NCCP and has previously coached the Banook Lakers Summer Club. He is currently Student Council President at Dartmouth High School. He will be assisting with the Blue Novatech program.
Hannah Doiron - Land Coach
Hannah Doiron, a former Crusader who competed at the Canadian Age Group National Level recently finished her varsity career having achieved multiple AUS podium performances and competed at Canadian University Championships. She is a graduate of Acadia University in the Kinesiology Program. She joins the Crusader staff in the 2019-2020 season and will help guide the Land training program for Blue Novatech, Blue Age Group, Gold, and Junior programs.
Photos by: Hannah Jackson Imaging