CANADIAN DOLPHIN SWIM CLUB

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Kelly Taitinger Head Coach

 

Kelly started his career in swimming through summer club, and continued coaching while attending the University of Alberta with the U of A Golden Bears and Keyano swim clubs in Edmonton.  After graduating with Education and Bachelor of P.E. degrees, he decided to take up coaching full time.

His first major coaching position was with the University of Calgary, running a satellite club at first and then coaching the top 12 & u swimmers in the program out of the Repsol Centre.  Kelly was appointed Head Age Group Coach at the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club in 1989.  He has been with CDSC ever since, taking over as the Head Coach in 1997. 

Kelly has been fortunate to coach various Canadian and provincial record holders while they were in their teens such as: Maya Beaudry, Michelle Mange, Brent O’Connor, Darryl Rudolf, Taryn Lencoe, Shannon Hackett, Haylee Johnson, Zach Somjen, Desmond Strelzow and Tamee Ebert, to name a few. Some of these athletes participated in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, Australian Youth Olympics and various National and International meets. Our latest Olympic success came from Hau-Li Fan, a swimmer who swam most of his age group practices with Kelly at CDSC and moved on from our club to UBC and then to the High Performance Centre. Hau-Li represented Canada at the Tokyo Olympics, placing 9th in the Open Water in 2020. 

Kelly's philosophy is that talent is, by itself, not the key to winning, but a swimmer also has to have a strong desire to succeed, work hard and have a great attitude towards training. Kelly believes that if an athlete is to become one of the best, he or she also must have attributes such as overall physical development, a great attendance percentage, a positive attitude, belief in the system as well as talent and the desire to succeed. An athlete who does not make excuses but rather learns from his or her mistakes is far more likely to succeed in the long run. Taking ownership of their own training, habits and abilities will only further develop great athletes.

Kelly believes that the sport of swimming helps our swimmers become better people by giving them direction and helping them to manage their time. It gives an athlete a chance to travel, to meet new friends, and to gain confidence by persevering until they succeed. Teaching the swimmers the basics and rehearsing great technique, attitude, and effort are ways in which CDSC athletes will succeed.

 

Jennika Efford Assistant Head Coach

Jennika started competitive swimming while growing up in California. She competed at a national level in high school which afforded her the opportunity to swim for the UBC Thunderbirds as a distance swimmer while completing her degree in Anthropology. 

 

While swimming at UBC, Jennika started coaching for VPSC. Once she had finished her own swimming career she continued coming to the pool every day in the hope of inspiring the next generation of swimmers. 

 

After working for VPSC for 3 years and spending 2 summers working with the summer club in Duncan,  Jennika moved to Vancouver Island to work with Island Swimming. After 4 years at Island Swimming as Head Development Coach, assistant to the Senior Group and yoga teacher, Jennika moved to Tyee Aquatic Club where she was Assistant Head Coach for two seasons. Jennika joined CDSC in September 2018 as our Assistant Head Coach.

 

Jennika’s coaching philosophy is aimed at developing not just great swimmers, but great people. She loves working with athletes and helping them reach their full potential in and out of the pool. 

 

In her time away from the pool deck Jennika enjoys yoga, trying new restaurants, and travelling. 

 

Please join us in welcoming Jennika back for another great season with our Dolphin family!

 
Khosro Mansuri Coach, Head of Junior Development

Khosro has been coaching with the Canadian Dolphins since 2001 and is responsible for coaching our youngest developmental swimmers. He also spearheads our monthly developmental mini-meet program .

Khosro started swimming at age 13, and by age 17, he had broken the Iranian 100m Breaststroke LC record.

Prior to coming to Canada, Khosro coached the Iranian Youth Development Team in waterpolo and swimming, and coached at the Athletic University in Athens, Greece.

Since coming to Canada, he has taught thousands of children to swim in Vancouver and on the North Shore through their recreation systems. He was Assistant Head Coach at the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club for 8 years, and continues to coach developmental swimmers in the North Vancouver Recreation system, as well as Masters swimmers with the North Shore Masters Swim Club.

Khosro’s talent and passion for coaching is undeniable and we are so fortunate to have him with us once again!

Alex Duguay Assistant Coach

Alex swam competitively for sixteen years which included various competitions at the provincial, national and collegiate levels. He swam with the Dollard swim club in Montreal before moving to Burnaby to swim for SFU.

He was the head coach of the Burnaby Barracudas for three years and then coached for the Surrey Knights swim club for one year and then was at Hyack for five years. He was part of the BCSCA youth, junior and age group coaching staff of the year for the 2018-2019 season and was part of the BCSCA development coaching staff of the year for the 2016-2017 and 2019-2020 seasons. Over the years, many of his swimmers have gone on to final and win multiple medals at provincials.

Alex has a B.Sc. in health sciences and holds his level 2 coaching certification.

Alex is very excited about the new season where he can share his passion and knowledge of swimming with his swimmers to help them become the best athletes they can possibly be.
 

 

Zachary Haw Assistant Coach

Zach is an NCCP Level 3 certified coach and has been coaching in Canada for the past 9 years. His coaching philosophy stresses heavily on hard work, engagement, and effort, focusing primarily on conducting oneself in a disciplined fashion in pursuit of excellence. Zach has been successful and continues to be committed in increasing swimmer participation in club activities and is known by former swimmers and parents as someone fostering an inclusive and fun training environment while improving performance, and tendering to the psychological, physiological, and social needs of his swimmers. 

Zach's swimmers have achieved multiple podium finishes, set multiple club and provincial records, and earned various Provincial and National Team nominations over the years. In 2020, Zach was part of the team that won the BC Winter Provincial Championships. In the same year, he was awarded Senior Coach of the Year by his peers at the BC Swim Coaches Association. He served as Assistant Head Coach of the Langley Olympians Swim Club and Head Coach of the Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club from 2017-2021.
 
Zach was born and raised in the Philippines. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2017, double majoring in psychology and political science. He loves travelling, scuba diving, snowboarding, and hiking. He is also a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) and a member of the Swim BC Coaching Development Committee.

Zach is very excited to be a part of the success of the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club and hopes to work towards making a positive impact to his swimmers not only in swimming, but also in life.

Carlie McPhee Assistant Coach

Carlie started competitive swimming at a young age and swam competitively for over 10 years. She went on to become a WSI and LSI instructor, and later on to swim coaching with the Calgary Dolphins Swim Club, and the Okotoks Mavericks Swim Club. She brings a Bachelor of Kinesiology in Pedagogy and Coaching, is a certified Level 1 NCCP swim coach, and years of experience coaching sports and teaching health curriculum to various ages and stages. She is currently working towards her NCCP level 2 coaching certification.

Carlie joined the coaching team at CDSC in 2020.  As a coach, Carlie believes in developing well-rounded athletes who can enjoy swimming their whole life long. She is motivated to foster personal growth among athletes through the exciting experience of competitive sport, and creating a team environment where youth can thrive and reach their goals.

Outside the pool, Carlie enjoys playing outside on a paddleboard, skis, bikes, and discovering her new city! 

Iain Reinboth Assistant Coach

Iain has been a coach with the Canadian Dolphins since 2016, coaching swimmers over a variety of Age Groups.

Iain swam competitively for 10 years with the 1500 m being his favorite event. He has recently graduated from UBC with a major in Chemistry, and attributes his academic success to the focus and discipline he developed as a competitive swimmer.

Iain is a certified NCCP Level 1 Coach and holds both his National Lifeguard and Red Cross Standard First Aid certifications.

Iain is passionate about the sport of swimming and hopes that his experience and knowledge of competitive swimming can guide all of his Dolphin swimmers to success.

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