2022-2023 Coaching Staff

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

Chris Cormier - Head Coach

Chris will enter his first season as Head Coach with the Dartmouth Crusader Swim Club and 11th season coaching.

Starting his swimming career here in Nova Scotia, Chris competed for the Sackville Waves Aquatic Club and Halifax Trojans before moving to Ottawa to compete for the University of Ottawa Gee Gee’s. He then coached for the Greater Ottawa Kingfish, Swim Ottawa, and just recently the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club. He has had the pleasure to work with swimmers at the pre-competitive to national level during that time.

Chris Attended the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, graduating with a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services. Following his graduation, he was employed by Swimming Canada and Own the Podium, both in the areas of High-Performance Data Management. As a result, Chris attended major international competitions such as the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games, 2017 World Junior Swimming Championships and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games as a support staff member.

With great passion for the sport of swimming and the province of Nova Scotia, Chris strives to help each athlete achieve their own individual goals. He believes in developing a well-rounded athlete both in and out of the pool, capable of coping with success and failure. His vision is to create a competitive but enjoyable environment.

Chris can’t wait to get the season started with the Dartmouth Crusader Swim Club!


Michelle Wilson – Lead Age Group Coach

Michelle joined Crusaders as Head Coach in August 2008. After 14 seasons Michelle is changing her focus to a supporting role, to concentrate on performance development with the Junior squad and with coaching development.  Prior to coaching in NS, she was 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 Crusaders.

Michelle is a graduate of Western University, London, 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 with 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.

Lauren Ching Lead Gold Coach

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 was part of the competitive swimming landscape in NS for four years.  In the 2022-2023 season she will lead the Gold squad, and assist with Novatech squad.

Leila Bautista - Co-Lead Blue Coach

Leila swam with NS Summer Swimming then joined Crusaders and rose to the level of podium performance at NS Provincial Championships.  She is graduate of 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 in the coming seasons.  Leila strengthened her understanding of biomechanics and human performance through her academic studies and with the completion of the Swimming 201 course.  Leila is the Co-Lead Coach for Blue squad for 2022-2023 and together with coach Sam will team up to bring a greater depth of experience  to the Blue squad swimmers with an aim to build a stronger foundation of swimming skills.

Samantha Campbell - Co-Lead Blue Coach

Samantha is beginning her third year of coaching with Crusaders.  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 teaming up with coach Leila, benefiting the swimmers in Blue squad with their combined passionate interest in supporting swimmers as they navigate their early years in the sport of swimming - learning the skills, learning to race, and learning to be part of a team.

Christina Riley - Lead Novatech Coach

Karley Grimard - Assistant Novatech Coach // Try-8 Coach

Sadie Morris - Playground Coach

Alex Jonsen-Humble - Playground Coach

Oliver Dawood - Playground Coach / Try-8 Coach

Olivia Jodrey - Playground Coach