Meet the Coaches


HTAC continues to be fortunate to have one of the largest, most highly experienced and educated coaching staffs in Atlantic Canada! Our coaches have a strong history in competitive swimming and hold a multitude of coaching certifications.

 

The entire HTAC coaching staff aspires to work as a professional team, striving to provide a positive learning and training environment for the Trojan swimmers. Our coaches supply a structured and progressive training system that is appropriate for the athlete’s age and ability level, and that adheres to Swimming Canada’s Athlete Development Matrix.

 

Important skills such as teamwork, problem solving and visualization, as well as goal setting and process orientated performance are emphasized in order to achieve common goals.

 

HEAD COACH MARK McGRANN -  LEAD COACH NATIONAL & NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1

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Coach Mark McGrann begins his fourth season as Head Coach of Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club. 

Born and raised in Ireland Coach Mark was Assistant Head Coach with Lisburn City Swim Club before moving to Chena Swim Club in North Vancouver as Senior and Assistant Head Coach. 

Mark’s belief is that competitive swimming provides a unique outlet for young, ambitious, energetic athletes to learn life lessons about health, hard work, body awareness, dedication, personal growth and above all, how to deal honourably with both success and failure. Each day he enlivens athletes to support each other and participate fully in creating a positive team environment. Mark encourages swimmers to relish the opportunities that competitive swimming affords and to develop the resilience that will enhance both their swimming careers and their wider aspirations.

Coach Mark’s message to the athletes is, "Be the best you can be". He proclaims that winning involves more than the achievement of first place but rather the fulfillment of an enduring personal objective. Mark strives to create a positive, enthusiastic environment that attracts dynamic coaches, committed swimmers and engaged, proud parents.

 

ASSISTANT HEAD COACH CHRIS CORMIER - LEAD COACH NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2, JUNIOR BLUE 

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The Trojans are eager to have Coach Chris return to the Trojans! Chris is a former Trojan graduate who moved to Ontario for his post-secondary education.

While in Ontario, Chris coached with Greater Ottawa Kingfish and Swim Ottawa. Following his graduation from the Algonquin College, he was employed by Swimming Canada and then Own the Podium both in the areas of High-Performance Data Management. As a result of his work in this field, Chris has been invited to attend major international competitions such as the 2016 Paralympic Games and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. 

Chris brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of coaching and has been well-renowned amongst his peers. He can give you all the swimming stats your heart’s desire!

 

COACH MAT BERNIER - LEAD COACH SENIOR BLUE & MASTERS

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We are very excited to welcome back Coach Mat Bernier to our Team! Mat is a former Trojan and Dalhousie University athlete who has been developing his coaching career for the previous nine years. 

 

During that time, Mat has achieved various coaching awards including Swim Nova Scotia’s Summer Swimming Assistant Coach of the Year and Head Coach of the Year on two occasions. Following his Summer Club coaching successes, Mat progressed to year-round competitive coaching in 2018 and this season he continues his position with the Trojans. 

 

Coach Mat's message to the swimmers and members of the Trojan's is that he "loves swimming, and coaching is a great way for me to keep in the sport that was very rewarding for me, while also giving back to my community. I look forward to this season with Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club and getting to know the swimmers, families and staff".

 

Mat studied Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University and is currently attending NSSC studying business. When Mat isn't on a pool-deck he enjoys photography, hiking and cooking.

 

COACH PHIL EVANS - LEAD COACH SENIOR WHITE & TROJAN SKILLS

Nova Scotia coaching legend Phil Evans returns to our deck this season. Phil has been a valued member of staff with the Club for over 20 years.

 

Phil has also coached in the UK, B.C. and locally in Nova Scotia with the Port Hawkesbury Thunderbolts (formerly).

 

We are very excited to welcome Phil back to the deck working with our swimmers!

 

COACH KATIE BERWICK - LEAD COACH JUNIOR WHITE

The Trojans are excited to welcome Coach Katie for her first season with our Club! 

 

She is a member of the Dalhousie Varsity Swim Team in her second year studying Arts. Katie is joining us from Ontario where she swam with the Guelph Marlins throughout her age group career and coached with their team for four years.

 
 
COACH EBEN TEBAY - LEAD COACH YOUTH BLUE

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Coach Eben Tebay is returning to the Trojans for his fourth season. Eben’s introduction to competitive swimming began as a Summer Swimmer and from then his passion developed for competitive swimming resulting in an eleven-year swimming career. 

 

Influenced by encouraging coaches that helped develop him as an athlete he was a member of the Dal Tigers Men’s Varsity Team. Eben aspires to expand his studies and education in his pursuit of further coaching qualifications and has coaching philosophy of engaging with swimmers with the same encouraging attitude that was shown to him.

 

 

COACH LIAM FERGUSON - LEAD COACH YOUTH WHITE 

Email: TBD

Many will recognize Liam as a recent Trojan Alumni who is currently an HTAC and SwimNS Provincial Record holder, he was Nova Scotia’s Male Swimmer of the Year last year and has been working with SwimNS as their Program Coordinator.

 

Liam is now swimming with the Dalhousie Varsity Swim Team and studying Sciences in his first year.

 

Coach Liam is excited to join the Trojan staff and give back to the Club where had so much success and an enjoyable experience.

 

COACH DANIELLE MELLISH - LEAD COACH ASPIRE 1 & 2 

Email: TBD

We are delighted to have Danielle join the Trojan coaching staff for her first season!

 

Coach Danielle joins us a former Age Group swimmer with the Barrie Trojan Swim Club in Ontario where she swam competitively for 12 years. She is currently an Analyst with the RCMP who enjoys swimming Masters and is very excited to join another “Trojan” Swim Team!

 

 

COACH MARIA MACLEAN-GUY - ASSISTANT COACH TROJAN SKILLS 

Maria is a former swimmer with the Trojans who is giving back to our program by inspiring future Trojans as an upcoming Coach!

 

Maria is an Assistant Coach with the St. Margaret’s Bay Breakers Summer Swim Team and loves working with young swimmers. 

 

Other passions of Maria’s include skiing, hiking and water polo – we are looking forward to her positive energy and expertise on deck this season!

 

COACH ISABEL CASEY - ASSISTANT COACH TROJAN SKILLS 

Isabel joins us in her first year as a coach, having a great career with the Trojans where she finished up as a Senior athlete this past year.

 

Some may recognize her as a lifeguard at the Waeg this summer, who is transitioning to working part-time with the Trojans.

 

Coach Isabel is excited to work and develop young swimmers as they start out on their individual Trojan journey’s.

 

COACH DAN MACAULAY - ASSISTANT COACH SENIOR WHITE 

Coach Dan joins us in his first season with the Trojans. Dan is a former competitive swimmer with the Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club and MacMaster University Varsity Swim Team.

 

Upon graduating from MacMaster, Dan joined the Coaching staff of the local age group club and Varsity swim teams where he pursued his coaching career as their Head Assistant Coach for several years. Dan has returned to the Province and has been eager to return to coaching in a part-time role while working full-time with the federal government.

 

We are looking forward to having Dan’s positive attitude and experience on deck this season!