Brooke Colton - Head Coach

Hello everyone! 

My name is Brooke Colton and I am the Head Coach for the Ingersoll Speed Sharks. 

 

I was born and raised in the area, I'm 36, I am married to my husband Josh and together we have 5 children.

 

Throughout the 30 years I have been involved with swimming I have swam and coached at many different levels including the Provincial, National, Olympic Trial and NCAA levels. However the most important level I swam and have coached at is the beginner level. This level is crucial because it is where you discover your love for the water and the sport. 

 

As a swimmer I started out with Coach Kathy on the Speed Sharks, when she made the move to the Tillsonburg Aquatic Torpedoes (later SWA) we decided to go with her. Kathy helped me develop my technique and helped me to be the best possible swimmer I could be. I wouldn't be the swimmer or Coach I am today without her! I swam in my first Olympic Trials when I was 19 and shortly after I left for University in Pennsylvania. I earned a scholarship to a small division II school called Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and swam there for 4 years with Coach Chris Rhodes. While there I held numerous school and conference records. I became a 12 time All-American and was National runner up in the 200 Breastroke for 3 years in a row. I became the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's rookie of the year during my freshman year. As a senior I named the PSAC's swimmer of the year and swimmer of the meet for our conference championship. I was also named the Nancy Ackert Senior Female Athlete of the year for Edinboro and in 2018 was inducted into Edinboro's Athletic Hall of Fame. I stayed on an extra year to be Edinboro Swimming's Assistant Coach before moving to Colorado for a year and then back to Canada.

 

Prior to coaching for the Speed Sharks, I coached for Middlesex Swimming and have coached beginners up to Olympic Trial qualifiers and masters. I've learned that no two swimmers are the same. I focus on technique work with the younger ones so as they age up they get to know their bodies and strokes and exactly how the water feels while they swim. This helps kids to not only have great technique but also be able to tell me what doesn't feel right with their strokes so we can tweak or make corrections as needed. I love for kids to have fun in the water which could mean completing a tough set or making a correction they maybe didn't think they could do or of course playing a game (once and a while!) I can be a tough coach but I'm a fair coach. I've always encouraged my swimmers to ask questions about what we are doing. Whether it be a drill or a set and why we are doing it. I really draw on personal experience when I Coach, a lot of what you may do, I've done as a swimmer. I look forward to getting to know each swimmer, learning about their learning styles and helping them to reach their goals.

 

Cassandra Drescher - Assistant Head Coach

Hi, I'm Cassie and I look forward to coaching for the second year with the Ingersoll Speed Sharks! After 17 years of my own swimming journey I decided it was time to give back to the club that made me fall in love with swimming all over again. Outside of the pool, I am a full time teacher with the London District Catholic School Board, teaching Grade 5 in Tillsonburg this year. I am also in my first year of my Masters of Education program. I look forward to seeing everyone back at the pool and a safe year of swimming ahead of us!

 

Michael Heath - Assistant Coach