Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Marc Tremblay Head Coach & A1 Senior Coach (H2O)
Stefan Pripoae A1 Junior Coach (H2O)

Stefan was a former nationally ranked swimmer who has been coaching with the Cascade Swim Club out of Calgary for the past 5 years. Having competed for 12 years previous to coaching, Stefan is very excited to bring his love of the sport and dedication to coaching to the Aqua Jets. He looks forward to inspiring athletes to achieve their true potential and find a long lasting love for the sport."

Tina Pomponio Team Manager & B2 Coach (JBMAC)

Tina grew up in a small community much like West Kelowna, and had two awesome swim coaches during her years of swimming who inspired her to coach. Tina started swimming at the age of 6 and by age 10 had AAA (Provincial) times in butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke. Tina admits that freestyle was not her best stroke. By the time she was 13, she was swimming Junior National times in these strokes and made National times at 15.  Tina really shows her love for swimming in her coaching abilities and her enthusiasm. Our kids love her and she is an integral part of our coaching staff.

Thomas Robinson B1 Coach (H2O)

Thomas was a competitive swimmer for 14 years with the Pacific Sea Wolves. After finishing swimming, he became a coach for the Kelowna AquaJets and has been coaching swimmers in the Junior Jet program for the past 5 years. He is now the coach for Silver group out of the H2O. He is excited to take his passion for the sport and coach everyone to become the best swimmer they can be.   

John Douglas B2 Coach (JBMAC)

John was a swimmer and water polo player for Simon Fraser University from 1978 to 1983. He was one of the founding coaches of the Liquid Lightning Swim Club in 1994 and has coached with the Lightning, the Kelowna AquaJets, the Ogopogo Summer Swim Club and the Mission Marlins Summer Club. John is the coach of our gold swimmers and is also the pool manager for the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre (JBMAC). John has excellent technical coaching skills and is adept at conveying techniques to our young swimmers. The swimmers in his group seem to thoroughly enjoy John and his effective coaching style.

 

Ian Dixon C1 & Hammerhead Coach (H2O)

This is Ian's sixth year coaching with the Kelowna AquaJets. He ‎is midway through his four year business degree in Kelowna at Okanagan college. He is extremely excited to be coaching the junior jets this year and looks forward to many good memories from this season.  After spending the summer coaching and traveling he looks forward to seeing the improvement in the junior jets as the year progresses. In his free time you will find him up at Big White or hanging out with friends. Please feel free to come have a chat on pool deck if you have any questions or drop him an email and he will be happy to get back to you!

Alex Diaz C2 Coach (JBMAC)

Alex starting swimming at the age of 6 and swam for 11 years with the Liquid Lightning Swim Club. He competed at the AAA Provincial and then onto the Age Group National level. He coached LLSC last year and has also worked as a lifeguard at Johnson Bentley pool for 3 years. He is excited to share his passion and love for swimming through the coaching aspect to help kids improve their competitive swimming skills as well as to excite them to love the sport as much as he did growing up. 

Linda La Lone C3, Hammerhead & Bull (KFY)

I started swimming at an early age, competing with both winter and summer club in Ontario. I was predominately a back stroke swimmer, but could also hold my own in free as well. I had the opportunity to compete at the Provincial level. While a teen, one of my mentors suggested I consider coaching with their Special O program. I was hooked. I have been teaching and coaching ever since. Provincial level basketball teams, National level track athletes, and of course Kelowna Aquajets. I taught school at the elementary level in Ontario, before moving to BC. I have NCCP Levels 1 & 2, with Level 3 Theory and Technical in swimming, as well as others in Athletics and Triathlon. I also teach the Level 1 NCCP course to new coaches.

Abigail Jerome Hammerhead Coach (H2O)
Kodi Wiman
Board of Directors