Coaching Staff
Tina Hoeben Head Coach

This is Tina's 23rd season with the KISU Swim Club (more than 35 years of coaching swimming). She has her NCCP Level 3 and in the past few years has done a LOT to improve her coaching experience and education.

Tina believes that swimming is a sport for everyone from the young to the not-so-young from the fitness interests to those with the highest goals.  When you sign your child up for swim club, you are giving them a gift that will last a life time.  There are many life lessons to be learnt through sport and competition which apply far beyond the water.  After a few years in swim club, swimmers can walk into any pool and feel confident about their ability in the water. 

She also has her BSc in Physiology, BFA in Fine Arts - Visual Art and MFA in Visual Art. Tina has a wide variety of interests, which include outrigger paddling, cycling, hiking, skiing, yoga and more. In August 2019 she went to Budapest to be a part of the World Junior team.

 

Theresa Zunich Age Group Coach
 

Theresa began her swimming during High School where she swam competitively.  Then when her sons became interested in competitive swimming, she started her coaching career. 

She enjoys the competitive side of swimming and has been dedicated to the sport for 19 years. During this time she has completed her NCCP Level I, II and III.

Theresa coached with the Miramichi White Caps, Bathurst Blast Piranhas Swim Team and Kamloops Classic Swim Team.  She was one of Team New Brunswick’s Head Coaches at Canada Games in Regina.  She also coached Team Atlantic at the 2007 Tri-Team Training Camp and Competition in Halifax. Theresa was Head Coach for Zone 2 swimming at the BC Winter Games in Cranbrook in 2008 where the team placed 1st, and again as Head Coach for Zone 2 swimming at the BC Summer Games in Langley in 2010 where the team placed 2nd.

Several of her swimmers have earned spots on the Canada Games Team in 2001 and 2005.  Many swimmers have competed at Eastern and Western Nationals, East Coast Championships, Age Group Nationals, many provincial AA and AAA Championships and two of her swimmers qualified for the North American Challenge Cup in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.  

This year Theresa will coach the Age Group swimmers and is looking forward to a successful season.

Theresa’s passion is to get swimmers excited about competitive swimming. 

If you have trouble remembering her name you may call her “Coachtee”.

 

Jeff Symonds Assistant Academy Coach
 
 
Marcelo Sulkin Masters/Relief Coach
 

Marcelo join KISU coaching staff after moving to Penticton 3 years ago. He is a Physical Education teacher who has been an athlete since he was seven years old. He started with swimming lessons and soon after, began to compete. At the same time, he started playing tennis with his older brother and began to compete. 

Marcelo branched into water polo, and as a competitive player won many national and international titles. He also has experience in open water swimming for which he won many races. He is a Certified Level 2 water polo coach and took the Calgary Renegades' juvenile and senior girls to National. 

As an adult he has participated in many other competitive sports such as volleyball, basketball, racquetball, and squash.  As a training component to compliment these different sports, he became involved in long distance running, with a focus in both half and full marathons. 

He has been a triathlete since 2003 and became a certified triathlon coach in 2010. He has competed in meets from Olympic to Ironman distance with multiple podium finishes in his age category.

Naomi Antler Juniors, Super Juniors & Intermediate

Naomi Antler  joined KISU in the 2020/21 season as the Mini Squad Coordinator and new coach for Juniors, Super Juniors and Intermediates. Naomi was the head coach for the Keremeos Summer Club this past season.

Naomi started her own swimming career with the Keremeos Summer Club years ago with one of her career highlights winning the A Team Banner at high school provincials. She brings many strengths to this position including organization, self-motivation and a passion to work with young swimmers.

Swimming did not come easy to Naomi herself. She found success through determination and hard work. This has sparked a compassion to work with swimmers who struggle.

Naomi will work with Head Coach Tina to develop a season plan based on skill progression with scheduled check ins to assess skill maintenance. In her free time Naomi volunteers at the ice rink in Keremeos and is attending college to further her education.

Board of Directors
Erin Price President
Amanda Kontkanen Vice President
 
Cynthia Barton Secretary
 
Vanessa Devlin Treasurer
 
Barb Cutjar Member at Large
 
Tiffany King Member at Large
 
Shannon MacIntosh Member at Large
 
Pamela Rutten Member at Large
 
Stephanie Yamaoka Member at Large