COACHES

Andrew Craven Head Coach

Three-time recipient of Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards. 8 time recipient of Ontario Swim Coaches Council awards. 2003 recipient of the Swimming Canada President's Award. National Coaching Institute Level IV Advanced Coaching Diploma (Nov 2012).

Head coach at the 2000 Paralympics and the 2002 IPC World Championships. Staff coach at the1998 IPC World Championships and the 2008 Paralympics. Swim Ontario Coach of the Year 2019 and 2020.

Interesting fact: Andrew still believes the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup.

Coaching since 1986. Coaching with LAC since 1992. LAC Head Coach since 2012.

 

Donna Moskal General Manager

Coaching with LAC since 1984

Liz Moskal Age Group Gold/Silver Coach

Liz swam for 10 years with LAC before returning to the club as a coach....you could say she has swim coaching in her blood.

Interesting Fact: Liz was a figure skater for 14 years, most of these while she was a swimmer. 

Coaching with LAC since 2005.

Kelly Steeves Senior Gold/Silver Associate Coach

Kelly has a background in Sport Administration and Coaching. He worked for 7 years as the Swim Ontario Technical Programs Coordinator and has coached swimming at the age group, university and Masters levels. Kelly has been coaching with LAC since 2015.

Interesting fact: Kelly plays golf left-handed. 

Jonathan Korchuk Senior Bronze Coach

Jonathan swam for LAC during high-school and continued swimming at University of Waterloo while completing an Honours Mathematics COOP degree.

Jonathan has been a Masters swim coach (8+ years), a volunteer Senior Gold LAC coach (2014/15), and a competitive masters swimmer and triathlete with several top 3 finishes at Canadian Masters Swimming Championships. He has also completed Level 1 and 2 NCCP swim coach training and is Level 1 Certified. Coaching with LAC since 2014.

Interesting Fact: Jonathan loves to do canoe trips on the French River and Algonquin Park.
 

Kim Charteris AG Orange Coach/Dev Co-ordinator

Kim has a long history in swimming and with the London Aquatic Club. She swam for the London Y Aquatic Club in the 1970's, then coached for LYAC (along with Donna) in the 1980's, before moving to Kitchener where she coached for the Kitchener-Waterloo Aquatic Club, spending 3 years as their Head Coach. Kim took a break from the pool to raise her two children, and has now moved back to London with her husband Tom and is very excited to re-connect with her LAC family. Coaching with LAC (again) since 2018.

Fun fact:  Kim coached on 2 Ontario provincial tour teams and at the Ontario Winter Games.

Cassie Ellis Strength & Conditioning Coach

Cassie has an extensive background in kinesiology and nutrition. She swam with LAC when she was younger before switching her focus to ballet. Cassie teaches the dryland strength training program as well as yoga to Age Group Blue and above. Cassie received her PhD in Kinesiology with a focus on The Psychological Basis of Movement at Western University, and has worked with athletes from a variety of different sports, including professional athletes. She has been coaching with LAC since 2013.

Interesting fact: Cassie grew up with Liz!

Shannon Nell Age Group Gold/Silver assistant coach

Shannon was a national level swimmer from 2003-2014, swimming for both LAC and Western University, and represented Canada twice as a junior swimmer at the North American Challenge Cup. Shannon started coaching with LAC in 2014.

Interesting Fact: Shannon has worked on the sets of many popular shows and movies, including It, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, and Kim's Convenience. 

Emma Tarrataca Age Group Bronze Coach

Emma swam with LAC for 6 years, and completed a Health Sciences degree at Western University. She has been coaching with LAC since 2013.

Interesting Fact: Emma has dual citizenship for Canada & Portugal

Josie Andres Age Group Blue Coach

Josie is a University of Waterloo graduate, where she competed and was a co-captain for the varsity swim team. Josie represented Waterloo at CIS and USport university nationals in each of her 5 years. Josie is a LAC alum and was very excited and proud to represent LAC at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials which doubled as her first-ever Senior National championship and the final competition of her illustrious career. This is Josie's 2nd year back coaching with LAC.

Paulina Bond Age Group Silver Coach

Paulina first joined LAC in 2015 while she was completing her degree at Western University. She represented Western as a Varsity Swimmer for 5 years at the CIS level, culminating her career as a 3-time National Champion. Paulina also represented LAC at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials. She has been proud to swim alongside many great athletes at LAC and Western, now channeling her passion for swimming into coaching.

Paulina has been an assistant coach with Western since 2018 and coaching with LAC since 2019. 

Darda Sales Age Group assistant coach

Darda swam with LAC for 9 years. She represented Canada three times at the Paralympics in swimming bringing home two medals, and in 2016 represented Canada at the Rio Paralympics in wheelchair basketball. Darda has previous coaching experience in Orillia and Ingersoll, and re-joined the LAC coaching team in 2018 after 2 years in Alabama pursuing a Masters degree.    

Interesting Fact: Darda loves peanut butter on toast :)

 

Yousir Aldin Senior Bronze assistant coach

Yousir swam for LAC for 9 years and graduated from Western University with a degree in Integrated Science. She has been coaching for LAC since 2014.

Interesting Fact: Yousir loves to paint and has one piece of artwork published.

Gabbi Whitlock Senior Bronze assistant coach

Gabbi comes to LAC from a background in triathlon, having coached the sport at every level for the past 25 years. She was named Triathlon Ontario Coach of the Year in 2018 and coached at the 2018 Ontario Summer Games, as well as being selected as a coach for the 2021 Canada Games. Gabbi is excited to join the LAC team and return to her competitive swimming roots.

Mel Rice Age Group Silver assistant coach

Mel was a national level swimmer for the Pointe Claire Swim Club, Swim Brock Niagara and Western University, and is now in her 6th year of Masters swimming with the London Silver Dolphins. She previously coached with LAC from 1997-2000, works full time at 3M as a Marketing Operations Manager, and started coaching again with LAC in 2017. Mel has 3 children, 2 of whom are swimmers for LAC.

Interesting Fact: Mel has travelled to Europe, South America and Asia for work.

Madeline Forsey AG Bronze assistant coach
Katie Flannery Age Group Blue assistant coach

Katie swam for LAC for 7 years.

Coaching with LAC since 2016.

Michael Quigley Age Group Orange assistant coach

Michael swam for LAC for 8 years, primarily as a backstroker, and has been coaching with LAC since 2018.

Interesting fact: Michael loves music, and plays both the guitar and piano.

Hilary Bruce Development Coach
Menley Langham Development Coach
Kira Mels Williams Development Coach
Kyla Romero Development Coach
Meggin Moffatt Intro Coach

Meggin swam for 7 years with LAC and has been coaching with the club since 2001.

Interesting Fact: Meggin completed Teachers College in Scotland.