Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Darren Ward Head Coach-HP Gold

For the past eight years, Darren has been the Head Coach of the Scarborough Swim Club, where he was instrumental in tripling its competitive membership during his tenure and bringing recognition to the club due to his respected connections within the coaching community.  Prior to Scarborough, Darren held Head Coaching positions at the Saskatoon Lasers and South Western Aquatic clubs.  He was also the Assistant Head Coach at the Mississauga Aquatic Club. Darren has a demonstrated ability to develop large swim programs from the fundamental level to the National and International level.

Prior to coaching, Darren was an accomplished swimmer, most notably representing Canada in two consecutive Olympic Games in 1988 and 1992 and holding a place as World Cup Champion in 1992.  He is a former Canadian and Commonwealth Games Record Holder in the 100 I.M. & 200 I.M and ranked number one in the world in the short course 200 I.M. and 400 I.M. in 1992.

Laurence Mills Assistant Head Coach-Gold/Bronze 1

Laurence joins our club from the United Kingdom.  For the past 2 years, he coached for the Bolton Metro and helped them achieve the most improved program in the North West of England for the past 2 season.  Laurence has coached multiple county, regional and national medallists and has had his swimmers selected for England's national talent program for the past 5 seasons.  In 2016, he had his most successful season where he coached 15 swimmers to the British National Championships achieving 11 Medals and a top 5 finish in the top age group club.

Laurence was a national standard swimmer until the age of 18.  At that time, he took a 2 year coaching apprenticeship and became passionate about coaching the next generation of accomplished swimmers!

Laurence visited Canada in 2016 as part of his ongoing coaching education and was a participant at the Canadian Coaches Conference in Toronto.  At that time, he spent his time visiting some of the top senior swimming programs in Ontario.  

Laurence is a results driven, straight talking Yorkshire-man and a great motivator.  He believes in creating a positive team environment with relentless consistency.  His motto:  "What can we do today to make us better than yesterday"

Glen Steacy Age Group Coach-Silver 1/ Gold 2

Glen is a former college swimmer who has returned to the sport as a coach.  He began swimming in London, Ontario at the age of 6 with the London Aquatic Club.  He swam at LAC for 13 years, three of them as a National Qualifier.  He was Junior National Champion in 1996 in the 1500 free.  Glen received a swimming scholarship to St. John’s University in New York City, where he swam in the NCAA Division 1 for four years while studying Business.  He was Team Captain in his senior year.

Glen began his coaching career with McGill University Masters Swimming, coaching there for four seasons and producing Provincial and National record holders.  He has been in charge of the program for the last two years, while also serving as the Assistant Coach for the McGill University varsity swim team.  Glen is currently completing his CAC Level 1 certification and is excited to continue his coaching education.  He is looking forward to working with young up and coming swimmers and growing with Markham Aquatic Club.

Hazem Sayed Head Development Coach-Discovery/S2A

Hazem Sayed is the Discovery Coach and S2A Coordinator. Hazem has over 15 years of coaching experience coaching in both Egypt, UAE and Canada. Hazem’s experience with running large learn to swim programs has made him the ideal choice as S2A Coordinator and Discovery coach.

Cathy Salvo Bronze 2 / Silver 2

Cathy started swimming competitively at the age of 14 for the Pickering Dolphins. After swimming for two years she decided to focus on school. Throughout her 15 years of practicing as a Dental Hygienist, she remained active in sport. Cathy has completed many half marathons, marathons and triathlons. Cathy’s greatest accomplishment has been completing 7 Ironman distance triathlons—the most recent, completing the 2012 Mont- Tremblant IRONMAN in August. Over the past 3 years, Cathy has implemented a Girls CAN Run® program, coaching young girls to believe in themselves while working towards running a 5km distance.

Cathy believes that coaches have the power to be positive role models for our youth. It is through Cathy’s passion for sport that she hopes to make a difference in a child’s life; to help them be the best that they can be today and in the future. Through her work, Cathy wants to provide inspiration to the children she coaches; to demonstrate that hard work and effort make a difference, and that despite challenges and obstacles, one must persevere and believe in their abilities to find enjoyment in all that they do. She is an NCCP Fundamentals swim coach and is currently working towards her Comp-Two certification.  Cathy is currently working towards completing her degree in Kinesiology at York University.

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