Coaching Staff
David Loyola Head Coach - Development & T56 Calgary

My Philosophy: I believe in "Developing Excellence” as a swimmer, as an athlete, as a student, and as a person.  While there are common themes to any great program, our swimmers need to understand that there are no shortcuts.  Proper training takes planning, time, and commitment.  The average age of Olympians swimmers winning medals is now in the mid to late twenties.  We have time to properly develop our champions.

I believe in the teaching of fundamental in all four strokes.  With this focus on developing a skill diverse swimmer, it will help the swimmers continue to succeed as they mature and grow within our sport.   Longevity and the process of learning the sport is my key focus.  Developing swimmers who are students of our sport.

Specializing and training at an early age will lead to early success.  I’ve learned that there is a cost for this early focus on success.  It will lead to an increase in training injuries and also to early retirement from our sport.  The Alberta records are littered with provincial record holders that never made it past the age of 14-16 in our sport.  We have time.  I want kids moving through our program that are ready to handle the demands of each level.  Not ones that have been pounded into the ground and have very little left in their career.

I try to teach, train, and motivate the swimmers to achieve their full potential and to have them understand how this path will help them in all aspects of their lives.

I want to swimmers to dream the big dream, but I also want them to understand the that process of chasing the dream is as beneficial, if not more then achieving the dream itself.

Am I a sprint coach? Am I a distance coach?  I have had success in coaching all strokes and distances.  I think my job is a talent developer.  I love teaching swimmers in year one how to start their love with our sport and I love teaching swimmers striving to represent Canada on the international scene.

My hopes are that our program develops athletes who are their own champions of their beliefs.

Dream It! Train It! Live it!

Alexx Diep Ast Head Coach - T56, Junior Masters & Masters

I am Chartered Professional Coach which holds me to the highest standards of professionalism in coaching. I value: integrity, respect, honesty, an open mindness and empathy, these pieces will guide me in my decision making to ensure all swimmers will be treated fairly. I recently graduated and obtained my Advanced Coaching Diploma, currently this is this highest level of coach education in swimming within the National Coach Certification Program. 

To me, there are three main focuses in coaching: the physics, the physiology and the holistic (psychology). Science occupies a big space in my head, it's really fun to compare somebody's stroke mechanics against biomechanical principals. I am thankful for my degree in kinesiology for the knowledge gained in physiology - scheduling training around the energy systems is as fun as it is chalenging at times. In recent years I have delveloped a keen interest in including a more holistic approach in my coaching, I think this is where I experienced the most personal and professional growth. 
 
Away from the pool, I am a father of two kids. I truly enjoy my family time with them and my wife. I'm constantly in search of balance in my life but it seems like I am always a step or two behind. 
 
My favorite quote is: "On the top!" - in a hard set, no matter how hard it is, how difficult the task is, how scared you are, you leave on the top and you do your very best. Again, again, and again.
Alex Schultze Performance - Repsol

It’s about developing smart and independent athletes. We give the kids the tools to build great strokes. We give the kids the racing strategies and tactics and we provide an environment where these skills can be tested daily. We build workouts designed to create success. Success from hitting performance benchmarks in workouts and success from achieving technical skills. Each small victory helps develop the confidence to execute those skills on command with known and repeatable results. They know what they can do and, more importantly, they do them on a daily basis. By the time a big meet comes up the races themselves become a follow-through of our training. 

But it starts with a small victory. Empowering the kids to learn for themselves and adapt to the small challenges issued on a daily basis. Learning from one day to the next and taking ownership in their training. I become another tool in their kit on the road to being a better athlete. 

Robin Loyola Development  - Airdrie & T45 - Calgary - Masters

This will be my 17th season with NCSA and I have never been more excited to get back on deck. Covid has given me a new appreciation for our sport, our athletes, and our program. I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by incredible coaches and motivated athletes. 

As a coach, my goal for each and every athlete is to teach them the skills they need to be successful both in and out of the water. In workouts, up and above the fundamentals, we teach our athletes to support each other, respect each other, and hold each other accountable. I believe healthy competition teaches athletes life skills that will carry them through life and builds confidence. NCSA prepares your swimmer for the path, not the path for your swimmer.

 
Cecilia Wessels T45 Coach - Airdrie
 

Growing up in Sunny South Africa, water played a vital part in my life. From giving life to our farm to taking life during floods. I could probably 'swim' before I could walk and wanted to grow up to be a Mermaid for the majority of my multi-sport life. At university, I was inspired by the science of water activities not only as a rehabilitation tool but also in the art of competing. Constantly shifting one's own achievements and goals with something as small as an open or closed hand.

 

Migrating to Canada in 2009 swimming provided the opportunity to serve both as a Lifeguard and Swim teacher. In raising my own two water-babies, my career grew alongside them from aquafit instructor to forming and growing the Trochu Junior Lifeguard club and the Three Hills Neons competitive swim club. With the phenomenal support I received from my H2O family ( swimmers, coaches, fishes, parents, and friends) my confidence grew, and with that my drive to push the status quo of what can be achieved in small swim clubs.

 

My success as a coach runs parallel with the success of the swimmers who have taught me how to apply the finer skills one learns in the study. I find my deepest Why in the words of one of my dear swimmers, who said, "Coach C, no matter what happens in my day, out there...I always have swim club."

 

From the fundamental swimmer to the National swimmer, from the recreational swimmer to the Masters swimmer, we are all connected in our love for what this amazing sport gives us; as said in the words of Bruce Lee, "Be water"

 
Linda Bruce Development & T45 Assistant - Airdrie
 

I swam when I was young for two swim clubs in Nova Scotia.  Very quickly it became clear that breaststroke was my strength.  I left swimming in high school but would find my way back to swimming over the years.

My three boys all swam for NCSS or NCSA. My youngest swam competitively and finished at the end of high school.  While he swam I took the opportunity to get involved with the club in more depth.  I was President of the board for three years and completed one year as Past President.

In 2010 I started swimming again to compete in Triathlon.  In 2013 I started swimming with NCSA Masters to facilitate triathlon training.  In 2017 I decided to compete at Alberta Masters Provincials and medalled in three events.  In 2018 I competed again in Provincials and added Nationals and medalled in both meets.

I love the sport of swimming and I am pleased to bring my passion to your swimmers.

 
Zac McLeod Development Assistant - Calgary

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