DAVE LING – Head Coach – Senior & National Senior

Contact Details:   [email protected]

Coaching with the Newmarket Stingrays since July 2020.

Why I became a swim coach

I received a call from John Grootveld at the Toronto Swim Club to help coach once a week.  Once a week turned into twice a week and things have snowballed since that day.  Coaching and club development has been exceptionally rewarding and I can not imagine doing anything else.

Finest coaching success

Moving out east to St. John’s, Newfoundland, leaving my southern Ontario roots, and rebuilding a proud swim community.  It was a big project building a club up from just two Easterns qualifiers in 2016 into a club with a swimmer who qualified to represent Canada at the Jr Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji (2018), produce six Sr. National qualifiers and over 20 Easterns qualifiers (2020).

Biggest influences on my swim coaching career

Bill O’Toole (TSC), Byron MacDonald and Linda Kiefer (UofT) and Peter Bradstreet (Brock University) all have been great mentors in my career.  All four are great coaches and better people.

Dave’s Professional Achievements

2008-2016 – Coach, Toronto Swim Club

  • Coach of a swimmer on a National Age Group Record 800 freestyle relay (girls 13-14) (2014)
  • Coach of a National Age Group Record 400 medley relay (boys 11-12) (2014)
  • Coach of a National Age Group Record 200 medley relay (boys 11-12) (2015)
  • 2014 Swim Ontario Provincial Team Champions
  • 2014 Easterns Team Champions

2016-2020 – Head Coach, St. John’s Legends

  • 2017, 2018, 2019 Newfoundland Provincial Team Champions
  • 2018, 2019 Nova Scotia Provincial Men’s Team Champions
  • Noah Cumby named to Canadian Junior Pan Pacific Championship team (2018), earned a Bronze medal in 400 Medley Relay
  • 2019 Nova Scotia Provincial Open Water Team Champions
  • Over 200 Provincial Records

2020-present – Head Coach, Newmarket Stingrays

Dave’s Academic and Athletic Achievements

  • Graduate of the University of Toronto, Hon. BA (History) in 2004
  • Swam 17 years with COBRA, BROCK, University of Toronto, Toronto All-Stars, Toronto Swim Club
  • 2004 Athletic All-Canadian, 2nd Team, 5x OUA All Star, 2004 OUA Award of Distinction
  • Three-time University of Toronto Swim Team Captain
  • Represented Canada at the 2000 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Honolulu, swimming the 25km

Edit Varga - Associate Head Coach - AG2 / AG1

Contact Details: [email protected] 

Coaching with Stingrays Since: September 2018




Why I became a coach

My passion for swimming began at the age of 4 when I joined the Kaposvar Swim Club, and began training under the guidance of Jozsef Csutorás. I remained a member of the team for 12 years, as a swimmer, and then stayed onboard as a coach until I graduated from University. I knew from the beginning that I am full of passion for sport and I will be a life –long student of swimming.


Biggest influences on my swim coaching career

Krisztina Egerszegi, Tamás Széchy, Jozsef Csutorás and dozens of other swimmers and coaches who redefined the sport of swimming. They proved that the equation of hard work, plus dedication and passion for the sport equals endless possibilities. 

Edit’s Academic and Athletic Achievements

  • Bachelor degree in Coaching, University Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Budapest 
  • Bachelor degree in Sport Management, University of Semmelweis, Budapest 
  • Studied Sport Management at University of Maryland, College Park 
  • NCCP Level 3 trained Swim Coach in Canada 


Kelly Hughes  - AG3 / AG4

Contact Details: [email protected]

Coaching with Stingrays Since: September 2021



Sam Shalovsky - AG5 / DEV 1 / DEV 2

Contact Details: [email protected] or 647 248-3901
Coaching with Stingrays Since: December 2008

Why I Became a Swimming Coach: Having returned to swimming after thirty years (when my children started competitive swimming), I quickly became aware of the fact that many swim clubs/coaches were more interested in quick results rather than the long term development of young athletes. I had been coached, all through my youth, by people like this and was sure that there must be a better way. A young coach that worked with my son put it into words perfectly, “I do not want my athletes to go through what I did”?.

Finest Coaching Success:
Every time a child gets out the pool at the end of a tough workout with the desire to return for the next practice.

Biggest influence on career of swimming coaching:
Two coaches that embrace the philosophy of long term goals over immediate success, Rhys Gormley and Christine Green (Barnet Copthall Swimming Club).

Sam’s Academic & Athletic Achievements:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Internet Technology – Buckinghamshire Chiltern University
  • Junior Provincial Qualifier in Zimbabwe (‘75-‘77)
  • British Swimming Coach – Level 2
  • England Rugby Union Coach – Level 3