Edit Varga 

 

Head Coach & Director of Performance (Seniors) 

Email:  [email protected]

 

 

 

Edit is an outgoing, outspoken competitor with over 20 years of experience in the competitive swimming environment. Her swimmers have earned multiple provincial medals; they broke more than 100 club records, qualified for Canadian Junior National Championship and won medals at the Ontario Open Water Championship. Edit served as the Head Age Group Coach at the Ducks Swimming Club in Aurora for 7 seasons, and coached for the Master Ducks for 3 seasons. Edit was most recently the Associate Head Coach of the Newmarket Stingrays.

 

Edit was chosen to participate in Swimming Canada’s 2022 Select Coach Development Program. This Swimming Canada program aimed at developing High Performance Coaches is an integral part of Swimming Canada’s mission to be amongst the world leading swimming nations. We are proud that one of our coaches was chosen. Link below to the article on the Swimming Canada website. https://www.swimming.ca/en/news/2022/02/02/swimming-canadas-coach-development-programs-set-to-launch-for-2022/

 

Year started coaching with Stingrays: 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 

  • Member of the 2022 Selected Coaches group 

 

I believe in finishing things through and completion of goals you have set and then learning to understand, appreciate and eventually love the process so you can apply these principles into everything you do in life. Always give it your best, set goals to achieve, yet take it one day at a time.”


 

 

Sam Shalovsky 

Assistant Head Coach & Director of Development  (AG 3, 4,  5)

 

 


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 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. 

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

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”.


Kelly Hughes

Age Group Coach (AG 1&2)

 

Email:  [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

Year started coaching with Stingrays: 2021

 

 

 

Why I became a coach:

I have been fully immersed in coaching competitive swimming for over 20 years. I am looking forward to my second season with the Newmarket Stingrays and working with our AG1 and AG2 Swimmers. I am very excited to partner with each swimmer in their swimming journey. I will be on deck, fully engaged, and committed to delivering quality and professionalism to all members. I look forward to working with you and assisting you with your personal goals in the pool, from the most fundamental skills to elite performance.

 

Finest Coaching Success: 

My involvement in competitive swimming has rewarded me with some great moments both in the pool and on the deck.  I still feel that rush of adrenaline when I watch a swimmer boldly breaking new ground and exceeding their own expectations.  There's nothing quite like it!

 

Kelly's Academic and Athletic Achievements

  • President & Head Coach of an adult competitive swim program, the Aurora Master Ducks. 

  • Head Coach of Ducks Swimming's Youth Program for 5 seasons (2013-2019)

  • Head Age Group Coach with the Whitchurch-Stouffville Swim Club (2019-2020)

  • Coached the local chapters of Special Olympics Swimming and Bocce Ball. 

  • Former competitive swimmer, National Team Member, Canadian Record Holder

  • Represented Canada at the 1978 Commonwealth Games, 1978 World Championships and 1979 Pan American Games where I finaled in the 100m and 200m Butterfly events. 

  • Awarded an athletic scholarship

  • Studied journalism at Arizona State University. 

  • NCCP Level 2 Trained.

 

"Teaching and supporting the aspirations of young swimmers continues to excite and inspire me. I believe that building a strong team is the foundation upon which individual swimmers will thrive. Now more than ever, children need to feel securely anchored to a peer group that is positive, focused and cohesive. My philosophy in a nutshell…..The coach sets the standard for enthusiasm, commitment and confidence. I'm looking forward to the journey ahead!"


 

 

Colette Fitzgerald 

Development Coach ( Dev 1&2 , Wave , Splash )

 

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

Year started coaching with Stingrays: 2006 

 

Why i became a coach:

I am delighted to be returning to the Stingrays family for another season, and I look forward to work collaboratively with new and old faces within the club. I have been fortunate enough to go through the club as a swimmer, and then as a coach and program director of SPLASH.

 

The club’s long-standing legacy of excellence is something I am immensely proud to be associated with. I am looking forward to supporting the continued success of the Stingrays and facilitating programs that bring out the best in our young people.

 

As a life-long Stingray, with an unrivaled enthusiasm for the Stingrays, I hope to help kids set and achieve their goals, build confidence and discipline in their daily lives.

 

Finest Coaching Success: 

Seeing our swimmers “get it” is the best feeling in the world.

 

Biggest influences on my swim coaching career:

Caroline Teskey & Ulf Ornjhelm

 

Colette's Academic Achievements

  • Graduate of University of Toronto

  • Graduate of Sheridan College

 

"Getting our kids up to speed and safely in the water is at the forefront of my mind. I am committed to ensuring the successful delivery of programs that bring out the best in each valued swimmer".


Name: Nick Rottmann - Coach 

Year started coaching with Stingrays: 2022

 

Nick as a Coach:

Nick has been coaching since 1971 (51 years), and is well-seasoned certified NCCP Level III coach.   

Nick has had a very successful career coaching at various Clubs - Scarborough, Hamilton, Oakville, Barrie, Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Richmond Hill, Antigonish Nova Scotia, Aurora Master Ducks, Stouffville Ducks and most recently Whitchurch-Stouffville Swim Club, with swimmers achieving finals at Provincials, Nationals and Olympic Trials.  Nick also had the pleasure of coaching Paralympic swimmer Devin Gotel to the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008.   

 

Nick’s Academic and Athletic Achievements  

Nick, a Graduate of the University of Toronto (Engineering) swam at the National level from 1969-1974. He placed 5th 200m breast at the 1971 Nationals; competed at 1972 Olympic Trials; was a member of the University of Toronto CIAU Champions 1971, 1973 and 1974 and was inducted into their Swimming Hall of Fame in 2008. Nick still swims and has been a Master’s swimmer since 1975 and has attended World, National and Provincial Masters Championships.    

Nick has been a well-known and respected coach for half a century and will be a welcomed addition to Newmarket Stingrays.  


Name: Casey Mccoll - Coach 

Email:  [email protected]

Year started coaching with Stingrays: 2022

 

Why I Became a Coach:

I swam for the Stingrays from 2012-2020 and attribute the passion and love I found for this sport solely to the coaches who guided me there.  As a senior swimmer I was a coach with the Splashing Up program where I found I love working with kids and since I am a university student currently taking a gap year it seemed the perfect time to use my experience to help others.

 

Finest Coaching Success:

Receiving honest feedback and criticism from my swimmers is something I really cherish; knowing that my swimmers are comfortable enough with me to tell me the truth (even when it isn't the nicest) lets me know that I can focus my energy on pushing them as athletes and trust them to communicate with me when something is wrong.

 

Biggest Coaching Influences:

Sam Shalovsky, John Calnan

 

''As a Stingray alumni I feel responsible for using my experience to ensure that the generations that continue to move through the club are able to find the their own successes, both in and out of the pool.''