Leela D'Cruz

The Board of Directors of North York Aquatic Club (NYAC) is delighted to announce the new structure of the club’s executive leadership team. Based on recommendations from the 2018 Capitis Report, new capabilities have been introduced to the club’s staff leadership with the goal to enhance member experience, program quality and most importantly establish the club as a Canadian leader in club swimmer and coach development.  Building on the recent appointment of Leela D’Cruz as the club’s new General Manager, two new positions have been created – Director of Performanceand Director of Coaching

Under this new structure, the Director of Performance will focus solely on swimmer development and performance in all of NYAC’s swimmers, from WAVES participants to the club’s national-level Olympic prospects. Working alongside this position, the new position of Director of Coaching will target the recruitment and development of the club’s coaches, with the goal of making NYAC’s coaching team the strongest in Canadian club swimming.

Long time Coach Murray Drudge is stepping away from his Head Coach position to enable the promotion of two outstanding members of his coaching team to take on these newly created wet side leadership positions.  Murray has been instrumental to NYAC’s growth and development, enabling the club to place swimmers on Canadian Junior and Senior National teams.  We wish Murray all the very best for his future.  We are excited to be taking the next steps in our club’s modernization process.  

The new executive leadership trifecta – General Manager, Director of Performance and Director of Coaching – will report to the Board of Directors as a core management group and assume full collective responsibility for the club’s wet and dry operations. The Board of Directors will graduate to a position of policy-based governance and oversee the management team’s performance through the development of a new strategic plan for the club, which will be built over the remainder of 2019.

The Board of Directors has considered these steps very carefully, following consultation and advice from management consultancies Capitis Consulting Inc. and McKinley Solutions. The Capitis Report we commissioned last year, brought out some areas of focus that the Board of Directors is keen to address, particularly relating to the club’s executive function, operational effectiveness, and commitment to our coaching faculty. The Board of Directors strongly believes these areas are quintessential to developing a high-quality swim club for our members. This new executive structure allows NYAC to build excellence in these important areas and ensure that all swimmers at NYAC receive great service, quality programs, and have an opportunity to be the best swimmers they can be.

Eddie Toro, formally a swimmer with the club and recently Assistant Head Coach of NYAC, will assume the position of Director of Performance, with Heather Bruce becoming the club’s inaugural Director of Coaching.  Both Eddie and Heather are passionate about their roles and are a tremendous asset to our club moving forward.