Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Lesley Serediak Head Coach Technical Program & HP Coach

With more than 29 years of coaching experience, all in the Edmonton area, Coach Lesley is back on deck for another year with the Olympian Swim Club but this time in a NEW role as Head Coach Technical and coach of the High-Performance Group. This year, through this leadership role, Lesley is excited to use her years of experience and vast coaching knowledge to help guide the future generation of OSC coaches and swimmers!

Lesley is certified Level 2 coach and currently pursuing her Level 3, Senior Coach, certification. Lesley continues to further her education with courses, videos and books. Outside of her work with the high-performance group, she has been selected to represent Team Alberta as a coach more than 12 times and has served as a stroke coach for the Prospects West and the North/South Swim Camps.  Lesley’s hard work and success with all ages and levels of swimmers has led to her swimmers achieving provincial and national level success consistently over the years. It is her belief that age group swimmers should excel in all four strokes and have great technique. She is a strong believer in hard work producing awesome results which allows all swimmers to achieve their goals. Lesley's aim, as always, for the upcoming season is to help all her swimmers reach their swimming potential while enjoying the experience.

When not on deck, Lesley enjoys her time spent with husband Troy, two sons; Tyler and Shane, and new grandson Logan as well as her two dogs. We are looking forward to hearing her loud familiar whistle, in all its pitches, as she goes about her coaching duties.

Colleen Marchese Head Coach Logistics & PB Coach

Colleen has been a part of the swimming community in Edmonton for the past 39 years. She has experienced the sport all different levels and from many different perspectives, beginning as a competitive swimmer from 1980 to 1997.  After her daughter was born in 2000, Colleen took her experiences and knowledge of the sport and transitioned into a coach, swim parent, official, club administrator, team manager, and Swim Alberta coach developer as well as spending two years as the Head Coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Swim Teams. As a Level 3 certified coach and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200), Colleen is now focusing her efforts on passing on what she has learned and experienced to the swimmers and coaches in the Olympian Swim Club.  Colleen is excited to start her fourth year in a NEW role as Head Coach Logistics and coaching the Performance Blue group.  Colleen hopes to pass along her passion for the sport of swimming to the young swimmers of OSC’s next generation!

Brendan Elford Head Age Group Coach & AGP Blue Coach

Brendan started competitive swimming  when he  was seven years old and swam with the Silver Tide Swim Club and swam there until he was 18. After  this,  he did a year and a half with Edmonton Keyano Swim Club and finished his swimming career with 4 years of swimming on the Varsity team at the University of  Alberta,  while studying for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. For the past 7 years, Brendan has been coaching summer club, the last 3 of which have been as the Head Coach of the Edmonton Derrick Devil Rays. Brendan has a passion for swimming and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with the Olympian Swim Club.

Victoria Etheridge PW Coach

Victoria was a competitive swimmer for 14 years starting in England with the Poole Dolphins and eventually making her way to swim with the University of Alberta  Varsity team after spending some time with the Barrie Trojans in Ontario and the Calgary Patriots here in Alberta. Victoria has been coaching in various capacities for the past 5 years, including for OSC (back in the day!), the Edmonton Masters Swim Club and as a volunteer coach with the Special Olympics in Ontario. Victoria returned to OSC in January as the Head Coach of Scona Pool and is excited to take on even more coaching in this new role.

Emily Flowers AGP White Coach

Emily began swimming at the age of 8 with the St. Albert Sailfish summer club where she quickly learned to love the sport. She joined OSC at the age of 11 where she had 7 very successful years. She won multiple medals at Western Canadian Championships and Canadian Age Group Championships, broke multiple club and provincial records, and was on multiple national record-breaking relay teams. She also represented OSC on several provincial teams and three youth national teams. Her varsity swimming career was short and sweet. She received a scholarship at Oakland University of Michigan where she swam for one year, breaking a team relay record and winning conference championships. She continues to swim today with the Edmonton Masters Swim Club where she holds all three backstroke national masters records in her age group. This adds up to nearly 15 years of swimming experience! 

On the coaching side, Emily is currently pursuing further education to be an NCCP Level 2 coach. She has coached summer swimming at Sailfish for the past  4 years where they won the regional championship for three consecutive years. She has also had the opportunity to volunteer with the Steadward Bears where she learned how to express her creativity as a coach. Emily believes that a strong technical base creates faster swimmers.  

Outside of the pool, Emily has a BA in psychology from Concordia University of Edmonton and she aims to pursue a master’s degree in sport psychology. Coaching has taught her that her passion is to work with athletes, and she hopes to turn her passion into a lifelong career.

Brian McGrath Mentor Coach

The Olympian Swim Club is pleased to welcome Brian McGrath to our swim family as the mentor coach, to work with the coaching staff and club. Brian is a NCCP Level 2 certified coach and comes to our club with 20 years of coaching experience at all levels, from high schools, to club swimming, to NCAA universities.

Originally from Columbia, PA in the US, he began his career as a coach at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (PA). He then moved to teach at the Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster PA, where he took over the swimming program, and from there it was on to Edmonton as a National Team Assistant coach with Keyano.

Brian admits his swimming career started late but he did quite well at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where he is still listed on the all-time top 10 list in two events (1650 Free and 1000 free. From that point he gravitated to triathlons, where he competed in the Ironman in both 2005 and 2007.

Brian has a BA (of Business Administration) from Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA), a Bachelor of Education from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA), and a Masters in Education from Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre University, PA).

As the new mentor coach, Brian hopes share his experiences, provide guidance, and be on hand to assist our coaching staff in all areas, and is looking forward to starting with the club in September.

On a more personal note, Brian is hoping to run in the Boston Marathon again but this time with his wife Sara, and then again in 20 years with his kids, Patrick, Ciara, and Rylynn.

Agnieszka Howat Head & JAG Coach Fountain Park Pool

The Olympian Swim Club welcomes Agnieszka Howat as the new coach for the JAG group, and the head coach at the Fountain Park Pool. Agnieszka grew up in Poland where she swam competitively for 12 years before moving to Canada and competing at the national level for an additional two years. Staying in the swim community, she then went on to coach at the Keyano Swim Club for six years at the provincial level. Along with her husband Nathan, she is raising two teenagers (one of whom swam for the OSC) and she has spent the past seven years with our club as a pool parent, chaperone, and swim official. Agnieszka has her level two coaching certification, and has been a massage therapist for the past 19 years. Her goal is for the swimmers to enjoy this great sport of swimming as it teaches much more than just swimming. It teaches self discipline, perseverance, commitment, and confidence. Always dream big and work hard so you can become the best you can be. Never quit even though life may have many obstacles.

Arynn de Leeuw Fountain Park OW Coach

Arynn began her swimming career for the Whitecourt Blue Dolphins, a small town summer swim club at the age of 6. She joined the Olympian Swim club when she was 10 and continued to swim at the provincial and national level until she graduated high school. After graduation she received an athletic scholarship to swim in Michigan for Oakland University. During her time at Oakland she was voted varsity team captain four years in a row, broke multiple school and conference records, and won four consecutive conference championships. Arynn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2018 and just finished up applications to medical schools.

Arynn’s coaching experience began with the Millennium Marlins Summer Swim Club in Sherwood Park during their 2014 swim season where she learned many things from her experience. Since then she has coached for the Oakland Live Y’ers for two years and just finished up a season with the Novi Sturgeons as their assistant age group coach, both in Michigan. Arynn is excited to be back with her home club to share her knowledge about swimming. She loves motivating her swimmers to work hard and enjoys watching them achieve the goals they set for themselves in and out of the pool.

Kathryn Doyle Fountain Park JOW Coach

The Olympian Swim Club is pleased to welcome Kathryn Doyle back as the JOW and JD coach at the Fountain Park Pool. Kathryn was part of the OSC family for nine years as a competitive swimmer, then spent a year on the U of A varsity team before hanging up her swimsuit. Now in her third year at the U of A where she is studying kinesiology, with an eye to sport psychology, Kathryn is thrilled to be back with her home club, in her home pool, teaching the next generation of young swimmers. Coach Kathryn’s goal is to combine the love of swimming and the ability to swim all four strokes, with confidence building and a sense of team pride in her swimmers.

Karlyn Elford Scona JAG Coach

Karlyn is excited to return back to coaching after stepping away from the sport in 2016. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience, competing for over 15 years. In her final five years of swimming, Karlyn represented the University of Alberta's Bears and Pandas varsity swim team, and had the privilege of being elected Captain for two of those years. In recent years, Karlyn has coached in many capacities, most notably as the Head Coach of both the Millennium Marlins and Derrick Devil Rays summer swim teams. She is looking forward to returning to the pool deck to share her passion for the sport with the swimmers this season!

In addition to her swimming experience, Karlyn competed nationally and internationally in the sport of triathlon from 2009 to 2014. Highlights of her time in the sport include competing in the Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Summer Games, Junior Pan Am Championships, as well as Age Group World Championships.

Karlyn holds a degree in Kinesiology from the U of A, with a focus on Sport Performance. Outside of coaching, Karlyn is currently working in the University's Faculty of Law as the Student Life Coordinator and is doing her training to become a financial advisor.

Julia Lema Scona OW, JOW & JD Coach

Julia began swimming with the St. Albert Sailfish and quickly fell in love with the sport. After 7 years of swimming Julia began coaching where she began to find her passion for working with children and youth. Julia completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2016 and began coaching for the Steadward Bears Para Swim team. With this program where she gained leadership skills, creativity, and the ability to adapt for individual’s needs. Because of the experience Julia gained from coaching competitive swimming she is pursuing and Education after-degree from Concordia University of Edmonton. In her free time, you can find her hiking in the mountains, skiing, and enjoying time with family and friends. Julia is looking forward to a fantastic season with Olympian Swim Club!

Alyssa McNamara Terwillegar JAG & OW Coach

Aly began her swimming career with the Olympian Swim Club at the age of 6. She continued with OSC to the High-Performance group and eventually graduated high school and proceeded with her career with Saint Leo University in Florida. Aly spent most of her career as a distance swimmer although she also loved to swim backstroke. Throughout her four years with Saint Leo Aly achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical and health sciences and hopes to get her Masters in Physical Therapy. Following the completion of her 16-year swimming career Aly is excited to join the OSC coaching staff and pass her knowledge and love of swimming on to the next generation!

Dylan Johns Terwillegar JOW Coach

Dylan swam with the Lacomble Dolphins Summer Swim Club for 8 years, as well as actively competing in various triathalons. He has been coaching actively for the past 4 years, with some highlights being the Head Coach of the Ponoka Gators Summer Club, a private coach for the Royal Glenora Club, and the last year working with the Terwillegar Mini-o's! Outside of swimming, Dylan studies music at the University of Alberta, with the hopes of becoming a highschool music teacher in future years. He is excited to return this year to coach the OW group at Terwillegar Rec Centre! 

Lindsey Thomas Mini O's Program Director & Office Admin

Lindsey is back with the Olympian Swim Club for the 2017-18 swim season in the roles of Team Administrator and Mini O's program director. Lindsey is no stranger to our club as she is the creator of the wildly successful Mini O’s program. Since its inception, it has grown to now have more than 200 swimmers participating in the program each year. As the driving force behind the program, Lindsey is gratified to see the young swimmers grow to love the sport and be able, by the completion of the program, to swim all four strokes as well as have a good understanding of both dives and turns.

Lindsey is no stranger to the sport having been involved in the swimming community for the past 16 years. After four years coaching with other clubs, Lindsey joined the OSC family in 2007 and spent her first  two years as a JOW coach.  She attended the University of Alberta and obtained her Bachelor of Physical Education and returned  to school to obtain her diploma in massage therapy from Grant MacEwan University. As a registered massage therapist, the club and the swimmers know they can count on Lindsey  to be on hand  to help the swimmers on deck during competitions with any needs them may have. Lindsey is well known and influential within the OSC and Alberta swimming communities and is very excited to be involved with the club in the upcoming season

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