Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Eric Kramer Head Coach


Eric Kramer brings 41 years of coaching experience to the Saskatoon Lasers. He works with athletes from learn to swim to competitive swimmers as well as experience with Olympians and Paralympian athletes.
He has brought 2 athletes to both the Olympic and Paralympic level.   Eric was inducted into the Quebec Swimming Hall of Fame in 2019. He has been named female para Swim Coach of the year by Swim Canada and has been named to Team Canada as a Coach for the 2020 (now 2021 Paralympics). He also has many Senior National champions, Age Group Champions and a multitude of Provincial Champions in Québec, Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.  The Lasers inclusive swim program fosters the needs of the varying dynamics of our community!
Eric’s philosophy is Quality over Quantity!  He is driven by technique and is a specialist in all four strokes.  His confidence in technique training allows him to offer each swimmer a personalized coach/swimmer relationship.  
Eric has built the Lasers Learn to swim program into the sought after program it is today.  It is an innovative program that not only teaches kids to swim but also gives them confidence in the water.  This allows for an easy transition to our competitive stream.
Eric Kramer brings 41 years of coaching experience to the Saskatoon Lasers. He works with athletes from learn to swim to competitive swimmers as well as experience with Olympians and Paralympian athletes.
Eric is also credited with Canada’s biggest PARA learn to swim program.  His small group and one on one approach puts both swimmer and parents at ease. 
Eric is extremely passionate about the sport of swimming.  He loves the ability to make “every” swimmer the very  best version of themselves - Both in and out of the water.   He trains athletes, and mentors coaches for the “olympics of life.”  “I have the expertise to get athletes to the Canadian National teams both able body and PARA athlete”. Or “if you want your child to learn strong work ethics and steps to being a better swimmer - we have a place for you!!!”
Ryan Jones Assistant Coach

Ryan began his coaching career in Toronto by volunteering for the Variety Village Flames Swim Team, which needed assistance with their para prgram.  He progressed from volunteer to grassroots coach to assistant coach to head coach.  During this time, he established a one to one para program where he worked with athletes individually until they were ready to join the competitive team.  Ryan is the coach of Aly Van Wyck-Smart, who won a Silver and Bronze Para Swimming Championships.  He also coached at the 2019 Lima Parapan Americian games.  During the 2019-2020 swim season, he also served as the coach for the Ontario Para Swim Academy where he supported the growth and development of athletes across the province.

One of Ryan's passions as a coach is problem-solving: he loves analyzing a stroke and coming up with creative ways to improve it.  Ryan's adaptability and open-mindedness are two of his greatest strengths as a coach.  His wonderful journey with the Flames has led him to Saskatoon and he is excited to start the next chapter by creating a one to one program here as well that will help even more athletes progress to the competitive level.

Brooklyn LePoudre Assistant Coach

Brooklyn has been swimming her whole life and started competing at age 10. She has been a member of the Saskatoon Lasers since 2016. Brooklyn has always been passionate about the sport of swimming and even though an injury took her out of training and competition, she has used this adversity to give back to the sport as a coach and mentor. Brooklyn was able to fulfill many of her dreams in the sport of swimming, including travelling and competing in Toronto, Palm Springs, Montreal, and Winnipeg. She loves inspiring young swimmers to find their potential and achieve their goals despite setbacks and adversity.
Brooklyn completed high school in June of 2021 and plans to pursue University next fall and is thinking of pursuing a career in social work.  

Emma Schaan Assistant Coach

Emma has been swimming since she was a baby. She was a swimmer with a swim club for ten years, and competed for seven, with four of those years as a member of the Saskatoon Lasers. She swam until her third year of high school where she began solely channeling her love of the sport through coaching. Emma began coaching with the Lasers as a volunteer for the Lasers Para program.  She is passionate about being supportive to her swimmers and allowing them to be involved in other sports and extracurricular activities, so they can pursue all passions. Emma has completed her Community Coaching course as well as her Swimming 101 course.

Emma completed high school in June of 2021 and is planning to attend the University of Saskatchewan in the Fall in Education.

Sydney Pinsonneault Assistant Coach

Sydney has been a swimmer since she was 8 years old.  She swam as a competitive swimmer with the Gravelbourg and District Swim Club.  From that point swimming was her thing.  She enjoyed going to meets every weekend in the summer and competed against swimmers who were both her opponents and friends.  She attended the Saskatchewan Summer Games in 2016 and obtained the Provinicial Aggregate Award in 2016 and 2017.

In 2019, Sydney began coaching and spread her love of swimming to the clubs younger swimmers.  She continued to coach in 2021 and the summer of 2022.  She truly found a passion for coaching as it allows her to continue pursuing her love for the sport and to inspire other swimmers to enjoy the sport as much as she does.

Rhyse Wiebe Assistant Coach

Rhyse has been involved in the Aquatic Communtity for as long as she can remember.  Rhyse was a competitive summer swimmer for 13 years and swam for the Hanna Seals Swim Team in Alberta.  She also coached for the same team for two years before moving to Saskatoon in 2016.  She then was involved with the Saskatoon Sharks swim team as a swimmer for two years and coached for three years.  Rhyse is also a lifeguard with the City of Saskatoon for the past six years.

Rhyse's favorite thing about swimming would have to be the enviroment and community that surrounds swimming and that everyone is there to build each other up and support each other.  The reason she loves coaching is the opportunity to support swimmers lives and introduce them to something she fell in love with as a little girl.

Board of Directors
Jayson Peace President
Tricia Weiland Past President
Ryan Spiller Vice President
Sheryl Harlton Administrator
Jodee Ouellette Treasurer
Dina Rathgaber Secretary
Kathy-Jo Newkirk PARA Liaison
Jennifer Lutz [email protected]
Randi-Lee Weninger Social Coordinator