Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Andy Ritchie Assistant Coach

When the Thunderbolts started in 1972, Andy was an original member of the club training under legendary coach Don Talbot. Within a few years, he was named to the Canadian National Team and remained there for five years. He earned a spot on multiple international tour teams, broke National and Commonwealth records, and earned a spot in the finals of the 400 IM at the Olympics in Montreal in 1976 at the young age of 17.

Andy then earned a full scholarship to the University of Florida where he set numerous varsity and state records and then continued to have multiple gold medal performances swimming at four Canadian University Championships. He was a bronze medalist at the World Student Games in Sophia, Bulgaria in 1977. Andy had the honour of being inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and will be inducted into the LU Wall of Fame in October 2019. He is currently very active as a Masters swimmer setting numerous Provincial and National records over a 20-year period and attempting to chase down a world record for Canada. 

Andy began his professional coaching career in 1982 under National Team coach Derek Snelling, becoming Senior Age Group Coach overseeing a staff of seven coaches and over 200 swimmers. He also assisted Coach Snelling with National Team legends such as Mark Tewksbury, Tom Ponting, and many others. He has been the Head Coach of the Thunder Rays Masters Swim Team since 2014 overseeing growth from about 20 swimmers to the current number of 65 with a waiting list of over 30. He led the Thunder Rays to their first Provincial title in March 2019. 

Andy is extremely honoured and excited to join the coaching team of the Thunder Bolts!

Brooke Hulina Assistant Coach
Hannah Leveque Pre-Competitive Coach

Hi there! I'm Hannah, one of our pre-competitive coaches. After being a member of the Bolts community since 2008, I have developed a passion for swimming and coaching. Being a member of this wonderful team has allowed me to develop essential interpersonal skills and has also introduced me to many incredible people who I now consider a second family. I am a firm believer that swimming fosters essential qualities such as teamwork, responsibility, and leadership; it provides an opportunity for youth to thrive and reach their true potential, not only as an athlete but as an individual. As a coach, I like to focus on the development of new skills in and out of the pool through hard work and fun. I can’t wait to see what the new season brings for each swimmer!

Jon Balabuck Assistant Coach

 Jon likes spaghetti.

Logan Marks Pre-Competitive

My name is Logan and this is my first year joining the Thunderbolts team! I just recently moved to Thunder Bay from Collingwood, Ontario. I swam in my home town for 8 years and coached their pre-competitive team for 2 years. I then moved to Ottawa where I did my undergrad at Carleton University. I swam on their varsity team for 4 years and also coached with the ROCS swim team for 3 years. I am now coaching the pre-competitive program for the Thunderbolts. I am so excited to be starting with this team and to be working with all of the new swimmers!

Zoë Aylward Pre-Competitive
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