Coaches and Directors


Coaching Staff


Joni ACES Head coach

Email: [email protected]

Coach Joni is starting her 21st season with the ACES as Head Coach, prior to arriving with WAAC, she was Head Age Group Coach at WAC (Windsor) 1 year, Head Coach at POW (Woodstock) for 7 years and Assistant Coach with TAT (Tillsonburg) for 6 years. 

She also coached summer league and high school teams in Delhi for many years. 

She has coached two paralympians Brad Sales (2000) and Michael Heath (2012) and has had numerous Provincial, and National medalist. Coach of three world Special Olympic team members and has been selected to numerous teams to coach.

She has had four swimmers represent the ACES on Canada Games teams and has been on two teams (2005, 2009 and 2017) she was the WOSA Regional Director for four years.

Coach Joni believes that swimming is a life sport, something you can do from birth to death. She enjoys sharing her love of the sport with all the swimmers on the ACES 

Zach ACES Head Development Coach

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This is my second-year as a swim coach, however, I have had a massive background in swimming since I was born. I started swimming on the Windsor Aquatic Club when I was 3 and continued swimming for the Aces from ages 4-13. Since I was playing hockey and lacrosse at a high level I stopped swimming to focus on those sports. At 16 I became a fully certified lifeguard/instructor and have spent 8 years enjoying that aspect of teaching. I am very excited to be coaching this year as the Head Development coach of the Novice and Junior programs.

Heather ACES Lead Age Group Coach Till/Wood

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Heather Bree Davies is a certified Level 1 member of the Canadian Swim Coaches Association (CSCA) with over 25 years coaching youth in sport. Heather has coached with Wilmot Aquatic Aces since 2012 and previous to that she coached with the Charlottetown Y Bluephins Aquatic Club (where she was also a swimmer for 5 years), Piranhas of Woodstock, South Western Aquatics, and is also with the Ingersoll Speed Sharks. Heather believes that swimming is also a pathway to the overall success of any swimmer where it focuses on personal and transferable skills development as well as goal setting for education and employment in the future.


Heather lives in Woodstock with her husband Leighton and has two adult daughters, Kelbe and Kassidy.  She currently works full time as the Executive Director of the Women’s Employment Resource Centre, also in Woodstock, where she has been employed for 20 years.

Sarah Sine Assistant Age Group Coach

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    Sarah started her swimming career with the ACES when she was 12 and swam for the team from 2003-2008.  She went on to study at the University of Waterloo where she continued to swim on the varsity team as a Warrior for 4 years. She graduated in 2013 with a BSc in Biology and returned to the ACES to coach for the 2013-2014 season.  Sarah took a break from coaching to continue her education and graduated with an MSc in Earth Sciences in 2017. She returned to the team’s coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season. Sarah loves the sport of swimming and has always made time for it in her work-life balance. She is excited to start the season with a fantastic group of kids and lots of fast but most importantly FUN swimming! 

Alex ACES Assistant Coach

Email: [email protected]

I swam for the team for 15 years competing at the provincial and national levels. I am entering my 7th year coaching. I am looking forward to helping the swimmers reach the best of their abilities this season.

Aside from coaching, I’m very passionate about fitness and well-being. I like to do running races and obstacle course events as well competing in triathlons.

Jackie ACES Assistant Coach

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   Jackie Buehlow has been coaching with the ACES for 15 years, she was the club president during the time of the team expanding to the new facility. 

Jackie has two children that both swam with the ACES 

Jackie loves the sport of swimming and feels that it teaches children so many life skills

Jamie ACES Assistant Coach

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The 2021-2022 season marks my fourth year of coaching and my third with the Aces. I am passionate about what we do as a team and the development of the individual swimmers. I enjoy continuing education and how I can bring new ideas to the water for our swimmers to benefit from.  With a background in endurance sport and education in Therapeutic Recreation I feel there is a lot for us all to learn about our abilities.

Zan ACES Assistant Coach

Email: [email protected]

Hi! My name is Zan, I'm a third-year university student and former swimmer with the Wilmot Aquatic Aces Club. I swam for 10 years prior to coaching for the Aces, with 2 years spent coaching a small team out of Otterville, where I was a lifeguard.

My favourite part of swimming is that there is an inherent discipline required to make massive improvement, every flip turn and every stroke taken is an opportunity to improve yourself and the more you focus, the more you improve.

I am looking forward to a great seson with all the swimmers!

Dalton ACES Assistant Coach

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Emma Heinbuch Junior Coach

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This is my 8th year swimming and first year officially coaching with the Aces. I was able to volunteer for the past two years with some of our younger swimmers on the team. I’m a grade 10 student at St David Catholic Secondary school and in the future I plan on going to university for occupational therapy. I plan on becoming a certified lifeguard in the next coming year and to continue coaching with the Aces.  My favourite strokes to swim are Breaststroke and Distance freestyle, also I enjoy open water swimming in the summertime. I’m excited to get the opportunity to help other swimmers improve their technique, learn some key skills and embrace their love for swimming.


Julia ACES Junior Coach

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I have been swimming with the aces for 7 years and this will be my first year coaching! I have taught private swimming lessons during the summer of 2021. During the summer of 2020 I broke a world record for youngest person ever to swim across Lake Erie( 20km) and raised $28,500 for Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario. I am a grade 10 student at Stratford District Secondary School. This year I am very excited to help swimmers become more comfortable in the water, develop their strokes and share my passion for swimming! 

Luka ACES Junior Coach

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Sawyer ACES Junior Coach

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Westley ACES Junior Coach

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Gracin ACES Junior Coach

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Board of Directors


Jackie Buehlow President                 Email: [email protected]

Sebastian Pop Vice-president           Email: [email protected]

Angela Gerber Treasurer                  Email: [email protected]

Jenn Arthur Lackenbauer Director    Email: [email protected]            [email protected]

Bronwen Schaub Director                 Email: [email protected]                     [email protected]

Catherine Hall Smith Director           Email: [email protected]                         [email protected]

Alison Vink Director                          Email: [email protected]                         [email protected]