Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Paul Birmingham Head Coach, iNational

Paul will be taking over the lead of Edmonton Keyano’s technical program in 2018-19, after 10 seasons as the National Head Coach of Malaysia. Prior to 2008, Paul spent 8 years as the Head Coach of a large club in Queensland, Australia; one of the most dense and competitive swimming communities in the world. He brings a wealth of high-end experience, including 3 Olympic Games and 3 FINA World Championships since 2008. He also brings a wealth of knowledge in running a large club, where he coached up to 100 different athletes per season as the Director of Coaching / Head Coach. In 2018, he is Malaysia’s coach at the Asian Games. Edmonton Keyano Swim Club searched far and wide for the best possible candidate for this position. With the help of our vast resources, we believe Keyano has found a leading-edge coach who will carry on our successes in the pool and take our program to exciting performances across the program’s continuum.

Alex Wallingford Coach, Junior Championship

Alex has an impressive background which includes an education from University of Michigan where he earned BSc.Ed, as well as his designation with Coaches of Canada where he is NCCP Level 3 fully certified and NLS certified. As the former Toronto Swim Club Head Coach he led his team to Division 1 team champions 2011, Eastern Canadian team Champions 2011. He also had athletes in Top 3 at each Provincial Championships 2011-2013 and 2013-2014.

He was also the OAK Head Age group coach and Head Coach for 14 years where he coached swimmers to 15 national and provincial records. He has also had the opportunity  to participate as Coach selection to: 2010 and 2012 Junior Pan Pacific championships, 2009 Canadian NACC Team and the 2009-2010 Australian Youth tour team.


Desmond Lam Coach, Provincial, Kinsmen Gold

Desmond is back for his 7th season with Keyano. He started his coaching career for the Vancouver Vikings Summer Club for the 6 summers before moving on with Keyano. He was formerly an assistant Coach for the Kinsmen groups and was the Head Satellite Coach before becoming Head Age Group Coach.  Desmond has developed some of Keyano's top age group swimmers through the Provincial group. He will also be working with and supervising all the Sattelite coaches and programs. 

Ryan Duggan Assistant Coach, Junior Championship

Ryan is back for his fifth year of coaching with Keyano, working alongside Alex with the Junior Championship group. Prior to Keyano, Ryan coached for over ten years with Silvertide Swim Club, a season of which as the interim head coach.


Bryner Robinson Coach, Youth Development, Glenora Gold

Bryner was a swimmer with Keyano for 15 years where he participated in and travelled to many international level competitions. He has now been coaching with the club for the past three years and has helped many swimmers move up in groups and make different provincial time standards.

Bryner enjoys coaching because he likes seeing success in the younger generations of swimmers and likes to pass on knowledge he gained from his own years as a swimmer on to his own groups. This year, he would like to help his groups understand how to swim smart rather than only hard. Technique is his main focus, however he believes that with commitment and hard-work, along with the technique, competitions like provincials or championships will come easier.

Current certification: Coaching 101 Ceritification. Bryner is working to complete the coaching 201 ceritification this year. 

Natalia Howat Coach, Glenora Silver

In her eight years of competitive swimming, Natalia has attended World Trials, won multiple medals, including gold, at Age Group Nationals, and held two provincial records, both individually and as part of a relay. Now, she’s ready to pass on what she’s learned to new up-and-comers in her first year of coaching Bronze at Glenora!  One of her goals is to help swimmers improve over the season. The other? “To help them love swimming as much as I do.”  

Her competitive nature isn’t just for swimming; she’s the oldest of two, an honours student in grade 11, and a track city champion!

Vanessa Pinel Coach, Glenora Bronze

Coach Vanessa is in her second year of coaching with Keyano. She swam with the club for 10 years, reaching Westerns for many years with the iNational group. She decided to coach to give back to the club, and the sport she loves. Her goals for her group this year are to improve themselves both inside and outside the pool.

Coaching Certification: NCCP 101.

Thomas Williams Coach, Glenora Bronze

Thomas swam with Keyano for the previous nine years, where he was able to train and compete alongside some of Canada's top swimmers. This is his first year coaching with Keyano and is working with the Bronze group at Royal Glenora. He is passionate about the sport of swimming, and combined with his interest in exercise physiology and coaching kids, he's exciting for the awesome year ahead. Thomas is lookign forward to building up technique this season, having as much as possible at the pool, and working hard!

Coaching Certification: Thomas is working on completing his swimming 101 early in the season.

Clark Hardy Coach, Terwillegar Bronze

This is Clark's second full season coaching with Keyano! He has coached swimming on and off for the past twelve years, and prior to that swam competitively in Calgary. This year his Bronze group is focusing on mastering the fundamentals of each stroke, which he hopes will lead to lots of new best times for the swimmers! 

Levi Keim Coach, Confederation Bronze

This is Levi’s first year of coaching for the Bears, after swimming for five years and placing at Provincials! At only fifteen, he hopes to be challenged and grow as a coach. He wants to help his swimmers understand and develop the fundamentals but he also “enjoys seeing kids have fun and improve!”  

As a high school student, he enjoys sports and staying active – his favorite thing to do in Edmonton is going to sports events! His favorite meal is garlic bread and Caesar salad and he loves the movie UP!

Jed Ng Coach, Confederation Bronze

This is coach Jed's second year coaching bronze at Confederation with Keyano. He previously spent 6 years swimming with Keyano, where he has qualified for Westerns and Age Group Nationals. Having personally experienced the importance of coaches during his swim career, Jed looks forward to giving back to the new generation of swimmers in EKSC. His goal for the year is to help all his swimmers learn to love the sport and achieve their swim goals, all while improving their stroke and swimming fast! He is enrolled in his secon year of Sciences at the UofA.

Coaching certification: Currently completing his NCCP 101 certification. 

Emma Perry Coach. Confederation Bronze

After swimming at a national level for many years, Emma has decided to make the transition over to coaching with Keyano. As a confederation bronze coach, Emma is hoping she can take some of the passion she had for the sport and pass it on to the young, up-and-coming athletes with Keyano.

She is currently working on her level one certification.



Mark Phillips Coach, Confederation Gold

Mark has been coaching with Keyano for many years and emphasizes long term swimmer development in the program. The confederation Gold coach, Mark is engaged with his swimmers and invested in their development. He leads by example for the younger coaches on staff. 

emma Carry Coach, Confederation Silver

After swimming competitively for seven years, 16-year-old Emma is excited to start her second year of coaching with the Bears! She has some impressive goals for her first season, including best times for her swimmers in two different events! Mostly, though, she’s looking forward to working with her kids in order to help them improve.

Lauren Dobson Coach, Terwillegar Bronze

Coach Lauren swam with Edmonton Keyano for eight years before she began coaching. She first coached a pre-competitive program for 1 year, followed by coaching Keyano's bronze program in the 2016-2017 season. She is beyond excited to return as a bronze coach for the upcoming season! It is her hope to introduce a passion for swimming, and to create a fun environment for kids to grow and develop as athletes. 

Coaching Certification: NCCP 101 Certification

Agata Martin-Ozimek Coach, Kinsmen Silver

Agata is in her third year of coaching with Keyano. She is still swimming competitively and is currently in the iNational group! Coaching Silver this year, she is looking forward to seeing her group progress and improve over the course of the season!



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