Coaches' Corner

Messages from our OAK coaches.

Coach Kyle
Senior Head Coach

Coach John
Assistant Head Coach
TAG3, DevoA

Coach Ryan

Coach Meghan

Coach Reid
Gold, DevoC

Coach Melanie
Silver, DevoB, Acorns

Coach Carter

Coach Kristin
AG2, OAK Entry

August 12, 2020 Message

Greetings OAK membership,

Hope this message finds you well.

We wanted to bring you up to speed on a staff update as it pertains to the rest of the summer 2020 training block as well as the upcoming 2020-2021 swim season.

Carter Yeudall will be stepping down in his role as AG1 coach as of August 16. We wanted to take this opportunity to wish Carter all the best in the next steps of his coaching career. He has established himself in his time with OAK as one of the best up and coming young coaches in the province. Both the swimmers and coaching staff appreciate Carter’s enthusiasm, integrity and unconditional support both at training and meets and look forward to seeing him on deck in the near future.

For the remaining summer block of training both Ryan and Kristin will help lead the AG1 group and ensure a smooth transition into next season. The staff are looking at many options on how to best proceed with the AG1 group and continue to develop some of the best prospects in our age group program.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out.

All the best!

Kyle, John, Ryan, Meghan, Melanie, Reid and Kristin

July 30, 2020 Message

Greetings Oakville Membership!

Hope this message finds you in good spirits!

The coaching staff wanted to take this opportunity as we move closer to the start of the 2020-2021 season to announce some exciting additions to the coaching team.

We are delighted to announce that Ryan Gurney will be taking over the position as TAG 1 Coach. Ryan spent last season leading our OP and AG2 groups and will provide some great experience and leadership for that group. Ryan has spent many hours on the pool deck specifically in a senior age group role with his past clubs including Island Swimming, Kenora, Collingwood and Owen Sound (the last three being Head Coach). He brings a multitude of skills and expertise to the position. The staff have enjoyed his calm, thoughtful and detailed approach to both the on-deck development of his swimmers but also his management in the OP position this past season.

We would also like to announce the hiring of Kristin Buchanan as our new OP coordinator/AG2 Coach. Kristin comes to us from Belleville where she was the Assistant Head Coach along with their Learn to Swim Coordinator. She has a tremendous skill set as she not only holds her NCCP Level 2 certification but also is a certified personal trainer specializing in both nutrition and children’s fitness. She swam competitively for 13 years representing North Bay, Ernestown and McMaster University. Kristin’s background and experience will be a welcome addition to both the OP coordinator position along with the lead coach for AG2.

Please help us congratulate both Ryan and Kristin on their new roles with OAK for September 2020!

We are delighted to introduce the staff for the 2020-2021 swim season.
Kyle Welsh – Senior
Ryan Gurney – TAG 1
Meghan McDonnell – TAG 2
John Calnan – TAG 3/Development A
Reid Scarrow – Gold/Development C
Melanie Mackay – Silver/Development B
Carter Yeudall – AG1
Kristin Buchanan – AG2/OP Coordinator
Amie Peddle – Development A

We appreciate everyone’s support and patience the past four months helping us get back safely into our pools and a return to training. We realize everyone is anxious and excited about group placements for the upcoming season. The daily developments and changes with COVID-19 have forced the staff to take a calm and detailed approach to prepare for the upcoming season. We are not totally sure at this point if the Town of Oakville will be opening all the pools up in September which is the main reason for the delay in getting placements out. Both Jason, Juana and the coaching staff have been working hard to stay in contact with both the Town and Swim Ontario to see what the pool and training dynamics may look like for September. We want to make sure we have as much information as possible before we finalize both names and numbers for each group.

Everyone on the OAK staff including office, coaches and board members realize this has been a long and tedious journey so very much appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out.

See you on deck!
Kyle and John

July 19, 2020 Message

Greetings OAK Parents and Swimmers,

Hope you are enjoying the first few weeks of summer.

If you are in a Performance group the staff were excited to see everyone back in the water this past week. Group morale was very high across all groups with the swimmers very excited to be back in the water with their friends and teammates.

We continue to make inroads with our return to training with the opening of 3 pools. The staff are continuing to work with the Town of Oakville to see if we can firm up some more pools along with some more training time to possibly accommodate more swimmers as the summer progresses.

We are starting to get more details each day as it pertains to the upcoming 2020-2021 season. Each week both the government along with Swim Ontario modify safety and swim training protocols. This changing landscape is providing some unique challenges to prepare for September 2020.

The staff are working hard to forecast what the upcoming season will look like and are starting to finalize group placements along with coaching assignments for each group. We should have some more definitive answers as we move towards the middle of August.

We appreciate everyone’s support and patience the past four months. The staff understand this has been a long and sometimes frustrating journey. To our parents we are very grateful for fostering mature and thoughtful athletes and to our swimmers we admire how you have handled yourselves both physically and mentally during this tumultuous period.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!

Kyle, John, Mel, Reid, Carter, Meghan and Ryan