Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Kyle Welsh Senior Head Coach & Director of Swimming

I began swimming with the Oakville Aquatic Club at age 6 and have been involved with OAK ever since. I was in the water wearing the OAK swim cap from 1989-2002 and during my 2001/2002 season I joined as a part-time aquatic coach working with the entry level groups. It was then that I realized my passion was in coaching. While completing my undergraduate degree at Ryerson University, I continued coaching for OAK and joined the coaching staff full-time in the 2011/2012 season. My coaching foundation is comprised of coaching every level of the club from entry level programs up to the national level athletes. I am currently NCCP Level 3 Trained. I have had the pleasure of coaching multiple club record holders, provincial medalists and national record holders. On the pool deck you will hear me near and far. Off the pool deck you will find me developing tailored programs to get the most out of the swimmer. I excel in motivating athletes as they strive for their pursuit of excellence through character development, training ethic, and swim performance.

John Calnan Assistant Head Coach & Dir. of Perf. Dev

John has spent a lifetime immersed in the sport of competitive swimming. His entire swimming career was with the North York Aquatic Club. He has coached beginner to University swimmers for 15 years and is a Level 3 NCCP Certified Senior Coach. In 2009 and 2010 John was awarded the Swim Ontario High Performance Coaching Award for his work with 13 and 14-year-old boys. He is a two-time member of the Swim Ontario Youth Tour Team coaching staff and was also selected as a coach for the 2011 North American Challenge Cup in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. He has been awarded the Canadian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association award for domestic excellence four times.
He was an Olympic trials finalist in the 1500m freestyle at the 2004 Canadian Olympic trials. John attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh graduating with an Honours Degree in Pure and Applied Science. He believes that each day presents a set of opportunities and choices to improve ourselves. Our physical well-being is directly related to our emotional and psychological lives. The goals we set in our athletic careers and the improvements we make easily overflow into all aspects of our lives.

Ryan Gurney Coach

Ryan started his career in coaching at the age of 15 when he was forced to take time off sports due to an injury. Luckily, his older sibling was the head coach of the local swim team and offered him a coaching role. He quickly noticed that his leadership skills from being a team captain in multiple sports transferred over well to coaching.
Ryan is a NCCP Level 2 Certified Coach, and currently working towards completing his NCCP Level 3. He holds a Bachelor degree in Sport Management and Masters degree in Business Administration.
Ryan claims to have chased down the late Randy Bennett following a presentation to his class. At the time, Randy was the coach of Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane. The presentation was the most inspired he’d ever felt and he knew that he wanted to not only learn from Randy, but wanted to play a role even if a small one in helping Canada become a top nation in swimming. Shortly after, Randy gave him a chance and hired him to work with Island Swimming as the Top Age Group Coach/Assistant Administrator.
After many years coaching on Vancouver Island, Ryan took a step forward in his career and accepted a Head Coach position in Kenora, where he earned a Coach Accelerator Award from Swim Ontario for his success with a National Record breaker. Ryan moved on to lead both Collingwood and Owen Sound as Head Coach, but recently married and moved to the area to join his wife. When he isn't on deck or working on other projects, he spends time trying to enjoy as many outdoor activities as possible.

Reid Scarrow Coach

This is my fourth year with the Oakville Aquatic Club and sixth year of coaching. My previous coaching experience came from the University of Calgary Swim Club. I began swimming at the age of 11 with the Oakville Aquatic Club and swam with the club for 8 seasons before heading to the University of Calgary for four seasons. My swimming highlights have included multiple OAK club records, gold medal at the CIS University championships and a gold medal at the 2014 Canadian Summer Championships. I have competed at two Olympic Trials, three CIS University Championships and various Grand Prix meets in the USA representing Swim Ontario. I am a Level 2 (in training) NCCP coach working towards being a Level 2 (Certified) coach. I developed a passion for coaching after being a swim teacher for the University of Calgary for 2 years. I am happy to be back with the Oakville Aquatic Club and looking forward to a great season.

Melanie MacKay Coach

2019-2020 is my 36th year of coaching Age Group swimmers in Ontario, and 6th decade of involvement in competitive swimming. My swimming career started at 8 years old and ended 1983 upon graduation from Western University, then named University of Western Ontario. Highlights of my 14 year swimming career are 3 years on the Canadian National swim team with teams to Britain, Holland, the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the 200 Breastroke and the Canada-Russia Dual meet in 1978. I started post-secondary school education at University of Alabama where I was an All-American, finished up my Physical Education degree here in Canada and started directly into my coaching career. I assistant-coached at Western and swim clubs in Hamilton, Windsor, Peterborough, Etobicoke, Burlington and Oakville. This is my 19th year at OAK. I am certified as a Level 2 NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) coach, HIGH FIVE and I Can Swim course conductor. I have 2 children, Laurel and Patrick (Paddy) and now have a son-in-law and 3 grandchildren.

Kristin Buchanan Coach

Kristin is a NCCP level 2 certified coach, excited to be joining the Oakville coaching staff for the 2020-2021 season. Kristin has coached the past four seasons with the Belleville Beast Swim Team where she spent the last two years as Assistant Head Coach and Coordinator of the Junior Beast Program. Kristin was a member of the McMaster University varsity swim team where she completed her undergraduate degree in psychology. Kristin quickly recognized the importance strength and conditioning had in the sport of swimming and became a certified Personal Training Specialist with CanFit Pro in 2015. Kristin has worked with a wide range of clientele including competitive swimmers, rowers, triathletes and runners to help them reach their fullest potential through strength and conditioning programs. Kristin looks forward to utilizing her combined skill set to contribute to the success of the Oakville Aquatic Club.

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