Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
David Tontini Head Coach

This is Dave's first season as Head Coach and Director of Performance at OAK. He comes to us via the West Coast where he served as the Head Coach at Island Swimming Club from 2017-2022. Island flourished under Dave's leadership, specifically in regards to their infamous team culture and daily practice environment. Dave led Island to back to back Provincial Championships in 2018 and 2019 and had swimmers set numerous Club Records during his tenure. Dave and his staff were awarded British Columbia Senior Coaches of the year in 2018. Before moving out west, Dave coached with the Pointe-Claire Swim Club in Montréal from 2007-2017 where he was a core member of the coaching staff that led Pointe-Claire to 10 consecutive Provincial Championships and 3 consecutive Junior National Championships. With Pointe-Claire Dave had the opportunity to learn from some truly great coaches and helped develop many of Pointe-Claire's most successful athletes, including two athletes who represented Canada at the 2022 World Championships and 2022 Commonwealth Games. Dave is a graduate of McGill University where he was an outsanding student athlete. He won four Provincial championships and one Eastern Canadian title with the McGill Rugby team. Dave is known for his positive energy, infectious enthusiasm and strong leadership. He takes pride in motivating his athletes and staff to better themselves, and one another, through swimming.
 

John Calnan Assistant Head Coach & Advanced Director

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.

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 Acorns Director

2021-2022 is my 38th 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 Novice Director

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.

Chris Caloian Coach

 

I’ve been a competitive swim coach since 2014. I am joining OAK after 5 years spent with various age groups at Mississauga Aquatic club where I helped athletes to achieve regional and provincial standard times.

I believe technique in swimming is primary when it comes to achieving champion performance and success.

My passion for coaching (swimming) started when my son decided to swim competitively - currently I’m completing my Level 2 coaching certification. I’ve had experience playing soccer, basketball, track and field and was competitive in handball. Aside from sports I have a bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

 

Susana Escobar Coach

I have 25 years of experience in swimming as an athlete and coach. I am Swimming Canada Level 2 Certified and American Swimming Coaches Association Level 4 certified. 

I am also a two-time Olympian representing the beautiful Mexico where the record books still read my name in 5 events. I swam for The University of Texas -hook'em horns!- graduating with a Bachelor in Kinesiology. I was elected team captain my senior year and during that stage I gained a great deal of perspective on the importance of TEAM! My coaching style will always put team before individual. 

I am very passionate about swimming, and I believe a great coach impacts a swimmer beyond performance, which is why I will always strive to leave a mark in their character. I will use swimming as a powerful tool to help my athletes become better individuals in and out of the water while pursuing their goals!

 

I am very excited to join the Oakville Aquatics Community and look forward the start of the 2021-2022 swim season!  

Board of Directors