Coaches and Directors

We have an amazing coaching staff dedicated to our young swimmers, and here they are...  

Head Coach:  Denise Totman

I enjoyed swimming as a child but never had the opportunity to participate on a swim team or to swim competitively.  Back in the 60s we were one of the only communities in rural Alberta to have an indoor pool, though it kept breaking down! It took forever to pass three levels out of four in Red Cross swimming lessons!  I don't like diving and can't do turns, but I can coach them!  I started out at as swim parent in 1989.  This led to volunteering at swim meets, taking official courses, being an executive member of local clubs and a board member of the ASSA; which included a term as President of our Association.  In 2009 a couple of local swimmers required a coach so I took my coaching course.  When there was local interest in starting up a summer club I started to assist as a coach in 2011. 

Denise volunteers her time entirely to coach our team and we are very grateful to have her and appreciate her experience more than she will ever realize!! 

Techinical Coach:  Cory Totman

I swam with the Lloydminster Aquanauts and the Lloydminster Rebels from age 5-19.  Favourite strokes at the end of my summer swimming experience were backstroke and IM.   My next stage in swimming was swimming for the University of Lethbridge Swim Team.  This provided the opportunity to experience different distances and to represent the University at out of province swim meets.

I have had a great time coaching for the Rebels since 2015!  I currently  am the Head Coach Technical.  I actively coach the intermediates, advanced intermediate and advanced groups.  This summer I am looking forward to spending a bit of time coaching all the groups in some capacity.    I have initiated my Coach 201 and have also worked as the Head Coach for the Lloydminster Riptides for the last 4 seasons.  I will continue to work dually for the Rebels and the Riptides as I thoroughly love coaching swimming!!

We are extremely fortunate to have a coach within our club that is so passionate and extremely knowledgeable about all areas of swimming.  Cory’s experience as a competitive swimmer at a variety of levels has proven to be a real asset to advancing our swimmers.  Everyone loves Cory!! 

Assistant Coaches:

Kai Thoresen

I’ve been coaching in Lloydminster with the team since 2017, but I’ve also been coaching since 2013.  I started swimming in 2006 at the age of 7 and have been at it ever since.  When I’m not coaching the kids in during the summer I am away at University studying to be a history teacher and I also coached with the Leduc Tritons this last winter season.  If you have any questions or concerns about how your child is doing during the season, feel free to ask and I’ll be happy to meet with you.  

We are once again happy to have Kai back with our club.  Our swimmers benefit from having a young, vibrant coach who is invested in coaching our swimmers.  

Landon Daschuk

I have always liked swimming, but I never thought I would love swimming until I joined the Jr Rebels when I was 12 years old.  I instantly found that I have a very strong attachment to the competitive swim world.  I am the oldest of four, and all  two of my siblings also swim with the Rebels and one swims with the Riptides.  I really enjoy competing and my favorite stroke is freestyle. I have been working on developing my sprint freestyle while swimming at the USport level for the Brock University Badgers in St. Catharine's, Ontario!  I currently am working on my degree in BioMedical Sciences.   I feel coaching will help me become a better all around swimmer, and I enjoy giving something back to my club! This will be my 5th season coaching with the Rebels.

Welcome back to the club as a coach Landon.  We are happy you are back for another season, and are looking forward to the coaching knowledge you will share with our swimmers. 

Lauren Thibault

I joined the Rebels when I was 11 years old, I’m now 19 and this is my 5th season coaching, third with the Lloydminster Jr. Rebels. I swam with the Rebels for 6 years and the Riptides for 1 year. Swimming has grown to be a huge part of mine and my family's lives. I am currently in university studying Kinesiology at the U of A and even got the chance to coach with a team in Edmonton. I love coaching and seeing the progress the kids make throughout the year! Can’t wait for another great season!

Welcome back to our club as a coach Lauren.  We are happy to have you on board and look forward to seeing how you will thrive as a coach as well as having you continue to thrive in swimming!

More Bios to Come....

Welcome to our Community Coaches:  Emma-Leigh Dzuirynski, Adria Thoresen and Jonathan Rollheiser!


Coaching Staff
Board of Directors
Krystal (Board member) Daschuk President
Chelaine Dziurzynski