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Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Mike Blondal

Head Coach UC Dinos and UC Swim Club

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Head Coach UC Dinos and UC Swim Club

·          Head Coach - UC Dinos and UC Swim Club since 1994

·          2002: Coach of Commonwealth & Pan Pacs Team Members Dena Durand & Chad Murray

·          2001: CIAU Male Coach of the Year; Coach of Worlds Team Member Tim Cowan

·          2000: Coach of Olympian Garrett Pulle & National Champ Carrie Burgoyne

·          1999: Coach of 4 National Team Members

·          1998: World Championships Team Coach

·          1997: CIAU Coach of the Year; Coach of CIAU Men’s Champions

Mads Hansen

Varsity Coach

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Hansen, who comes to Calgary from the University of Regina, will be Senior Assistant Coach and work closely with Blondal and the senior swimmers. He recently completed his master’s degree in kinesiology at Regina, specializing in swimming biomechanics, and has been involved in performance swimming in both Canada and his native Denmark for the past 13 years.

Mads comes from Denmark where he has been a swim coach for more than 10 years, both at club and national-team level. During his years in coaching he has completed several coaching certifications including the Danish equivalent to NCCP Level 3 in Canada. He completed his BA in Sport Science at the University of Aarhus in 2010. During his undergraduate program he studied biomechanics and sports physiology to further his understanding of competitive swimming.
 
His interest in high performance swimming has taken him all over Europe, and ended up bringing him to Regina, because he was offered an opportunity to do research in competitive swimming. In the fall of 2011 Mads started his Masters Degree at University of Regina, and also started coaching for the Dolphins and Cougars.

Carl Simonson

Assistant Head Coach / Gold 15

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Carl returns to UCSC for his 3rd season as the Assistant Head Coach and the GOLD 15 group coach.  His first two seasons saw great success with the age group program moving into the Top 10 overall in the country with several Provincial Records broken and Individual National Age Group medalists.

Carl’s recent career and volunteer highlights include:

•    Head Coach of the Olympian Swim Club (OSC)

•    Multiple Age Group National and Western Canadian Championship Titles

•    Placed Swimmers on 2010 Pan Pacific Championship and other National Teams

•    National Medalists and Finalists in both men’s and women’s events as well as in every stroke discipline

•    Every season at OSC he had swimmers on Provincial and National Teams representing Alberta and Canada

•    Head Coach of Alberta’s 2009 Canada Games Team

•    Alberta Provincial Stroke Coach

•    Elected Executive Member of the Alberta Coaches Council

•    NCCP Level 3 Certified  

 

Amanda Bell

Gold 14

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Jeff Welechuk

Gold 12

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• coached with UCSC since 1996
• focuses on excellence in stroke development, endurance training, dry land training, meet preparation, parent and coach liaison, video analysis
• certified NCCP Level II – technical and theory
• 1996 World Master’s Record Holder – 100 back
• 1988-1993 Varsity Swimmer, University of Alberta Golden Bears, Edmonton, Alberta
• University of Alberta Record Holder, 50 free, 100 free, and 100 back
• 1992 Olympic Trials, Montreal
• 1991 Pan American Games, Havana, Cuba
• 1988 Olympic Trials, Montreal

Born in Hinton, Alberta, he began my swimming career with a local summer club. At the age of 15, he left home and moved to Edmonton and joined the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club. It was here that he first made the national team and then went on to swim with the University of Alberta Golden Bear’s varsity team. In 1995, he completed his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geology, moved to Calgary and began doing technical software support for a geophysical company. Jeff continued to swim for an additional year with the University of Calgary Swim Club. In 1996, he joined the University of Calgary Swim Club as a coach. He encourage the well being and overall personal and swimming development of each individual swimmer in his group. Jeff also enjoy downhill skiing, mountain biking and having fun.

Personal Quotation: “There is no crying in sports unless you win a Gold Medal at the Olympics. And then I’ll cry with you.”

Ray Betuzzi

Black 15

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Ray, has been coaching with the Universtiy of Calgary Swim Club for the past 3 years. Prior to this he was a swimmer for the club and represented our Club and Canada on the international stage as a member of the Sr. National Team. Ray also spent four years competing at the NCAA level and then returned to continue swimming post grad. The previous two years as a coach Ray worked as an assistant to our head group coach and is ready to put his knowledge to work with his own group this year, Black 15. 

Vincent Marchal

Black 14

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Vincent is a swim coach from France. He started coaching in 2005 for the Dauphins d'Annecy Swim Club. Before that he used to swim for that club with the national elite swimmers. After coaching two years for the Cercle Nautique Chalonnais Swim Club, Vincent went back to Annecy were he started coaching a national squad of 11 years old. The best results, 2 of these swimmers attended the National 11-12 Championships. During that time, he also maaged the Department Team and the Regional Team with which he finished first at the Summer French National Championship. A fan of the English language, mountains, adventures and trips, Vincent decided to open a new page and move to Canada where he started coaching a young squad at the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club in Vancouver. Vincent joined the Dions in September and is coaching the Black 14 Squad. 

Jan Bidrman

Black 12

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- Universtiy of Calgary Swim Club - Age Group Development

- Calgary Swimming Academy/Calgary National Swimming Centre - Head Coach 1997 - 2014

 

Major Acomplishments

- Olympian for Sweden, Soul, South Korea, 1988 and Barcelna, Spain 1992

- Universtiy of Nebraska Graduate, Masters of Arts in Economics, 1995

- Head Coach of South African Olympic Team, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 1996

- Canadian Olympic Coach, Sydney Austrailia 2000 and Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012

- Canadian Coach, World Championships, Perth Australia 1998, Fukuoka Japan 2001, Barcelona 2003, Montreal 2005, Melbourne 2007, Rome 2009. Shanghai 2011

- Canadian Head Coach, World Championships Montreal 2005, Commonwealth Games, Melbourne Australia 2006

- Canadian Coach at all the major international meets since 1997

 

Olympic/World Championship LC - Medalitsts

  • Penny Heyns (Olympic double gold medalist, 100, 200 Breast, Atlanta 1996, Olympic Silver medalist, 100 Breaststroke, Sydeny, 2000 )

  • Curtis Myden (Olympic bronze medalist, 400 IM, Sydney 2000 World Championahip bronze medalist, 400 IM, Perth Australia 1998)

  • Mike Brown (World Championships silver medalist, 200 Breast, Montreal 2005)

Olympic/World Championships LC - Finalists

  • Joanne Malar (Olympic finalist, 200IM and 400IM, Sydney 2000)

  • Morgan Knabe (Olympic finalist, 100 Breast, Sydney 2000)

  • Chris Renaud (Olympic finalist, 400 Medley Relay, Sydeny 2000)

  • Mike Brown (6th place 200 Breast, Athens 2004, 4th place, 200 Breast, Beijing 2008)

  • Adam Sioui (5th 800 Free Relay, Beijing 2008)

  • Erica Morningstar (the 2012 Olympian, World Championships 12th place 200IM, 7th 400 Free R, National Record Holder 200IM SC/LC)

World Record Holders

  • Penny Heyns (Fourteen times world recorder in the breastroke events, 1996 - 99)

  • Katy Murdoch (400 Medley Relay World Record 2009) 

Canadian Record Holders

Coached current and past Canadain record holders in all strokes and IM events.

 

Jessie Olson-Heisler

Red 13O

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This is Jessie's second year coaching with UCSC. She previously coached in Lethbridge while completing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. Previous to coaching Jessie was a competitive swimmer for ten years with UCSC, UofC and UofL. Currently she is studying at UofC to become a teacher. Jessie still enjoys swimming as well as yoga and long outdoor walks. 

Sadie Mattson

RED 12A Head Coach

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This is Sadie’s 5th year coaching with UCSC. Sadie started her coaching career with the development program at Churchill after retiring from varsity swimming and has been a coach with TREX 5 for the past 3 seasons. Sadie is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a degree in Kinesiology majoring in Athletic Therapy. Sadis is currently completing a Bachelor of Education through the Universtiy of Calgary. 

Lesley Stonebridge

Red 12B

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Lesley Stonebridge is the head coach for the RED (B) 11-12 group for the past two swim seasons. She previously coached with the TREX5 group at UCSC and also coached for the Swordfish Summer Swim Club.

Lesley grew up in Ottawa and swam with the Nepean Kanata Barracudas Swim Club. For her grade 12 year, Lesley moved to Montreal to swim with the Pointe-Claire Swim Club. She had a successful year with the Montreal based team and qualified for the Canada Games team. She then accepted a scholarship to the University of Calgary in order to train with the Dinos and pursue a Bachelor of Science.

Lesley is completing her final year of the post-degree Education program at the University of Calgary. She completed her Bachelor of Science in the summer of 2013 and decided to pursue her goal of becoming a high school science teacher. 

Breanna Hendricks

Red 12C

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Annabel Stevens

TREX 5 Head Coach

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Annabel swam competitively for 17 years.  She started to swim when she was 5 in her home country of Jamaica.  She moved to B.C, Canada when she was 7 and continued her love of the sport.    She achieved her first National time at the age of 15 and swam at that level for 7 years.  She attended the 1988 and 1992 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials and specialized in the I.M., backstroke, and long distance freestyle events.   

Annabel attended Simon Fraser University and after graduating began to coach with the Hyack Swim Club in B.C..

She has been involved with the University of Calgary Swim Club for 12 years.  She has coached under Lorna Snow in the developement program and is Head Coach of the TREX5 program.  She enjoys coaching children and looks forward to an exciting year with the Dinos!

Shannon Key

TREX 4 Head Coach

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This will be Shannon's fourth year coaching with UCSC. She started as an assistant coach with TREX 4 and this is now her second year as squad head coach. Shannon began coaching summer swimming in BC for the Mission Marlins Swim Club. Here she was both an assistant and a head coach. This is the swim club where Olympic bronze medalist Brent Hayden learned to swim. She began swimming as a summer swimmer in BCSSA and then moved on to be a distance swimmer with the Chilliwack Spartans Winter Club. Shannon has just completed a degree in Communications Studies from the Universtiy of Calgary. 

 

Greg Parsons

Shouldice Head Coach

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Greg has been with UCSC for 16 years. He spent the first 8 years swimming, competing at provincial and national events, before transitioning into coaching. Greg believes in getting to know each swimmer’s learning style in order to develop their skills and confidence. He works hard on establishing great technique from the beginning, so that swimmers have a strong foundation for the next level of their swimming careers. This is Greg’s second year as the head coach of the Shouldice program, and an assistant coach for the TREX4 and TREX5 groups.

Lorna Snow

Head Coach Churchill / Team Manager

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Lorna Snow is the Head Coach in the Development Program at Churchill pool. She is one of the most experienced and educated coaches of young swimmers in Canada. She has been committed to UCSC for over 30 years. Lorna has a Master's degree in Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario. She taught Therapeutic Recreation at Mount Royal University for 25 years and continues to coach for the joy of the interaction with the children. Lorna is a certified NCCP Level II swim coach. She has a passion and ethusiasm for teaching excellent technique, and encouraging young swimmers to love the sport and have confidence in their abilities. Her swimmers learn the value of respect, commitment and hard work.

When asked, "Who are the most successful athletes you have coached?" Lorna said, "Approximately 2,500 children have gone through the development program at Churchill pool, have learned to swim extremely well, and have grown up to be happy, healthy, contributing citizens. Their lives were enriched because of the experiences they had in our club. These are my most successful athletes."