Coaches & Directors

We are here to support you. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, or other swimming-related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For questions related to administation, please contact our office at 403-220-2772.


Mike Blondal

Director of Swimming for UCSC


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

Ray Betuzzi

Varsity Coach


Video Interview Link

Ray has been involved with coaching for the last 5 years.  He has worked his way up from an assistant in the age group program to running his own group to now being involved at the University level.  Ray is a former competitive swimmer for UCSC and represented our Club and Canada on the international stage as a member of the Sr. National Team.  He also spent 4 years competing at the NCAA level and then returned to continue swimming post grad.  Being involved with the program as both a swimmer and a coach has allowed him to really grow with UCSC.  He is excited to be coaching the senior swimmers and looks forward to helping them achieve their goals in and out of the pool.

Rick Pelletier

National Level Coach & Massage Therapist


Rick return for his 11th season as an assistant coach with both Varsity and Senior swimmers. Rick brings over 25 years of coaching experience, having worked as Head Coach and various Assistant Head Coaching positions in Alberta and Manitoba. Rick is also a Massage Therapist, and his expertise in sport massage has earned him the opportunity to be selected to numerous international competitions as a member of the IST Staff with Swimming Canada, recently being selected to his third Olympic Games .. He has consistently been selected to provide massage therapy at most major International games over the past 10 years ….


OLYMPIC GAMES    (2008, 2012, 2016)

FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

PAN PAC CHAMPIONSHIPS   (1999, 2006, 2010, 2014)

FISU – WORLD STUDENT  GAMES    (2011, 2015)





Carl Simonson

Assistant Head Coach / Gold 15


Video Interview Link

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  


Vincent Marchal

Black 15


Dave Macdonald

Gold 14


Dave is excited to be starting his first season with the University of Calgary Swim Club this fall. Dave is Level 3 (Senior Coach) certified.   Dave’s coaching philosophy is that for swimmers to be successful they need to strive for constant improvement every day. Through dedicating themselves to their training and challenging themselves in the pool every workout, he knows that they can achieve to great heights in the sport.

Swimmers that Dave has coached over the years have won medals at the Senior, Age Group, and Western National Championships levels, while breaking many Provincial and National records. These swimmers have gone on to compete on National teams at the World Championship, World Junior Championship, Junior Pan Pacific Championship and various National and Provincial teams.

He has also been named as a coach to National and Provincial Teams including most recently the 2014 Junior Pan Pacs and 2013 Canada Games. In 2010 Dave received the Alberta Age Group Coach of the Year and Alberta Para-Coach of the Year awards and for the last four years he has been a member of the Alberta Coaches Council.

Dave began his own swimming career at age 9 in Mississauga, Ontario. He swam there for 9 years before attending the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He competed for the UVic Vikes for five years while completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree. While swimming in Victoria, Dave represented British Columbia at the 2001 Canada Games and won a bronze medal in the 200 backstroke at the 2002 Canadian Interuniversity Sports championship.

Dave is excited to become part of the of great swimming tradition at the University of Calgary and hopes to contribute to this legacy in the future!

Greg Parsons

Red 14 Head Coach


Greg has been with UCSC for 17 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.

Jeff Welechuk

Gold 12


• 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.”

Tao Zhao

BLACK 12 Head Coach


Tao started swimming in Sichuan Province, China at the age of nine. By the time she was thirteen she was a member of the Sichuan Provincial Team. She held the Sichuan backstroke record and was awarded the title of China's National Swimming Master. After her athletic career she started coaching and has done so for twenty years. She has helped develop young swimmers into provincially ranked athletes and has sent athletes from the Sichuan Provincial team to rank in China's National Swimming Championships. Many of her athletes went on to win national championships and also the title of National Swimming Master. She really enjoys helping young swimmers develop their skills and competitive mindset.

Jacquelyn Craft

currently on maternity leave :)


This is Jacquelyn’s third season with the University of Calgary Swim Club. Jacquelyn has been coaching for eight years and is currently an NCPP Level 2 trained coach, working towards complete certification.

Swimming for the Trent Swim Club in Peterborough, Ontario from the age of 9, Jacquelyn saw success as a nationally-ranked breaststroker and Olympic Trials finalist, earning a scholarship to the University of Arizona, a powerhouse in Division 1 NCAA swimming. There, she earned All-American status and won the 2008 NCAA Team Championship in her final year as part of the Women’s Swimming and Diving program.

Led by her passion for coaching, she focused her studies on physiology, psychology, and communication, to form a theme of coaching and teaching. Following University, she began her coaching career working in the United States and Australia, before moving home to coach in Canada, where she’s been based for the past six years.

After working with swimmers of all ages and levels of ability, she is very excited to be a part of the TREX program at the University of Calgary Swim Club, molding the swimmers of tomorrow!

Jacob Verhesen

TREX A & B Head Coach


Jacob is entering his fourth season coaching for UCSC. Previously he coached in the development program alongside Lorna and is excited to continue with many of those swimmers in the Trex program this year. Before coming to UCSC, Jacob swam and coached at a recreational level, but his passion for swimming and teaching led him to become part of the competitive swimming community. Having recently finished his Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary, Jacob is looking to continue his education as a physical education specialist and swim coach. When he is not at the pool, Jacob can usually be found somewhere in the mountains walking up big hills or surfing milk (hiking & skiing).

Joylin Nodwell

TREX C Head Coach


Joylin Nodwell was a former competitive swimmer with UCSC in the 1980's under Coach Pierre Lafontaine.  She started coaching the development group with Lorna Snow in the 1990's and has since coached Age Group, Masters, Adult Stroke Improvement classes and yoga.  In addition to working with UCSC. Joylin is head coach of the Foothills Masters and the Calgary Winter Club Clippers Masters swim team.  Joylin is also AFLCA certified (Alberta Fitness Leaders) and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French.

Lorna Snow

Head Coach Churchill / Team Manager


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."

Ashley Aplin



This is Ashley’s fifth year coaching within the development program at the University of Calgary Swim Club. Ashley is a NCCP Level 1 certified coach. Prior to joining UCSC, Ashley spent nine years competitively swimming with the Airdrie-based swim club Nose Creek Swim Association. Competing at both provincial and national level competitions, Ashley enjoyed swimming the 400, 800 and 1500 metre freestyle.

Outside of coaching, Ashley is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary. With a dual major in Political Science and Law & Society, she intends to further her education and attend law school within the next few years.

Ashley is extremely excited for a fun filled season with the new and returning swimmers of Shouldice squad!