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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

Jan Bidrman

Head Coach Calgary Academy

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Calgary Academy of Swimming Excellence since 2006

University of Calgary National Swimming Centre since 1997

 

Jan Bidrman is both a decorated swimmer and coach. He competed for Sweden in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In 1996, he was the head coach of the South African Olympic Team in Atlanta. Jan has coached for the Canadian Olympic teams in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008. Jan also served as a Canadian coach for the 1998 World Swim Championships in Perth, 2001 World Swim Championships in Fukuoka, and 2002 Commonwealth Games.

 

Some of Jan's most notable athletes include:

 

  • Penny Heyns (Olympic double gold medalist, Atlanta 1996 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke; Olympic silver medalist, Sydney 2000 in the 100 breaststroke; 14 time world record holder in breastroke events)
  • Curtis Myden (Olympic silver medalist, Sydney 2000 in the 400 IM; World Championships silver medalist, Perth 1996 in the 400 IM; Commonwealth record holder)
  • Joanne Malar (Olympic finalist, Sydney 2000 in the 200 and 400 IM; Commonwealht Games gold medalist, Kuala Lumpur 1998; Commonwealth record holder)
  • Morgan Knabe (Olympic finalist, Sydney 2000 in the 100 breaststroke, World Championships finalist, Fukuoka 2001 in the 100 breaststroke; Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Manchester 2002; Olympian, Athens 2004)
  • Chris Renaud (Olympian, Sydney 2000 in the 100 and 200 backstrokes)
  • Shamek Pietucha (Olympian, Sydney 2000; Canadian record holder in the 200 butterfly)
  • Rick Say (Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, Manchester 2002; Canadian record holder, short course 200 and 400 free; Canadian record holder long course 200 free)
  • Lauren Van Oosten (Olympian, Athens 2004)
  • Erin Gammel (Olympian, Athens 2004)
  • Mike Brown (Olympic finalist, Athens 2004 in the 200 breaststroke)

Carl Simonson

Assistant Head Coach / Gold 15

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Carl returns to UCSC for his 2nd season as the Assistant Head Coach and the GOLD 15 group coach.  His first year was a 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  

An experienced Canadian Swim Coach with a proven record of building successful teams and an ability to effectively manage a large swim club, Carl is a welcome addition to the UCSC Coaching Staff.

Mandy Bell

Gold 14

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We are pleased to welcome back Mandy Bell to the Dino family as the JRAG Red Head Coach. Mandy Bell swam in our program for a number of years in high school before moving to Edmonton.  Her accomplishments as a swimmer included competing at the national level in multiple events and exploring many parts of North America and Europe through training camps, tour teams and competitions. Mandy competed on the U of A varsity swim team where she was part of a record setting 4x200 freestyle relay and was awarded MVP for the season. Mandy has just finished the swim year as a coach with the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, and was on the Team Alberta coaching staff for the 2011 Western Canada Games in Kamloops. Welcome back Mandy!

 

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
• master’s swimmer with Calgary Masters Swim Club
• 2001 Canadian Master’s Record Holder SCM (30 – 34 Age Group) – 200 IM and 100 Free
• 1996 World Master’s Record Holder – 100 back
• 1988-1993 Varsity Swimmer, University of Alberta Golden Bears, Edmonton, Alberta
• 1993 World Student Games, Buffalo, New York
• 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.”

Lesley Stonebridge

Red 12B

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Lesley Stonebridge is the head coach for the RED (B) 11-12 group. 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 team and pursue a degree in Science. She began swimming at a very early age and progressed through her swimming to the National level. Her favorite swimming events are the 200 IM and the 200 Breastroke. 

Lesley is currently in her first 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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Coach Breanna began swimming at the age of 5 with the Cochrane Piranhas Summer Club, and the Cochrane Comets Swim Club. She swam for the University of Calgary Swim Club since the age of 11, and has represented the  UCSC Swim Team, U of C Dinos, and Team Canada on a national, and international level, while swimming under coach Mike Blondal and Jan Bidrman. A recent graduate from the U of C, coach Breanna began coaching at Churchill as an assistant coach for coach Lorna Snow, in October of 2012. She is now excited to coach her own group of boys in 12 RED C!

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!

Sadie Mattson

RED 12A Head Coach

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This is Sadie’s 3rdyear coaching with TREX 5. Last year Sadie took on the role of head coach for TREX 5 and this year will be sharing the role with Annabel.  Sadie started her coaching career with the development program at Churchill after retiring from varsity swimming. Sadie is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a degree in Kinesiology majoring in Athletic Therapy and is a certified Athletic Therapist.

Shannon Key

TREX 4 Head Coach

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Shannon has been coaching for UCSC for the past 2 years. She started as an assistant coach with TREX 4 and has now moved on to head coach of the squad. Shannon began coaching summer swimming in BC for the Mission Marlins Swim Club 4 years ago. 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 is currently in her final year at U of C completing a degree in Communications Studies. 

 

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."

Greg Parsons

Shouldice Head Coach

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