ASSISTANT HEAD COACH
Aaron started his swimming career at age 7 with the Grande Prairie Piranhas. With his family
moving to Lethbridge at age 9, he swam 3 seasons for LASC until pursuing a football career. After sitting
out for a winter and playing 2 seasons of football, he came back to swimming and joined the Orcas at age
12. Aaron competed during the summers until leaving to go to College in Calgary, where he swam with
the Mount Royal Cougars. After a short varsity career, Aaron moved over into Masters swimming where
you can still find him splashing around.
(100 Fly, 400 Free, 800 Free, 1500 Free all back to back)
2019 Lethbridge Orcas
2018-19 Max Bell Mantas
2015-18 Wilson Wolverines
2015-17 Lethbridge Orcas
2014-17 Spartans Aquatic Club
2010-13 Personal Trainer (Calgary)
2009 Calgary Tritons
2006-08 Sylvan Lake Nauticals
2005-06 Lacombe Dolphins
2004 Ponoka Gators
2003-06 Red Deer Catalina
2002-03 High Level Stingrays
1999-01 Milk River Penguins
Best summer swimming memories:
Summer swimming has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. My best memories are the
friendships made, the sense of belonging to a family bigger than I can think of, the weekly swim meets,
and the truest form of summer swimming: swimming in outdoor pools! As a coach I look forward to the
first day and I am most excited on the last and final days. The first day (or even week) of practice is my
favourite because of the reconnections to teammates you may not have seen in a while and the new faces
you get to meet. The last few days, mostly Provincials, is my favourite due to the sheer excitement of the
atmosphere and the energy in the air. This is were we get to see all the hard work pay off for the
swimmers and the club as a whole. At the end of the summer, summer swimming period, is a best
memory for me!
Goals for the 2019 season:
I want to keep things fairly simple and focus on getting faster through technical correction. Head
and body position and kick will be the main focus before branching off into the pull and overall speed. I
would like to see everyone in P2 challenge themselves and swim outside their comfort zones during the
season and try as many different events as they can before picking favourites. Going into August, my
goal is to have 100% of P2 representing the Orcas logo at Regionals and over 80% qualifying for
Provincials in Edmonton. I am excited to be back after being away for the 2018 summer and look
forward to a lot of personal growth out of the club throughout the season.
Swimming background: I swam for the Orcas from the age of 6 to 17, then swam 5 years for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Men's Varsity Swim Team. I am continuing to train with the Pronghorns and Lethbridge Amateur Swim Club for the 2020 Olympic trials next year!
Favourite events: 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly!
Coaching background: I have coached swimming at different levels since I was 18 years old, through LASC and Summit Swim Camps. This is my first year as a full time coach with the Orcas! I have also coached volleyball for the past 5 years, and have both my swimming 101 and volleyball 101 coaching certifications.
Favourite summer club moment: Standing on the ASSA Provincial podium with Tate Tolman, who got a bronze medal swimming out of the B final, winning the ASSA Provincial Championship two years in a row with the Orcas, and winning the 50m and 100m freestyle gold medals at ASSA Provincials in back to back seasons.
Group goals: To learn tons of new things about swimming, to have lots of fun every day, to achieve best times in every event, and for everyone to attend at least 1 swim meet!
Team goals: Break the meet attendance records at every meet, lots of communication between the different groups, maintain a really fun training environment, top 3 finish at Provincials!
Swimming Background: I’ve been swimming since I was eight years old and I swam for the Orcas for six years. I competed and medalled at Regionals and Provincials all six years with the Orcas and look forward to competing again this year as part of the masters team.
Favourite Events: My favourite events are 50 breast stroke and 100 IM.
This is my first year coaching swimming with the Lethbridge Orcas.
NCCP coaching 101 certification
Favourite Summer Club Moment(s): My favourite summer club moments have been relays at provincials! Participating in them and cheering on the other orca relays.
Group and Team Goals: I am in charge of the mini orcas group A and B and the masters B group. My goals for this season are for the masters team to win the provincial banner. For my minis, I hope for them to achieve a more thorough understanding of freestyle and backstroke and develop the body positioning and breathing techniques that will help prepare them for the other two strokes. My goal for the Orcas is to get top three at provincials and have the highest attendance at regionals in Orca history!