Marlin’s coaching staff are paid members of the team. Coaches cannot vote in an annual general meeting or at executive meetings. The Head Coach attends the meetings during most of the year, advising the executive on technical matters. The coaching staff is normally comprised of students working their way through University. Because of this, we have been fortunate in recent years to qualify for government grants to assist in paying their salaries. The minimum level of technical qualification we require include current certificates in:

• N.L.S.
• N.C.C.P. LEVEL 1
• Criminal check by the RCMP

The Role of the Coaching Staff:

The coaching staff provides the technical expertise in how to train and to swim the strokes correctly. They encourage our athletes, dealing with each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.  As a courtesy, should you wish to discuss a topic with a coach, please do so before or after a practice as during practice times coaches need to put 100% concentration on the swimmers in the water. Coaches’ authority prevails at both practices and at meets, and Coaches’ expectations regarding behavior (attendance, attitude, and commitment) must be met by the team members. This may mean simple talks, progressing to asking a disruptive swimmer to sit out a practice, scratching a swimmer from a relay team, to ultimately involving the Coaches Committee to review a swimmer’s problems with a parent(s).

Should you have concerns or questions regarding our coaches, you are encouraged to write to our Coaches Committee c/o the 1st Vice President. 

Our Coaches

Mike Wylie

Head Coach

Head coach Mike Wylie is ecstatic to be returning to the Marlins for a 14th year. Mike’s swimming career began as a 5 year old who couldn’t pass his swimming lesson levels, as a result, his parents registered him with the Surrey Sea Lions swim club for “just one summer”, as an opportunity to work on his strokes and improve his endurance. Little did they know what they created as Mike’s love for the sport of swimming started immediately.

Mike enjoyed success in the BCSSA, including breaking several regional and provincial records before deciding to swim year-around at the age of 13. During his time with the Hyack Swim Club, Mike developed into a top ranked age group swimmer to a senior national finalist. Upon graduation from high school, Mike went on to swim for Simon Fraser University where he was a 4 time NAIA All-American, SFU and NAIA record holder in the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke. Mike was a constant presence in the breaststroke finals at Canadian Nationals/Trial Championships (Including Olympic Trials), and also competed on the World Cups circuit between 1998 -2002.

Mike was also voted 2017 TAS Provincial Team coach of the year.

Brenna McDonnell

Assistant Coach

Brenna is thrilled to be part of the PoCo Marlins community this summer!  Growing up in PoCo, she has been involved in summer swimming for over 10 years, first as a swimmer and now as a coach.  She previously coached with PMA for the past four summers while spending the rest of the year in Nova Scotia where she had been working towards a forensic psychology degree.  More education is on the horizon with the hopes of obtaining her masters degree and even possibly working in the field of sports psychology.  She's excited to embark on this new journey with the Marlins and is hoping to see both new and familiar faces!  

Lauren Diehl

Assistant Coach

Lauren is from Hamilton, Ontario where she began swimming at the age of 9.  She loves swimming any distance from 50m to 10km. Lauren has competed at the Canadian Junior Nationals, Eastern Canadian Championships and the NCAA Swimming + Diving Championships.  Lauren had the opportunity to swim for the SFU Varsity Team and just completed her 3rd season as a junior on the swim team.  


Lauren also has her Czech citizenship and has competed in Europe! Lauren is very excited for the PoCo Marlins season!

Tim Woinoski

Tim has been swimming for 15 years and swam for the Poco Marlins the first few years of his swimming career.  Since then, he has had the opportunity to train under Cory Beatt, an Olympic Level Coach with 30+ years working with Olympic level athletes.  For the last 6 years, he has been competing at a national level in Canada.  We are very excited to have Tim join us this year.

Ryann McCready

Assistant Coach

Ryann is entering her 7th year as a PoCo Marlin.  She is an avid athlete at Riverside High School, and is proud to maintain an excellent academic record.  When she is not swimming she is on the rugby field, wrestling, or reading.  Ryann has coached both Mini Marlins and Development Programs in the past and is  thankful for the opportunity to coach with the Marlins another year. She is excited to see the progression in all her swimmers, and we are pleased to have her as one of our Development coaches.

Emma Nichols

Assistant Coach

Emma is entering her 10th year as a Poco Marlin swimmer and her 4th year as a Poco Marlin Coach.  she recently graduated in 2020 from Terry Fox Secondary and is attending Douglas College in the fall for general studies.  Some of her best memories of swimming include spending time with her family, friends, swimmers, and amazing coaches.  She has enjoyed making it to Provincials and seeing her own progress as a swimmer and as a person.  She is very excited for another year with the PoCo Marlins family and is equally excited to see the on-going development and progression in all of her swimmers!

Sinead Young

Assistant Coach

Sinead began swimming with the PoCo Marlins in 2013 after completing all of her red cross lessons and looking to find something more challenging in the water. While with the Marlins Sinead has met some of her closest friends, made trips to the BCSSA Provincials and has been mentored by great coaches.  Sinead is a high school student at Terry Fox Secondary and plans to continue her studies at SFU in Health Sciences.  Her friends and family describe Sinead as kind hearted, passionate and detail oriented. 

James Pettyjohn

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James began swimming with the PoCo Marlins 11 years ago.  He has always enjoyed the friendships and fun the club has provided.  When not helping with coaching, James attends Riverside High School.  He enjoys sports and working out at the gym in his spare time.  James has coached both Mini Marlins and Development Programs in the past and is always excited for the season to begin and the opportunity to coach again.  He really enjoys working with the kids and seeing their development as the season progresses.

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