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.
• WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTORS I
• 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. 

Mike Wylie - Head Coach

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Head coach Mike Wylie has been our coach since 2003.  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.
 

Lauren Diehl - Assistant Coach

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Lauren has been a coach with the Poco Marlins since 2017.  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 competes as a senior 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 - Assistant Coach

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Tim has been swimming since 2003 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 35+ years working with Olympic level athletes.  Since 2014 Tim has been competing at a national level in Canada.  We are very excited to have Tim coaching with our club.

Ryann McCready - Assistant Coach

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Ryann began swimming with the Poco Marlins in 2012.  She is an avid athlete and graduated Riverside High School in 2020 with honours.  When Ryann 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

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Emma began swimming with the PoCo Marlins in 2010 and began coaching in 2017. She graduated in 2020 from Terry Fox Secondary and is attending Douglas College 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!

James Pettyjohn - Assistant Coach

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James began swimming with the PoCo Marlins in 2009..  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.

Sinead Young - Assistant Coach

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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.

Kali McCready - Assistant Coach

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Kali is a student athlete at Terry Fox Secondary.  SHe has a strong passion for rugby and wrestling as well as swimming.  Kali has been swimming with the PoCo Marlins since 2013.  She has been a coach for the White and Development groups, as well as coaching the Mini Marlins program.  Kali loves seeing the progress of others.  On a personal note, Kali loves the adrenaline rush swimming gives her when racing.  She holds the PoCo Marlins record for 100m freestyle!

Kaitlyn Connelly - Assistant Coach

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I am currently a grade 11 student at Riverside Secondary. When I’m not swimming or coaching, I am playing soccer or running on the school's cross-country team. I started swimming with the marlins in 2011 I believe. I was 6 years old when I started in the mini marlins program. I remember never passing level 4 in Red Cross and being thrown into marlins with my sister Shelby after countless early mornings of watching her swim. As much as I protested, my parents made the right decision, swimming has been my life for many years. I swam for nearly 11 successful seasons, and although I am done competing, I am forever grateful to the many lifelong friendships and the summers of unforgettable memories. I coached development and minis last summer, and I look forward to seeing their progress this year!

Cara MacGregor - Assistant Coach

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Cara has been swimming with the Marlins since 2012 and has been coaching since 2019.  She is a certified National Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, and possesses First Aid certification.  She attends Riverside and enjoys cooking.  Her younger twin brothers (Owen and Evan) are also Marlins swimmers, and are successful at constantly annoying her.

Hallie Karaboitis - Assistant Coach

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Hi there, I’m one of the newer coaches with the Marlins but I’ve been with the club as a swimmer since 2014.  I joined when I was very young and have always loved the sport. Over the years I have made great friends through swim club and look forward to our club being able to host a full swim meets again - our home meet is the best!  I like to focus on strength training and my favourite groups to coach are the younger kids, teaching them to dive and helping them with techniques that will help them beat their personal best times.