MEET OUR STAFF


​​​​​​​PAUL BIRMINGHAM
Head Coach EKSC
Head Coach University of Alberta

Paul is an Australian coach who took over the lead of Edmonton Keyano’s technical program in 2018-19. Prior to Keyano he spent 10 years as the National Head Coach for Malaysia.  Prior to 2008, Paul spent 8 years as the Head Coach of a large club in Queensland, Australia; one of the most dense and competitive swimming communities in the world. He brings a wealth of High Performance experience and has been the attending Team Head Coach and Coach at the following international events:
3  x  Olympic Games (2008,2012,2016)
4  x  World Championships (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
3  x  Commonwealth Games (2010, 2014, 2018)
3  x  Asian Games (2010, 2014, 2018)
5  x  South East Asian Games (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
2  x  World University Games (2011, 2013)
2  x  Olympic Youth Games (2010, 2014)
3  x  World Junior Championships (2011, 2013, 2019)
3  x  Commonwealth Youth Games (2008, 2011, 2015)
2  x  Asian Youth Games (2009, 2013)


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Chris Nelson
General Manager

Chris Nelson has been the General Manager with the Club since 2018. Prior to taking on this role Chris was a national coach with EKSC for many years. Over the years Chris has  coached several swimmers to Canadian National teams including the World Championships as well as having numerous athletes set national and provincial records.
Chris has been a part of the swimming landscape in Edmonton his whole life and his knowledge and experience is invaluable to the program and the Province.

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PERFORMANCE PROGRAM COACHES

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DESMOND LAM

HEAD AGE GROUP COACH
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Desmond has been coaching with Keyano for over 10 years. He started his coaching career for the Vancouver Vikings Summer Club for the 6 summers before moving on with Keyano. He was formerly an assistant Coach for the Kinsmen groups and was the Head Satellite Coach before becoming Head Age Group Coach.  Desmond has developed some of Keyano's top age group swimmers through the Provincial group. He will also be working with and supervising all the Sattelite coaches and programs. ​​​​​​​

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Alex WallingFORD

JUNIOR NATIONAL COACH
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Alex has an impressive background which includes an education from University of Michigan. He has been a recipient of the Canadian Swim Coaches and Teacher Domestic Excellence Award twelve times. Alex is a Charter Professional Coach (ChPC) designation with Coaches of Canada where he is NCCP Level 3 fully certified.  
Alex was the former Toronto Swim  Club head coach securing several Team titles whlist their.
He has also had the opportunity to participate as a Coach selection to the 2010 and 2012 Junior Pan Pacific championships in Hawaii, 2009 Canadian NACC Team and the 2009-2010 Australian Youth tour team, the 2009 Canada Games Team Ontario staff, along with several National Junior Team training camps across Canada.

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Francois Coetzer

SENIOR NATIONAL TIER 2 COACH

Francois has been involved in coaching swimming since 2002.  He started as a Junior Coach for the Grande Prairie Piranhas and built his skills all the way up to Head Coach of the North Vancouver Cruisers Summer program in 2007 and 2008.  After that Francois went back to be Co-Head Coach for the Grande Prairie Piranhas in 2009 and had his first experiences coaching swimmers at the age group and club national levels.  Francois is an NCCP Level 3 certified coach and holds a Bachelor Degree in Sport Performance from the University of Alberta.

LEAD SATELITE COACHES

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MARK PHILLIPS

LEAD COACH
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Mark has been coaching with Keyano for many years and emphasizes long term swimmer development in the program. The confederation Gold coach, Mark is engaged with his swimmers and invested in their development. He leads by example for the younger coaches on staff

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MATT BOWKOWY

LEAD COACH

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Matt is a NCCP level 3 coach with a Chartered designation from the coaches of Canada. I have been coaching in and around the Edmonton area since 2000. He was the Head Coach of the Leduc Otters Swim Club and the Silver Tide Swim Club where he was able to put a swimmer on Canada's 2009 World Aquatic Championship Team before joining the U of A as an assistant and starting Triton Swimming in 2009.  He is excited to rejoin the Keyano Swim Club, who he swam with in the 90's, and to do it with his whole family makes it extra special.

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MADI BLONDAL

LEAD COACH

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THOMAS WILLIAMS

LEAD COACH

DEVELOPMENT COACHES

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KellIE BOWKOWY

Meadows

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Emma Carry

Confed./Jasper Place

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Keenan McDonnell

RGC

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Maya GORGICHUK

Terwillegar

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Clare Grehan

RGC/Bonnie Doon

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IsaBELA Facci

Jasper Place

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ALAIN THORKELSSON

RGC

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Lauren Anderson

Terwillegar


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Darian Chan

YMCA

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Luc Sauze

Bonnie Doon

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Cassidy Cook

Bonnie Doon

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