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Oct062015

Kelly Kaye- Head Coach

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be back as a member and head coach of the Pirates Swim Club.

For those of you who do not know much about my background, I am a former junior national team swimmer and senior national team snowboarder. My first job coaching was with the Pirates Swim Club in 2000. After one year as an assistant, I became the head coach and remained head coach until 2005. In 2005 I decided to further my career and took a job with CHEENA, a winter club in North Vancouver. I have had much success in building fun-family oriented swim clubs with both of these teams. While at CHEENA I was a major contributor to it's growth, which went from 10 provincial qualifiers, to winning the Swim BC provincial team title and qualifying twenty swimmers for age group nationals. During that time I was lucky enough to coach some very talented high level swimmers. We had much success in the pool and won many national medals and crowned over a dozen national champions. One of my many swimmers, James Derousoff (18), just swam in the 'B' final at the Pan Am games in Toronto. I have also had many swimmers continue on with success out of the pool, attaining US scholarships for swimming and academics.

My biggest strength as a coach, however, is my ability to form close, trusting, bonds with each one of my swimmers. I am still in contact with many of my ex swimmers and value that above all.

In 2013, I made the decision to focus more on family life, put an end to the commuting, and return to coaching in my home town of Squamish. When not coaching, I am busy with my three small children, aged 6, 4, and 2. If I manage to find any other time, you might see me in the pool swimming, on the mountain biking, or snowboarding, at the skateboard park or perhaps on the waves in Tofino.

I look forward to bringing my knowledge and passion into the pool of the Squamish Pirates!

I can be reached at group3coach@squamishpirates.com