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    Head Coach

    Amy Swedlo

    Amy has been part of the Piranhas' family since 2007, with all 5 of her children having been (or currently) a part of this awesome club. She has been a referee as well as past president of the club, region E representative on the ASSA board and the ASSA Website manager. She has coached the Piranhas since 2019 and this year is excited to be the Head Coach.

    Amy brings experience from coaching the Cochrane Water Ninjas Junior Lifesaving Club, the St Timothy Jr/Sr High School swim team as well as the Cochrane Masters.  In the off season she took her Swim 201 courses and is working on becoming a fully certified Age Group coach by the end of the 2022 season. She is passionate about swimming and is really excited to be working with all groups this season with a focus on group 3. Go Piranhas go!!

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    Assistant Coach

    Max Kruger

    Max first joined the Piranhas in 2010 and was a swimmer up till the 2021 season. During the 2021 swim season, Max helped coach the Developmental Program with Bryson and Eli, and it led Max to discover his love for teaching. Since then Max has taken his Swim 101 course and attended the University of Lethbridge to start the process of getting his Bachelor's of Mathematics and Education. Max swims with the Cochrane Water Ninjas Lifesaving Club during the winter, learning new techniques and drills which he can apply to his coaching. Max’s love for swimming has followed him all his life, and he is very excited to pass it on to the younger swimmers!

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    Assistant Coach

    Bryson Hammer

    Bryson started swimming with the piranhas in 2011. Last year he took his swim 101 course and coached the developmental group with Max and Eli. He loved the experience and is excited to coach the new and returning swimmers this year. Over the school year, Bryson swims with the University of Alberta Masters, and he hopes to apply some of the skills learned from that club to the piranhas this year.

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    Assistant Coach

    Eli Swedlo

    Eli started swimming with the piranhas in 2011. Last year they took their swim 101 course and began coaching the development group with Bryson and Max.  They enjoyed it so much that they are back for more coaching this season!

    In the off season Eli has coached the Cochrane Sparks triathlon club and is excited to bring new drills and skills to the swimmers they will be working with.

    Eli will also be swimming with group 3 in their last eligible season as a piranha swimmer. in the fall, Eli hopes to swim for the University of Alberta. 

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    Board Members 2023

    President James Lange [email protected]
    President Elect Vacant
    Treasurer Josh Bashow [email protected]
    Secretary Tara Thibodeau
    Registrar Kevin Fitzsimmons [email protected]
    Coaching Coordinator Jeff Smith
    Volunteer and Casino Coordinator Kendra Marr Lange [email protected]
    Club Officials Coordinator Janet Cheverie [email protected]
    Equipment Coordinator Katie Smith
    Media Relations Kate Johnson
    Member at Large Ryan Holly
    Member at Large Tracy MacPherson
    Member at Large Mary Harrison
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    Additional Volunteers 2023 (Non-Voting)

    Region E Rep Christine Bashow
    Meet Manager Lisa Preston [email protected]
    Fundraising Coordinator Dipika Jain [email protected]
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    Board Members Roles and Responsibilities

    If you are interested in joining the Piranhas Swim Club board please reach out to the president. Positions are elected at the AGM which usually occurs in September. 


    • Oversees the smooth running of the club, including coaching, pool scheduling, Cochrane swim meet, and fundraising. Attends and leads board meetings.


    • The President Elect position is for the person that intends to be President for the next swim club operating year.


    • Maintain three bank accounts, the regular account, the fundraising account and the casino account.
    • Ensure that accounting procedures are followed.
    • Manage all financial transactions.
    • Prepare financial reports for board meetings and AGM.
    • Prepare and steward the budget.
    • Prepare gov’t reports, such as the fitness tax credit receipts and the annual return.
    • Attend board meetings.


    • Takes meeting minutes, ensures minutes/paperwork are organizedand attends board meetings and AGM.


    • Updates registration forms
    • Point of contact for new swimmers and returning swimmers
    • Registers swimmers, coaches and junior mentors in ASSA database by May 1st
    • Attends board meetings.

    Coaches Co-ordinator:

    • Annually reviews and updates coach’s contracts.
    • Solicits, meets and hires coaches for the season.
    • Liaisons between parents and coaches as needed.
    • Coordinates and schedules junior helpers.
    • Attend board meetings.

    Officials Co-ordinator:

    • Ensuring all club officials are registered on the Officials data base.
    • Ensuring all club officials' personal information is up to date on the data base
    • Ensuring only active officials are listed in the official’s database
    • Organizing officials’ clinics for team parent/volunteers
    • Ensure Officials certification form is completed and forwards to the Region Officials Chairperson

    Volunteer Coordinator:

    • Gathering officials for club swim meet
    • Following up with meet manager to ensure official sign up sheet information is updated for their own club and Chairperson after the meet
    • Remind all officials that they will be required to help out at out of town meets
    • Ensures Volunteers are available for any Club events and maintains a record of volunteer points for each family.
    • Attends Board Meetings.

    Fundraising Co-ordinator:

    • Ensures each swimmer fundraising commitment is tracked.
    • Organizes and coordinates fundraising events.
    • Attends board meetings.

    Casino Co-ordinator:

    • To organize volunteers for the casino.
    • Be the communications person witAlberta Gaming and Century Casino and hire and coordinate casino advisors.
    • To apply for casino license and do all appropriate paper work in regards to the casino including the financial audit 2 years after the casino.
    • To be up to date regarding casino rules and responsibilities.

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