2019 Spartans Coaches

Head Coach

Name: Ben Shewchuk

Groups: Alpha

I’m from Winnipeg, and I’m a 4th year student at the University of Lethbridge studying psychology! I swam for 13 years, including 2 years on the U of L Pronghorns. One of my funniest swimming moments was in my early years when my friends and I sang a terrible acapella rendition of O-Canada at a small swim meet in Fargo and the families in the stands reacted with more confused looks than applause. My favourite food is Raman, and some of my favourite movies are The Big Lebowski, The Iron Giant, and Forrest Gump. I look forward to a great session!


Assistant Head Coach


 Name: Taylor Dixon

Hi Spartans! My name is Taylor and I am in my fifth year of History at the University of Lethbridge. And this is my fourth year coaching the Spartans! I have worked with Epsi, Gamma, and Delta.  Before Spartans, I swam competitively with LASC from elementary to high school (almost ten years!). I was also a lifeguard at the YMCA for three years. There, I taught swimming lessons, aqua fit, and coached both the triathlon and swim club. Currently, I am in my ninth year as a volunteer swim coach with the Lethbridge Special Olympics! My favorite food is Japanese, but I really like ALL food. When I’m not at the pool I like reading, training for Triathlons and walking my dogs!


Name: Keely Hopkins

Hi Spartans! I am Coach Keely I have been coaching with Spartans for a year. As well as coaching senior swimmers in the summer circuit I have been assistant head coach of the Fort Macleod sharks for two seasons. Before year round coaching I swam for ten years in the summer swimming circuit. After that I spent three years swimming with the Spartans Aquatic Club. Some of my favourite memories growing up have been on the pool deck. Blowing ring bubbles, playing water polo, and trying to string goggles on the backstroke flags to name a few. And swimming laps of course! My favourite post practice snack is a banana with a giant spoonful of peanut butter. I hopes to give swimmers the opportunity to learn through play and goal setting, and to provide a fun safe place to grow as an athlete and an individual. 


Name: Ryan Plante

I’m Coach Ryan and have been swimming for 14 years now in both the competitive and Live Saving Sport. I have been coaching for the past four years now on many different teams Pincher Creek Dolphins, Pass Piranhas as well as Masters and JLC programs. My funniest moment swimming was back when I was 8 or 9 and got put on a relay team with my Coach and 2 of the senior boys on the team. To get pumped up before the race we all started chanting like gorillas and everyone at the meet just gave us the weirdest looks. I never cared because in the moment we were the coolest relay team ever!


Name: Max Kroker

Hi, I’m Max and I was born and raised in Lethbridge. I’m in my final year of high school at Immanuel Christian High School and I’ve bee swimming for 12 years at LASC.  The first time when I broke 30 seconds in the 50m freestyle is my favourite moment in swimming.
My favourite food is apple crisp and my favourite movie is Napoleon Dynamite.


Name: Karly Auld

My name is Karly. Currently, I am in my fourth year of university. However, I just switched programs this year, so I am in my first year of Nursing. This will be my first year coaching. Swimming has always been a very large part of my life. I started swimming competitively when I was in elementary school with a club in Edmonton. I took a break from it for a period of time to focus on basketball. When I got to high school, I was able to swim on my school’s swim team as well as play basketball. During that time, I also worked toward getting my lifeguard certification. I now lifeguard at Westminster pool in the summertime. During my free time, I really enjoy going to the gym, swimming, hanging out with my dog, and baking. I look forward to getting to know each of the swimmers and watching them grow throughout the season!


Name: Jonathan Colp

I am from Fort Macleod, and I am in my first year of business management at Lethbridge College. I have swam for 7 years, including competing at Lifesaving Sport nationals for 2 years. My favourite swimming memory is the year I transitioned to specializing in distance freestyle, I set new personal bests in almost every event at every meet that season. My favourite food is cookie dough ice cream. My favourite movies are The Martian, and The Big Short. I am looking forward to an awesome season.

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