2019 Spartans Coaches

Head Coach

Ben Shewchuck

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

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!


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 been swimming for 12 years at LASC.  The first time 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.


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.


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!


Madison Gal

I’m Madi and I am in my last year of high school. I started swimming when I was six years old with Spartans, which makes this my 12th year. I have swam competitively for 8 of those years and now I swim in alpha but no longer compete. I also am a lifeguard at the YMCA. My favourite swimming moment is when I made it to finals in 50 breaststroke. My favourite food is Pad Thai. My favourite movie is Beauty and the Beast.