Neptunes Coaching Staff

SWIMMING COACHES:

Ben Geary

Hi Neptunes! I can't wait to get started this summer! I have really enjoyed the past 8 months doing the Fall & Winter Maintenance programs and getting to know some Neptunes, and it's made me extremely excited to begin the busy, crazy summer season! A little background on myself...I have been a member of BCSSA since 1997 when I started swimming for the Coquitlam Sharks at 4 years old. My first provincials were Coquitlam 2000, and I continued until 2005 when I joined 'winter' swimming. While swimming year-round I achieved Junior National time standards and made Team BC when I was 15. I also volunteered with a few BCSSA teams while swimming. I moved from Simon Fraser Aquatics to the Seahorses here in Maple Ridge, and got my first paid coaching position with the Neptunes in 2009! I then joined the Port Moody Aquarians for 6 seasons, 3 of which I was Head Coach for. In addition to this, I have been coaching with the Seahorses for 4 years and counting. In the past few years as a Head Coach, I have learned a lot and I feel that I've gotten a good grasp on how to have success in the condensed summer season. I think this success comes from 3 main things: hard work, fun and team spirit. All 3 go hand-in-hand when taught and executed correctly and the results are fantastic. Please come say hi whenever you get the chance, I'll be at the pool quite a bit this summer! I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone and seeing you all at the pool!

 

Jon Swisher

I am originally from Florida, but have been calling BC my home for the past 15 years. I am happily married and have 3 beautiful daughters. My swimming background includes everything one could be involved with as a swimmer/ex-swimmer turned coach. I began swimming at the age of 5 swimming in a summer league. I then moved on to year around swimming at the age of 10. I swam every event possible growing up. Around the age of 15 I began to see myself as a Distance Freestyler and 200 Backstoker. I was a Finalist at the State of Florida Championships all 4 years of high school as well as being a member of the Junior Olympic and National Teams. I attended the University of Campbellsville on a full scholarship in the mid 90’s. After school I began coaching for the same summer program I grew up in and I was also the Head Coach of the St. Petersburg Catholic High school Program for 2 years. When I moved to BC I began coaching for the Pacific Sea Wolves in South Surrey for 4 years, coaching the Provincial groups aged 8-13. Following that I took some time away from the pool and focused on a career with ICBC, where I am currently a Driver Examiner out of the Port Coquitlam Branch. I began coaching again a few years ago with the Hyde Creek Masters program run by Simon Fraser Aquatics. Eventually I was approached for a position with the Neptunes. This is my first year coaching in the BC summer league and so far I have seen great things. I look forward to a successful summer with the Neptunes, and many more to come.

 

Megan Neale

Hello everyone! My name is Megan and this is my fourth year coaching for the Neptunes, and my thirteenth year as part of the club. Having been a dual-sport athlete for some time, I am thrilled to continue coaching the two sports that have shaped my athletic career. Over the years, I have experienced first-hand how hard work, determination, and a positive attitude translates into success, and constantly encourage my swimmers/water polo players to maintain the same mindset. My greatest athletic accomplishment to date is winning the Provincial gold medal in the Div. 6 Girls’ 50m Butterfly at the 2014 BCSSA Provincial Championships. The following year, I experienced one of the proudest moments of my coaching career – watching my Div. 1 swimmers medal at Provincials, themselves. On the water polo side of things, I played on the high performance level with Fraser Valley Water Polo for five years up until my high school graduation, as well as on Team B.C. in the summer of 2013. Having the opportunity to translate my swimming foundation into a team sport and travel across Canada and to the States for tournaments was a very memorable chapter in my life. Heading into this summer, I am more than confident in the team of coaches, athletes, and executive members that Haney has. I look forward to seeing you all poolside!

 

Julia Rosec

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Julia! I'm very excited to be apart of the coaching staff for the Summer 2016 season! This will be my 9th summer competing as a Haney Neptune, and my 5th summer as a coach. As a Neptune I've swam, played water polo and have also coached both of these disciplines. As well as the Neptunes, I've played water polo with the Fraser Valley Water Polo Club, swam with the Haney Seahorses Swim Club, and am currently an on-call coach with the Seahorses. As a swimmer my favorite events are 100m and 200m Backstroke and 100m and 200m Fly. My favorite memory from swimming was attending the 2012 BC Summer Games and placing top 8 in 4 of my events. My favorite memory as a polo player was attending the Nike Open Water tournament in Oregon with Team BC in 2014. I'm currently finishing my grade 12 year at Maple Ridge Secondary and will be graduating in June. After graduation I'll be attending the University of the Fraser Valley, where I'll begin studying to get my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. When I'm not studying or coaching, you can find me working out with the Crossfit Maple Ridge Vikings where I hope to make the Regional team in the near future. Although I am the youngest member on the team by 9 years, I'm determined to secure a spot on the team! I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you this summer. See you on the pool deck!

 

Cat Janzen

My name is Cat Janzen. I have been coaching for two years and I am excited to join the Haney Neptunes this year. I started competitive swimming when I was three and continued to swim with the Chilliwack Stingrays until last year. I currently have one PQT in 100 free, and placed silver in 200 IM. Currently I am in my grad year at MEI in Abbotsford and am a part time lifeguard and swim instructor. I enjoy playing piano, rock climbing, drawing, and hiking.

 

 

 

 

Taylen Lee-Chin

Hello Neptunes! My name is Coach Taylen, and I can't wait to start the upcoming season! I first began swimming with the Neptunes in 2009, when I was in Div. 1 and Coach Ben was one of my very first coaches! Swimming then became a big part of my life and now the pool feels like my second home. From the knowledge I have gained over the years from the many coaches that have inspired me, I started to follow their path and I began volunteer coaching in 2013. In 2011, I decided to try out water polo and I have been playing ever since, now with Pacific Storm Water Polo at an elite level year-round. Let's make this season filled with speedy times and loads of fun! See you at the pool!

 

 

 

 

Jeannette Baxter

Hey!  My name is Jeannette. I have been swimming with the Haney Neptunes for 9 years, starting off in the Hammond program when I was 7, and then moving to the competitive program. I started volunteer coaching in 2012 with the Hammond program, and progressed to the competitive program that Fall and haven’t stopped coaching since!  I have also been volunteer coaching during the fall and winter with the Haney Seahorses to gain more experience. I love being able to pass on the knowledge and love of the sport of swimming that I have gained, as well as having fun with the kids. During the fall and winter maintenance, I have also been involved in the Haney Neptunes Synchro team, and loved every minute of it. I’m looking forward to a great summer of fun, fast swimming!

 

WATER POLO COACHES:

Tim Torres

Hey Neptunes! Glad to be back for my sixth summer coaching with the Neptunes and first one as Head Coach! I First started with the Neptunes as an athlete when I was 10 playing water polo. I played Haney Water polo until I was 15. I started playing for Fraser Valley when I was 13 until I was 16. I was part of the teams for Fraser Valley that won Gold at Nationals in 2008 and Silver in 2009. I also made Team BC in 2009. My first season coaching with the Neptunes was in 2010. In 2013 I began coaching with Fraser Valley. I spent two years on the girls side where in 2015 the U16 girls won Nationals (and recently just won the national title again!). I then joined the U14 boys side this past January. Outside of coaching for the past 5 years I have been studying at both Kwantlen and SFU towards obtaining my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, and currently only have 1 more course left until I graduate. I'm really excited for this summer season. Every year I come back and can't wait to see the athletes develop into amazing water polo players and create awesome memories both in and out of the water. If you have any questions or would just like to chat please come find me and I'd be more than happy to talk! Go Neptunes!

Megan Neale

 Hello everyone! My name is Megan and this is my fourth year coaching for the Neptunes, and my thirteenth year as part of the club. Having been a dual-sport athlete for some time, I am thrilled to continue coaching the two sports that have shaped my athletic career. Over the years, I have experienced first-hand how hard work, determination, and a positive attitude translates into success, and constantly encourage my swimmers/water polo players to maintain the same mindset. My greatest athletic accomplishment to date is winning the Provincial gold medal in the Div. 6 Girls’ 50m Butterfly at the 2014 BCSSA Provincial Championships. The following year, I experienced one of the proudest moments of my coaching career – watching my Div. 1 swimmers medal at Provincials, themselves. On the water polo side of things, I played on the high performance level with Fraser Valley Water Polo for five years up until my high school graduation, as well as on Team B.C. in the summer of 2013. Having the opportunity to translate my swimming foundation into a team sport and travel across Canada and to the States for tournaments was a very memorable chapter in my life. Heading into this summer, I am more than confident in the team of coaches, athletes, and executive members that Haney has. I look forward to seeing you all poolside! 

Matthew

Hey Neptunes! My name is Matthew, I am 21 and am currently living in Calgary as a member of Canada’s Senior Men’s National Water Polo Team! I have been playing with the team here, as well as studying Political Science at the University of Calgary, since September of 2013. My first start in aquatic sports was swimming with Haney when I was 10. I began playing water polo for Haney the following year. As I continued playing, water polo began to stick, and I proceeded to play for Fraser Valley Water Polo Club by 14. In 2010, I made my first National Team at 15 and have been part of the National Team program ever since. Water polo has taken me across the world on more than one occasion. I’ve travelled all across Canada, seen parts of the States, numerous trips to Europe, and even the likes of Russia and Kazakhstan for both Senior and Junior World Championships in 2015. Playing sports at such a high level and traveling the world has taught me many lessons, taken me on many adventures, and opened my eyes to a vast array of cultures that the world has to offer. That being said, the best part of my journey so far has been all of the people I’ve been able to meet along the way, and everyone who has been able to impact my life in the process. Coming full circle and being able to coach at the club that showed me the world of aquatic sports is truly a treat. I’m certain we’ll have more than a few adventures this summer, and I’m looking forward to it!


 


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