Neptunes Coaching Staff
Ben Geary - Head Coach Swimming
I've been coaching for 7 years, after a 12 year swimming career. I swam in both BCSSA and year-round (Swim BC). Most recently, I coached for the Port Moody Aquarians for 6 years, the last 3 being Head Coach. I also coached for the Neptunes back in 2009 for one summer! Other than BCSSA, I'm entering my fourth year coaching with the Haney Seahorses, so I will be around the pool a whole lot!
Jon Swisher - Assistant Head Coach Swimming
I am very excited to be joining the Haney Neptunes Aquatic Club this year. I have many years in coaching but this will be my first year in the BC summer swimming program.
I am originally from Florida and began swimming at the young age of 6 with the St. Petersburg Aquatics summer club. I progressed to the year round club when I was 8 and swam there until I left to swim for the University of Campbellsville in Kentucky. While in High school I was a US National level swimmer and exceled in the 200 back, 800 Free and 1500 Free. I also swam these events in University and finished 8th at NAIA Nationals in the 1500 Free and 9th in the 200 Back.
I began coaching immediately after University for the same club I swam for as little kid. I coached summer swimming at St. Petersburg Catholic High School for 3 years. During my summer club coaching experience I had many City Champions and while coaching High school I had many State Qualifiers. I moved to BC in 2000 and coached for the Pacific Sea Wolves from 2003 – 2007. I was involved in coaching Provincial qualifiers and some provincial Champions. I have been coaching for the Hyde Creek Masters Club run by Simon Fraser Aquatics for the past 3 years and have the pleasure of coaching some of BC’s record holders for their age group.
My philosophy in swimming is to have fun and race. Of course going faster is fun but it takes hard work and dedication, in the end, the reward far outweighs the pain to get there. I have had many swimmers achieve goals in life and can tell you that it gives me much more happiness to have young people succeed, knowing I had a small part in it, than the excitement I ever experienced as a swimmer myself. Swimming success starts at the beginning, from the first time a kid gets involved in swimming and builds from there.
I look forward to getting to know everyone and being a part of something great. Please don’t hesitate to flag me down after practice or send me an email if you have any questions.
Diane Lego - Swim Specialty Coach - 6 & Under and Hammond Development
Hi my name is Coach Diane and I have been involved in teaching/coaching swimming for the vast majority of my life. I started out taking swimming lessons when I was young and did not like it one bit. I remember sitting on the edge of the pool, freezing cold and crying, so I have developed great empathy for kids who are scared of the water and have found many fun ways to teach the skills needed to become a great swimmer. Developing new swimmers is just one of my goals in teaching kids the skills needed to become good swimmers, but teaching a life skill that will stay with them forever is the bigger goal.
For many years I was a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor as well as a lifeguard and have worked in many pools in Vancouver and became a supervisor in pools both in Vancouver and in Coquitlam. I am also a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor trainer and have taught many young people the skills necessary to teach people of all ages to learn to swim.
I started out my competitive swim career as a summer swimmer in Vancouver and then coached both summer club as well as winter club for a number of years before going to school in Quebec to earn my Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics. I have played water polo at a competitive level as well as taught level 1 diving and level 1 synchronized swimming. As well I have also spent many amazing experiences paddling both a canoe and a kayak and explored the underwater world in scuba gear, so I guess you could say that when it comes to water, I have a pretty well rounded life experience.
Presently I am going to school to become a Special Education Teaching Assistant and hope to be working in the field by Fall 2011. My passion for working with children will just take me into a different field, but I see coaching swimming as a long term part of my life. I will continue to help develop the new up and coming coaches to share my love of teaching the art of swimming.
Julia Rosec - Swim Coach
Hello Haney Neptune families, I'm Julia, and I'm really looking forward to coaching this season! I started swimming for the Neptunes in 2007, then joined their water polo program in 2008. After being coached by so many wonderful people, I decided to start coaching too. I've been on the Neptunes coaching staff since 2011, and I have loved every moment of it. A fun fact about me is that in 2012, I attended the BC Summer Games for swimming and placed in the top 8 for the 100 and 200 meter Butterfly as well as the 100 and 200 meter Backstroke. I'm very excited to meet all of you, and have a great season of fast, fun swimming! See you on the pool deck!
Tim Torres - Head Coach Junior Water Polo
Hi, my name is Tim Torres and a current coach for the Haney Neptunes. I played water polo for 6 years and 4 of them playing at the elite level. I have traveled all over Canada and much of the West coast playing water polo and have been to Identification camps for western national teams. Other sports I have played are soccer, basketball, and rugby. Some of my interests are playing a variety of sports, exercising, and watching movies. One thing that I am proud of in the past year is a trip to Rwanda I took with a group of youth in the summer. We were there for 3 weeks and did things like build a playground, visit villages and help build houses and toilets, go on a safari and run day camps for kids. It was an incredible experience and I hope to go back one day. Lastly, my future aspiration is to become a Psychologist and travel with sports team or help out youth and kids.
Alana Slight - Synchro Coach
Hi there! My name is Alana Slight and I have been coaching synchronized swimming with the Haney Neptunes for over 2 years. I started out as a substitute for the full time coaches and finally was able to join the Neptunes team with a title of my own in September 2011! My first experience with swimming was less than successful… I had to take level 1 six times because I wouldn’t put my face in the water! When I finally passed, there was no holding me back…I finished every level and went on to take lifeguarding courses. At 6 years old I started synchronized swimming, competing various solos, duets and team routines. My favourite memory of synchro were the early mornings at the pool; everything so calm and quiet, the perfect way to start a day. I played soccer, basketball, dance, volleyball, but no other sport could compare to competing the routine you have worked so hard on. Makeup plastered to your face, gelatin in hair, big smile, cheering crowd… that is a one of a kind feeling.
Other that coaching our enthusiastic, hard-working and at times insane group of swimmers, I attend Simon Fraser University studying Biomedical Physiology. I hope to one day attend medical school and become a Doctor. I love music, travelling, reading and coaching! I look forward to the seasons full of hard work, practice and fun ahead!
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