Mission, Vision, & Values
Mission: Provide an environment where student-athletes are becoming better people through excellence in swimming.
Vision: pound-for-pound and stroke-for-stroke the best team in Alberta
At the core of these character traits is our team Values, which include:
Hard Work—Effort, elbow grease, Oomph;
Mastery—acquiring, learning, applying skills;
Courage—unwillingness to allow the fear of mistakes to get in the way of success
Self-Reliance—paddle one’s own canoe, pull one-self up by one’s own boot straps
Coach Ryan MacDonald has an adaptive coaching style that allows him to prepare student-athletes for success in the pool and in life. His athlete-centered philosophy stresses the importance of hard work, mastery, self-reliance, and the mental strength to overcome failure. Coach Ryan’s swimmers are seen as leaders, positive role models to younger swimmers and are characterized by their commitment to excellence, being selfless teammates, and contributors to improving the sport of swimming.
Armed with 20 years of experience coaching children of all ages and abilities, aided with his prior military service, Ryan a solid perspective towards preparing athletes for a success. Throughout the years, he has coached a championship swimmer in every stroke and distance—to include Open Water. A number of swimmers he has developed have gone on to swim in College/University in the US and Canada.
Much of Ryan’s coaching career has been spent with recognized USA-S teams of Excellence such as: Sierra Marlins in Calf., Marlins Of Raleigh, and New Wave Swim Team of North Carolina; as well as, coaching high school teams and developmental teams along the way. Coach Ryan holds a B.S. in Sport and Health Science and is a Level 3 certified—level 5 educated—member of the American Swim Coaches Association.
Ryan lives in Edmonton with his bride of 23 years and their three children.
Coach Dakota Kasper
Born and raised in Alberta, Coach Kasper grew up playing multiple sports around the Spruce Grove Area. Competitive swimming was a favorite for Coach Kasper who attributes much of his work ethic, grit and persistence to his swimming experience.
Coach Kasper has been coaching with the Parkland Pirates for over twelve seasons and enjoys the challenges coaching brings. Many of Coach Kasper’s swimmers have progressed into the Provincial Level under his guidance and prepared many others to transition to the next level, with former swimmers qualifying for Canadian Westerns, Canadian Junior Nationals and Olympic Trials. Others have gone onto pursue careers as Doctors, Nurses, Lawyers, Engineers, and Law Enforcement Officers and/or join the Family Business.
Swimming is more than just learning how to swim, it is character building. Coach Kasper loves to motivate and challenge swimmers to overcome obstacles and to better themselves.
Coach Kasper received his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2014 from the University of Alberta—majored in Finance minored in Business Law—and completed all three levels of the CFA program exams. When not at the pool Coach Kasper operates his own business Grandhaven Asset MGMT. Inc., a Business Development firm for select Investment Management Companies servicing Clients across Canada and the United States.
Coach Jessie Lynes
Coach Jessie Lynes works full time as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre. She has coached PeeWee Pirates for us in the past and returns this season to continue to work with PeeWee Pirates; as well as, assist with Discovery and Imagination.
Jessie is a fully certified fundamentals coach, former competitive swimmer, and has three years experience coaching swimming and water polo. Coach Jessie is a pretty active person and enjoys swimming, running, and boating with her family and friends!
Trans Alta Trilesure Centre
221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, Alberta, CA
Stony Plain outdoor pool
5210 55th Ave, Stony Plain, Alberta, CA