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
Coach Dakota has been coaching with the Pirates for over nine seasons and grew up swimming in the Spruce Grove Area. Dozens of Coach Dakota’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 and Canadian Junior Nationals.
Coach Dakota received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta—majored in Finance minored in Business Law—and is currently pursuing the CFA designation. When Dakota is not Coaching he works part-time for Quantum Advisory Inc., a Business Valuation Firm in Edmonton. Dakota’s passion for swimming can be easily recognized by watching him Coach. Swimmers tend to bring every emotion out during practice.
Trans Alta Trilesure Centre
221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, Alberta, CA
Stony Plain outdoor pool
5210 55th Ave, Stony Plain, Alberta, CA