MEET OUR COACHES
Coach zerind - pups & 12U Boys
"I love teaching, being with kids, and I love the sport of water polo. As a coach, I work around the concept of enjoyment - I always thought that having fun is the best way to coach. After having fun - Safety, skill development, and respect between teammates are also crucial. I had a blast with the Seawolves when I was younger and I want to recreate my experience as a child with the athletes."
Coach Zerind has been playing water polo since he was 8 years old. He started out with Olympus TSS as a 10U before he moved on to play with Seawolves as a 12U player. Seawolves was his home for 3 years until his last year of 14U, after which he joined the Torpedoes High Performance Club (which he still plays for to this day). Coach Zerind has traveled all over Western Canada playing in the NCL as a 16U, 19U, and as a Senior. He has traveled to California numerous times for Team Alberta, the Torpedoes, and he has played abroad for a team from Connecticut. Coach Zerind has also competed in Fort Lauderdale in the 'Florida International Tournament' where he competed against teams from all over the world.
Coach Gary - 12U Girls
"I have a simple educational philosophy that applies to my coaching in that I want my energy to go towards the healthy emotional, intellectual and physical development of my athletes and co-coaches. My method... Have fun and watch the kids fall in love with the sport! Teach them how to work hard and train with focus because it is really rewarding to set team goals, put in the commitment, overcome adversity, and achieve things together. Be kind, be appreciative and give back! I strongly believe that if the community is inclusive and healthy then all athletes will achieve their best outcomes both in the sport and in life."
Coach Gary began coaching water polo in 1991 as a Calgary Renegade. He was the first Calgary raised water polo player to compete on a Senior National Team. After being selected, his National Team coach and mentor - John Csikos, encouraged him to throw on his Team Canada jacket and to speak at local Jr. High Schools. Coach Gary's passion for the sport shone through as he put together Calgary's first 14U water polo team. After 2 years, Coach John took over this group and 3 years later they went on to win Calgary's first 18U championship in Quebec City. After 7 years of travel (including one year of coaching a first division club in Nancy, France), graduate school, and having kids - Gary returned to coaching, helping out the newly formed Prairie Dolphins. As his son became an age where he could start playing, he began coaching for Seawolves and has watched hundreds of young athletes, including his other son Tivan and his daughter Édua, try out the sport and have it become a big part of their lives.
coach lazar - 14U Girls & 12U Boys
"The lessons that were imparted to me through sport still inform the core of my world-view today. The best teams possess what all great groups of people possess: Persistence, Integrity, Vision, Awareness, Trust, and a transcending passion for something. In this way the game extends beyond the pool, and water-polo is just one gateway for kids to learn lessons that will help them find out who they are and who they ultimately want to be."
Coming from a sport loving family - Coach Lazar began playing soccer and basketball at 5, karate at 6, and swimming at 7 years old. While spending a summer at his grandma's beach house in Montenegro, he caught a glimpse of water-polo and instantly fell in love. At 8 years old he began playing water-polo for the Farmers with his older cousin, and eventually moved on to play for Mako, Torpedoes, Team Alberta, and the Jr. National Team. Coach Lazar has won over 40 medals from his sporting competitions, but his 3 favorite are the gold from the first ever NDPL (now NCL) with the Torpedoes in 2012, his bronze medal from the Erdogu Int'l tournament in Turkey as part of the Canadian Jr. National Team in 2011, and the 2018 AB Provincial Championship where he won gold with the U12 Boys Team in his first year as a coach. Lazar is currently the Head Coach and Athletic Director for Seawolves.
Coach Aleksa - 14U Boys
"The number one reason I chose to coach was to pay forward all the knowledge about the sport that had been given to me by some of the amazing coaches that I've had. Helping athletes grow not only as players, but also as people, is immensely rewarding. Seeing the progress that athletes make as individuals and as a team is my favorite part and has immensely shaped my philosophy towards coaching. My goal is to leave my athletes better than when I started working with them - Firstly as strong young people, and as athletes second."
Coach Aleksa began playing Water Polo at age 14 in 2012 with the Calgary Torpedoes and already helped win the U16 National Championship in his second year. Over the next few years, he went on to win multiple bronze medals across various age groups at Nationals, as well as a silver medal at the NCL finals in 2016 (awared 'Most Valuable Goalkeeper). Coach Aleksa has been a-part of Canadian National Team Programs since 2014. He competed at the 2014 U17 Pan-American games, the 2016 U18 World Championships, the 2017 U20 World Championships, and the 2017 FISU games in Taipei. Coach Aleksa was also a member of the 2016 squad that is only the second men’s team at any age level to win the Pan-American Games other than the US, beating USA by one goal in the gold medal game (also named 'Most Valuable Goalkeeper' at this event). Along with coaching for Seawolves, Aleksa is a goalie coach for the Torpedoes High Performance Club.
coach ashley - 16U/18U Girls
"Coaching is important to me because I fervently believe that water polo is one of the greatest sports in existence, and I want to share my love for the game! That love is essentially why I started coaching. I also value the importance of teaching kids to live an active life - A life where challenges are exciting experiences. Another one of my main focuses is building individuals into a cohesive group that act together and support one another (in and out of the water). From that foundation - Of friendship, fun and exertion - We can build athletes who not only have the skills to play, but the will and enthusiasm to do so, too."
When 12 year old Ashley got bored of swimming laps up and down the pool, she decided to give Seawolves a try. As she got older, she started practicing with the Renegades High Performance Club and in her second year of U16, Coach Ashley helped the Renegades capture first place at Nationals. Her team went on to win gold medals throughout their Youth and Senior years. She has played with and against National team members, and has traveled to California, Florida and Europe as part of Team Alberta and the Renegades. Ashley started coaching for Seawolves 8 years ago during her last year of playing as a Renegade, and even helped the club decide to change its name from Lion Cubs to Seawolves. Coach Ashley has also coached for the Renegades (sometimes with both teams at the same time) and continues to play with the Splash Master's Team.
coach matthew - 16U/18U Boys
"I have always had a passion for helping and teaching others. Central to my coaching philosophy - Which has been crafted through experiences as both an athlete and as a coach - Is the mental aspect of sport. I aim to generate and develop proficient mental habits among athletes and ultimately, I strive to create a daily environment where my athletes are excited to jump in the water for every single practice!"
Involved with Water Polo Canada’s National Team programs as an athlete since 2010, Matthew Halajian has an extensive history of experience both nationally and internationally. Coach Matthew first moved to Calgary in 2013 to begin training at the National Training Centre and enroll in the University of Calgary. Since 2013, Coach Matthew has played in numerous high-level international competitions, including the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and the 2019 Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru. Most recently, Coach Matthew played professionally in the Italian Serie A1 with Circolo Canottieri Napoli for the 2019/20 season.
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