MEET OUR COACHES
Coach zerind - 12U Girls
"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 Grace - 12U Girls
Coach Bryant- 12U Boys
"Water polo has given me so much that I am thankful for in my life - From friends to mentors to education... My favorite aspect about the sport and what my coaching philosophy is rooted in is teamwork. Being a good teammate creates long lasting relationships with coaches and teammates. It teaches you communication, compassion, trust, and other invaluable lessons that will help you in other aspects of your life."
Bryant grew up in Calgary and first started playing water polo at 8 years old with the Calgary Seawolves. He then progressed to Torpedoes, the Canadian Jr. National Team, and eventually, in 2014 he was invited to join the Senior Men's National Team. In 2016 Bryant was apart of the U19 Canadian Men’s team that brought home gold in the 2016 Pan American Games. After the games, Bryant attended the University of California Irvine to receive his undergraduate degree and play water polo in the NCAA at the Division 1 level. After 4 years of playing in the US, Bryant graduated and returned home to Calgary.
Coach Gary - 14U 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 - Mini-Pups, Pups & 14U 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 60 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 Sean - 16U/18U Boys & Girls
"Water polo has taught me a variety of life skills and lessons that I draw on regularly in every aspect of my life. This is due to the immense amount of support from coaches I've had growing up, who gave their time and expertise to develop me as a player and also a person. My coaching philosophy is to pass on as much of this knowledge as possible, so that others can experience all the positives that water polo has to offer."
Sean grew up playing water polo for Pacific Storm in Vancouver where they had a great deal of success at the national level. Upon graduating highschool in 2014, Sean was invited to join the Senior Men's National Team in Calgary. In 2017, Sean had the great opportunity of playing professionally in Europe, competing for Acquachiara 2000, in Naples, Italy. After the 2017 season, Sean took his skills to Greece, where he spent the 2018 season with G.S.S Peristeri, and the following 2019 - 2020 seasons competing for Panionios. With the Canadian National Team, Sean has competed in several tournaments over the past 7 years, with his favorite moment coming from competing at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Rotterdam.
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