Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Sean Maxwell Head Coach

Coach Sean has been involved with swimming since 1980 and is excited to return to coaching!

Sean grew up in Edmonton area where he swam with OSC and Keyano before he attended the University of Alberta and swam one year with the U of A Golden Bears.  He started caoching with Keyano in 1993 and left in 1996 as the head area coach at Jasper Place Pool.  19963 was a busy year, as he graduated with Bachelor of Arts while he was in Regina becoming a member of the RCMP.  Coach Sean retired in 2023 as a police officer but during his 26 year career, he also coached with clubs including the Assiniboia Aquarians as the head coach, the For McMurray Mantas as assisatant head coach and most recently with the Albera Marlin Aquatic Club as an assistant coach.

A certified NCCP Level 2 coach, Sean has coached 2 swimmers to Provincial records and many swimmers to represent their clubs in Provincial Trials and Provincial Championships Meets.  Sean also has experience as a swimming official, a parent and board member.  His sons both swam and are now away at University in Edmonton.  Sean's son, Parker Maxwell, is also the Head Coach for the Medicine Hat Manta Ray Summer Club.  His nephew, Reid Maxwell, swims with Keyano and has his sights on Paris Para Olympics.  Sean favourite topic of conversation is swimming and as you can see swimming runs deep in all the Maxwell's.

In his spare time, Sean still swims and plays accordion.

Nicole Miller Assistant Coach

Coach Nicole is excited to be back at the pool for another season of swimming.  She will be coaching at Crestwood Pool and also is the administrator for the Splash Swim School.  This is our second year running this program and it is helping filling a void in our community to provide an ability for kids to learn how to swim.

She started her love for the swimming at a young age however did not have the opprotunity to compete.  Nicole became a lifeguard and instrucot to continue her love of the water.  You could say that her husband was the one that got her competing.  She did not compete as a swimmer until she was 24 years old once she joined a Mater Club in Weyburn, Saskatchewan which was started by her husband. Togehter, they would compete in Maters Swim Meets all over the country.

In the past, she has coached Weyburn & Swift Current Master Swim Clubs, coached with the Swift Current Stingrays and Medicine Hat Hurricanes Summer Clubs and coached with the Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club. Coach Nicole's main focus is coaching the fundamentals of swimming and can't wait to be in the water with the kids.

Coach Nicole and her family have lived in Medicne area since 2009 and her main job is being a mom of three.  All of their kids are involved in many activites like swimming, soccer, school sports, just to name a few.  If the Miller Family is not at a pool or soccer field you can find them in Fernie, BC biking, hiking or skiing. 

Coach Nicole is looking forward to helping kids love the sport of swimming as much as she does.  See you all at the pool!!!

Isla Hope Assistant Coach - YMCA

Coach Isla is at the YMCA coaching a number of groups in our Splash Swim School.  She has been with Medicine Hat Waves Swim Club since 2021 and we are so lucky to have her with us.  

Jaymie Hoffman Junior Coach - CRC

Coach Jaymie started swimming competitively when she was 5 years old.  She swam with Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club the majority of my time swimming under multiple coaches including Coach Sean. I am also a lifeguard with the City of Medicine Hat.  Outside the pool you'rr find me snowboarding, mountain biking or studying for school to go into for X-ray Tech.  This is Coach Jaymie's first year coaching and is absolutely threilled to be here! You can find her on deck at Crestwood Pool helping with our groups. 

Keira Leclair Junior Coach - CRC
Hunter Mandel Junior Coach - CRC
Mia Nielsen Junior Coach - YMCA

Coach Mia is currently in high school at Crestcent Heights High. She has been involved in swimming since she was 8 years old and have swam for both Catalina in Red Deer, AB and for Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club here in Medicine Hat.  Coach Mia began coaching with the Medicine Hat Manata Ray Summer Club in 2022 and then started coaching with Medicine Hat Waves in the fall of the same year. She has competed her NCCP Level 1 this past year.  Coach Mia has been helping coach in our Splash Swim School program since she started with the Waves.  You can find her at the YMCA helping with a number of groups and working with Coach Isla and Coach Kemah.  

Kemah Kohlman Junior Coach - YMCA

Coach Kemah was introduced to the water at an early age and hasn't left the water since.  She was completed all levels of the Red Cross swim program up to and including Bronze Cross.  She began swimming with the Alberta Marltin Aquati Clun when she was 6 years old until she was 15 years old (swimming comptetitively for 8 years) before joinging Medicine Hat Waves Swim Club.  In the summer of 2023, she coached with the Medicine Hat Manta Rays Swim Club and started coaching with the Medicine Hat Waves Swim Club in 2023.  She is a Grade 10 Frendch Immersion studend at CHHC. Other than swimming, she enjoys reading, biking and traveling when she is not as school of in the water.  Coach Kemah can be found at the YMCA coaching groups in our Splash Swim School with Coach Isla & Coach Mia.

Izzy Middleton Junior Coach - CRC
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