Meet the Coaches of Hamilton Water Polo…..
Tim has played, coached, and promoted water polo for over 3 decades, with Hamilton Water Polo and Queen’s University. Through coaching he hopes to provide opportunities for accelerated learning, maximized development of skills, and enjoyment of the sport. A level 3 certified coach, Tim looks forward to assisting our athletes become competitive at a provincial and national level in addition to designing a program that enables all levels of water polo players and teams to enjoy the game while accelerating their skill development.
Tim’s water polo career spanned 20 years with teams in Windsor, UWO, Michigan State, U of Michigan and UNLV. He has coached both UWO and Queen’s University’s water polo teams. His goal is to players to develop “game sense” and play smart. Tim looks forward to building upon his success with the Jr League through coaching our competitive teams this year.
Pat Lees has had a successful water polo career throughout his McMaster years, in Australia, and representing Canada at multiple levels, including the World University games in Fukuoka, Japan. After an incredible year with the U12s, Pat will provide our competitive athletes with the expertise to allow another successful year at all levels.
Julie is an elementary school teacher and an NCCP certified coach (swimming level 1) with 29 years of experience helping athletes develop speed and mobility in the water. Six years ago, Julie began an elementary school water polo league to spread her enthusiasm for the game to even more young players. Her love of children, her passion for athletics and her knowledge of water sports brings a broad depth of experience to our club.
Leslie was a National level swimmer with the Hamilton Wentworth Aquatic Club before transitioning to water polo. She played water polo for Hamilton and with the Ontario Tour team in the early 90′s. With her son now playing in the Junior league, she thought it would be a great opportunity to give back to the sport, teach kids the game of water polo, and have fun doing it!
A player since 1971, Jim has won city, Provincial and National water polo championships, and placed second in the 1974 Canadian Junior Olympics. He helped coach dominant Sir Allen McNab high school boys and girls teams as well as the 2 Hamilton teams that placed first and fourth in the 1994 winter games. Jim is also a national level referee for Jui Juitsu. He most values the game of water polo, though, for the friendships he has developed and maintained over 45 years in the sport.
A former Gold medalist at the Canadian National and Masters National level and player on 4 consecutive undefeated OUAA championship teams, has coached high school, juvenile, and junior men’s water polo for two decades and refereed the sport at all levels. He brings a wealth of experience to the pool, and wants young athletes to share the same joy and friendship that water polo has brought to him.
Peggy comes from a successful swimming background with extensive involvement in water polo throughout her aquatics career. Peggy will continue coaching the girls and help develop our cross training regiment.
Tom has extensive experience with the sport of water polo and he looks forward to helping the girls learn the game, improve and enjoy the sport for the long term.
As a player, Kirby Park has won National Senior Championships and OUA Championship titles. He has coached to national success with the Hamilton Aquatic Water Polo Club, McMaster University, and Team Ontario. Kirby is a fully certified Level 3 NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Coach and Water Polo Canada Learning Facilitator and Evaluator. Kirby brings great water polo expertise, knowledge, experience and unfaltering dedication to Hamilton Water Polo Club.
Throughout 20 years of playing water polo Neil has won five Canadian championships. He has 15 years of coaching experience since beginning coaching in 1993. Neil is a board member and committed volunteer. This year he is eager to see continued success and development, especially in the junior league.