Your experienced team of swim coaches are here to support your needs. We are committed to offering a fun competitive environment for all swimmers, of all ages. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting and other swimming related needs please contact one of the coaches. We would be more than happy to assist you. On behalf of all the Hyack Swim Coaches, we look forward to serving your swim needs.
Head Coach, Director of Swimming
Andrew Lennstrom or " Lenny", as everyone knows him, is returning to Hyack for his 23rd season and first as Director of Swimming.
His swimming career started in Thunder Bay with the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts before heading out west to Swim for Simon Fraser University.
After a few seasons of coaching with summer clubs and other local swim teams after University, he finally joined Hyack in the 1999/2000 season.
He has been the assistant Head Coach since 2001 and has enjoyed tremendous success at the Age group level He has coached swimmers to Hundreds of Provincial medals and numerous National titles.
Over the last 10 years his swimmers have broken nearly 60 Provincial Records along with 22 national Age Group Records. He was selected as a coach for the Canada Games Team in 2022 as well as awarded BC Male Coach of the Year for the 2021/22 season. He has always found himself fortunate to work with a great group of swimmers and is looking forward to the challenge of performing on the National and International Stage.
Although we are still going through the challenges created by Covid and a pool closure, he feels we have a lot of great swimming to look forward to as we look to build on the successes of last season.
"It is great to look back on the positives of last year but honestly I think we have so much more to look forward to and am excited to see, not just how this season develops, but the next several years".
CCAC Head Coach
Frici has been a professional swim coach since 1984. During his coaching career he has produced numerous Age Group and Provincial Champions and trained provincial record holder swimmers. He was born in Budapest, Hungary where he attended the Hungarian University for Physical Education and graduated with a Master's Degree. As a young athlete, Frici was a four-time Hungarian Senior Nationals Champion, Hungarian Age Group Nationals Champion, and member of the Hungarian National Team from 1974-1980. From 1989-2005 he was the head coach of Sopron Swim Club in Hungary. After coming to Canada, he completed his NCCP's Level 3 Certificate.
Frici started his Canadian career in Manitoba with the Selkirk Dolphins as Head Coach and later with the Manitoba Marlins as Assistant Head Coach. Since 2008 Frici has been the CCAC Head Coach for Hyack. He believes that with the habit of regular and passionate work, improvement and success will not stay long behind. He is motivating, compassionate, and demanding, bringing his extensive background to Hyack.
Over the years, Frici has received multiple awards:
- 2014: Age Group Coach of the Year 13 & Under Award from the British Columbia Swim Coaches Association (BCSCA)
- 2016, 2017: Age Group Coach of the Year 11 & Under Award from BCSCA
- 2017, 2020: Development Staff of the Year for all Hyack coaches. This recognition was based on Hyack's outstanding performance at the BC AA Championships.
- 2019: Junior & Youth Development Staff of the Year (with all Hyack coaches) at the 2019 BC Swimming Awards
- 2019: Frici's swimmers (current and former) were part of the Hyack 12 & Under boys relay team that set the new Canadian and Provincial Age Group Record
- 2020: Member of Hyack coaching staff BC 2020 Winter Age Group Champions Team, and Development Staff of the Year (with Hyack coaches) at the 2020 BC Swimming Awards
13+ Provincial, Regional & Coquitlam Tri-Fit
Nick is a diverse coach who seeks to draw the best out of those he interacts with.
Going on his 5th season as a coach with 20 years of experience in the swimming scene, he strives to create a fun environment which challenges athletes to push their potential to the maximum. Nick swam for the University of Toronto Varsity team where he earned his Bachlors in Kinesiology. Using all avenues of knowledge, Nick seeks to develop the sport of swimming towards each individual athlete. He values an interactive environment where athletes and coaches work together to achieve success.
OW Black, HS & LMR
Nikita has been swimming with Hyack since he was 9 years old, going onto his last and 9 th season with the club. Nikita was first exposed to coaching during the summer stroke improvement camp in 2021 and began coaching during the 2021-2022 season. Using his acquired knowledge of sport over the past decade of swimming, he hopes to inspire a new generation of swimmers within Hyack. So far this year Nikita has gotten to know many of the future faces of Hyack and hopes to improve every swimmer he works with by fostering a love for the sport. Nikita is certified in NCCP 101.
Grassroots, OW White, STI
Marissa has been a member of hyack for about 8 years, swimming competitively for 6 years and now coaching for a little over 2 years. Still passionate about the sport but unwanting to compete is when her coaching journey had started. Marissa is continuing to learn as much as possibly can to develop her coaching skills so she can do her absolute best to help each and every swimmer achieve their goals.
She is now working with Hyack coaches with a variety of groups and has helped at stroke camps. Marissa is currently in her grade 12 year and is looking forward to spending another year with her hyack family. Marissa is certified in WSI and NCCP 101.
Grassroots, High School
Vivian has been an active member of Hyack for 9 years. Competing up to the Provincial level for 7 years and achieving medals and goals she faced an injury that brought up a new opportunity. Hoping to stay connected to the water she began her coaching journey. She has been helped at stroke camps and summer camps as well as coaches High School swimming and is now working alongside Hyack coaches in various groups. Vivian is looking forward to spending another year with a team she calls home. She is looking to learn as much as possible from other coaching perspectives as well as do her utmost best to help each swimmer achieve their goals.Vivian is certified in her WSI and Standard First Aid and has her NCCP 101.
Bryan grew up in Alberta where he did most of his swimming from age group to university. An interest in viewing the sport from another perspective led to the beginning of his coaching career. Originally coaching at Red Deer Catalina with the youth groups for 2 years, this sparked an interest in returning to the sport by joining the local Masters Swim club. Eventually, life led Bryan to Vancouver where he would join English Bay Swim Club as swimmer and eventually a coach.
Bryan has a Fundamentals Coach certification, previously coaching age group in Alberta for 2 years, masters swimming for 6 years with English Bay Swim Club, and 2 years with Canadian Dolphins Masters. Also, within the sport Bryan had served 4 years on the board of Masters Swimming BC as Registrar, and 4 years as Co-Director of the English Bay Executive board.
Bryan believes in the benefits of Masters swimming for both mental and physical health. Endurance, intensity & hard work are key factors to improving efficiency and speed in the water, but prioritizing technical growth will create overall longevity in the sport. Focusing on a goal, whether it be completing more metres than previous seasons, reaching a goal time for a competition or even learning the enjoyment of the sport, let us work together and have fun doing it.
"My name is Firas Saidi, a student-athlete at Simon Fraser University. I am majoring in Kinesiology. I was born and raised in Qatar and moved to Canada 5 years ago. My hobbies are playing soccer and watching it."