Our VPSC Coaches
Below is information on our great team of coaches for the 2021-22 season!
Assistant Coach - Youth 2
Assistant Coach - Intro to Competition
Assistant Coach - Junior 2
Assistant Coach - Senior 2
Assistant Coach - Bronze & Silver
Brian Johns, Director or Swimming and Head Coach: Brian joins VPSC after serving as the Assistant Coach for the UBC Thunderbird Varsity Team and the UBC Dolphins for the past 4 years. Prior to that, Brian represented Canada internationally from 1998 to 2012, including qualifying for the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
In his time on-deck, he has helped holistically develop varsity athletes and has helped guide them towards great performances in the water while ensuring they continue to excel in their academic goals. Brian's swimmers have gone on to compete internationally for Canada and have also achieved numberous academic All-Canadian honors.
In developing younger swimmers, Brian firmly believes that swimmers can not just achieve success in and out of the water, but having success away from the pool will actually enhance their potential in the water. It is this holistic development attitude that Brian hopes to bring throughout the entire club at VPSC as we compete at the highest levels provincially and nationally.
Scott Wilson, Head Coach of Senior Development: Scott brings to the Club over 18 years of experience as a swim coach as well as 16 years of experiences a competitive swimmer. Prior to coming to VPSC, Scott has been the Head Coach of the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club, and Olympian Swim Club, where he coached their top competitive groups. During his tenure, multiple swimmers made national competitions, qualified for both Senior and Junior Canadian National Teams, and had swimmers reach the podium at all levels of Canadian competition.
From 2013 to 2016 Scott was the coach for the Claremont Sports Institute which was part of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre in Victoria. His role with Claremont and the HPC was to help swimmers achieve individual excellence and prepare them for elite levels of competition in the future. During this period of time Scott had access to lead bio-mechanists, physiologists, mental conditioning coaches, and strength and conditioning coaches for Swimming Canada. The experience helped Scott develop his already strong background in the different aspects of swimming performance.
Prior to coaching in Victoria with the High Performance Centre - Victoria, Scott worked with several high profile clubs in Canada, including a previous stint in Edmonton, and in Montreal.
Scott loves working with swimmers of all ages and he considers one of his strongest attributes to be the rapport which he develops with kids. He considers himself to be extremely driven to find new ideas and approaches which help keep swimmers learning and motivated to be better. Scott has a vision of creating a level of programming within VPSC which other clubs will aspire to emulate. In his view, a strong competitive rivalry between VPSC and other local clubs will make the caliber of swimming in Vancouver better overall.
Scott grew up in Montreal, where he swam for, and got his coaching start at the Pointe-Claire Swim Club.
Kennedy Aragon-Scriven, Club Manager & Head Coach Youth Development: Kennedy has been working with VPSC since September 2017 in the position of Head Coach of Youth Development. She is from Victoria where she swam for 8 years with Pacific Coast Swimming, achieving the Western National Standard in 100m & 200m Butterfly. During her time in Victoria, Kennedy began her coaching career working with kids ages 3-12 and ran summer camps with the University of Victoria. Kennedy is a 2021 graduate of UBC with a Bachelor's of Media Studies, and spends her free time lawn bowling and watching movies. 2021-22 is sure to be a great year at VPSC and Kennedy is ecstatic to work with the Mini Makos this year.
Ryan Gurney, Head Coach of Junior Development: Ryan comes to VSPC after spending 6 years in Eastern Canada, most recently with the Oakville Aquatic Club. However, BC is his home. Born and raised in the Kootenays, Ryan is known for bringing a high level of enthusiasm with a strong technical approach to the pool deck. During his time in BC, he has spent time honing his craft at Victoria’s high performance training centre and furthered his development through head coach positions in Ontario.
He aims to go the extra mile to ensure the athletes have an exceptional experience in the sport. In fact, Ryan achieved the coach accelerator award from Swim Ontario for his work with a national record breaker. Ryan is a Sport Management graduate from Camosun and recently completed a Masters in Business Administration. During his free time, Ryan enjoys skiing, biking and anything outdoors. He’s very excited to be back in BC and believes the future for VPSC is bright. Ryan looks forward to meeting and working with all of the Junior group athletes this upcoming season!
Dario Isic, Assistant Coach - Lead Coach of Senior 2: Dario joins VPSC after serving as an assistant coach for the Canadian Dolphins Swim club for 13 years. Dario has been involved with swimming since he was 5 years old and swam competitively for 12 years where he ranked in the top 5 in Canada in his Age Group throughout the years. Dario holds a University of British Columbia degree in Human Kinetics.
Dario is very passionate about sport in general and brings a comprehensive set of skills where his knowledge, passion, skills and commitment can help swimmers achieve personal goals. Dario has coached swimmers to the podium across various levels ranging from AA – Age Group Nationals.
Dario’s teaching and coaching philosophy centers around what is best for each swimmer and enjoys helping athletes discover their own potential.
Nicholas Lee, Assistant Coach - Lead Coach of Junior 2: Nick started swimming with the Hyack Swim Club and swam with them for 6 years. After starting university, Nick decided to transition into coaching to keep close to the sport of swimming and instill the lessons that he had been taught onto others. Nick is currently pursuing an English degree at UBC, with hopes of going into journalism after. Nick believes that hard work and dedication are the key to success in all aspects of life, whether in or out of the pool, and that swimmers should also enjoy other sports and activities outside of swimming.
Maiya Rasheed, Assistant Coach - Lead Coach of Intro to Competition: Maiya swam competitively for the University of Calgary Swim Club for 8 years, and continued coaching for them for 2 more years with their development program under Lorna Snow. She will be returning for her fourth season with VPSC running the Intro to Competition group.
Katrina Shinkaruk, Assistant Coach - Lead Coach of Youth 2: Katrina comes to VPSC with a wealth of experience including 4 years as Head Coach for the Crescen Beach Swimming Club and 2 years with Island Swimming Club as lead coach for their Green Group. Having begun her coaching career at 13, Katrina has worked with athletes across all ability levels and ages, from infants to seniors. She was awarded the Ian Allen coaching scholarship in 2019 for her exceptional involvement and achievements in the BC Summer Swimming Association. As a coach, Katrina's key philosophy is to help her swimmers become the best version of themselves, both in and out of the water. Katrina is ecstatic to join VPSC as lead coach of Youth 2.
Jen Allan, Assistant Coach - Lead Coach of Bronze & Silver: bio on its way!!
Victoria Zhao, Assistant Coach: Victoria has been coaching at VPSC since 2019, after swimming for the club throughout elementary and high school. She loves working with the swimmers and being able to celebrate each of their improvements along the way. She is currently attending UBC, studying Art History and Business Management. When she isn't coaching, Victoria loves checking out new restaurants and spending time with her friends. She is super excited to see what this year has in store for VPSC.
Jessica Luo, Assistant Coach: Jessica joins VPSC after coaching with Pacific Coast Swimming for the past four years. She loves working with swimmers of all ages and enjoys watching their skills develop. Prior to her coaching career, Jessica achieved her first Time Trial Standard at 14 in 200m Butterfly, represented Team Canada at Bermuda in 2016, and won five medals for Team BC at the 2017 Canada Games. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience with hopes of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. In her free time, Jessica enjoys trying new recipes and tending to her plants.
Jacqueline Lee, Assistant Coach: Jacqueline is returning for her 5th year coaching for VPSC, after swimming for the club throughout elementary and high school. Her passion for coaching comes from her previous swim coaches through their patience and care, while instilling diligence and a strong will. Jacqueline is always looking forward to her time coaching, finding joy in seeing swimmers improve and celebrating alongside them. She is currently studying at UBC and hopes to one day pursue landscape architecture and sustainability. When she is not at the pool, Jacqueline can be found camping or reading about Roman law.