Swim Alberta is pleased to announce that Jackie Cool will assume the role of Sport Development Director on June 20th, 2017.
Cool’s coaching and coach development career spans over 35 years with an extensive background in coach mentorship and development, athlete development and business management. Jackie spent the initial part of her career in coaching positions, including head coach of clubs across Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC. In 2005, she moved away from active coaching on the pool deck and assumed a management role with Wolseley Canada. She has remained actively involved in coach development since that time in her role as Learning Facilitator and Coach Evaluator with the NCCP (Swimming) and has attained Certified Master Coach Developer (NCCP) status. In addition to her active involvement in delivering coach education at all levels and evaluation of coaches to attain certification, she has recently been involved as a Mentor Coach with the Advanced Coaching Diploma Program through the Canadian Sport Institute – Calgary.
“Jackie will fill a needed gap in our technical programming”, says Cheryl Humphrey, Executive Director of Swim Alberta. “She will have a focus on the development and support of coaches, who are coaching athletes in the Learn to Train and Train to Train long term athlete development pathway, as well as the initial programming areas of Swim Alberta’s Discover and Emerge programs. Jackie will be an valuable resource to our many smaller and medium size club programs across the province, providing mentorship to coaches and supporting club boards in supporting their coaches”. In addition to these roles, Jackie will provide oversight to the National Coach Certification Program, freeing up long-time employee Kevin Dennis to focus on a competition structure review and support the development pathway of our Paralympic stream athletes.
“I am excited to join Swim Alberta”, states Cool. “This new opportunity and role will allow me to be in the trenches with both the coaches and the athletes as they work to achieve their dreams and goals, by providing support through mentorship and leadership. I look forward to new challenges and working towards positive solutions to bring all of us to stronger performances from our athletes.”
Cool will be based out of the Edmonton office and will work with clubs, coaches, and athletes across the province.
About Swim Alberta:
Swim Alberta is the governing body for competitive swimming in the province of Alberta. Our mission is “govern, lead and support competitive swimming” to achieve our vision, “every swimmer has the opportunity to reach their full potential”. Swim Alberta membership includes: 9200+ athlete members, 1000+ masters’ members, and 630 coach members.
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