Coaches


Tim Floyd

Head Coach

 

Profile:

  • Teacher Edmonton Public School Board
  • Head Water Polo Coach - Thunderbirds Water Polo Club
  • National Level III Coaching Certification 
  • Edmonton Master Swim Club: Canadian Gold Medal Champion 2015 & 2016
  • 35 years of Water Polo Coaching experience

 

History/Accomplishments: 

  • Founder/ Head Coach Thunderbirds Water Polo Club -    2004 - Present
  • Water Polo Coach Edmonton Water Polo Club (Tsunami) -   1988- 2004          
  •  Developmental Water Polo Coach some past athletes:

 

Sport is ‘fuel’ for the soul;

 It should be available to everyone, regardless

Of their age, size or ability!

The love of sport needs to be shared;

Athletic ability, Respect, Team work, Confidence, Friendship

And a sense of community will follow.

 

Introduced age group water polo in Edmonton with co-coach Nelson Lai

Swim Coach Royal Glenora Swim Club - 1978- 1986

Founder/Swim Coach Huma Swim Club - 1987- 1991

Swim Coach Ross Shep High School - 1980 - 1990, 2014/2015

Water Polo Coach Ross Shep High School - 1980 - 2012

The Water Polo team won the greatest number of City Championships, of all sport teams at Ross Shep, 2014 Championships - (water polo was eliminated from all Edmonton school athletic programs in 2012)

  • Canadian Olympic Women’s Team - Jana Salat

  • Canadian Junior Women’s Team - Merin Oleschuk

  • Canadian Universaide Men’s Team - Luke Murtha

  • Numerous accomplished athletes on University scholarships or playing in Canada &USA


Sergio Gonzalez Duarte

Assistant Coach

Sergio is entering his second year with the Thunderbirds Water Polo Club. He is responsble for leading the clubs U12, U14 and U16 Boys teams. He will be instrumental in implementing our community based programs and growing the sport of water polo in Edmonton and the surrounding area. Sergio has completed his Competitive Coaching Certification and recently participated in the Water Polo Canada Summit in Montreal where he attended the Advanced Competitive Coaching Course.

Sergio is a highly experienced coach and has worked with multiple age group teams in Venezuela, Panama, the USA and Argentina. He was a member of the Venezuelan National Team and played in the position of center defender. He has successfully competed on both National and International levels and brings to our Club a wealth of knowledge and experience.


 

Gerilyn Yanew

Hero/Rolemodel and why: My hero/rolemodel would be my mother. She has always inspired me to do the best work that I can and to follow my heart.

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy singing, reading, playing in bands/orchestras, and occasionally playing water polo and swimming.

Coaching philosophy: I work to make sure every athlete has fun, works hard, and creates lasting relationships with their teammates.

Experience: I played water polo with Thunderbirds and Alberta water polo from 2013 to 2017. I started assistant coaching in 2015 and became an official coach in 2017. As of the summer of 2019, I have also been coaching swimming.

Education: I graduate high school in June 2020

Favourite quote: “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Nikola Tesla

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