Coaching Staff 2017-2018


Head coach Moira Milward: After completing a competitive swimming career culminating in international honors representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games & Great Britain in the Olympic games & World student games, Moira began coaching. She has coached in the UK, in BC and after a break began coaching in Nova Scotia.

Moira’s philosophy of coaching is that the swimmer is the focus. She is clear that all she does in coaching is to help the athlete – whether it’s stroke development, competition skills, nutritional guidance or other character building support. Watching the young athlete mature is part of the joy of coaching.

Previous careers in Moira’s life are teaching, and RN, BScN. Now with those careers behind her, the focus is on building her portfolio of coaching education. Ever the student, she loves to learn and absorb ideas that will assist in swimmer development.

She loves working with the Wolfville Tritons and seeing where they can go!

Jessica Bent has been teaching kids to swim (as well as coaching) for almost ten years. She is certified NCCP Level 1. Jessica is currently enrolled in a Masters of Theology program at Acadia University. She is a former member of the Acadia Varsity swim team where she specialized in butterfly and backstroke. Jessica is coaching the Nova Tech swimmers again this year.

Caitlin Spackman is an Acadia student in the Education program. She was an age group swimmer for 6 years with the Shearwater Bluefins and swam one year with the Acadia Varsity team. This is her 6th year coaching with the Tritons. Caitlin will work with both the Nova Tech and Age Group swimmers this year and is excited to be back this season! 

Hayden Adams is a graduate from the Recreation Management program at Acadia University, as well as NCCP Level 1 certified. After 5 years as a member of the Windsor Bluefins Swim Club, 3 years with the Wolfville Tritons, and 4 years with the Acadia Axemen, he has switched gears to coach with the Wolfville Tritons. Hayden was a member of the 2013 Canada Games Swim Team, as well as a Senior National, and CIS qualifier. Having ended his swimming career in the Spring of 2016, Hayden is excited to pass on his knowledge of the sport to next generation of Tritons. Hayden will primarily be coaching with the Age group swimmers this season. He is all about helping swimmers be the best they can be, and having a lot of fun along the way!

Zach Petropolis is a senior Kinesiology student at Acadia University volunteering within the SIAM (Sports Injury Assessment and Management) and APT (Acadia Performance Training) practicums, working with the varsity athletes to help them reach their goals. Zach was a summer swimmer since the age of 4 and graduated from the Bedford Beavers at the age of 18, as he also worked as an assistant coach during his final competitive season. He has been coaching swimming for 6 years with many organizations across the province including The Bedford Beavers Swim Team, Halifax Trojans Aquatic Club, Wolfville Tritons Swim Club, and The Nova Scotia Summer Swimming Provincial Team. He has become NCCP Level 1 certified and is currently Level 2 Trained. Zach will be working with both the Age group and Nova Tech swimmers this season as he is excited to help everyone improve and see them race personal bests!

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