Staff and Coaches

Theresa Malar

Executive Director



Courtney Desjardins

Head Coach

Level 3 Black, Level 4 Black & High Performance


Alainee Mitges

Coach: Level 3 & 4 Gold

Sarah Hodge

Coach: Level 2 Black

Kira Kublik

Coach: Level 2 Gold & Jr. Masters

Lisa Hodge

Coach: Level 1 Black

Lisa has been coaching with HAC for close to two decades, and approaches swimming from a fundamentals perspective, promoting skill development and fun, and above all, a love of swimming!  A former HAC swimmer, Lisa was plucked from traditional city swim lessons to join HAC (then HWAC) and swam through her early years at university, with such coaching greats as John Butler, Nick Rottmann, Brian Bond, and Gaye Stratten.  As a former swimmer and swim mom, meet manager, and Level 3 official, Lisa brings a unique holistic perspective and experience to the pool deck.  Every swim year is a pleasure and a surprise, and each year brings hope and opportunity to discover something about ourselves – both swimmers and coaches! Lisa is NCCP Level 2 Certified.

Mike Butler

Coach: Level 1 Gold

Kendra Beckman

Junior Competitive Coordinator

Kendra Beckman (She/Her) is the Junior Competitive Coordinator for the 2022/2023 season at the Hamilton Aquatic Club.  Fundamentals Coach certified, Parent Council Chair, Organizer Extraordinaire, Wife and Mom to one child. If she was stranded on a deserted Caribbean island it would soon look like “The Swiss Family Robinson” treehouse and as long as there was cheesecake… well, that sounds like bliss.

 In 1995 just a few credits shy of finishing a degree in Interior Design, she left school to tour the USA with punk rock bands, acting as a tour manager. From her pre-teen years and into her mid 30’s music had an important role in her life. A three-day music festival was her first introduction into organizing big events at the tender age of 18. Full of gusto and DIY (do it yourself) ethos, with no clue she could fail. The concert was a huge success.  Music led her to having a friend group that spanned the globe. The underground and independent music scene introduced her to her husband. Following a 6 1/2 year long distance relationship, they married and she relocated to Hamilton ON. Canada.

Many unconventional paths are in thanks to a hippie mother giving her a childhood full of freedom to make her own choices and follow her passions. As a pre-teen she was diagnosed with a learning disability, which explained a lot of hardships throughout her school career. From that point on she had to teach herself different ways to learn. In th summer of 1989 she joined the high school swim team. There she started swimming double session practices to be ready for the start of the swim season. She excelled at backstroke and freestyle, ...those other strokes….Meh! Her biggest success was going to state finals swimming the 1500 freestyle and the backstroke leg in the 200 medley relay SCY(short course yards).

Those peaks and valleys gave her an unconventional twist on learning. She is a connector with a desire to build community, team work, and care for one another. These values align with her goals for the Novice program. Further goals are to initiate more crossover from higher level swimmers to demonstrate skills, showing younger swimmers what is possible, to celebrate accomplishments and to have kids learn skills on multiple planes; physical, mental and emotional. To help build resilient swimmers who can achieve big goals, and have fun!

HAC Swim School Coordinator

Board of Directors

Scott Hunt


Shelby Calcagni

Vice President

Deb Mawdsley




Matt Bell



Karla Goar




Alison Grice






Katie Kitney




Kaitlyn McLachlan

Member at Large



Cynthia Meneses





Sonia Mrva




Pam Wainwright