Kim Phillips Langer - Head Coach
Hi! My name is Kim Phillips Langer and I am the Head Coach of Nova Synchro. My role as Head Coach is to assist in club development, recruit and provide support for our many coaches, coordinate diverse training opportunities, communicate with the club executive and members, promote swimmer and coach development, continue to build and promote our positive club culture and represent Nova at local and regional events.
I have been involved in the world of synchro for close to 25 years; thirteen of these as a swimmer competing at provincial, national, collegiate and international levels. This will be my 13th year coaching and I am also a Competitive Development certified coach. This year I am super excited to be working with two of our 13-15 soloists.
Synchro has always been an integral part of my life. It's a unique and fulfilling sport that teaches athletes and coaches so many life skills. I absolutely love connecting with swimmers and find the profession of coaching very rewarding. By far the best part of being a coach is watching our athletes develop as well-rounded people with strong confidence, character and a joy for continued learning. Can't wait to see where this season takes us!
Liz Scott- Club Manager, 13-15 "L" Team Coach
Hello! My name is Liz, and I am coaching one of our 13-15 teams this year. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with such a hard-working, dedicated and fun group of young ladies. I am also our Club Manager, so if you have any questions or need caps & nose clips, I'd be happy to help!
I have been involved with synchro for over 20 years, and this will be my 14th year coaching. In the past, I have had the opportunity to coach in Dresden, Germany, and was selected as part of the coaching staff for Synchro Alberta's Provincial Teams that attended US Open, UANA Pan Ams, and SYNC. I have a Kinesiology degree and am a Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. I am also a Competition - Development certified coach. Coaching is my passion, and I believe that working hard can be fun.
I am excited for another great season with Nova Synchro!
Becky Thera- 16-20 Team Coach
My name is Becky Thera and I am so excited to coach the 16-20 team with Nova this year! This is a hard-working, dedicated group of athletes who I really look forward to getting to know throughout the season! I believe we will have a lot of fun developing this team while building strong skills.
I am from Regina, SK, where I swam for 5 years at a Provincial and National level. I spent many years coaching various levels of athletes for Regina Synchro. This is my 11th season coaching, and my 4th season with Nova. I was previously the Technical Director and Outreach Coordinator for Synchro Saskatchewan and was recently part of the coaching staff for Synchro Alberta’s Provincial Teams, attending SYNC in Toronto this past summer. I completed my Masters of Fine Arts at the U of A in the spring of 2018. Alongside coaching, I am a practicing artist working with drawing, embroidery, video and choreography.
I truly love synchro and coaching, and I can’t wait to share that passion with a new group of athletes this season!
Samara Hipkin- 13-15 "S" Team Coach
Hi there, My name is Samara but I generally go by Sam. A bit about me: I have been involved with synchro for about 19 years now, my first 6 years as an athlete were spent with Nova, and I continued to swim with the Auroras for the next 8 years of my life, as well as coach at varying levels from rec to national stream for the past 10 years. Once my sister (Coach Meg) and I retired from swimming at the end of 2014 we began pursuing the entrepreneurial life via formulating our own natural skin care line, which we now sell online. I am also in the midst of pursuing my master herbalist certificate and am a certified Essentrics and Garuda instructor.
I am incredibly excited to work with my 13-15 'Girl Power' team this season, and to continue to help them on their paths into incredible athletes and young women!
Meaghan Hipkin- 13-15 "M" Team Coach
Hello everybody! My name is Meaghan, although most people know me as Meg. This is my second season coaching competitively for Nova and I am incredibly excited to be back! As far as my background in this wonderful sport, I have been involved in synchro for the last 18 years, both as an athlete and a coach, the first 7 of those were spent as an athlete with Nova. I have been coaching in some capacity over the last 10 years and throughout that span of time I have coached virtually every level including pre-comp, recreational, provincial stream and national level athletes.
I love to coach and to witness athletes grow and achieve, whether it be learning how to do a back layout position or making a provincial or national team, I will do whatever I can to help them succeed. Synchro has always been my passion, my happy place and a second home where I could run to to find peace, solitude and solace when I needed it in my life- and it is an absolute joy for me to be able to pass that along to the next generation of mermaids! I cannot wait to see how this season unfolds!
Naomi Grenke- 11-12 Team Coach
Hi, my name is Naomi Grenke and I am Nova’s new 11-12 Novice coach this year. I am currently in my second year at the University of Alberta, where I am studying History and Political Science. This is my third-year coaching, but my first-year coaching competitively. I have been one of Nova’s Learn to Synchro coaches for the past two years, and I look forward to bringing the skills I have learned to my 11-12 team. I swam synchro with Nova for 9 years both at the provincial and national level. Through these years I have learnt hard work and teamwork which is something I hope to help develop in the next generation of swimmers. I have always loved the water and synchro became my passion at the age of 8. I am very excited to coach new swimmers and to pass on this passion.
This year I am planning to get my next level of coaching as well as working towards getting my judging credentials. I am very excited to continue in my journey with Nova and the synchro community.
Maggie Jensen - 10&U "M" Team Coach
Hi there! My name is Maggie Jensen and I am from Red Deer. I moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta in 2011. I am a Chemical Engineering and full-time coach. I am back in school however in the Education Program at the UofA. I have been swimming for 15 years starting in the recreation programs and moving to the provincial and national streams. I have been on teams in Red Deer, Calgary and with the University of Alberta. I was the President of the University of Alberta Synchro Club for the last two years of my Engineering degree. This is my third year coaching the 10&U team at Nova. I started coaching with Nova’s Learn to Synch and Train to Synch programs in 2015.
I fell in love with synchro when I was young and want to build the love for the sport in the younger swimmers at Nova Synchro.
| Jessica Gitzel - 10&U “J” Team Coach |
Hello my name is Jessica. I will be coaching one of Nova’s 10&U teams this year. I have been involved with the sport for 8 years and this year will be my first year coaching. I have always wanted to coach and I am really excited to pass on my love for the sport to the next generation of swimmers. I am looking forward to working with this fun and talented group of swimmers. I am really excited to see what this year brings!
Abigail Grenke - Learn to Synchro Coach, Program Lead
Hey! My name is Abi, I am one of Nova's Learn to Synchro coaches and I couldn't be more excited for this year. I'm currently working on getting my AquaGo Instructor certification and finishing grade 12. I swam with Nova for nine years, and it was a big part of my life. I have loved the water and synchro since I was 8 and I can't wait to pass on my love of swimming to others.
Annaleise Walker- Little Synchro Coach
Hi! My name is Annaleise and I am so excited to be coaching Learn to Synchro this year!! I am 16 and this is my second year coaching. I swam for 5 years with Nova and I couldn’t be more excited to now be coaching with the club. Can’t wait to see you all at the pool!
Bethany Jantz- Learn to Synchro Coach
Hi! My name is Bethany and I am currently in my second year at UofA studying kinesiology. I have been coaching pre-competitive synchro for 3 years and am excited to be coaching for Nova again this year with our Learn to Synchro swimmers. In addition to coaching, I am also part of the UofA synchro club as a swimmer. In my free time I enjoy working-out and sewing.
Asha Nelson - Little Synchro Coach, Program Lead
Hi, my name is Asha and I will be coaching one of our Little Synchro groups this season. I am currently training with our 16-20 team at Nova and this will be my 7th year swimming. This is my first year coaching and I’m so excited for a great season!
Jillian Muller - Little Synchro Coach
Hello! My name is Jillian and I am one of the Little Synchro coaches! I swam with Nova for 4 years, however have been swimming synchro for more than 10 years. I am currently in my second year at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Science and hope to one day be a physiotherapist. I am very excited to get our swimmers active and used to the water, expressing themselves and learning what synchro is all about - all while having fun!
Camryn Bergum - Little Synchro Coach
Hi! My name is Camryn and I'll be coaching one of our Little Synchro groups this season. This will be my first year as a coach but I've been swimming with Nova for 8 years. Prior to joining Nova I was a speed swimmer with Huma for 3 years. I have always loved being in the water and I can't wait to share my love of synchro with everyone.
Calla Knudson - 11-12 Optional Program Coach
Hi there! My name is Calla and I will be coaching the 11-12 Optional Figures program for the 2018-2019 season.
I have been an artistic swimmer for the past ten years, competing provincially with Nova Synchro for four years and nationally with the Edmonton Auroras for one year. For the last five years I swam with the University of Alberta Synchro Club, where I was also involved on the club executive as Treasurer and Fundraising Chair.
I am currently working towards a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Alberta.
This is my third year as a coach and I am so excited to share my love of this sport with a new generation of swimmers!