Coaching Staff


Head Coach Swimming (Kensington):

James Cormier

James grew up in Halifax ,Nova Scotia and began his competitive swim career with his local summer swim club. He soon moved to a high performance team. From 2015-2017 James was a member of SFU's Varsity Swim team and during that time became a Canadian PanAM Games Swimming Trial Qualifier, a Canadian Olympic Swimming Trial Qualifier and Consolation Finalist and NCAA Div11 Qualifier and Top 12 Finalist.

He now attends the University of Ottawa studying Social Science and Public Administration and continues to swim competitively for the University of Ottawa. James has coached swimming in the Ottawa area and Special Olympics Soccer.

He looks forward to returning to Burnaby and bringing his love of sport and training to the Barracudas.

Head Coach Swimming (MacPherson):


Araya Therrien:

Araya Therrien is a varsity swimmer, currently swimming for the UBC Thunderbirds while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. He has been swimming competitively for 15 years, six of which were spent training in Japan. He was captain of KONAMI Nishinomiya high performance group from 2014-2016 in Japan. Araya is an IM specialist and his accomplishments include being 2017 U-sports university national Champion, national level varsity swimmer, Canwest championship medalist and champion.

Araya has coached swimming and triathlon and has worked as the UBC Varsity Swim Team Program Coordinator. He has traveled extensively having visited 16 countries while he lived on a boat for 5 years.

Arraya is excited working with James to lead the Barracudas in a fun and rewarding summer season.

Jr. Prep Head Coach

Grace Ni

Grace grew up in Prince George, BC and began swimming at the age of 7. After two failed Red Cross classes she decided to switch to competitive swimming with the Prince George Barracudas and has never looked back. Grace moved down to the Vancouver area to attend SFU on a swimming scholarship and to pursue a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. During her time at SFU, she was named MVP of the swim team in her freshman year and competed at multiple Canadian nationals and NCAA D2 Championships. She was named an NCAA All-American in the 4x100 Medley relay and holds SFU records in the 100m and 200m backstroke.

Before joining the Burnaby Barracudas, Grace coached for her home club in Prince George and was also the Head Coach of the Dawson Creek Seals.

In addition to coaching, Grace now studies Naturopathic medicine full time. She looks forward to starting her 5thseason with the Burnaby Barracudas and cannot wait to lead the Junior Prep swimmers to a fun and successful season!

Water Polo Head Coach

Constatine (Con) Kubada


Constantine started playing water polo at the age of 14 with teams such asthe Poco Marlins, Coquitlam Sharks, Coquitlam Lions, Pacific Storm, Fraser Valley WP, and the FraserValley Summer Games team.As a swimmer, Constantine was also a member of the Coquitlam Sharks, PoCo Marlins, and Hyack Swim Club. From the Lower Mainland leagues, he then moved onto playing at National levels for his country.On top of being a member of the Senior Men's National Water PoloTeam from 2006-2016, Constantine was alsothe captain for his Youth and Junior National teams. Con was one of the four Olympians from BC that was on the 2008 squad for the Beijing Olympic Summer Games. As well, he's played professional overseas in the Adriatic League, F1 French League, and the Australian Water Polo League.

This is Con's third season with the Barracudas and this will be his second year as Head Coach WP.Constantine is looking forward to another excited and fruitful experience with the young and aspiring athletes. He will be helping out with all age groups from splash polo to high school level athletes and will coach the Junior Prep 3 swimmers at MacPherson as well.


Diving Head Coach

Elizabeth (Liz Durward)

Liz is a former SFU Varsity Diver who qualified for NCCA div II Championships in 2014 & 2015 and achieved the Scholar All-American & GNAC Scholar Athlete Award in 2015. Liza has graduated from SFU as a systems engineer and is now working full-time in her chosen career. Although her competitive days are behind her, Liz is looking for ways to give back to the sport and is keen to get young athletes excited about diving. Liza has coached diving and is NCCP certified. She is also a highland Dance teacher and volunteer. She was a competitive alpine skier and was involved in mentoring new athletes during her final years of racing.

Liz is excited to meet the aspiring Barracudas divers and is looking forward to working in partnership with the Port Moody Aquarians dive coaches to co-deliver this exciting program.