Coaching Staff

Head Coach Swimming (MacPherson):

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 works at a Chiropractic clinic and is hoping to attend Naturopathic school in the fall. She looks forward to starting her 4thseason with the Burnaby Barracudas and cannot wait to lead the team to another fun and successful season!

Head Coach Kensington :

Keenan Elliott

Keenan began his swimming carrier in Barrie Ontario, swimming for the Trojans. During his time in Barrie, he competed in multiple provincial and national finals over the course of his 12-year career as a Trojan. During this time, he has been "jack of all trades" and dabbles in IM, backstroke, butterfly, but was most successfully a breaststroker. He keeps in close touch with his old coaches and is still an integral member of the Barrie Trojans.

Following high school, Keenan moved out West to swim for the Simon Fraser swim team as well as pursue a degree in Biochemistry. Having just finished his eligibility with the Clan, Keenan is now enjoying his free time to keep active and is always open to trying new activities, while keeping a place in his heart for swimming.

This will be Keenan's 3rdsummer coaching in the BCSSA and his first summer as the head coach for the Burnaby Barracudas. He is excited to pass on the knowledge he has accumulated over his career, and hopefully inspire a new generation of athletes to pursue their goals and find passion in the sport of swimming.

Jr. Prep Head Coach

Gabriella Luongo

Gabriella started swimming with the Burnaby Barracudas in 2002. Swimming has taught her about determination, hard work, and striving for excellence in all that she does. She appreciates all the guidance that her coaches have given her through the years, and hopes to reciprocate that to her swimmers.

Gabriella starting coaching with the Burnaby Barracudas in 2011, and is excited to return as a coach for her sixth summer! She started coaching with the Burnaby Barracudas Winter Maintenance Program and then as a Baby Barracudas coach during her first summer. This summer will be her third season as a Junior Prep Coach, and Gabriella looks forward to working with her swimmers, and helping them improve their strokes, and technique. Gabriella enjoys working with the swimmers and hopes to help them achieve their personals goals for the swimming season.

Gabriella is a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor for the City of Burnaby and is a Certified Coach holding her NCCP Level 1 Certification from the Coaching Association of Canada. Gabriella graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. When she is not coaching, Gabriella is involved in various clubs and student mentorship programs at SFU in addition to volunteering for non-profit health related organizations and teaching Italian.

Gabriella is looking forward to another successful summer swimming season and meeting her new swimmers! If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to approach Gabriella throughout the season, or send her an


Head Coach Water Polo:

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.

After coaching as an assistant coach for the Barracudas last season and being the 19U head coach for Pacific Storm, 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.

Diving Head Coach