Our Coaches

Cudas’ coaches are experienced competitors with great technical skills who love working with kids and are trained in water safety and coaching ethics. They are committed to delivering programs that will inspire our athletes to achieve personal excellence through programs that focus on physical and mental skills along with fun and friendship.

Meet our talented coaching team:

Erin Lawrance
Erin LawranceHead Coach

Hey Cudas! It’s Erin here. I’m excited to return to the club as Head Coach for the 2020 summer season. I have been swimming competitively since 2009 and this will be my second year coaching the Barracudas. Before the Cudas, I was coaching on the island with the Oak Bay Orcas and my home club Pacific Coast Swimming. Swimming has been a huge part of my life and has allowed me to build so many unforgettable memories, which I hope all the Cudas swimmers will as well. When I’m not in the pool swimming for SFU’s varsity team I’m working on the third year of my Bachelor of Business Administration. My goals for this season are to help every swimmer be the best they can be and to help foster a lifelong love of swimming. I’m looking forward to seeing all the new and returning Cudas in May!

Gabe Lee
Gabe LeeSenior Coach

Hey Cudas! I’m excited to be coaching with you this summer! A little bit about me, the pool was my second home growing up. In the summers I swam for the Ladner Stingrays and in the winter, with the Winskill Dolphins in Tsawwassen. After graduating high school, I joined the SFU Men’ swim team where with the help of my teammates, I became and NCAA All-American. Throughout varsity I attended Olympic, World and Pan Am trials. As a coach, I started with the Boundary Bay BlueBacks in Tsawwassen before moving to Merritt in the summers where I was the Head Coach for four years. I graduated university and coached for the Simon Fraser Aquatics prior to COVID. After a year away from the pool, I’m excited to get back into it and share everything I’ve learned in swimming over the years with all of you! Let’s go Cudas!!

Cameron Dickson
Cameron DicksonIntermediate Coach
Brady Liu
Brady LiuIntermediate Coach

Brady started swimming competitively with the Burnaby Barracudas in 2009 and has been a proud competitor with the club for over 10 years. He has also coached for the club for around 5 years during those times. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, majoring in Neuroscience and Physiology with a minor in Biology. His knowledge of sports medicine and injuries comes from previous swimming experiences and classroom knowledge. Brady will be coaching the Intermediate A and B group this summer. As a coach, his goal is to help each swimmer improve in all aspects of their swimming career and help them achieve their summer goals. Brady is super excited to be coaching the Cudas family again this summer.

Janey Mah
Janey MahJunior

Janey Mah started swimming competitively 10 years ago with Vancouver Super Sharks. She is finishing her second year swimming with SFU’s varsity swim team and is studying health science. Her best events are 100 and 200m breaststroke. Janey has had lots of experience both swimming and coaching BCSSA. This will be Janey’s second summer season coaching for the Barracudas.

Margarita Martinez
Margarita MartinezJr Prep & Junior
Hi, I’m Margarita Martinez. I am an international film student from Cancun, Mexico. I was a competitive swimmer for  10 years and work as a swimming coach now. I have coached competitive swim in Mexico and the USA prior to coming to Vancouver. Looking forward to my first summer season with the Barracudas.
Mitra Suseendran
Mitra SuseendranJr Prep & Junior

“Hey Cudas!! I am super excited to be coaching the Jr Prep 1s and helping out with the Junior groups this season! I have been competitively swimming with the Burnaby Barracudas since 2014, and after a year off from swimming I am excited to back at the pool. I have been a Baby Cudas coach for the past couple of season, as well as managing and coaching my school swim team throughout high school. I am currently an undergraduate student at UBC for studying International Economics. Swimming has given lifelong friendships and long-lasting memories, and this summer, I hope to to share my love for the sport with all of you! I am look forward to seeing you all at the pool!”

Alessia Marquez
Alessia MarquezWaterpolo & Jr Prep

Hi! My name is Alessia and I will be coaching development swimming as well as water polo this season. I have been with Cudas as an athlete and a coach for a total of 9 years. I am also going into my third year of playing division 1 water polo at California State University Northridge while studying mechanical engineering. I have a deep passion for both swimming and water polo and am excited to share that with all of my athletes this summer. I look forward to this upcoming season!

Finn Clements
Finn ClementsWaterpolo & Jr Prep

Finn Clements is returning for his second summer of coaching the junior preps.  This summer he will also be water polo coaching.  Finn played high performance water polo for Pacific Storm throughout all of high school, and he has been involved in BCSSA summer swimming since the age of 9.