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!

Micah Lau
Micah LauSenior Coach

Micah Lau is returning for his second season coaching with the Burnaby Barracudas to be the lead coach at MacPherson. In 2019 Micah coached the Kensington Intermediates, and this summer he will coach the Senior group. Micah started year-round competitive swimming in grade 7 with Hyack swim club and spent most of his high school years training in the High-Performance National group at Hyack. Micah still holds numerous records at Hyack as well as a provincial record in the men’s 15-17 4x200m freestyle relay. He has also competed at numerous national events such as Canadian Summer Nationals and Canadian Trials, as well as international events such as the Ontario Junior International. Micah decided to further his academic and athletic career at SFU; Canada’s only NCAA school. There, Micah is pursuing a major in Computer Science and a minor in Business, while swimming with the SFU Men’s Varsity Swim team. Micah looks to bring his passion and knowledge of swimming, and coaching skills, to help his swimmers be the best athletes they can be, and to also help the entire club succeed.

Cameron Dickson
Cameron DicksonIntermediate Coach
Rafik Jiwa
Rafik JiwaIntermediate Coach

I am Rafik Jiwa From Belleville Ontario. I’ve been swimming competitively for twelve years, ten of which were with Belleville Beast Swim Team, and two of which have been with the Simon Fraser University varsity swim team. I have been coaching competitively for four years, and have helped swimmers to reach their maximum potential. I’m currently studying environmental geoscience and would love to help save the environment. I also have a basic knowledge of muscle injuries, recovery and rehabilitation, gained from the injuries and mistakes I’ve put myself through. My main pillars for coaching are hard work, technique, learning from your mistakes and remember to enjoy yourself along the way!

Tassa Marchese
Tassa MarcheseJr Prep

Tassa is a member of the SFU Women’s Swim Team and is going into her third year studying Kinesiology. She has been swimming since she was little and has substantial knowledge and experience, as well as a deep passion for the sport. Tassa has coached swim lessons, helped coach the younger kids in her home club, volunteered in technical swim camps, and was captain of her highschool swim team! She is really excited for a great summer season!

Janey Mah
Janey MahJr Prep

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.

Olivia Graham
Olivia GrahamJr Prep

Hey! My name is Olivia and I will be one of the development coaches for the 2020 summer season. This will be my eighth season as a coach with the Cudas. I also raced for the Cudas from ages 11 through 18, with my specialty being in 50m and 100m butterfly. I qualified regularly at the provincial level in BCSSA until I retired from racing in 2017. I am a kinesiology student at Langara college with hopes to transfer to the university of British Columbia to complete my bachelor’s degree. I am very passionate about my field of study and hope to apply what I’ve learned into my coaching. I look forward to the upcoming summer season and helping my swimmers reach their goals! See you in the water, Coach Liv.

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.