Coaches

TITANS’ COACHING TEAM

Pierre Tremblay (Recreational Programs/I Love Water Polo)

Pierre is a graduate of the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, where he formed a competitive water polo team and represented CMR for three years at the college level. He hung up his speedo for 18 years, returning to water polo after his retirement from the military. Along with his four children, Pierre joined the Titans in 2002, and coached ILWP for two years. He then joined the Titans’ Board of Directors as President. At the end of his two-year term, the Titans had grown to approximately 350 recreational and competitive athletes and had firmly entrenched themselves as a water polo powerhouse. Over the last 10 years, he has served as an assistant coach for the Academy program (U14) and full-time coach for the Cadet B girls program, as well as a coach for numerous special training camps, including the Titans’ summer camps. Since his retirement from the Board of Directors, he has been managing and coaching the Titans’ recreational programs.

Peter John Lawrence ILWP (I Love Water Polo)

Peter has been playing Water Polo since 1958 when he decided to concentrate on WP after breaking his leg playing Rugby. He has played in England (for a county team in Essex and then for Imperial College [IC] at London University), also played in Wales and in the Netherlands against the Dutch Universities. Then after taking his Masters at IC he immigrated in 1962 to Ottawa Canada and found there had been no Water Polo played in Ottawa since 1945 (17 years) so he organized the first team here in Ottawa at the Northern Electric R&D Labs and rented time at the original Plant Bath.This activity drew a lot of other old Water Polo players from the Ottawa area to join in. These players were from the UK, Continental Europe (both East and West), from the Caribbean, the USA and a few from Ottawa. Three teams were formed. Then the Ottawa City recreational department asked Peter in 1964 to help them in putting WP facilities into the three new pools they were going to build. These pools are now Pinecrest, Brewers Park and Gloucester. Peter was also instrumental in ensuring that the new Bayshore housing development also provide Water Polo facilities at the Country Club. By 1966, Ottawa had 6 senior teams and about 12 high School teams. Peter was then sometimes playing up to three and four times per week. He played competitively in Ottawa, Montreal and Kingston. Peter has been teaching for several years and in 2011 was asked by the YM-YWCA to help build a program from scratch that attracted 24 children aged 7 to 14, so that really brought him out of retirement. Peter brings enthusiasm to the sport for several ages and wants to pass along what he has experienced over the years. Peter has been certified as an I Love Water Polo coach by Water Polo Canada.

Blake Christie (Head Coach - Academy Program)

Blake has played water polo with both Nepean High School and Carleton University, serving as team captain and winning numerous all-star and MVP awards. He joined the Ottawa Titans as a player in 1995 and has  been coaching various age levels with the club since 1998, winning multiple provincial championships along the way. He has coached with, and been coached by, Team Canada Olympic members David Hart and Bill Meyer. Those experiences have given him a solid framework for understanding water polo. His goal is not only to give all Titans athletes an opportunity to realize their goals within water polo, but to provide a program that fosters sportsmanship and teamwork that can be applied to everyday life. Blake is currently a NCCP Level 2 certified coach.

Jason Sterne ILWP / Academy

Jason got involved in water polo in the late 1980s as a player with the Lisgar C.I. high school team and before long began competing in tournaments with the Ottawa Titans. After playing with Queen's University for 4 years he returned to Ottawa and joined the Sr. Men's team, competing in several provincial championships, national championships and competitive leagues from 1995 to 2002. In 2002 Jason began to focus on establishing adult recreational water polo in Ottawa.  He created and coached a set of programs for beginners and ex-competitive players that are still running as the Titans Adult Learn-To-Play and Semi-Competitive programs. Jason has several years experience coaching children in sport including soccer and ILWP/Academy where he continues to coach today. He still loves playing the game in the Titans Semi-Competitive program and competes regularly in recreational tournaments.

Armin Kamal (Academy)

Armin started playing water polo at age 11, after many years of competitive swimming, and played for 11 years straight. He played for the Ottawa Water Polo Club, the Ottawa Titans, and Carleton University. Armin went to the Nationals in Newfoundland and also won MVP for a week long Toronto Water Polo clinic. After a long break, Armin returned to water polo in 2012 in many capacities including, the Titans semi-competitive program, the NCWPL league, the Carleton Summer League, several recreational tournaments, and even competed in the FINA World Masters in Montreal in the summer of 2014. Armin has been coaching ILWP and Academy since 2012 and is very glad to give back the sport that has given so much to him and his own family.

Tristan Tremblay (Academy program)

Victoria Peters (Girls Competitive U16 and U18)

Victoria started playing water polo with the Ottawa Titans when she was 11 years old, and played on the team that won 7 provincial championships in cadet, juvenile and junior divisions. For 2 years she coached with the Titans’ I Love Water Polo Program before leaving to spend a gap year in England where she worked as a lifeguard, swim instructor and in the hospitality industry. In 2004 Victoria joined the Carleton Ravens Varsity Women’s Water Polo team, winning two gold, one silver and two bronze medals at OUAs. She received the Orca Achievement Award for 2005-2006, and in 2009 as Captain of the Ravens, she received the Carleton Alumni Award for Outstanding Contribution to Athletics at Carleton University through fair play and willingness to put team before self, and sport before self. Victoria Graduated from Carleton University with her BA Hons and is a fulltime employee for the Provincial Ministry of Corrections. She continues to play with the Carleton alumni, was a volunteer with the Ravens for two years, and is currently Head coach for Carleton Ravens women. She is now happy to be coaching with the Titans so that she can ‘give back’ to the sport which has been so important in her life, help the athletes reach their full potential, and develop skills which will be important in all aspects of their lives.

 

Rachel Stein (Academy/U16/U18 Girls)

Jerry Tesanovic (Boy’s Competitive U16 and U18)

Jerry has been playing water polo in Europe, throughout the former Yugoslavia (Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia). He was introduced to the Ottawa Titans by head coach and mentor David Hart, in 2002 and has coached mostly cadet, junior, and older players becoming the Competitive Boys’ program head coach in 2008. During this time, his teams have won gold in five national championships, and taken silver and bronze twice each, all in addition to winning too many provincial championships to count. Jerry is currently a NCCP Level 3 certified coach.

Scott Caswell (Boy's Competitive U16 and U18)

Scotty has been playing water polo since he was 10 years old, and at 14 he joined the DDO water polo club, in Montreal, and was on the winning team for three silver and one gold at national championships. When he moved to Ottawa, he played for the University of Ottawa GGs, where he won Athlete of the Year in 2006. Scott joined the Titans’ Competitive Boys coaching staff in 2008. He has been an assistant coach for gold, silver, and bronze medal finishes at U18 National championships, and as program head coach, he led a Titans B team to bronze at Provincials and a gold medal at U16 Provincials.

Pierre Fiset (Competitive Programs consultant coach)

Pierre started coaching about 30 years ago. Since then, he was Ottawa Titans coach for four years, head coach of Gatineau water polo club, Quebec team, and head coach of Men NDC and National Development team. Also, Pierre was an assistant coach of the National Junior team and assistant to National coach. We are very pleased to have Pierre Fiset back in Titans as a consultant coach.

Yorek Hurrelmann (Academy/NCWPL)

Yorek started playing ILWP in 2007. In his second year of Academy in 2009, he moved to a goalie position and made remarkable success. His team won 5 Ontario Provincial Championships and in 2014 with Yorek as a team captain Titans won 18U National Championship.  He also played with the Canadian Junior National team in LA for the 2014 Junior Pan American Games where they won bronze medal. He is currently playing for Carleton University, Titans U19 team and working on getting certified for competitive coaching.

Christian Sennema (Water Fun and U16/U18)

Christian started playing water polo for Kitchener-Waterloo when he was 6 years old. Two years later he moved to Ottawa and started the ILWP program, which he played in for just over a year. When Christian turned 11 he went to play for Gatineau's competitive program until the age of 16. During that time he represented team Quebec at the provincial level. Christian returned to the Titans for his final 2 years of youth (18U program) where he won his second National Championship title. Christian holds NLS certification.

Sasha Palamarevic (Speciality, water coach U16/U18)

Titans introduce a specialty coach, an Olympian - Sasha Palamarevic. Sasha has been playing water-polo since the late 1990s. He started at the Club Aqua-Polo de Hull, and at the age of 19 he joined the Senior National Team (2006-2010). Since then, he competed in the World League, Volvo Cup, Commonwealth Championships, FISU Games, and Olympic Games - Beijing 2008. Sasha was introduced to Ottawa Titans by head coach Jerry Tesanovic. He will mostly scrimmage against the older players and share his water-polo expertise. His goal is to help develop strong and passionate water-polo players within Ottawa Titans family. We are very pleased to have Sasha assisting our coaching staff.

Ben Bouwer (U16 / U19 specialty - goalie coach)

When Ben started playing water polo he could barely stay afloat, but thanks to his time in the ILWP program that quickly changed. He continued playing with the Titans for the next 10 years until graduating from high school. During that time, Ben developed as a swimmer and a water polo player, but realized early on that his place was between the posts. Playing competitively under the coaching of Jerry Tesanovic, Ben was fortunate enough to bring home some medals. As one of the best Titans goalies, Ben won three National Championship titles 2008, 2009 and 2011. He also won two National silver medals. Currently a student at Carleton University, he has continued playing for the Ravens. As a student and afterwards, he hopes to continue helping out the club as a coach.

Andrew Lorimer (Recreational Programs)

Andrew has been playing waterpolo for 4 years with the University of Ottawa GeeGee's team. He has worked with children in various capacities for 10+ years and enjoys working with them, especially in athletic programs. Having played against the Titans in local leagues, he decided to join the Titans program in the capacity as a coach to both teach athletes who are new to the sport and to also improve his own understanding of the game.

Curtis Small (ILWP - Walter Baker)

Curtis is a Business graduate from the Concordia University in Montreal.  He started his competitive swimming and water-polo career when he was 10 years old playing in the West Island outdoor swimming pool league.  He did competitive swimming at DDO and then switched over to Water Polo where he started playing with the Pointe Claire Water Polo Club.  After a couple of years, the Pointe Claire Club folded and moved to DDO, where Curtis became a founding member of the DDO Water Polo Club.  He played both at DDO and at John Abbott College, where he was also a founding member of the JAC War Pigs Water Polo Club.  Curtis coached competitive level swimming in Montreal for many years, having some of his swimmers reach Olympic qualifying times.  He decided to retire from coaching when his family and he moved from Montreal to Ottawa 7 years ago.  He discovered the Ottawa Titans a couple of years ago and started playing again.  Curtis has 2 daughters, one of which plays in ILWP, where he now coaches at Richcraft the ILWP and Adult Monday night Recreational games.  

Andras Szeri (boys competitive U16 and U19)

Started water polo in Hungary at age 8 and moved to Canada at age 15. Andras was member of the Junior and Senior Canadian National Teams from age 16-22. Also, as a member of Carleton University team 1995-2001, Andras still holds the OUA goal scoring record (56 goals a season).

Andras started coaching at age 19.
- From 1995-2001 he rebuilt an almost extinct Ottawa Titans with the 1981-1986 generation (14 Provincial and 8 Nationals medals).
- From 2003-2007 - coached for Hull water polo, winning the club's 1st and only National Championship title ( '91 generation - in 2007)
- From 2003-2010 - Head Coach of the Carleton University Men's Team (Won Carleton's first ever OUA Title)
- From 2003-2005 - Head Coach of Canada's Youth National Team - Silver medal from PanAms - Mexico City
- Founder, Head Coach and player of the Ottawa WaterWalkers from 2004-2010

His former players include:
Aaron Feltham, 2008 Olympian
Sasa Palamarevic, 2008 Olympian
Devon Diggle, 2008 Olympian
Dusan Aleksic - Current NT goalie
John Conway - Current NT player
Con Kudaba - Current NT player
Dusko Dakic, Yovan Dabic, Matia Dabic, Nikola Mitrovic - Former NT players and
Fedja Avlijas - Canada's current assistant Junior NT coach.

Andras has a full time job with the Government of Canada; he is also a personal trainer and a competitive bodybuilder with the Ontario Physique Association since 2010.

Sean Tippett (I Love Water Polo)

Andre Diperna (House League and Academy)

Owen Kennedy (ILWP and Academy)

Duncan Kennedy (ILWP and Academy)

Sarah Perron (Water Fun)

Danilo Vucetic (Water Fun and ILWP)