Gilles Emptoz-Lacote: National Head Coach

Gilles is the National Head Coach, based out of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Center. Gilles comes to us from France, where he  was the Director for the National Swimming Federation of France (from  2012-2015). Prior to that, Gilles was the National Team Head Coach for  France.  As part of that role, Gilles was the Olympic Coach for France at the London 2012 Games and Bejing Olympic Games 2008.

Gilles’  has coached his athletes to tremendous success. Under Gilles’  leadership, Mathieu Rosset was crowned European Champion in 2012 (3m),  and won the Diving World Series 2013, as well  as winning numerous medals in European Championships.

During  his own athletic career, Gilles competed in the Sydney 2000 Olympic  Games where he placed 6th in 3m synchro, and 8th in the 10m synchro  event. Gilles was also a finalist in the 1998 World Championship (4th  place) and a bronze medalist at the European Championships.

Gilles  is the father to two young children and has a definite artistic side.  He enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, painting, drawing,  woodworking and photography. 


Anna Dacyshyn: Head Coach

 Anna  has been involved in diving for over 30 years, first as a high  performance athlete, now as a coach.  During her competitive  career, Anna competed for Canada  on both the Junior and Senior  National Teams. Highlights of her career include:

  • 6 time Sr. National Champion on 10m platform
  • Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist (10m platform)
  • ​1991 FINA World Championship Finalist (10m)
  •  World Cup Finalist (4th place)
  • Silver Medalist World Jr. Championships

 In  her coaching career, Anna has coached divers at all levels of  development, including Junior National, Senior National, and  International competitors. 

 Anna’s  holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education (University  of Toronto) and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science (University of  Toronto) with a specialty in Sport Psychology.  She  has Competition Development  certification (NCCP program)  and has completed the Advanced Coaching Diploma program from the  Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.

 One  of the things Anna loves most about coaching is seeing the smile on her  athletes’ faces when they learn a new dive or when they achieve  things they never thought possible.

 Anna is the mother of two wonderful daughters and enjoys spending time with her family.


Brian Anderson: Coach

Brian’s  experience in the sport of diving is extensive and includes both  personal experience as an athlete and 15 years of coaching experience.  In his own athletic career, Brian competed at the Jr. & Sr. National  level and competed in the 1992 Olympic Trials.  

Brian’s  coaching career has taken him across Canada. He was the Head Coach in  Lethbridge, Alberta and coached with Boardworks Diving Club in Victoria,  BC. Over the years, Brian has coached many Jr. & Sr. National  medalists and was a member of the Canadian Jr. Worlds Coaching staff  (2002).

While coaching in Victoria, Brian also worked with  divers who were at the beginning stages of their career. He successfully  identified, recruited and trained many young athletes who went on to  the National Training Center in Victoria. Several of the athletes he  worked with have gone on to achieve tremendous national and  international success and are now in Diving Canada’s High Performance  Athlete Development Program.

Brian’s signature style is to  connect to the athletes with humor.  In addition to coaching Brian  is studying to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant.​ 


Terri Breen: Coach

Terri  started her coaching career over 20 years ago as a learn to dive instructor at the Fredericton Diving Club, where she was a competitive  diver.  In 2003, while pursuing her B.Sc in Biology at the University of New Brunswick, she took on the role of Head Coach at the Fredericton Diving Club.  In 2010 Terri moved to Kitchener Waterloo in order to pursue coaching full time and joined  the Kitchener Waterloo Diving Club, where she coached the provincial/tier II team up until 2016.

Terri  has her NCCP Competition: Development Certified status in diving, as well  as many NCCP multi sport modules and gymnastics foundations. 

In  addition to coaching divers, Terri is involved in training and  mentoring new coaches. She has been facilitating coaching clinics for over 10 years. 
As anyone who has worked with Terri at a club or training camp can tell you, she has a high energy and positive coaching  style and is always encouraging divers to push themselves out of their comfort zones. 

Outside of diving Terri practices yoga, reads books into the wee hours of the  night, and recently started taking watercolour painting classes. She is  the mother of one young daughter, Emilia, who reminds her every day how  great it is to explore the world around you.