Coaches

Gyula Toth

Gyula brings a wealth of experience to Wild as a long-time coach within the Canadian water polo community as well as at the national team level. Gyula hails from the Hungarian KSI Water Polo School, which has seen many athletes achieve Olympic success.


Stephane Licina

How long have you been playing water polo? (What teams, age you started, etc)
Started at 9 years old with Lion Cubs (12U). Have played with Torpedoes, Team Alberta, Senior Mens National Team (training), Echirolles Mens Water Polo Team (France), CN Antibes Mens Water Polo Team (France)
Torpedoes, Seniors (MLWP) – 2018-2019, joining again this year in 2022

Are you still playing? With who?
Yes, 2022 registering this year – Torpedoes, Seniors (MLWP)

What coaching experience do you have?
Wild Water Polo Club; 2007-2015 and Calgary Ladies Wanna Polo Club; 2008-2010

What is a water polo accomplishment you’re most proud of?
Training alongside the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team

What are you looking forward to most this season with Wild?
Seeing the kids have fun, make new friends, and become strong water polo players with an interest in pursuing the sport for years to come!

One interesting fact about you.
Saved a drowning couple in Mexico, 2014, who got caught in a riptide and couldn’t make it to shore. First to act and received help from a lifeguard when going back for the second person stuck out in the water.


Bryce Reade

Bryce played competitively for Torpedoes and was named MVP in 2012 of the National Development Premier League (NDPL). He was captain of the team that won Nationals in 2013.

After retiring from playing, he turned his attention to reffering and coaching. Bryce coached Calgary Seals and U10 Calgary Torpedeos water polo clubs and competitive swimming in Australia for Kawana swim club.


Shelby Taylor

Shelby has been a part of the water polo community in Calgary for 18 years starting with the lion cubs when she was 9. Shelby was a part of the Canadian National Team program for 6 years and is an alumni of Indiana University where she played 4 years of water polo for the Hoosiers. Shelby is currently continuing her water polo career with the Renegades senior team while working as a Physiotherapist.


Emily Gunn

How long have you been playing water polo? (What teams, age you started, etc):
I started playing with the Calgary Renegades as a “bantam” 20 years ago (2002) after a few years of competitive swimming. I played as a Calgary Renegade for 7 years, multiple years with Team Alberta, and then a year in Edmonton during University. Beyond that… does inner tube water polo count?

Are you still playing? With who?
Not currently playing due to just getting back to school and some injuries, but I am hoping that in the future I will get a chance to be back in the pool!

What coaching experience do you have?
I have been working in youth and youth recreation/athletics for about 10 years, including coaching volleyball, swimming lessons (Cochrane), and introduction to water polo teams (Edmonton)

What is a water polo accomplishment you’re most proud of?
There were many personal moments (my first year playing up with Team Alberta, making it through Youth national team try-outs) and team memories (first time winning a game against a team we never had before)

What are you looking forward to most this season with Wild?
I am excited to be part of those memorable moments for our athletes who are playing water polo for all reasons- whether it is to play competitively or not. I was incredibly fortunate to have amazing teammates, coaches, polo-parents, and supporters growing up, and I wish that same level of support and community for all of our athletes.

One interesting fact about you.
I walk my dog near MNP in the nearby parks all the time- keep an eye out for myself and my 3-legged Irish wolfhound mix, Abe!


Amelia Lukie

How long have you been playing water polo? (What teams, age you started, etc)
I have been playing water polo for 7 years, started playing with the Saint John water polo club for u10 and u12. Played at a tournament called HabaWaba in Montreal in 2016 and 2017, where I played teams from Taiwan, Mexico, and the USA. I then played for the Calgary Wild where I played on the u10, u12, and u14 teams. My team was undefeated for two seasons straight.
I joined Renegades where I was team captain for both years I played u15. My team won Western Finals this year. I played up for the u17 Team this year where we placed 2nd at Nationals. This summer I played in the Junior Olympics where my team placed 30th out of 110 teams.

Are you still playing? With who?
I am playing this year on the u17 Calgary Renegades team

What coaching experience do you have?
This summer during my time in California I assistant coached a 10u team five times a week.

What is a water polo accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I am most proud of leading my team to win Western Finals this year.

What are you looking forward to most this season with Wild?
I am most looking forward to getting more kids involved in the sport and sharing my passion for the sport with them.

One interesting fact about you.
I am one of four kids and all of my siblings also play competitive water polo.


Kadence Khoo

How long have you been playing water polo? (What teams, age you started, etc)
I have been playing water polo for 7 years, starting at the age of 8 with Seawolves, playing u10 and u12.  
I joined Calgary Wild where I played on the 10u, 12u, and 14u teams. My team was also undefeated for two seasons straight.
During my time with the wilds, I played in the 2019 Junior Olympics where I played against teams from Australia and New Zealand. We got a bronze medal in the gold division (23rd out of 108 teams)
I then joined Renegades where I was team captain during my second year of 15u. I played up for the 17u team as well. My team won Western Finals this year.
I also joined the legacy program this past season with Water Polo Canada.
This summer I played in the 2022 Junior Olympics where my team placed 32nd out of 110 teams.

Are you still playing? With who?
I am playing for the 17u Calgary Renegades.

What coaching experience do you have?
Last year, I volunteered with the Wild in coaching the 8u and 10u kids. 

What are you looking forward to most this season with Wild?
I am most looking forward to helping and inspiring the kids to find a sport that they love and want to keep on playing as they progress and improve their skills. 

What is a water polo accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I am very proud of having been team captain of the 15u Renegades team where I lead them to win gold in the Western Finals. 

What are you looking forward to most this season with Wild?

I am most looking forward to helping and inspiring the kids to find a sport that they love and want to keep on playing as they progress and improve their skills. 

One interesting fact about you.
I am a black belt in taekwondo. 


Nolan Ung

How long have you been playing water polo? (What teams, age you started, etc)
I’ve been playing for 8 years and started at 8 years old with Calgary Seawolves
Santa Barbra Premier Waterpolo Team, Junior Olympics – 11 yrs old
Moved to Calgary Wild for 14U/15u and 16u/17u – 13-15 yrs old
Youth National Team – at 15 yrs old made alternate for 2022 18U National Team that went to Europe for Youth World Championships
Torpedoes, U17, U19 – 15 yrs old

Are you still playing? With who?
Yes, Torpedoes, U17, U19

What is a water polo accomplishment you’re most proud of?
Making Alternate for 2022 Youth National Team

What are you looking forward to most this season with Wild?
meeting all the new kids starting water polo and seeing them progress throughout the year.

One interesting fact about you.
Last year I finished 4th in Canada for goals in U17


Lian Kim

Bio coming soon!