Meet our Coaching Staff

We are fortunate to have such a great and knowledgeable coaching staff this year. Without our coaches’ hard work, dedication, and efforts, our athletes would not be the same. Capital Wave’s line-up of coaches is the best in the country today! They vary from Olympians, International, and National coaches, to young athletes giving back and mentoring the youth. Our coaches bring a tremendous amount of experience to Capital Wave and love sharing their passion for water polo with all our athletes and their parents. There is no doubt that Capital Wave has the best staff in the Capital Region.

We encourage you to review their profiles below. Interested in joining our coaching staff? We are always looking to increase our great coaching staff!  Please contact our Head Coach at celso.rojas@capitalwave.ca

Celso Rojas

Head Coach

Head Coach Celso Rojas has coached all age groups and all skill levels for more than 25 years. Born in Peru, Celso was already a successful competitive swimmer when he started playing water polo at the age of 15. As team captain for the Peruvian National Water Polo Team, he participated in numerous national and international tournaments. In the 1990s, Celso had the opportunity to train with the US National Water Polo Team. During his four years in California, he fostered a number of important links within the USA water polo community. In 1994, he returned to Peru and, again, became a member of the Peruvian National Team.

Celso moved his family to Canada in 2001, settling in Vancouver where he became coach of the girls’ team at Simon Fraser University. Under his tutelage, the girls won the North West Division title, in 2004, for the first time ever.

He joined British Columbia’s Provincial Team as a development coach in 2003, and became the Provincial Head Coach from 2005 to 2008. During that period, BC teams of both genders won many national and international events. In 2008, Celso moved to Ottawa, where he coached two years for the CSL Women’s league and assisted the NDC programs. In 2014, Celso was named Assistant coach of the women’s Commonwealth Team and assistant coach of the 19U Women’s National Team. Currently, Celso is the Assistant/Mentor Coach of the 17U Men’s National Team that will be competing at the Youth Pan American Championships this summer in Lima, Peru.

Celso has his Level 4 coaching certification.

He lives in Orleans with his wife and three children. All of his children play water polo and have won many awards at the provincial and national levels.

David Hart

Master Coach

David Hart is a 4-time Olympian. His career as an athlete, coach and leader in the sport of water polo is the most extensive of any Canadian Water Polo personality in the history of the sport.

His outstanding contribution has been felt in many capacities (athlete, coach, administrator, mentor, innovator, official, instructor, author, Talent-ID scout and volunteer) over six decades and 12 Olympic cycles (1965 to 2017 inclusive).

David has been the recipient of several prestigious Canadian sport awards and is a member of the McMaster University, Ontario Aquatic and Hamilton Sport Halls of fame.

As a coach he helped national teams capture eight international medals. He is the only Canadian to have worked with all six men’s and women’s national team programs and the first to have coached a foreign national team (Brazil).

As a leader and innovator he is recognized as the architect of several of the most significant water polo programs over the past 50 years including: The Canadian Water Polo League, The Canadian Water Polo Dream Team, The Legacy Coaching program and the I Love Water Polo program.

Michel Roy

16U/19U Competitive Coach

Born and raised in Quebec City, Michel is recognized as one of the most successful and decorated coaches in Canadian water polo history. He has produced and coached 8 Olympians (2 becoming Olympic Gold Medalists in 2008). He is a 32-Time National Champion at various levels in Canada (10 times with the Senior Men’s alone). He is the only Canadian to have been the Head Coach for both the Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s team, including various Junior, Youth, and FISU Teams for Team Canada over the past 30+ years. He has coached for 10 years in the NCAA Division I, MPSF Conference in the U.S., which is no doubt the best women’s water polo league in the world.

Michel brings over 30 years of professional coaching experience to Capital Wave and he cannot wait to increase the water polo level in the National Capital Region. Michel is a level 4 certified NCCP coach and is bilingual in both French and English which is an asset to our bilingual region. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Michel to our Capital Wave coaching staff and family!

Veronica Rojas

Splash Polo Coach

Veronica Rojas was born in Los Angeles, California but raised in Lima, Peru until the age of 8, when her family moved to Vancouver. Once in Vancouver, Veronica started playing water polo with the Pacific Storm Water Polo club. Over the years Veronica has played in over 12 National Championships, has been a member of Team Ontario, and in 2011 she was also a member of the Women’s National Team for athletes born in 1993.

Along with coaching for Capital Wave, Veronica was an assistant coach for Team Ontario in the summers of 2013-2015 and an assistant coach for the Women’s National Development Program in 2014.

Veronica has graduated with high distinction from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a concentration in Law. Veronica plays with Capital Wave’s Major League team and recently won the silver medal at Senior Nationals this year. She loves working with children of all ages, and her goal is to provide a positive-mentor role model for our young athletes, as well as help them grow in their water polo career by offering them guidance and expertise from her many experiences over the years. Veronica has her NCCP Level 2 Coaching Certification.

Rachel Howes

Splash Polo Coach

Bio coming shortly. Stay tuned!

Case Langevin

Splash Polo Coach

Born in Prince Edward Island and raised in Ottawa, Case will be entering her 6th year playing water polo. She first started playing water polo in Capital Wave’s competitive girls program and fell in love with the sport right away. She is currently entering her 3rd year as a mechanical engineering student at Carleton University and is a veteran to the Ravens women’s water polo program. As a rookie of the year back in 2015, she helped her team capture the bronze medal at the NCWP Championship. Case currently works as a project manager at Colliers Project Leaders here in Ottawa and is also a fully certified lifeguard and instructor. She always loves to give back and she could not be more than happy to work with our Splash Polo kids.

Adrian Steenkamer

14U and ILWP Coach

With thirteen years’ experience coaching water polo at various levels of athletic development, Adrian Steenkamer is a team player with expertise in providing technical, strategic, physical, and mental direction to athletes. He has extensive experience assistant coaching and coaching at provincial and national water polo tournaments, as well as regional (invitational) tournaments. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, his teams won gold at the provincial level and took silver at the 2011 National Championship. His recent achievement was a silver medal win at the 2017 Senior Nationals with Capital Wave’s Women’s Major League team.

Adrian has a strong belief in the long-term athletic development (LTAD) program, which considers the best interests of the athlete, not the goals of coaches or parents who might simply want to win at all costs. He has his Level 2 coaching certification with three multi-sport modules completed.

Greg Fritz-Németh

14U and ILWP Coach

Born in Ottawa, Greg started playing water polo in 2008. Since then, he has participated in many provincial and national championships. He was on Team Ontario in 2015 and started coaching in 2013. Greg has achieved his level one coaching qualification in October 2016 and is working towards his level two coaching qualification. He has been a qualified regional referee since March 2017. Greg is also working on achieving the provincial referee qualification. With all his experience, Greg is determined to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with younger athletes and to help them achieve their goals in water polo.

Patrick Cauthers

14U and ILWP Coach

Born in Ottawa, Patrick started swimming at age 11. Wanting to play a team sport, he joined the “I Love Water Polo” program. By the age of 13 he stopped swimming and devoted his time to competitive water polo where he played in two National Championships, including winning a silver medal at the 2008 National Championships in Vancouver. Once in university, Patrick continued to play water polo for the University of Ottawa Gee Gees competitive water polo team while completing his Bachelor of Music with specialization in musical performance.

As a lifeguard and swim instructor, Patrick has experience teaching people of all ages and skill levels how to swim. In addition to teaching swimming, Patrick also has experience in teaching music, where he has given workshops and master classes in high schools. Patrick is currently working as a Musician in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Patrick believes that emphasis on good technique and proper practice methods are essential to success. “As a musician and as an athlete, I always try to achieve perfect technique. Once a technique is mastered, it provides the most efficient and reliable results. To develop perfect technique, it is our responsibility to always practice these skills at the highest level with high regards to fine details. Only then can we perform at the highest level of excellence.” Patrick looks forward to working with our athletes in the I Love Water Polo program, right where he started from!

Jewelle Crocker

14U and ILWP Coach

Born and raised in Ottawa her whole life, Jewelle started playing water polo at age 11 with Capital Wave. She was always an active child growing up and playing team sports was the best fit for her. In her eyes, water polo was the perfect sport. Jewelle first started to play at the 14U level, but the coaches later noticed that she could soon start playing 16U and 19U competitively. Jewelle is currently on Capital Wave’s major league team and recently won silver at Senior Nationals. She has over 5 years of competitive experience, has played several summers for Team Ontario, was long listed for the youth national team, and is now focused on coaching and giving back. She has been a volunteer coach for the past 2 years and is a graduate of David Hart’s Coach Mentoring Program. She enjoys coaching all ages and is fortunate to be working with the 14U girls this season. She plans on continuing her coaching career while taking the Health and Fitness Promotion Program at Algonquin College next fall.

Meet our Summer Water Polo Staff

Our summer coaches are excited and ready to bring you water polo outdoors. Our staff is bilingual and are from all kinds of backgrounds!
There is no doubt that we have the most energetic staff in the Ottawa water polo community.

Aidan Kronberg

Summer Water Polo Coach

Born and raised in Nepean, Aidan has been playing water polo for 9 years now. Last season, he competed with Capital Wave’s 19U men’s team which was their final season together after 5 years of training as a group. Aidan hopes to continue playing in the 19U league this upcoming year and is also working towards a spot on the Junior Pan American National Team next year. Recently, Aidan has become much more involved within the sport and its community and is extremely excited to be coaching with Capital Wave this summer. He has grown tremendously within this club and that is the reason why he would like to take this opportunity to pass on his knowledge and experience to the upcoming younger generations.

Sean Legg

Summer Water Polo Coach

Born in Ottawa, Sean is an honors student who started off his water polo career at the age of 9. Since then, he has competed in many provincial and national championships. First making the 16u national team centralization and 19u team Ontario in the summer of 2014. As well as making team Ontario again in 2015.  Sean started coaching in 2012, and has achieved his first level coaching qualifications. He also has his referee qualification since 2016. This August Sean will be heading down to play NCAA varsity Water Polo for the McKendree Bearcats in Lebanon Illinois on scholarship. Sean wishes to share his knowledge and love of the sport with young athletes and help them realize their full potential.

Gabriel Cooper

Summer Water Polo Coach

Born in Medicine Hat Alberta, Gabe has been playing water polo for 6 years. He has competed in Provincial, Eastern and National championships and has even participated in the Team Ontario program. With this experience, Gabe plans on teaching the kids what he has been taught and help kids reach whatever heights they want to reach.

Stephanie Steenkamer

Summer Water Polo Coach

Stephanie played water polo for eight years between 2004 and 2012. A recipient of Quest for Gold funding, she was able to travel to California and Brazil. Stephanie won gold in the 2010 Ontario Water Polo Championships for Girls AAA 14U and 16U, with awards for MVP and the All Star Team. She also won silver at Ontario Water Polo Championships in 2009 for Girls AAA 14U, in 2011 for Girls 16U, and in 2012 for Women’s 18U. Stephanie is very excited to give back to the water polo community.

Geneviève Fritz-Németh

Summer Water Polo Coach

Born in Ottawa, Gen started playing water polo at age 6 in 2005, eventually gaining 12 years of playing experience. She began the program curious of what kind of experiences she could gain from it. At the time, she thought she was a very good swimmer for her age, but little did she know how much she could improve solely because of the many new skills she was taught in the water. She has since been recognized as a very proficient player, and in 2013 gained the recognition to participate in Team Ontario despite her young age. But Gen didn’t magically end up in the 19U competitive program, and she continued to work hard until she found herself at that level. Along the way she competed in many tournaments, from Regionals to Nationals, giving her many opportunities to travel across the country. Having gained her NLS in 2015, she has all the confidence she needs to coach the younger athletes, helping them shine with their potential.

Rebekka Steenkamer

Summer Water Polo Coach

Rebekka Steenkamer has over 17 years of experience playing water polo; having started at the age of 7.  Most recently, she has focused her attention on coaching. Over her water polo career, Rebekka had the privilege of being a part of a number of teams including Team Ontario (2007), the Canadian Women’s Jr. National Team (2008 to 2013) and the Canadian Women’s Sr. National Team (2011 to 2013).  She won 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal playing with the National Junior Water Polo team at the Pan American Games and multiple National Championship medals and player awards. Rebekka travelled to many countries, playing with and competing against the best water polo players in the world.

A recent graduate from Concordia University in Exercise Science, Rebekka has been coaching for Capital Wave’s Summer Program for the past 3 years. She enjoys watching young athletes having fun, learning about the sport she loves and reaching their goals.