The Edmonton Riptides Water Polo Club is thrilled to introduce our new Head Coach, Emily Riddle! Emily has been involved in the Edmonton water polo community as a coach and athlete for more than 15 years. Riptides is excited to have her leading our club moving forward as she brings great experience, passion and dedication to the club.
Over the past five years Emily has been involved with numerous National, Western and Provincial medalist teams at Tsunami and Riptides. Before coaching in Edmonton Emily played NCAA Division 1 water polo at Wagner University. While at Wagner Emily was recognized as the MAAC Player of the Week on multiple occasions and acted as Team Captain for the Seahawks in her senior year. After graduating Emily stepped into an assistant coach position with the Wagner Men’s and Women’s programs. In addition to her highly decorated NCAA and club coaching careers, Emily has represented Canada at the Age Group National Team level as a team manager.
“Riptides could not have asked for a better Head Coach to lead the club. Emily is one of the most committed coaches I know and I have seen her impact the lives of countless athletes in our community. Over the past four seasons it has been my privilege to coach alongside Emily and I look forward to seeing the club excel under her leadership.”
– Raine Paul, Head Coach of the Edmonton Riptides 2020-2022
While Emily’s impressive water polo resume speaks for itself, it is her character that truly sets her apart. Emily leads through example and is committed to creating an inclusive, supportive and fun environment at Riptides. Emily is a constant support system for her athletes and helps bring out the best in them as athletes, teammates and individuals.
“Emily is the definition of energy. No matter what, she’s always ready to pump you up. Everything Emily does, she does with intensity which lifts up the whole team.”
– Lashyn Ahmad, Team Canada Athlete & Tsunami Alumni
“Having Emily as a coach not only taught me true hard work, but how to enjoy and have fun in the process. Her creative and funny approach to coaching made practices memorable and something to always look forward to. Emily’s unwavering support and kindness helped me become the athlete I am now. I know Emily will be a perfect fit in leading Riptides towards more successes and I cannot wait to see her impact on the next generation of water polo players.”
– Robyn Currie, NCAA Division 1 Athlete & Tsunami Alumni
Emily will be joined next season by many returning Riptides coaches as well as welcoming some new faces to the pool deck. The full coaching team for the 2022-23 season will be announced later this month.
“I am extremely excited to step into this new role with Riptides. Coach Raine and the Executive have created a phenomenal program that I am thrilled to be a part of. I look forward to growing the community and fostering an environment where young athletes can fall in love with water polo.”
– Emily Riddle, Head Coach of the Edmonton Riptides