Head Coach Appointment

Hi everyone,


I am very pleased to be able to let you all know that Chris White, the current Head Coach of Southampton Dolphins has been appointed as our new Head Coach.


He was the outstanding candidate.  Chris will start with the club as Head Coach on the 26th of February.


Chris has a wealth of experience in Learn to Swim and swimmer development as well as coaching.


He provided many positive examples of his experience in all areas of teaching, coaching and running the business side of a learn to swim scheme.  Additionally he is qualified in pool maintenance, plant room repair and installation.


He is a very positive guy and very enthusiastic about all aspects of swimming.


Chris has coached swimmers to British and English Nationals and his swimmers have achieved multiple national medals.  He is also a qualified fitness coach and is currently pursuing his level 3 personal trainers qualification which he hopes to achieve within the next twelve weeks.  He is a very innovative and forward thinking coach.


On taking up the Head Coach position, Chris said “ I'm delighted to be joining Staines Swimming Club as Head Coach and am very much looking forward to meeting everyone in the club in the coming weeks, getting to know swimmers, parents and coaches and helping the club continue it's progression in all forms of swimming"


Here is a precis of Chris’s career so far:


Chris had a successful swimming career as a junior athlete, winning medals at County, Regional and National level in swimming and Biathlons before attending 6th form college.


His first coach was Lorraine Coombes a world silver medallist in the 50m breaststroke, Dave Heathcock who’s now Head Coach at Ealing and his final coach was Gary Abraham a Commonwealth, World and Olympic medallist.


He first started coaching when he was 15 taking a lane of pre-competitive swimmers at Eastleigh Fleming Park Swimming Club prior to his own training. 


In 1999 whilst at Solent University Chris started working at Shirley Swimming Pool and between 2003-2010 managed the swim school developing the business through high levels of organisation and professionalism developing the teaching methods and program which saw a rapid rise from 300 members a week in lessons to over 1800 when Chris relinquished the role in 2010. 


Chris formed Southampton Dolphins S.C. in 2010.  Chris developed and nurtured many talented swimmers who have gone on to achieve great results at Regional and National level.


From its inception in 2010 he evolved the club and improved on competitive results for seven consecutive years, having great success at County, Regional and National level.


Chris has taken Southampton Dolphins to a point where in 2017 they won 79 county medals which gave the club the highest swimmer to medal ratio of all the competing Hampshire clubs, ranking 3rd on the medal table.


Chris has also taken swimmers to Regional titles, National titles and National finals.

He has also taken a swimmer to British Championship finals.


In 2015 Chris was selected as a coach on the South East Region talent camp and over the last two seasons he has had swimmers selected for this camp and four swimmers have been selected for the England talent camps in 2016 and 2017. He was also selected as a skills coach for the Hampshire Talent Camp 2017 alongside 3 of his swimmers.


Chris says it has been hugely rewarding to take swimmers from the age of 5 years and upwards and see them grow and develop as swimmers and individuals through to their latter teenage years.


He is very much a student of the sport and uses land based work which he states has formed a huge part of the success at Southampton Dolphins with swimmers now taking part in up to 6 hours a week of dry side strength and conditioning.


Chris is a Level 2 Fitness Instructor and is under taking Level 2 Circuit Training, Level 2 Kettle Bell Instruction and Level 3 personal trainer qualifications due to be completed by the end of March 2018.


We look forward to Chris becoming our Head Coach from the 26th February, please make him feel welcome and be sure to stop and say hello to him.  


Welcome Chris!!!