Coaching Staff

Mike (Head Coach) (Lead performance 2 Coach)



Ste (Head of Age Groups) (Lead performance 1 Coach)

I have been involved in swimming for over 28 years, Coaching for 17 years of it, My Swimming career started at Preston Swimming Club at age 4. I competed at regional level in both swimming and water polo and also coached the Lancashire ladies water polo team, of which remained unbeaten for the two years I was there. During in my coaching career i have been selected to work on various swimming camps for the Region and Swim England, which has given me the chance to give back to the sport i love, also let me work with some of the best swimmers in the country, My Teaching and Coaching philosophy is: Having a great attitude, holding great skills and technique can only bring success. I have had great pleasure of working with some of the best coaches in the area and working with swimmers from Learn to Swim through to International level, My role at Pioneer is to help the swimmer progress and achieve all they can from this great sport. i am also the team coach for the Micro League team (9-12years) and the North Lancs league team (12 years to open age) (of which won the premier division 2018).



James (Assistant Head Coach) (Lead Age group development 2 Coach)

I started to swim with Pioneer 79 in 1996 at the age of 3. I progressed through the club quickly and found myself competing at the Club Championships in 2001 at age 8. At the age of 12 I qualified for my first Lancashire County Championships and went on to be the Men's Club Captain. At this time the club made an historic achievement in qualifying for the A final of the North West Premier Division of the National Swimming League. I retired from competitive swimming in 2014 to focus on my University Degree and my Teaching and Coaching at Pioneer. I have coached several groups at Pioneer and now look after the next generation of Pioneer swimmers, many of whom have qualified for County and Regional Championships. At the start of 2015/16 season I was appointed in my current role of Assistant Head Coach and look forward in the coming years to giving back to the sport that gave me so much.  


Georgia Leeming (Age group development 1 Coach)

Mark Smith (Micro Black Coach)

Meghann Leaver/Dylan Slater (Micro White Coach)