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The Coaches


 


Adam Taylor

Head Coach

Adam joined Camden Swiss Cottage as Head Coach in December 2017 moving from the Head Coach role at Team Luton.

Adam began his coaching career at Newcastle Swimming Club in 2009 before joining City of Birmingham Swimming Club as Head National Age Group Coach between 2010-2016. Adam has a track record of producing National Champions that have gone on to qualify for multiple International teams including European Youth Olympics.

In 2016 Adam was a Coach on the British Swimming National Junior Camp and a year later he was appointed as a Coach on the England Team for the Marseille Golden Tour Meet. He has been selected as a member of the coaching staff for the England Talent Programme every year since 2011 and has recently completed a mentoring programme for coaches.

Adam is passionate about swimming and is committed to maximising the potential of athletes at all levels. Swimmer development is at the heart of everything he does and his approach combines in-depth technical knowledge with fostering strong relationships with his swimmers.

For his sins Adam is an avid West Bromwich Albion supporter & tries to attend as many games as the swimming calendar will allow!

 


Gerry Gillespie

Assistant Head Coach

Gerry has been involved in swimming for many years, competing for Ealing Swimming Club as an age group, open and masters swimmer, and considers himself lucky to still be involved in the sport that has given him so much over the years. He competed at Irish nationals in freestyle, butterfly and backstroke.

His coaching career began as Club Coach at Ealing Dolphins and Ealing Marlins, moving to become Head Coach of Ealing Marlins and then to Head Coach of Brent Dolphins Swimming Club.


During his time at Brent Dolphins his swimmers posted at least one personal best at every meet they entered and this is a tradition that he is keen to continue at Camden Swiss Cottage. Gerry aims to work his swimmers hard, both within his group and throughout the entire club, to higher and higher levels of success at county, regional and national levels.

 


Kylie Bland

Lead Coach - Performance Bronze

Kylie started swimming with Camden Swiss Cottage at the age of seven. A breaststroke specialist, she was a County and Regional champion for a number of years.

Kylie began teaching swimming at the age of 16 and by 19 was assisting with different squads throughout the club. In 2006 she began coaching with Swiss Cottage Development Squad and she became Lead Coach for Highgate Development Squad in 2011. She began her current role, as Lead Coach of the Junior Age Group Squad, in 2014.

 


Michelle McCarthy

Lead Development Coach

Michelle became the Lead Development Coach at Swiss Cottage in September 2013 having moved across from The Bridge Development squad. Michelle has worked at the club for many years as both a teacher and coach. She has been involved in competitive swimming since 2005 as a fully qualified ASA Coach, Teacher and Team Manager. Michelle swam competitively as a child and has also competed as a Masters swimmer.

 

Tom Watson
Team Manager and Competitive Bronze, Silver Lead Coach

Tom started swim teaching and coaching at the age of 15 with his local club Thirsk White Horse, where he was Club Captain. Upon coming back from university he became Chairman and was one of the primary coaches.

Tom moved to London in 2013 to complete a Masters degree in Political Science and started working for Camden Swiss Cottage with the Development and Club squads. Tom then progressed to working as Team Manager and Lead Coach of the Club Squad.



Alex Coci
Competive Gold Coach and Assistant Coach Performance Gold

 

 

 

 


Tom Brommage

Lead Coach Swiss Fitness Squad and Performance Bronze Assistant Coach

 

Tom started swimming with Brent Dolphins Swimming Club when he was 7 or 8. He moved to Ealing Swimming Club when he was 11 and stayed with them until he was 15. Tom's best strokes were breaststroke and freestyle and he competed at Regional and County level.

Tom began teaching when he was 16 as a volunteer for Brent Dolphins and eventually earned himself a paid position. He is now qualified as a Level 2 swimming teacher, coach and fitness instructor.

Tom is currently our Lead Coach for our Swiss Fitness Squad and an Assistant Lane Coach with the Junior Age Group Squad. He enjoys helping to develop his groups' skills and stroke technique, and aims to create a dedicated and professional attitude among his swimmers which they can carry with them throughout their swimming career.

 

Neil Mackenzie Matthews
Assistant Coach Swiss Cottage Development

Neil swam competitively from the age of 9 for several clubs, including Camden Swiss Cottage and Bethnal Green. He also swam in the Middlesex County and Southern Counties squads, until having to stop due to illness with glandular fever at the age of 14 (having just missed Nationals by .03, much to his coach's dismay!).

Neil returned to swimming at London University, and swam his last competitive gala at the Jubilee Games in 1977. He started teaching and coaching at Camden Swiss Cottage in 2009 to help out whilst his daughter swam with the club.

 


Marc Dillon

Assistant Coach Competitive Bronze, SIlver

 

Marc has been involved with a variety of sports during his career, primarily swimming but also Gaelic football and rugby sevens. He has taught and coached swimming for a number of organisations including local education authorities.

His philosophy is simple: to motivate and encourage his swimmers as much as he can, and to give them the very best instruction on stroke technique. Marc enjoys seeing his swimmers develop and achieve, and believes the sport is a life-enhancing experience for children and adults alike.

 

 

Dariusz Kadziak
Lead Masters Coach

Dariusz started swimming and playing water polo at an early age. He played and swam at many different levels ranging from youth leagues and university to representing his country as a junior and senior at the European Championships in Water Polo.

At present Dariusz is also Head of Aquatics at the Highgate School were he teaches swimming, water polo and synchronised swimming across the whole foundation. He is also a London Regional U14 water polo coach for both boys and girls.

Dariusz’s goals are to formulate training programmes, provide coaching, support and teach others valuable sporting skills while also developing his own knowledge of coaching. Working with the coaching team and masters swimmers at CSCSC helps Dariusz understand more the individual needs of every swimmer and also helps his aim to also learn more about different disciplines in aquatics such as open water and triathlon.

Dariusz is a qualified Level 3 Coach.

 


Rod Anderson

Masters Coach

 

Rod has had a long history with swimming, having swum in middle and high school on club and school teams, taught swimming lessons, been a lifeguard and coached swimming for 19 years.


Rod's career in swimming coaching started immediately after high school. His roles have included being the coach of a girls' developmental team, head coach of two different swimming clubs, head coach of two girls' and boys' high school teams in the USA and since 2010, as the Head Coach at The American School in London (ASL).

Rod is a Level 2 coach with the ASA and a Level 2 coach with the ASCA. To Rod, swimming is a lifetime sport that builds character, a strong work ethic and perseverance. When he is not coaching the Master’s programme at Camden Swiss Cottage, he teaches 7th grade science at ASL, enjoys good music and thinks about sailing.