Squad Coaches

Jon Wills - Head Coach.  National Potential Squad and Regional Age Squad Coach


Jon joined Soundwell Swimming Club in April 2012. He was the clubs first Assistant Head Coach and in 2015 was appointed Head Coach. He is a former National swimmer from Kelly College and Bath University. Jon is currently a Level 3 Coach who has completed a BSc Sports Performance degree and is also a qualified personal trainer, strength and conditioning consultant and sports masseuse. Jon has coached multiple swimmers to British & English National level during his successful coaching career with Soundwell Swimming Club. He is a great believer in quality before quantity.

Paul Laughey - County Age and Youth Squad and Regional Potential Squad Coach

Paul became involved with the club through his own children. Initially Paul served on the committee, where he guided the club to achieving Swim21 status for the first time. He began to help poolside in 2005. Paul continued to develop his coaching skills assisting with the age group squads alongside previous Head Coach Eric Henderson and John Scanlon. Paul took over the age group squad in 2009 and since then has helped develop many swimmers from County to Regional level. Paul is currently a Level 2 coach who has completed an additional diploma in applied sports psychology. Paul can always be found on poolside at open meets and championship events assisting with pre and post swim briefings – something Soundwell coaches have always considered important for all swimmers.

Ashley Barnett - County Development Squad Coach


Ashley is a vital member of the coaching team and is lead coach for the junior and development squads. He also assists throughout the whole club. He was a former Western County qualifier with the club who still trains and competes when called upon.

Claire Kerslake - Competition Skills and Skills Development Squad Co-Coach

Claire has been with the club for 9 years; both her children are swimmers at the club. Claire started out as a swim parent who decided to help out on poolside when her children were swimming. From just helping out Claire is now a Level 1 coach, coaching swimmers from competition skills and skill development squads. In 2019 Claire was selected to coach on the Glos County development programme.  Claire’s background is in teaching and she has worked in senior leadership roles in both Primary and Secondary schools over the past 24 years. Claire loves teaching and to have the opportunity to coach the younger swimmers so they are ready for their first competitions is very rewarding and helps greatly with the work life balance. 

Claire is the club announcer and can be heard announcing swimmers names and results at many of the competitions including Club, Arena League, County and Regional


Emma Dodd - Skills Development Squad Co-Coach

Assistant Coaches

Lisanne Hunt