Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Mark McKenna Head Coach

Training Performance Lead Coach

Mark has been coaching since 2004, initially offering support as a volunteer at his local club Glossop, Mark was determined to give back to the club which had started him on his swimming journey, and has been involved in coaching ever since. He has coached at all levels of swimming from Learn to Swim (Adults and Children), through development stages, National Age Group through to International Youth and Senior athletes and para-athletes.

As a swimmer, Mark was extremely successful, representing Great Britain at Junior and Senior level as well as winning domestic National events over a number of years. He successfully managed this alongside his academic studies, attaining a B.SC in Mathematics from The University of Manchester in the same year as he won the National Senior Championships.

After completing his swimming career, Mark was appointed as Performance Coach at City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team. He enjoyed a successful start to his coaching career, leading athletes to Regional and National medals in the Pool and Open Water. He also successfully coached an athlete to a medal at the IPC European Championships in 2014, as well as numerous IPC World, European and British Records.

Mark was also named Head Coach to the University of Manchester Swim Team and led them to some of their most successful results at the BUCS Championships, winning the Athletic Union Club of the Year twice in three years, as well as winning the AU Coach of the Year award in his final season with the club.

Since Mark began coaching with Leicester Sharks in September 2017, his athletes have gone on to win multiple Regional and National medals annually and the team is showing more unity and determination than ever before. In 2019, under coach Mark's guidance, Leicester Sharks' athlete Michaella Glenister qualified for the European and World Junior Championships in multiple events, eventually winning a Bronze medal in the 400m Individual Medley at the World Junior Championships after dropping 10 seconds from her qualifying time.

"I am really excited about where this club can go in the future and I am really looking forward to seeing the development of all aspects of this team as we work to progress even further." - Mark McKenna, 2020

Mikey Hire Performance Lead Coach

Age Group Peformance 2 Lead Coach 

Age Group Performance 1 Lead Coach

Mikey got his first flavour of coaching when he was 15, assisting at the skills camps that were ran at his home programme of Pembrokeshire County Swimming. Mikey was a national standard swimmer and represented Swim Wales at the CIJ Lux Meet, Luxembourg in 2014. Mikey went to Swansea University to study business management, in his first year he combined his studies with training at the Swim Wales High Performance Centre.

Not long into his second year at university, Mikey transitioned out of performance swimming and by chance he filled his time coaching with the age group programme at City of Swansea Aquatics. Mikey’s all in attitude helped develop a group of highly successful athletes of which some have gone on to win national medals and break British records.

During his last year of university, Mikey accepted the opportunity to become Head Coach at City of Hereford SC, this led to 9 months of living out of a premier inn Saturday/Sunday and 3rd uni student Monday/Friday. Mikey enjoyed a successful tenure at City of Hereford SC, almost doubling the membership, increasing qualifications, finals and medals at county, regional, home nation and British national level. Mikey has coached swimmers at all levels up to Olympic trial and British national medalist standard. A mixture of all in attitude, high challenge high support culture and developing swimmers both in and out of the water were just a few things that underpinned this success.

Other experiences Mikey has had during his coaching career to date include, Senior Coach (level 3) qualified, Swim England Coach Mentor Programme 2018/19/20, County skills coach 2017, West Midlands Regional skills coach 2018, Majorca training camp 2018, West Midlands Overseas assistant coach 2019, West Midlands head coach 2019&2020, Swim England Pathway Coach Programme 2019-20.  

Mikey is excited for the new challenge and the potential of Leicester Sharks CSC as a whole, the three core values of respect, responsibility and unity are aligned with his philosophy. Mikey is looking forward to working with, learning from and adding value to the current coaching team and the superb volunteers at Sharks. 

Darwin Davies Competitive Lead Coach

Learn to Swim Lead Coach

Competitive Lead Coach

Darwin started his journey as a swimming coach just over 10 years accident!

It was all down to one man who was teaching his son to swim competitively whilst at Enderby Swimming Club. Hugh Darlington was a senior Coach for ESC who was on a recruitment drive one Sunday evening whilst James, Darwin's son, was training.

Darwin sat there playing games on his PSP (those old enough will know) and relaxing when Hugh popped up and started talking to cut a long story short, he asked Darwin if he would like to start volunteering for the a coach...Darwin's immediate reaction was to laugh! " I'm not a competitive swimmer" Darwin said...his words remain with Darwin to this day..."I don't want you for that, I want you for you" Hugh said.

Darwin agreed, and the following week he ended up poolside for the first time shadowing one of the coaches, his name was Guy Worrow, whoever that was? Anyway, Darwin introdued himself and told him he knew nothing about swimming and BOOM a fantastic coaching partnership and friendship ensued.

Darwin watched, listened, researched and was mentored by Guy, just as he is today...every day is a school day. Enderby Swimming Club went from strength to strength and with coherent leadership, positioned itself as one of the most successful clubs within the region. He was an active committee member, brand manager, volunteer coach and not forgetting being the parent of a successful county/regional swimmer. He's also proud to say that he was part of the steering committee who brought Enderby and Lutterworth Swimming clubs together to form Leicester Sharks. The vision was always to create an alternative elite swimming club with more strength and depth than those close to us....a job well and truly done.

Darwin was appointed brand manager again where he developed a strong, clear logo and brand to back up our intentions in the pool, he still get's goose bumps when he is present at gala's, open meets or club championships when they are all Shark'd up!

Darwin has worked his way through and up various junior and senior squads over the years, Darwin thinks the biggest turning point was the taking over of one of Leicester Sharks senior squads. His own remit was really simple, to bring order and quality coaching to a squad that needed leadership and direction.

Fast forward a few seasons, Darwin is now a level 2 coach, selected as a County Skills Coach and was recently awarded runner up as Coach of the Year. He heads up 3 squads that train side by side in one form or another, each adhering their own goals and values, whilst maintaining that all important team spirit. They surprise him every session, their progression and needs push him to take them that step further all the's self perpetuating. Safe to say, these guys are now his world and they strive together.

The journey continues....oh, there's a small thing to say about our, successful Learn to Swim programme but that's got it's own section on the website, go check it out.


Natasha Collins-Patel Development Lead Coach

Development Performance Lead Coach

Natasha began her swimming journey  aged 7 swimming for Leicester Neptune’s Swimming Club. Although she did not compete at a high level she always loved swimming, competing in galas and socialising with friends. At aged 13 she decided to stop club swimming but didn’t want to give up her passion completely. Aged 14 she managed to secure a job as a swim assistant at Penguins swimming academy, helping to teach young children to be confident in the water and share the love she had for swimming.  At 16 she went on to complete her Level 1 and 2 swim teaching qualifications allowing her to lead her own swimming lessons at multiple pools.  From gaining experience teaching adults and children of varying abilities, she took on her own approach to teaching making it fun and enjoyable whilst breaking strokes down to perfect technique.

At 17 she was given the opportunity to help coach swimmers at the Tigers academy where her knowledge of swimming technique grew massively. In 2020 she took on the challenge of having her own squad at Leicester Sharks   coaching Development Performance 1/ 1+ alongside studying towards her BSc Physiotherapy degree at the University of Leicester.

Natasha is very focused on continuously improving as a coach and hopes to be able to use her physiotherapy knowledge to make a positive impact to the club and athletes.

Steve Hatfield Lead Pups Coach

Pups Lutterworth Lead Coach

Steve Hatfield is our lead coach at Lutterworth for the Pups and helped by his daughter Lucy who has her level 1 and occasionally by his other daughter Emily who has her level 1 & 2.

Lucy swam for Lutterworth Swimming Club and then for Leicester Sharks before moving into the coaching role with Steve.

Emily took her swimming further by progressing onto regional qualifying times where she achieved silver medal in the 200m Butterfly at the age of 9,also qualified for the open water national finals where she came 6th.

Steve is one of our volunteers who wanted to help on poolside so started his coaching pathway in 2010 when he took his level 1 teacher/coaching course in Nottingham,and then in 2012 took his level 2 Teacher/coaching course at Enderby, Steve has been part of Leicester Sharks from the beginning and has seen the club grow to what it is now, Steve has also taken his J1 in timekeeping plus his poolside rescue and more recently become President of Leicester Sharks. Steve has seen many of our older athletes past and present grow from that shy little child coming onto poolside to confident young people and Steve says that’s his reward/satisfaction from his coaching. Steve's own sporting background was in the form of flat green bowls where he started at the age of 13 being taught by his dad who himself was a bowls coach at Lutterworth Bowls Club which is actually next to the Lutterworth Leisure Centre, there he won all competitions and so moved to Narborough Bowls Club where he continued this success this time winning the two wood triples and also reaching the National’s in the Rinks (4 people) and the Triples, Steve also gained his county badges in both indoor and outdoor.Steve also played for the under 25’s where he was Captain and also received an England trial. Steve has seen many of our older athletes past and present grow from that shy little child coming onto poolside to confident young people and Steve says that’s his reward/satisfaction from his coaching.

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