Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Jamie Black Head Coach

I am a passionate coach, experienced in competitive swim coaching and aquatic strength and conditioning (S & C).

I believe understanding an individual and what makes them thrive is as important as understanding them as an athlete in the water. Setting high standards and aiming to achieve them on a daily basis is essential to help swimmers reach their potential. Helping swimmers gain autonomy and ownership of their training is a necessary step towards improvement in and out the water.

I swam for Nuneaton & Bedworth SC as a child before going onto study Sport & Exercise Science at Swansea University. In my time in Swansea, I qualified for multiple national competitions whilst training in the Swim Wales High Performance Centre alongside future Olympians Dan Jervis and Alys Thomas. In 2019 I swam with Leicester Sharks upon returning from Uni for the summer.

Since deciding to stop swimming in 2019 I have been the Swansea University Swim Team Captain during the 20/21 season and continued to teach swim lessons regularly.

In the past year I’ve worked with Swim Wales and Swansea Aquatics as an S & C intern. This involved coaching current British Swimmers Medi Harris and Dan Jervis, leading sessions within Swansea Aquatics and providing racing support across multiple Welsh competitions. My time at Swansea and Swim Wales, as both an athlete and a coach, has given me the experience and insight to support and steer Sharks athletes on their aquatic journeys and for the club to achieve long term excellence.

Jordan Chappell Lead Development Coach

Jordan is a passionate ex-swimmer with over nine years of experience as a Swimming Teacher and Coach. He spent most of his swimming career competing for Wyre Forest Swimming Club at a regional level, before moving to Coventry to complete his bachelor degree in sports & exercise science. Jordan started his coaching journey at Rugby Swimming Club, coaching athletes to achieve county and regional times. He then moved to Lichfield Swimming Club where he assisted the Head Coach with the performance squads and continued to develop his skills and experience coaching swimmers to a high level. Jordan joined Leicester Sharks in the Summer of 2022 and has a passion for maximising the potential of each individual. 

Jordan places a strong emphasis on skill and technique and his coaching philosophy is based on one of his favourite quotes "swim smarter, not harder''. Jordan has a passion for educating and mentoring young athletes to equip them with strong foundations on their journey through competitive swimming and through life using Leicester Sharks Core Values of Respect, Responsibility and Unity. 

Facts about Jordan:

-He's a big Manchester United fan

-He's half Brazilian and is learning to speak Portuguese

-Has a pet Cockapoo

-His hobbies include gaming, swimming and visiting his friends around the country.


Steve Hatfield 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.

Chloe Taylor Pups Coach
Board of Directors