Coaches and Teachers

Our LCSC coaching team is headed by STAN SHEPPARD our Head Coach, supported by a team of enthusiatic coaches : DAVE STRONGE (Level 3 coach), BLAIR TAYLOR, PETER SANDS, RACHEL HALLIDAY, JOSHUA ELLIOTT, PAUL DEVLIN, ANNE MAGEEAN and NIAMH SLATTERY. They are assisted by our volunteer coaches SUZIE FITZPATRICK, JEN HOPKINS, BRENDAN STONE and MAURO PATERNOSTRO.

Stan Sheppard Head Coach

Stan has been a coach with LCSC for over 20 years, taking up position as Head Coach in December 2019. He holds a Level 3 coaching qualification and Level 2 teaching qualification with Swim Ireland.

Stan started his career with LCSC  as a swimmer aged 10 years. It wasn’t until his early teens when he began to realise his potential. He set numerous club records, some of which still stand today, and was the first Lisburn swimmer to go sub 1 minute for 100m Butterfly (SC). The late 1990s was when he started to flourish, setting an Ulster Junior record in 50m Butterfly and was also an Irish Junior Champion. A shoulder injury set him back but he recovered to become Ulster Champion in 2000, swimming 100m Butterfly. He was also the Irish Universities Champion in 50m Freestyle. Not long after, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. He had to have 2 major surgeries but his resilience showed and he returned to competitive swimming 9 months after his second operation to win a bronze medal in 50m Butterfly and made the final in 50m Freestyle (Irish Short Course 2007).

Known as "Stan the Man' to some of his swimmers, he enjoys caoching and his aim is to guide all swimmers to reach their maximum potential, whatever that may be! We have been very lucky as a club to have a coach with such a wealth of knowledge and experience to lead our coaching team.

Maria O'Kane Lead LTS Teacher

Maria trained as a swim teacher 10 years ago and recently became a Swim Tutor enabling her to teach and train new swim teachers.

"I still remember my first swimming lesson at 4 and my first teacher. Not only did he teach me the life skill of swimming but he transferred his passion for the sport. I've been swimming ever since both competitively and for fun. I find both roles of teaching and tutoring rewarding and its a privilege to be in a position where I can share my passion with others."

Sharon Cox Chair
Emma Lockhart Secretary
James Sinton Treasurer