Director of Swimming & Performance Coaches

Director of Swimming & Head Coach

Andy Sharp

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I have been involved in the sport of swimming since the 980s  when my parents took me to swimming lessons at Daventry Leisure Centre. I was a competitive swimmer at Daventry Dolphins in the early stage of my career and then moved part time to Northampton Swimming  Club(NSC) in 1999 before moving full time in 2001.The highlight of my swimming career was  competing at the Olympic trials back in 2000.

My teaching and coaching career began in 2005 when I passed my ASA level 2 teachers   qualification and started teaching within the NSC teaching programme and volunteering at   squad sessions. In September 2005 I became a part time assistant coach at NSC working  with Junior Olympic Squad, development squads and also continued teaching lessons. In 2008 I was promoted to Head Coach mainly working with Performance 2 squad. 2008-2021 I   coached multiple regional and national champions and medallists and also guided Ellie  Robinson to a Paralympic Gold and Bronze medal in Rio 2016. In 2018 I was part of the   coaching team that saw NSC finish top of the medals table at the 2018 British Summer   Championships. In 2021 I was successful in applying for the position of Director of Swimming   and Head Coach where I now oversee the NSC programme.

During my relatively short coaching career so far I have developed my skills in the disciplines of pool swimming, open water swimming and para swimming. I am lucky enough to have travelled the world with this exciting sport across Europe and north and south America.

I am a firm believer in always focussing on the long-term development of athletes in all sports. Short term success doesn’t always equal achieving long term goals. Swimmers need to develop good habits in and out of the pool to develop a love for the sport. By working towards 200m and 400m IM events plus distance freestyle development will lay the foundations for swimmers to have a wide range of skills in a wide range of events and distances when they are older.

During my youth I was a keen sportsman across many sports and these days I enjoy watching a variety of sports but especially football (Spurs fan), swimming, cricket and Formula 1 motor racing.

Away from the pool I am a keen chef on the BBQ and want to try cooking new foods with lots of flavour each year. To help me relax I am going to focus on improving my garden at home with lots of bright coloured flowers and plants.

Assistant Head Coach

Liam Noonan

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I started in the sport in the early 2000’s as my parents wanted me to swim like most parents, they wanted to be safe in the water. I transferred to competitive swimming when I was 10 when I moved to City of Lincoln Pentaqua SC where I swam and competed to the age of 14. From there I made the move across to Lincoln Vulcans which is where I would stay until my late teens/ early twenties.

Once I hung up the goggles in 2016, I made the transition from being in the pool onto Poolside where I would support the senior coaches. My first coaching role would be masters coach for City of Lincoln Pentaqua SC but also continue my supporting role of the top squad and working alongside head coach Ian Turner.

In 2018 I made the decision to move to Northampton SC to coach and develop my coaching knowledge and coaching style further working alongside Jacquie Marshall and Andy sharp. I coached Competitive Performance (CP) squad to Multiple County and Regional qualifiers and medallists while working with the Learn to Swim programme and Junior squads. I recently made the move to coach the performance 2 (P2) squad and have been working with the younger swimmers in the squad to develop their skills.

During my short career I have worked with multiple regional/national and international swimmers throughout my time here with the club and believe that working with these swimmers has developed my know ledge of the sport even more.

My philosophy is that success does not happen overnight, and it is a long-term development of the individual. I believe that swimmers that work towards the longer distance events plus the 200 and 400 IM can lay down some good foundations for their swimming career and will offer a wider range of event for when they are older.

You often find that when I am not on poolside, I am usually at a football stadium supporting my local team (Lincoln city).

Squad Coach

Thomas Boyt

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I have been around the sport of swimming since I was 6 years old, when I first learnt to swim a Felixstowe Swimming Club. Since this time, I have competed for Felixstowe Swimming Club, the University of Northampton, and Suffolk ASA; in countless open meets and National level competition. The most enjoyable time I have had whilst competing was during the ASA National County Teams Championships in 2016, where I competed for Suffolk in the A Finals.

I first started my role in swimming teaching when I was 16, when I completed my ASA level 1 teaching qualification, and soon after completed my ASA level 1 coaching qualification. I volunteered for a number of years at my home club of Felixstowe Swimming Club, where I taught some of the younger children and also coached some of the older swimmers. During my time at university my coaching and teaching was put on hold whilst I completed my studies. In November 2021 I became the coach of Competitive Performance at NSC, where I was able to refresh my coaching skills at NSC, where I was able to learn of the more experienced coaching staff around me at NSC. In the short time I have been the main coach for Competitive Performance I have coached many Regional and County levels swimmers, with some pushing British and Home Nation Championships.

In the short time I have spent coaching the sport of swimming I have been able to enhance my understanding of the “art of coaching”, and how to achieve the best of the swimmers while ensuring they enjoy their time swimming. I have also enjoyed collaborating my studies at university with the training and science behind swimming. At university I have achieved a BSc Sport and Exercise Science and a MSc Strength and Conditioning, with the major focus of my studies being on swimmers.

Still to this day I try to swim myself and I train when I can. I am still comfortably able to compete at a regional level, although, I have naturally developed into a sprint swimmer due the reduced training volume. Away from swimming, I compete to a relatively good standard of Cricket, where I am top order batsmen, who like all batsmen, think I can bowl too! I enjoy watching most sports (apart from football!), with the main focuses being on cricket and motor racing, especially Formula 1 and MotoGP.  

Squad Coach

Jackson O'Rourke

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Jackson is a former competitive swimmer who has raced at international level at the European Junior Open Water Championships in 2019. He has won numerous national medals and titles in both pool and open water swimming. He has been a member of NSC for over 10 years and has represented the club at all levels that includes Junior League, Arena League, County, Regional and National Championships.

Having passed his qualifications Jackson has been teaching at NSC for the last 12 months gaining experience and developing his skills. He has also been helping with cover coaching across a wide range of squads.

As part of his role Jackson will be working within our teaching programme and will also be the lead coach for Gold and Performance Development Squads. Throughout his career Jackson has performed highly in 400m Individual Medley and Distance Freestyle events and so is knowledgeable in these important areas of swimmer development. He is looking forward to now helping the next generation of swimmers to improve and be the best they can be.