Director of Swimming & Head Coach
Ian joined us on 4th June 2013 from his role as coach of the Scottish Swimming Performance Squad and the University of Sterling.
In his junior years Ian swam competitively for the City of Bradford SC, before moving on to train at York City Baths Club and Warrender Baths Club during his university years. A breaststroke specialist, he reached senior national finals, captained the England North East team, and won titles at the BUCS and Scottish National Championships.
In 1996 Ian made the transition from swimmer to coach after being offered the Head Coach position at Warrender Baths Club in Edinburgh. Ian led Warrender for almost 13 years, developing them from average regional results into Scotland’s most successful club of the era and one of the leading teams in Great Britain. Under Ian’s guidance, Warrender won multiple top club titles at both the Scottish National Age & Open Championships and he coached numerous senior and junior international swimmers during this time including Lewis Smith (World & European Championships, Commonwealth Games), Craig Hamilton (World Championships) and Fiona Booth (Commonwealth Games).
In 2009 Ian joined Scottish Swimming as their High Performance Coach at the National Training Centre in Stirling, working in partnership with the British Swimming ITC in Stirling. His time in Stirling was spent coaching and working with many further international and elite level swimmers such as World Championship athletes Clare Dawson and Danielle Huskisson. Ian also led the University of Stirling team to consistently finish in the top three overall teams at the BUCS Championships.
In addition to his coaching duties, Scottish Swimming appointed Ian as National Lead for Performance Planning in 2012 and he played a pivotal role in driving forward many of their selection policies, national squad programmes and planning initiatives in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Ian’s time at Warrender and Stirling saw him selected for international coaching duties on many occasions. He has been a GB or Scotland staff member at European Senior & Junior Championships, the World University Games and several other international events. He has undertaken both Head & Assistant Coaching roles on GB squad programmes and co-designed the Scottish National Squads programme.
Ian is qualified to UKCC Level 4 (ASA Coach), and holds a First Class Honours degree in Physical Education from the University of Leeds, as well as a Master of Science degree in Coaching Studies from the University of Edinburgh.
He joined Hatfield SC as Director of Swimming in June 2013.
Head Coach of Age Group Swimming:
Samir was appointed as our Junior Section Coach in December 2012, having previously coached at Camden Swiss Cottage SC.
He was the ASA’s ‘Apprentice Coach of the Year’ in 2011. Prior to his appointment as our Assistant Coach, Samir was busy shadowing Australia’s top coaches - a project which he set up entirely off his own back.
Samir cut short his Australian project earlier than anticipated in order to join us at Hatfield SC. He began working with our junior squads at the begining of December 2012.
Samir is heavily involved in developing all our Age Group HSC swimmers, helping them to fufil their potential !
Click on the following link to contact: Samir Ahmed
Head Coach of Junior and Varsity Swimming:
Kevin has been a national level swimmer at Hatfield for four years whilst studying his degree at the University of Hertfordshire – the base for our National Squad.
He has been coaching swimming for nine years and racing competitively for 17 years. Kevin has competed in many key events for Hatfield Swimming Club including The National Arena League. Most recently in the 2012-2013 season Kevin won gold in the 17/over age group 50m freestyle at the East Regional Championships !
Since graduating Kevin has taken up a new role within the club and is working hard to drive Hatfield Swimming Club forward at all levels, from junior development through to national level.
We are very pleased to have Kevin at the Club look forward to seeing him develop our Junior and Varsity HSC swimmers and help them fufil their potential !
The supporting coaches offer their time on a voluntary basis, and we are indebted to them for the valuable contribution they make to the club.
The achievements produced by this team of coaches are remarkable – especially when considering the limited resources that the club has.