Coaches

The club employs an enthusiastic team of highly qualified coaches, across our pool location. Each location is led by a head coach who sets direction and program for that sites squads.

Rackley’s coaching philosophy is centered on developing a positive club environment and culture. A key role for our coaches is to foster an enjoyable environment where athletes strive to become not only the best athletes they can be but along the way also develop skills that will enable them to be successful people.

Our coaches are focused on the task of giving each and every swimmer in their squad the best possible opportunity to improve their swimming and attain their personal goals. They are always willing to discuss your child’s progress, recognizing that discussions on pool deck can distract from the session please contact them via phone or email to organize a suitable time.


Damien Jones

Damien Jones (Head Coach - Centenary)

Since his appointment in 2013 Damien has grown the squad at Centenary to more than 200 Swimmers including the St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace and Brisbane Girls Grammar School Swimming Programs. The squads at Centenary have numerous State and National medalists’ as well as Australian youth representatives. Prior to his appointment at Rackley Swim Team, Damien was Head Coach at Clayfield Aquatics for 8 years.

Recognition of Damien’s ability to develop talent through his coaching has seen him selected on several teams at Regional, State and National level; these include Queensland State teams, QSA/SQ New Zealand Short Course, QSA/SQ US Open, Trans-Tasman Australian Youth Team and the SAL National Talented Coaching Staff. In 2016 Damien was appointed as Team Coach for the Australian Junior Pan Pacs and as QLD Head Coach (Female) for the State Teams SC championships. In 2017 Damien will be Head Coach for the Qld Female Short Course Team.

Damien currently holds a Silver Coaching License and is also a registered teacher having completed a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Physical Education. In 2016 he completed a 2-year AIS Performance Coach and Leadership Course.-


Rebecca King

Rebecca King (Head Coach - Colmslie)

Bec is the Head Coach at Colmslie working with competitive swimmers. 

As a swimmer Bec (aka Rebecca Brown) was a Member of Australian Swim Team for 8 years (1992-2000).  During this time she achieved much success including being the World Record Holder for 200m Breaststroke 1994-1999 and World Short Course Champion in 2000.  She achieved 2 Silver Medals in the 1994 Commonwealth Games 1994 and represented Australia in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  Her motivation to start coaching is to use her swimming knowledge to help and develop younger swimmers. 


Josh Smith

Josh Smith (Head Coach - Hibiscus)

Prior to his appointment at Rackley Swim Team, Josh was the Head Coach at Rivercity swimming club from 2013 to 2017. Prior to this Josh was the head coach of Liao Ning province in China. Josh started his coaching career in Brisbane at Jamboree Heights state school swimming club, assisting to build a large successful junior club.

Josh has served as a coach on Australian youth teams, QLD SC state teams, SAL National Talent Identification as a lead coach, He has experience coaching at international level overseas and for Australia.

Josh complete his Bachelor of Human movement studies and Bachelor of Secondary Education at QUT. Josh also completed the AIS/ Melbourne Business School - Performance Coaching and leadership program in 2016. He is currently studying a Masters of Science in Skill Acquisition within swimming at QUT.


Humberto Angerani

Humberto Angerani (Head Coach - Parkinson)

Humberto Angerami is a Silver Coach and has been in this industry for 19 years. He worked as a swimming coach in brazil for 12 years as a Head age group coach. During this time, he acquired a Masters in Swimming Training and Exercise Physiology as well as a degree in Physical Education.  Humberto has taken swimmers to Australian Age and Open nationals, won many QLD state and school championships and qualified swimmers for QLD state teams.

Previously Humberto was the Head coach of Brisbane Jets swimming club for 6 years where he had continuously built the squads of the club each year with 10 age national athletes for his last season. Humberto has a straight forward and effective coaching philosophy, "I Believe in hard work for you to achieve your goals, you require focus and hard work with no short cuts."


Tim Dilger

Tim Dilger (Head Coach Age and Schools Programs - Centenary)

Tim has been involved in swimming his whole life and spent the last 15 years as a Coach with 4 years as head coach at Clayfield College and the last three at St Rita's/Aqua Rosa Swim Club. During his time at Aqua Rosa he has helped the club grow from 80 to over 130 club members and more than 200 swimmers in the pool.  Tim's coaching ethos is to to promote a positive and competitive environment whilst embracing the principles of commitment, respect, individuality and challenging oneself. Tim offers the current coaching team a different yet complimentary set of skills that we believe are valuable for our current crop of athletes and the sustainable future of our club.


Danelle Seale

Danelle Seale (Head Coach - North Lakes)

Danelle has been involved within the swimming industry all her life. First as a National Competitive swimmer in New Zealand specialising in Breastroke to then working from Learn to Swim all the way up to coaching Junior/Senior State and National Swimmers, Surf Life saving Squads, Masters Squads and Adult Learn to Swim, And secondly as a swim parent to 5 of my Children with my oldest daughter who was a National swimmer who competed both in Australia and New Zealand. My Coaching philosophy is to Create a team who are dedicated, Hard working , having fun and to have respect for their Team Mates, Coaches, Parents & volunteers. My emphasis is on Educating young athletes first and foremost on technique, injury prevention, communication and most of all enjoying the sport of swimming. 


Brett Glister

Brett Glister (Head Coach - Chermside)

Brett has been a coach for over 20 years and holds both Aust Swim learn to Swim and Bronze License working toward Silver in Coaching. Brett is also an accomplished Surf Lifesaving coach.  Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is studying toward qualification in coaching swimmers with Autism. Brett has travelled widely with swim teams including the Australian Down Syndrome swimming Association National team.  Brett focusses on stroke development and stroke technique to ensure your children are developing his/her attributes for the sport of swimming.

 


Nic Keune

Nic Keune (Coach - Colmslie Adult/Masters and Junior Squads)

Nic has been part of the coaching team at Colmslie since 2018.  Prior to that he was a National level competitive swimmer and represented the Rackley Swim team with 4 national Age group Medal when the club was in its infancy. Nick holds an Ascta Bronze coaching licence and is undertaking his masters coaching accreditation. In his time away from the Pool Nic is obsessed with all things cars and motorcycles.


Leeanne Herman

Leeanne Herman (Bronze and Adult Squad Coach - Hibiscus)

Leeanne is a Bronze level Coach & has been coaching for over 7 years. This coaching experience is combined with a background in swim school teaching, creating a thorough understanding of stroke development from the very beginning. She values health & fitness and can swim every session she delivers. She coaches Bronze Squads and Swimfit Adults Squads since our operations commenced at Hibiscus in 2017. Her program has grown in size & success with multiple State qualifiers & State school team respresentatives. Her swimfit classes caters for former competitive swimmers, ocean swimmers & triathletes through to those who enjoy a challenging & stimulating session for personal fitness.  Her 2 boys also train at Hibiscus & swim competitively for Rackleys at a National level.


Matt Nguyen

Matt Nguyen (Swim and S&C Coach - Centenary & Parkinson)

Matthew, a former swimmer himself, has been a coach with Rackley since 2016. In 2019 he completed his Exercise Physiology Degree and brings his knowledge of physiology to help our swimmers improve technique in the water and be effective in dry land work. Matt now works with Rackley Swim team across Parkinson and Centenary as a Full Time Strength and Conditioning and Swimming Coach.  Matt will be working with Parkinson Squad Swimmers reviewing, Implementing and supervising the Strength and Conditioning Program and assising in Coaching as needed.


Dan Busch

Dan Busch (National Age Coach - Centenary)

Dan joined the Rackley Centenary Team in January 2020, where he started as the Junior Development Coach with a primary role to develop our Junior and Bronze programs. Dan has since progressed into the role of National Age Coach working alongside Tim to further enhance our National Age program. 

Dan is a Silver (Advanced) Licensed Swim Coach and in 2018 completed a Double Bachelor of Business Degree specializing in International Finance and Marketing. Having coached in various clubs in Australia and Europe over the last 7 years, most recently Clayfield College, Dan has experience coaching athletes of all abilities from Juniors through to National, European Youth Finalists and World Championships. Dan’s love for swimming commenced from a young age and translates to his passion and enthusiasm that is seen on the pool deck.


Ryan Emmerson

Ryan Emmerson (Junior Development Coach - Centenary)

Ryan has come to us with many years experience working with youth swimming programs. Most recently for the last 7 years Ryan has been the coach and lessee at Milton State School Pool taking their swimming program from strength to strength. As part of Ryan’s tenure at Milton he was also tasked with the Learn to swim program and multiple school programs giving him very well-rounded experience. He brings with him the experience of a multitude of sports at a high level and certifications in swim coaching at a Bronze level, also strength and conditioning. Ryan also holds extensive credentials in learn to swim. 

Ryan has helped many young swimmers achieve personal success in and out of the pool believing a supportive team culture and one that expects a high level of commitment to skill focus is the key to the development of all swimmers and pivotal in them achieving their individual goals.


Amy Rose

Amy Rose (Junior Development Coach - Hibiscus)

With 8 years in the aquatic industry, Amy's coaching experience is combined with a background of swim school teaching, strength & conditioning and AIS, thus allow her to have a thorough understanding of biomechanics and growth & development of swimmers from a young age to adolescence.

Amy is passionate with junior swimmer development. Her junior program has grown in size and success with multiple state qualifiers, state medallist and State school team respresentatives. Besides everything her squad session offers, she also sees the importance of character building and establishing good habits. Amy believes in long term development and will ensure that the swimmers are supported through the pathway.


Oscar Breakwell

Oscar Breakwell (Assistant Coach - Colmslie)

Oscar is a Bronze licenced coach with over six years’ experience bringing a wealth of knowledge from his career as a swimmer. Before joining Rackley Colmslie Team, Oscar was the junior development coach at Parkinson and Head coach of Mansfield Swimming Club where he helped to grow the squads in participation and performance including State School representatives, State qualifiers and a QLD champion.

Oscar holds Bachelor of Exercise Sport Science and has been working with strength and conditioning with swimmers of all levels from Juniors to Open National.

“Swimming has been the defining focus of my life, teaching me the importance of goals and determination. These aspects have shaped my character in and out of the pool.” Oscar Breakwell


Zoe Day

Zoe Day (Junior Development Coach - Parkinson)

Zoe has been involved with swimming her whole life, first as a swimmer then as a Learn to Swim Teacher and now as Junior Coach holding Development Coaching Accreditation, creating a thorough understanding of stroke development from the beginning. With her background of Strength and Conditioning, Zoe has a great understanding of biomechanics, which helps her achieve amazing results with her young swimmer’s techniques and skills. Her passion for swimming is contagious and easy to see through her Mini Squad swimmer’s smiles.

Zoe has been instrumental in the development of the successful Mini Squad Program at Parkinson Aquatic Centre.


Genevievre Buch

Genevievre Buch (Junior Squad Coach - Runcorn)

Genevievre is the Junior Squad Coach and holds a development coaching qualification, BFA and graduate diploma in sports coaching. Her squad sessions are driven by dynamic training and play based learning.