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.


Zane King

Zane King (Head Coach - Colmslie)

Zane has been the head coach of Colmslie pool since 2011, coachingsilver and gold squads, as well as overseeing all other squads and coaching staff. Zane was a Member of the Australian Swim Team from 1995 to 2000 During this time he held an Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship. 

Zane currently holds a Silver Coaching License and has and continues to coach multiple State and National medal winners and champions. He has also been selected to coach on multiple State and National swim teams.


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  completed an 2year AIS Performance Coach and Leadership Course.


Matt Brown

Matt Brown (Head Coach - Parkinson)

Matt Brown has taken on the role as Head coach for Rackley Swim Teams newest venue – Parkinson Aquatic Centre. Matt Brown is a Platinum Licence coach. For the past 30+ years Matt has been involved in swimming both as a competitor and a coach. As a swimmer, Matt has represented Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia at Open Team levels and has represented Australia at Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships.

Matt’s coaching career commenced in the mid 1980’s. He spent 10 years as Head Coach at Swan Hills Swim Club in WA followed by 12 years coaching Brothers Swim Club in Queensland. At both Swan Hills and Brothers, Matt built highly successful programs from the ground up. In addition to his Club coaching achievements, outlined below are some of his recent Australian coaching roles:

  • National Open Team – Coach – Pan Pacific Champs – Gold Coast 2014, USA 2010
  • National Open Team – Coach – World Champs –Barcelona 2013, Shanghai 2011, Rome 2009
  • National Open Team – Coach – Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014, Delhi 2010
  • National Open Team – Coach – Olympic Games – London 2012, Beijing 2008

Matt has had great success with a wide range of swimmers from Juniors to Open and has trained National Champions and Olympic Medallist in events ranging from 50 meters to 1500 metres.


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 Angerami

Humberto Angerami (Head Coach - Runcorn)

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."


Alessandro Mariani

Alessandro Mariani (Coach Silver & Master Squads - Colmslie)

Alex is the Silver and Master squad coach at Colmslie. With more than ten years experience in the swimming industry in three different countries. He is not only passionate about coaching, but also has an extensive experience in teaching swimming for children and adults.

Alex holds a Ascta Bronze coaching licence, ASA/UKCC level 1 and 2 certificate for  coaching swimming,  ASA /UKCC level 1 and 2 certificate for  teaching aquatics. He has also undertaken a Number of extension courses, including long term athlete development and sport psychology. Alex holds Level 3 and 4 certification in fitness.  In his time away from the Pool Alex enjoys  cross fit and jet skiing.


Justin Bell

Justin Bell (Coach Silver Squad - Centenary )

Justin commenced his swimming coaching career in 2009 at the Surrey Park Swimming Club in Victoria. He spent five years developing the junior swimmers through to compete at State and National Age level. Due to Justin’s commitment and efforts this program achieved podium medals at State level. 

Moving to Rackley Swim Team in 2014, Justin now heads up the Silver Squad. Swimmers from this squad achieved success at Brisbane, Queensland and Australian Age Championships across the 2014 – 2017 seasons.

Justin’s philosophy is focused around producing the best technical and skilful age group athletes possible, so they have the best possible chance of being successful at an age group and open level. The program also incorporates quality drills and building a strong aerobic and anaerobic platform which are seen as essential for promotion to the Gold Squad. Justin also believes that building a strong relationship with his athletes based on mutual trust is a major factor in building a successful squad, club and overall culture.

Justin has a Silver Coaching license and also holds certificate III and IV in Fitness and Personal Training.


Mackenzie Speechley

Mackenzie Speechley (Coach Bronze , Junior & Adult Squads - Centenary)

Mackenzie has been involved with the swimming industry his whole life, first as a swimmer for 8 years and now as a bronze level coach for the past 6 years. Moving to Rackley Swim Team in 2015, Mackenzie heads up the Junior Development Program and assists with the National & State Squads.

Mackenzie understands that the role of Junior Development Coach is pivotal in the ‘Long Term Athlete Pathway’ for the Rackley Centenary Program. Educating young athletes on flawless technique, injury prevention, communication and enjoying the sport are the key concepts to his program.

Mackenzie’s coaching philosophy is to create an optimal learning environment based around mutual respect between the coach, the swimmer and the parents. He is a strong believer that if swimmers and families enjoy club based social/competitive events, a successful and positive club culture is achieved.


Matt Nguyen

Matt Nguyen (Coach Junior & Senior Squads - Centenary )

Matthew, a former swimmer himself, had transitioned to coaching whilst concurrently studying Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at university. He brings his knowledge of physiology to help our swimmers improve technique in the water and be effective in dry land work. Matt is also currently completing Strength & Conditioning Level 1 course.  Matt is passionate about helping young swimmers realise their potential and enjoy swimming.


Leeanne Herman

Leeanne Herman (Coach - Hibiscus)

Leeanne is a bronze level coach, she has been coaching junior, mini and transition squads for three years, she previously coached in quality junior programs at Runcorn State School and Coorparoo State School. This coaching experience is combined with a background in swim school teaching, creating a thorough understanding of stroke development from the very beginning. Leeanne is a passionate swimmer herself and her two children compete at a national level. Her philosophy in coaching is to create a fun and positive squad environment, whilst providing a strong and technically correct foundation in squad swimming at junior levels to enable swimmers to launch into a competitive swimming career. She has a two pronged focus on training, technique, technique, technique, and fun, fun, fun. Prior to her coaching career she worked at management level in different roles in the finance industry.


Sarah Caithness

Sarah Caithness (Coach - Parkinson)

Sarah has spent the last 4 years as part of the Surrey Park, Victoria coaching team. Sara worked with swimmers at all levels from from Learn to Swim to Age National Athletes.  Sara is currently completing her Silver License ASCTA Accreditation.  

Besides working with the swim stars of our future Sarah was the Head Chef at the Ice-Bergs Dining room and Bar at Bondi, Sydney for 5 years.  A highlight was cooking for Oprah Winfrey!