Coming from the highly successful Nottinghamshire Nova programme, Jamie has 15 years experience coaching international swimmers to the highest level. This includes coaching a swimmer to European and Commonwealth medals in 2010 and an Olympic final in 2008. He was also assistant coach to World Record holder and four time Olympic medalist Rebecca Adlington.
He has successfully coached swimmers at every age group level to record medal hauls at regional and national championships to medals at the European Junior Championships in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014. His achievements have led him to representing Great Britain and England at multiple international meets and camps. He was coach on the 2012 Aspiring World Performers Olympic Camp leading up to the London games and a British Swimming National event sprint coach in 2013.
His philosophy focusses on an athlete centred, integrated approach to preparation in order to achieve world class results. He believes that with the right coaching an athlete can truly take responsibility for their sporting journey and fulfil their performance potential.
Head Coach: DX Chesterfield Hub Squad
Mark combines his role as Head Coach of Chesterfield Swimming Club with that of Lead Coach for Derventio eXcel’s Chesterfield Hub programme.
Mark was a successful competitive swimmer qualifying for the GB National Championships for six consecutive years from the age of 13. He took up coaching whilst studying Applied Sports Science at Loughborough University, assisting at sessions with Loughborough ITC and GB coaches Ian Armiger and Ben Titley and coaching multiple GB swimmers, Olympic qualifiers and world record holders. In vacations he spent time at his old club Swindon Dolphin culminating in a successful spell as interim Head Coach when he took nine Age Group, Youth and Senior swimmers to the Nationals.
After graduating, Mark spent time working with Andi at Derventio eXcel in Derby before securing the post of Head Coach of Chesterfield Swimming Club in October 2011. His appointment coincided with the re-introduction of the performance pathway in the North-East of the county and he is currently Chesterfield-Hub coach to 12 full DX and 6 DXDS swimmers.
Mark completed his Level 3 Coach qualification in August 2012 and lead Chesterfield SC to promotion to Arena League Division 1 (East Midlands) at the first time of asking in December 2012.
Assistant Head Coach
Spencer combines his role as Chief Coach at Long Eaton Swimming Club with his role as assistant to the DX Head Coach Andi Manley.
Spencer is a Level 3 qualified ASA Club Coach who started coaching in 2002. He coached the majority of the City of Derby’s Junior squads during a 5-year period. Under his coaching they achieved the following:
– Finalists of the Derby and Nottingham Diddy league 5 times (3 x Winners and 2 x Runners-Up)
– Southern National Finalists, finishing 4th, 5th and 7th
– Qualifying for the National Diddy League final once
– Coached Midland qualifiers off 8 hours a week, one of which went on to medal at National Championships.
Spencer joined Long Eaton in 2008 as Senior Coach before being promoted to Chief Coach in September 2010. He became Assistant Head Coach at DX in 2013.
DX Development Squad Coach
Scott is Chief coach at Ashbourne Swimming Club in addition to his role as coach for the DX Development Squad.
During his career in competitive swimming as a DX squad member he achieved numerous successes, from his first national appearance in 2007, to becoming Midland champion in the 1500m Frs and breaking many Derbyshire County records. These include the current Short Course Records for the Junior 1500m Frs and Junior/Senior 800m Frs as well as the Senior 1500m Frs and Junior 800m Frs Long Course.
In 2010, Scott was part of the Derventio 4x200m Freestyle team that won a Bronze medal at the British Championships. He retired from competitive swimming in 2011.
Keith has been coaching for many years within the county. He started at Trident where he assisted the head coaches in moving the club forward to become a force, not only within the local area but regionally – and then nationally as the programme developed.
His input with the squad members was instrumental in the success of a generation of swimmers from Long Eaton who moved on to National honours. He was part of the coaching team at Long Eaton SC that formed from the merger of Trident & Treonte Swimming clubs in the town.
He then moved in early 2007 to Derventio and has had similar impact whilst coaching at the Derby based squad.
His vision along with his work ethic has helped to empower swimmers within the team to keep making forward strides. Keith has now worked with a total of six swimmers who have made British Swimming Programmes and teams in recent years.