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Coaching Team

Coaching Team

Surrey Park Swimming Club's coaching program is led and overseen by Director of Coaching Ian Pope.

In addition the Club employs a team of qualified experienced assistant coaches.


Coaching Team

Ian Pope

High Performance Coach


Ian Pope is a very experienced and highly regarded Platinum level coach.

Prior to starting in this role at Surrey Park, Ian was Head Coach of Melbourne Vicentre for 16 years. Over this time he developed Vicentre to best placed Club at Australian Age and Open Championships.

Ian has been selected as Victorian Coach of the year thirteen times. He has coached over fifty Olympic and World Championships medallists including Matt Welsh, Giaan Rooney, Michael Klim, Grant Hackett, Marieke Guehrer, Kotuki Ngawati and Matt Targett.  He has also been selected as an Australian Team Coach for two Olympics and six World Championships.

Ian’s “swimming career” started at Surrey Park in 1983. He progressed from learn to swim instructor to a full time swimming coach. He was the Club’s Head Coach from 1985 to 2001. Over this time Ian developed the Surrey Park program from learn to swim through to National level squads. He was instrumental in building the Club’s competitive program from 40 swimmers in just two lanes to over 200 swimmers. In 2001 following the 2000 Olympics Ian moved to Vicentre which was operating out of the MSAC facility.

Ian has a strong record in building successful swim schools such as those at Surrey Park and Korowa Anglican Girls School.  He has the knowledge and relationship building skills necessary for developing, improving and expanding learn to swim and competitive swimming programs.

Ian also has a strong record in mentoring and developing the coaches who work alongside him. His vast technical knowledge and experience is a wonderful opportunity for the Surrey Park coaches to develop their skills to the highest level.  Coaches that have previously worked with Ian are now having their own success recognised nationally and internationally.

Michael Goff

State Senior and State Junior Coach


Michael has attained his Bronze Coaching Licence. He is also an Austswim qualified instructor who has been teaching swimming for over four years.

Currently Michael is studying Secondary School teaching at Deakin Uni.

Michael has been involved over the last 9 years in sports and fitness programs.  He has a Certificate III and IV in Fitness Training. Over the past few years his emphasis has been on activation and rehabilitation, particularly in swimming.

Michael is the primary coach of both Surrey Park’s State Senior and State Junior Squads. He also assists with coaching of the Club’s other squads. In addition he is helping with the development and training of instructors who work in Surrey Park's learn to swim program.

Michael is also involved in running the dryland program for the Club’s State and National level swimmers.

Brett Cassidy

State Youth and Youth Development Coach


Brett is a Bronze Licensed coach and an Austswim qualified instructor.

He is a graduate of the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Sport Coaching and Exercise Science.

Brett was previously the State Coach at Bayside Swimming Club. Prior to this he worked for 3 years at the Canberra International Sport and Aquatic Centre, as an assistant Coach for the Ginninderra Swimming Club under former Olympic Coach Jim Fowlie.

Brett is the primary coach of the Club’s State Youth and Youth Development Squads; he also assists with coaching the Club’s other squads.

Paddy O'Sullivan

State Development & Junir Coach


Anastasia Romero

Junior Coach


Anastasia joined Surrey Park’s coaching team in October 2018. She is a former State level swimmer who has been teaching and coaching at the junior squad level for several years and has gained her Bronze Licence qualification.

Anastasia is studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science majoring in both Strength and Conditioning and Applied Sport Science.

Anastasia coaches Surrey Park's Junior Aqua and Junior Blue Squads.In addition, she assists with sports science, testing and video analysis of the Club's Performance and Target Squad swimmers  .