The TigerSharks are experiencing rapid growth and incredible success. Our Coaches bring fresh ideas, the latest knowledge, experience and professionalism to their squads.

Craig Albery - Head Coach


Craig is a former British Midland District and National Age Group swimmer who was based at the Carlton Forum and Nova Centurion Swimming Clubs in Nottingham, England.

His first coaching role was at Nottingham Leander; where he became the lead member of the team selection committee and Founder of the Clubs Junior and Age Group Development programme. During his tenure, Leander became the top Nottinghamshire competition Club for 7 years in succession as well as reaching three National Junior and three National Senior club finals in the British Speedo League.

Nottingham Leander is also renowned for developing and feeding the Nottinghamshire County Swim Squad and its competitive outlet Nova Centurion. Craig was highly influential in the development of swimmers through this system which has seen Nottinghamshire, Midland District, U.K National, International, World and Olympic Champions.

In July 2008 and just after his arrival to New Zealand he took over as the sole coach at Te Awamutu Swimming Club. The following four years saw the club rise into a major swimming force within the Waikato. The club grew not only swimmer wise but as an organisation with a completely new squad structure and Management team being put in place. This re-structure and growth saw the club produce Junior Age Group, National Division II, National Age and Open Age Group qualifiers and Champions.

Following the London 2012 Olympics Albery was appointed as the inaugural Director of Coaching at Capital Swim Club in Wellington, New Zealand. The next three years saw Capital cement itself as the No1 club within the Wellington region as well as firmly being placed as a top three club in New Zealand. The club’s performances granted Craig the title of Coach of the Year for three successive seasons within the Wellington Region.

This success placed Craig and his athletes onto the Swimming New Zealand Development and Youth Pathway programme, selection onto the New Zealand Paralympics’ team that placed fourth in Montreal at the 2013 World Championships, pool and open water Coach at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii and the 2015 New Zealand World Short Course team that travelled to Qatar.

Craig became the Head Coach at the Casey TigerSharks in December 2015.


Brent Falkner - Coach