Shaping our Generation
Our passionate coaching team, led by Raelene Ryan brings both a high level of coaching expertise and dedication to all the Club’s swimmers. This team and their energy, enthusiasm and knowledge has created an enviable team culture and is the driving force behind who we are.
|Raelene Ryan – Head Coach
Gold level licenced Coach Raelene joined Miami Swimming Club in 1997 as the National Age coach and has helped many of her swimmers to State and National medals. Raelene took over as Head Coach from Denis Cotterell in 2016.
Raelene has travelled with teams as Head Coach for Swimming QLD, the Fisher and Paykel Queensland Development Squad, and Swimming Australia Junior Dolphins Open Water team.
She has also acted as Manager on numerous International Teams including the PAN PAC team (Victoria, Canada & Irvine, USA), World Youth Games and the World Cup (Singapore).
Raelene was also appointed as a coach to the Commonwealth Youth Games Team (Pune, India).
|Alex Beaver – Assistant Coach
Alex joined Miami Swimming Club in 2008. Alex is an Austswim Certified Instructor and has a Bronze Licence and is working towards his Silver Licence.
Alex was born in Santa Cruz, California and is the third generation of his family to coach swimming, following his father and grandfather who were both International level coaches.
Alex has managed eight swim schools in Western Australia whilst coaching part-time. In 2007, he managed the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre Aquatics Department and Swim School (Austswim), which was awarded Swim School of the year in Queensland.
Alex competed in swimming from the age of five to twenty-three and his favourite events were the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly and the 200 Breast. Alex is also fluent in French and Spanish.
|Sarah Caithness – Assistant Coach
Sarah has worked with Rackley Swimming since 2017 she has a Bronze License and working toward Silver License.
Sarah transferred from her role as Junior/Bronze Coach at Rackley Parkinson in Brisbane where for the past 2 and a half years she has been instrumental in growing the program from the ground up alongside Matt Brown and more recently Tracey Menzies Stegbaur.
Prior to Parkinson Sarah was a coach at Surrey Park in Victoria for 4 years, assistant to Matt Brown and then Ian Pope leading the development and growth of their junior program and working with swimmers at all levels from Learn to Swim to Age National Athletes.
Sarah is currently completing her Silver License ASCTA Accreditation. Prior to her coaching career, Sarah was a chef and whilst in the kitchen stayed close to the pool spending five years in the kitchen of Icebergs Dining room and Bar at Bondi, Sydney.
|Mark Jordan – Assistant Coach
Mark Jordan has been with Rackley Swimming since early 2018. Mark has over 15 years of coaching experience and has Australia ASCTA Silver (“Advanced”) and America ASCA Level 4 Coaching Accreditations.
Mark had extensive coaching experience in America prior to moving to Australia in 2016. He was the Head Coach of a club in Washington State for 6 years, where he maximised enrolment and greatly increased the club’s level of achievement, developing the club’s first swimmers to ever achieve Junior National, and subsequently, National level. Prior to his coaching in Washington, Mark was a development coach for 5 years at a high-level program in California working with Juniors to Silver level athletes, funnelling swimmers to a powerful Senior (“Gold”) squad and developing high-achieving age group swimmers.
Mark was a national level swimmer in America and trained alongside several Olympians while swimming in high school and college. He loves swimming, still training and competing regularly in Masters, and has recently discovered how much he likes Open Water Swimming.
Miami Swimming Club coaches are employed by Rackleys Swimming and provide Miami Swimming Club with tailored swimming programs for each squad and individual swimmer.
City Venue Management (CVM) is the facility manager of the Miami Aquatic Centre. CVM is contracted by City of Gold Coast (CoGC) to manage the facility and provide support for Miami Swimming Club.