Coaches & Staff

We are here to help you achieve your full potential

Preston Swimming Club are proud to have an amazing group of coaches and teachers.

In order to provide the best possible education in swimming to our members, our aim is to have every lead coach or teacher at least Level 2 qualified, and for all volunteers to have achieved at least Level 1 teaching qualification.Find out more about our team by clicking on a profile below.

Head Staff

Samir Ahmed

Head Coach

Swimming experience & qualifications: Learn to swim teacher, Development, Age, Youth & Senior Coach – I learnt the trade from the start. Head Coach at PSC since Sept 2014

Favourite swimmers: Fly: Michael Phelps, greatest of all time. Backstroke: Natalie Coughlin, 12-time Olympic medallist and first woman under 1min for 100 back. Breaststroke: Brendan Hansen, former world record holder at 100 & 200 breast. Now a coach and Masters swimmer. Freestyle: Ian Thorpe & Rebecca Adlington, great distance swimmers, role models and ambassadors for the sport.

Best moment in swimming: Everyday! Representing our team & wearing the PSC shirt every day is a privilege.

Coaching the first woman (Kat Greenslade) in this City’s history to break the 2:00 minute mark and in doing so winning the National Championships with a time of 1:59:63 and being a part of the successful PSC team at the Summer Nationals in 2016 – those who were involved will understand!

Coaching / Teaching Philosophy: Every swimmer counts. Be proud about what you do and who you represent, show passion for what you love doing, and realise your potential through making the most of your abilities.


Jess Wilkie

Head Age Group Coach

Swimming Experience & Qualifications: Former Scottish club record holder, Scottish Age Group Champ, Scottish Commonwealth Trials Finalist. BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Higher National Diploma Sports Coaching, Level 2 Teaching Swimming.

Favourite swimmer: Caitlin McClatchey & Nathan Adrian

Best moment in swimming: Watching some of my team mates race in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Coaching / Teaching Philosophy: Do the little things first and then big things will follow.


Steve Heaps

Head of Coaching Pathways & Club Development

Swimming Experience & Qualifications: Ex Competitive Swimmer from back in the days when i had hair and a six pack! L3 Coach, Ex Head Coach PSC.

Favourite swimmer: Alexander Popov, Michael Gross (Giants of technique and skill)

Best moment in swimming: 2013 National Arena League B Final – PSC winning for the first time in their history. (The top boy in this final was a certain Adam Peaty who swam for the City of Derby)

Most recently Steph Slater at 2016 Paralympics, it’s incredible to think what has been achieved, especially when you know the whole story!!!!!!!!!!

The 2008 Men’s 4 X 100 Freestyle Relay Olympic final, watch it you will understand!!

Coaching / Teaching Philosophy: Technique & Skill are key – without this we are nothing


Kim Armston

Head of Teaching


Water Polo Head Coach

Squad Coaches

Ian Fielding

Senior Club Division

Judith Lawrence

Development Division

Sophie Laurence

Development Division

Sohan Rathod

Development Division

Sue Penrith

Development Division

Tom Beckett

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Learn to Swim Teachers

Aimee Bailey

Learn to Swim

Beth Parker

Learn to Swim

Kevin Parker

Learn to Swim

Indah Higson

Learn to Swim

Carly Miller

Learn to Swim

Patrycja Niemyjska

Learn to Swim

Imogen Carr

Learn to Swim

Katie Jepson

Learn to Swim

Emily Armstrong

Learn to Swim

Georgia Riley

Learn to Swim

Hannah Murphy

Learn to Swim

Spencer Beattie

Learn to Swim

Kate Wilkinson

Learn to Swim

Disablity Swimming Teachers

Prisha Patel

Disability Division

Julie Jackson

Disability Division