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The Team

Head Coach

Ian Pope

MSC is excited to announce our Head Coach is Olympic Coach Ian Pope. Ian is one of Australia’s most successful coaches having coached over 70 medallists at major international events including Olympics, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games.

Some of Ian’s Olympic medallists include Matt Welsh, Michael Klim, Giaan Rooney, Matt Targett, and Grant Hackett. Ian is former Head Coach of Surrey Park and Melbourne Vicentre, and previously helped steer these clubs to be prominent in swimming. Ian’s primary focus will be on developing swimmers mentally and physically as a person whilst maximising their talent and potential with a focus on building a strong team culture, mental edge and training with the right technique.

Ian is excited to be back and lead MSC to be a dominant force in swimming.
Ian Pope

The Team

Kirsten Porter
Geelong Lead Coach

Kirsten Porter

Kirsten is the lead coach for the Geelong based MSC training squads. Kirsten is a silver advanced level accredited coach, has a PhD in sports and exercise science and has coached under two of Australia’s leading coaches in Michael Bohl and Dean Boxall. With a passion for helping athletes to achieve their best, Kirsten will implement MSC’s coaching philosophy of technical and mental edge.

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Liam Pope
National Target/State and Development squads coach

Liam Pope

Liam has over 5 years coaching experience having coached at Surrey Park and Trinity Grammar School.He is passionate about supporting others both in the water and out, and has a great rapport with his swimmers. He has a great eye for the technical aspects of swimming and makes this his primary goal with the swimmers in fine tuning their technique.

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Nicole Walsh
Development and Fitness Coach

Nicole Walsh

Having been a competitive swimmer for over 15 years, Nicole is passionate about assisting young swimmers to achieve their best. Nicole has a bachelor or Exercise & Sport Science and has over 10- year coaching experience. Nicole’s enthusiasm and positive attitude helps her to achieve great results for the Development and State squads at MSC.

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Marcus Grillo
Program Manager

Marcus Grillo

Marcus is a former National Breaststroke finalist, placing in the top 5 in the country. He ensures that his squads and learn-to-swim classes have a friendly atmosphere, and a determination amongst his swimmers to swim well.

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John Egan
president

John Egan

John has spent the last 30 years in business working largely in the steel industry - currently holds positions of CEO and Directorships in well established companies within this industry as well as other business interests. John has been involved in many different sports at all levels including playing State grade volleyball for 10 years, water ski racing for 10 years, and more recently, supporting his own children with their football, basketball and netball pursuits.

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Wayne Jarred
Commercial Manager

Wayne Jarred

Wayne is an accomplished executive in the sports world, having had valuable experience at the AFL, NRL and NBL in a variety of commercial and operational roles, and has also joined our Team.

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Fort Caruso
treasurer

Fort Caruso

Fort Caruso encompasses over twelve years of accounting experience, both locally in Melbourne, and interstate. His love and passion for numbers and business also extends to the football field, where he has enjoyed a lengthy career playing high level football across both the VFL and SANFL leagues.

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David Folino
registrar

David Folino

David Folino has over 10 years experience in accounting and has been a member of institute of chartered accountants for 6+ years. David’s interests outside of work include family and sport. He has been involved in sporting clubs playing local football for over 20 years including TAC cup and VFL.

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Matt Mitianiec
Operations Manager

Matt Mitianiec

Matt brings a wealth of IT, operational and project management knowledge to the team with over eight years of experience in the industry. Matt is passionate about finding innovative ways to enhance sport through technology. He's been actively involved in basketball both as a player and a coach in Europe and now in Australia.

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Sandra Ah-Yu
secretary

Sandra Ah-Yu

Sandra is an experienced events manager and oversees the administration and management of the club.

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