When Frank was unable to continue coaching on Monday nights, Jen Veres stepped up to take on the coaching role.
Jen had recently retired from top-level open swimming. After a short break, she started swimming Masters with us and promptly set some very quick Victorian butterfly records. She has a wealth of swimming experience which she is now enthusiastically applying to us from the pool deck.
She gained her Masters Coaching accreditation at the start of 2015 and currently also coaches the Casey Cardinia Triathlon squad at Casey ARC.
Sean filled in for Jen when she took 2 months off over the 2015/16 summer for a well-earned holiday. Sean then took over Wednesday nights from 24 Feb 2016 when Jen needed to cut back her coaching hours because of her other commitments.
Currently he is studying for a sports science degree at Deakin Uni in Burwood.
He was a top-level swimmer so he can combine his knowledge of exercise physiology and nutrition from his studies and his swimming experience to provide not just great coaching but also individual advice about gym programs and strength & fitness training.
After Ebony finished, we had a period of short-term coaches from within and outside the club. This ended with the appointment of Frank Haas.
Frank was a Casey Seal for several years from 2003, and was a member of the Kingfisher club before that, so he knows what it's like to be a Masters swimmer. He is also a keen open water swimmer.
He was an assistant coach with the Casey Tigersharks for several years, under the guidance of head coach Ben Hiddlestone. Ben developed a great squad, lifting the Tigersharks to 3rd ranked Victorian club, with national finalists and an Olympian. This has been an excellent background for Frank to learn skills that he was then able to use with us.
Ebony took over the job of coach in October 2006 and continued through to June 2008 when she had to resign due to her accepting a role coaching squads at Monash Uni swim club.
She took up the role again for 2 years from 2009 until late in 2011 when she stepped down to concentrate on her own swimming training with the elite top squad in the Casey Tiger Sharks.
Her enthusiasm is as great as her swimming and coaching ability, and she knows just how hard we need to be pushed to get the most benefit from training (ranging from a gentle suggestion for some through to a good yell at others).
Ebony has had a distinguished career as a top-level pool and open water swimmer and has coached age-group squads since the late 1990's with several of Melbourne's top swimming clubs.
She has been one of Victoria's top open water swimmers, having twice won the world-famous Lorne Pier to Pub ocean swim (under her maiden name of Ebony Currell) and is usually on the podium after her races.
This experience as a top pool & open-water swimmer and many years as coach has proven to be a fantastic asset to our squad.
Gloria coached us on Wednesday nights during 2009 and 2010, applying many years of experience as coach, swimming instructor and competitive swimmer (a North Lodge Neptunes member, she held a large number of Victorian Masters records and an Australian Masters record).
She was a swimming instructor for Casey ARC, taking adult swim classes - we usually directed people to her squad when they asked about adult swimming lessons or those who were not quite ready for our squad training.
Ann Gibbs (aka Ann Hutchings) was one of our members who took the Masters Level 1 coaching course and became an accredited Masters coach. She was one of the club's backup coaches and has shown how important it is for the club to have people that can take the squad when the main coach is unavailable.
Stewart Nicoll was coaching the Casey Tigersharks at the time that Nigel finished with us.
We had seen Stewart on pool deck and were impressed with his knowledge and techniques. He wasn't able to start with us immediately, but he supplied us programs for our sessions for several weeks until he finished his coaching stint with the Tigersharks and had reorganised his other training sessions (he was also coaching at an exclusive school).
Stewart had an infectiously positive attitude and this revitalised our squad. Unfortunately (for us), he accepted a head coach position with an age-group club which had conflicting training times, so was unable to continue with us.
Nigel Krieger was our coach from the club's first training session on 21 November 2001 through to early 2004 and was the North Lodge Neptunes coach when we split to form the Casey Seals.
He was as excited as we were about the new facilities and the new club. He could see the potential of the club, with its fantastic location and training facilities, ensuring a long-term source of new members and keeping the enthusiasm of club members high.
In addition, Nigel was a qualified fitness trainer so he was able to design tailored gym programs for squad members and then discuss the programs with the gym staff to maximise the benefits for the swimmers.