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Our Coaches

The club employs an enthousiasthic team of qualified coaches, headed by Olympic, Commonwealth Games and Australian Team Coach, Denis Cotterell (Platinum and Master Coach). Our coaches are focusedon the task of giving each and every swimmer in their squad, the best possible opportunity to improve their swimming. They are always willing to talk with parents and understand that parents want to ensure the greatest benefit for their children.


Denis Cotterell

Denis was instrumental in the formation of the Miami Swimming Club in 1976. He has held the position of Head Coach since its formation, and has guided 17 swimmers into berths on the Australian representative teams. An internationally recognised Master Coach, Denis has also been part of the Australian coaching team, attending Olympic and Commonwealth Games, PanPacific Games, World Championships, and other international events.


Raelene Ryan

Ably assisting Denis in designing and implementing training programs, Raelene (Raels) joined Miami in 1997 as the National Age coach. She has achieved gold qualifications and has travelled with teams as Head Coach for SQ and Fischer and Paykel Queensland Development Squad. She has toured as manager for numerous international teams including the PAN PAC team (Victoria, Canada), World Youth Games and the World Cup (Singapore). Raelene has recently been appointed as a coach to the Commonwealth Youth Games team in September to be held in Pune, India.

Raelene started swimming at eight years of age and at the age of ten, her family moved to Bundaberg where she was trained by Lawrie Lawrence. She competed and was a record holder at state and national levels. At eleven years of age she represented Australia in the first High School Pan Pacific Games in Brisbane.



Alex Beaver

The latest inclusion to the coaching team, Alex joined Pro-Ma Miami SC in 2008. He is an Austswim Certified Instructor and has a Bronze license and his working towards his silver license.

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 manages the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre Aquatics Department and Swim School 9Austswim) which was awarded Swim School of the year in Queensland.

Alex competed in swimming from age of five to twenty three and his favourite events were the 200 and 400 Ima, 200 Fly and the 200 breakstroke.


Bache Atkins

The youngest of our coaching team, Bache has been a member of Miami Swimming Club since she was 8 years old, training under both Raelene as a junior and Denis as a< senior. She is a Swimming Australia certified Swim Coach/p>

Bache graduated from Marymount in 2003 and was awarded a full scholarship to University of Hawaii in 2004. Whilst in Hawaii Bache swam for the university for 4 years and was awarded Scholar-Athlete for 3 consecutive years. In her senior year, Bache was WAC champion in the 100, 200 & 500 yard freestyle and still holds the University record for 500 free.

2008 saw Bache graduated with Honours (Bachelour of Political Science and Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution) and then embark on travels through Vietnam wher she worked as an English teacher. During her time in Vietnam, Bache also established a Swimming Club for both Vietnamese and foreign students, many of whom came from struggling families

As you can see, Bache might be young but she has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to swimming and she is able to draw from her own experiences as a competitor and teacher in her role as swim coach.