The coaching and teaching team

We are proud to employ a completely professional coaching and teaching staff at Mid Sussex Marlins including four full time coaching team members. Our staff are fully qualified with Swim England coaching and teaching certification to ensure we provide best practice, engaging sessions as well as safe effective teaching and coaching on a daily basis.

Stephen Murphy – Head Coach 

Steve  has been coaching and teaching for 14 years and has been with the Club since September 2014. Steve holds the Senior swimming coach certificate as well as a degree in sports coaching science.

Steve currently sits on the South East region coaches forum and Sussex county swimming committee as a representative for the club and coaches in the region / county. During his time at the club Steve has coached swimmers to county and regional records, English national champions, British summer champs medallists as well as placing swimmers on junior international teams.

Steve directly coaches our performance 1 squad and overseas the coaching team and club pathway. Steve was Sussex county head coach for two years and in 2019 was selected to coach on the Swim England national camps.  Steve was also the South East region assistant coach for the offshore camp to Luxembourg in 2020.




Andrew Hamerton – Lead Masters Coach

Andrew joined Mid Sussex Marlins in May 2019 as Lead Masters Coach. Supported by a team of experienced Masters coaches he is responsible for overseeing training and development for the full range of Masters swimmers within the club.

Before joining Marlins, Andrew has coached youth swimmers to British Championships and Summer Nationals. As a Masters swimmer himself he has competed in County, Regional and British Championships. Andrew also holds the senior swimming coach certificate.






Charlie Wood – Lead Performance Coach

Charlie joined the coaching in early 2017 having previously  been a swimmer in the clubs top squad. Charlie has coached swimmers to county records and county relay records as well as being assistant coach early in his coaching career to a number of national medallists. Charlie held the position of Head coach at Hailsham swimming club before returning to Mid Sussex Marlins to take lead of our performance 2 squad.

Charlie is the lead performance coach and directly coaches and leads our performance 2 squad as well as working with a number of our other squads on the club pathway. Charlie is a qualified level 2 coach and has worked on the Swim England county pathway camps for the past two years.

Charlie was also a swimmer at Mid Sussex Marlins and during his swimming career has held county records, and been part of the Sussex league winning teams (including the clubs first Sussex league win in 2016) as well as swimming to national level.




Nic Piper – Lead Development Coach

Nic joined Mid Sussex Marlins in January 2013 from Worthing swimming club and has been teaching and coaching for over 15 years. Nic has produced county champions year on year as well as coached a number of teams to county relay records.
Nics current role as  lead development coach sees him lead our pre competitive 1 squad, competitive 3 squad and our development squads. Nic is also the lead coach for our summer development camps which we hold each year at the end of July. Nic is a level 2 qualified coach and teacher and has been a skills coach on the Sussex county camps pathway camps.





Dave Wood – Competitive 1 Lead coach

Dave has been coaching competitive in the competitive swimming environment for over 10 years and holds the level 3 coaching certificate. Dave has coached swimmers to national medals and is currently the lead coach for our competitive 1 squad. Dave also supports a number of other squads on the club pathway.

Dave is also a qualified swimming teacher and has taught and coached swimmers of all abilities during his teaching and coaching career.





Coaching team members








Left to right: Stuart Marshall, Ernesto Paniccia, Russel Knotley


Gavin O Malley Richardson – Lead strength and conditioning coach (Land based sessions)


Stuart Ward – Head Teacher

Pauline Draper / Carolyn Heeley – Disability swimming

Pauline Draper: As a paediatric physiotherapist at Chailey Heritage and a former swimming teacher with Burgess Hill & District SC, I was able to combine the experiences gained in both to help set up the Dolphins Squad back in September 2000. The motivation came from wanting to help those with disabilities reach their full potential in swimming, and it has been wonderful to see how the swimmers have developed over the years. One or two from the squad have reached National level but there have been others who have achieved just as much by learning to swim independently, having previously needed support from people or flotation aids. I have now retired from my role at Chailey but I shall continue to be involved with Dolphins for as long as I can.


Tim Fraser – Water Polo Admin

Tim was born at an early age of mixed parentage – one father and one mother. His parents were in the Iron and Steal business. [His father was well known to the police and his mother took in washing]. Despite these inauspicious beginnings, he developed an early interest in crude humour and showed early athletic potential, being able to play blow football with his bottom by the age of 10 – a skill that he has maintained to this day, much to the irritation of his immediate family. Concerned that his rate of growth was getting out of hand in his teens, he took up smoking for two days, which restricted his height to a sensible and modest  5’11”. 

Tim describes himself as tall, handsome, well-built, articulate, intelligent, sensitive, yet often grossly inaccurate. Cynics (and some cheap Bloomsbury psychiatrists) may say ‘pathological liar’, but he prefers to use ‘creative with reality’.

Tim is married with 4 children, 24,26,30 &32 but whom his long suffering wife, Kathy, prefers to call by their names Toby, Alex, Lucy and Gemma.  A  life-long swimmer and serial member of numerous clubs in the UK and overseas- Marlins is his twelfth, where he has been involved since 1991  in various capacities including: competitor, polo player, parent,  coach, treasurer, auditor and committee member. Aside from the demands of family and sport, Tim is a keen student of Medieval wood shavings, a subject on which he is one of the world’s leading authorities. Those wishing to contact him or send costly gifts should write to him c/o the World Domination League.