Our Coaches

Ian Pope

Director of Coaching

Primary squad: Open High Performance Squad

Director of Coaching


Ian Pope is a very experienced and highly regarded Platinum level coach.

Prior to starting in this role at Surrey Park, Ian was Head Coach of Melbourne Vicentre for 16 years. Over this time he developed Vicentre to best placed Club at Australian Age and Open Championships.

Ian has been selected as Victorian Coach of the Year thirteen times. He has coached over fifty Olympic and World Championships team members including Matt Welsh, Giaan Rooney, Michael Klim, Grant Hackett, Marieke Guehrer, Kotuki Ngawati and Daniel Cave.  He has also been selected as an Australian Team Coach for two Olympics and six World Championships.

Ian’s “swimming career” started at Surrey Park in 1983. He progressed from learn to swim instructor to a full time swimming coach. He was the Club’s Head Coach from 1985 to 2001. Over this time Ian developed the Surrey Park program from learn to swim through to National level squads. He was instrumental in building the Club’s competitive program from 40 swimmers in just two lanes to over 200 swimmers at five training locations. In 2001 following the 2000 Olympics Ian moved to Vicentre which was operating out of the then recently opened MSAC facility.

Ian has a strong record in building successful swim schools such as those at Surrey Park and Korowa Anglican Girls School.  He has the knowledge and relationship building skills necessary for developing, improving and expanding learn to swim and competitive swimming programs.

Ian was referenced as being someone who believes learning is a lifetime process and seeks to engage and learn from those around him finding ways in which to improve.

Ian also has a strong record in mentoring and developing the coaches who work alongside him. His vast technical knowledge and experience is a wonderful opportunity for the Surrey Park coaches to develop their skills to the highest level.  Coaches that have previously worked with Ian are now having their own success recognised nationally and internationally.

Pat Fisher

Senior Assistant Coach

Primary squad: Age High Performance Squad


Pat is a Silver level coach with a number of years of coaching experience. He came to Surrey Park as an Assistant Coach in July 2016 following a one year replacement position coaching at a National level at Melbourne Vicentre. Whilst Matt Brown was at the Rio Olympics, Pat coached Surrey Park’s Open High Performance Squad. He has also filled in when the Club’s other coaches were on leave.

Pat is now the primary coach of Surrey Park’s Age High Performance Squad.

Tom Crabb

Head Junior Program Coach

Primary Squad: Senior State Squad and State Development Squad


Tom is a Bronze License coach who has been coaching for over 5 years. He has been at Surrey Park since 2002 when he began swimming in the Club’s Junior Squad.
Tom trained with Dave Kelsheimer when Dave was the Director of Coaching at Surrey Park, and made several state and national level finals along the way. He also traveled internationally to compete for the Club in the U.S, Caribbean and New Zealand.

Tom is the primary coach of Surrey Park’s Senior State and State Development Squads.