Our Coaches

Ian Pope

Director of Coaching

Primary squad: Open High-Performance, Target 2020 and Target 2024 Squads


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.

Brett Cassidy

Assistant Coach

Primary squad: State Youth and Youth Development Squads


Brett is a Bronze Licensed coach and an Austswim qualified instructor.

He was previously the State Coach at Bayside Swimming Club. Prior to this, he worked for 3 years at the Canberra International Sport and Aquatic Centre, as an Assistant Coach for the Ginninderra Swimming Club under former Olympic Coach Jim Fowlie.

Brett is a graduate of the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Sports Coaching and Exercise Science.

Michael Goff

Assistant Coach

Primary Squad: State Senior and State Junior Squad


Michael is an Austswim qualified instructor who has been teaching swimming for over four years. He started working for Surrey Park’s learn to swim program a year ago and continues to teach over all levels and work as a Lead Instructor. He has completed the Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes and is working towards achieving his Bronze Coaching Licence.

Currently, Michael is studying Secondary School teaching at Deakin Uni.

Michael has been involved over the last 9 years in sports and fitness programs.  He has a Certificate III and IV in Fitness Training. Over the past few years, his emphasis has been on activation and rehabilitation, particularly in swimming.