Andy was a competitive athlete himself when he was younger and achieved representative honours at County, regional and national levels across 7 different sports. He is still the fastest Unstead over 50m Freestyle, much to his daughters’ annoyance! Following a lower back injury in his late teens, Andy was advised to avoid contact sports and now finds time to blow the cobwebs out by road cycling and running in his very limited spare time.
Years of participating in sport at various levels has given Andy vital experience and knowledge, which he is eager to share with the club swimmers during every session. He has always enjoyed the technical side of sport and has introduced some innovative ideas and practices with our swimmers in order to give them the best competitive advantage possible.
Andy is also very passionate about ensuring that swimming with TASC remains a positive and engaging experience and so makes every session a challenge both physically and mentally in order to keep our swimmers moving forward in a happy and positive manner. Andy is a level 1 qualified swim teacher as well as a level 1 & 2 qualified swim coach. He is also a qualified time-keeper. The squad will tell you that Andy always has a motivational quote up his sleeve to keep them going during a difficult set with his favourite one being “Hard-work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard".
Coach - Ed Wild
Ed has been coaching with TASC for many years and still swims with the senior squad to this day.
He was a former high-level competitive swimmer himself and excelled at both backstroke and breaststroke.
Ed mainly coaches our development swimmers and also the senior squad when Head Coach Andy is away.
He enjoys preparing our swimmers before they transition into the senior squad sessions.
Ed is respected highly by all of the TASC fanily.
Coach - Amanda Reeves
Amanda coaches our development swimmers on a Monday evening.
She has been coaching for many years and balances this with a busy family life.
With her other hat on, Amanda is also our club treasurer and so knows all of the swimmers really well.
She has a great relationship with the swimmers that she coaches and they all definitely know about the quality of her swim sets.
Coach - Hope Unstead
Hope has been coaching for 3 years and delivers her session to our development swimmers on a Monday evening.
She still swims with the club and is a regional level competitior.
Hope is TASC through and through and is a former club captain.
She has a great relationship with all of the swimmers and is a role model to many of them.
Coach - Mike Douglas
Mike is one of our newest coaches and qualified during the early part of 2023.
He now coaches our juniors on a Monday evening and is already developing strong relationships with all of his swimmers.
He has an innovative approach to his sessions and has all of the swimmers fully engaged throughout.
Mike is proving to be a very valuable addition to the coaching team.
Coach - Louisa Roberts
Louisa is also one of our newest coaches having qualified alongside Mike.
She is working hard with our Sunday evening development swimmers and achieving some great results already.
Louisa is also our SwimMark Coordinator ensuring that TASC remains compliant with all Swim England regulations.
Gaining invaluable experience all the time, Louisa is also becoming a very valuable member of the TASC coaching team.
Coach - Dawn Kearney
Dawn needs no introduction.
She has been part of the North Devon swimming community for many years as a teacher and coach.
In fact, Dawn even taught some of our other coaches when they were younger.
Many people will know Dawn from her very successful swim school in Fremington, TTAS.
TTAS has had long links with TASC and the club has helped progress many of their swimmers on to county and regional level.
Dawn is a natural with our younger swimmers and she provides the perfect start to their journey with TASC.
Coach - Charlotte Simpson
Charlotte is an experienced teacher and coach and works with our younger swimmers.
She quickly builds a fun and friendly relationship with our swimmers helping them to feel at ease during sessions.
Her lessons are both fun and engaging.
Head Coach - Andy Unstead
Andy has been the Head Coach with TASC since 2018 following a number of years as deputy Head Coach prior to this. He has been coaching with the club for 5 years, and during this time has been responsible for the continued development of the senior squad.
Andy also looks after some of the junior development squad sessions in order to give these swimmers consistency of training principles before they transition up to senior squad.
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