Squad Training

Our Head Coach, Mr Andrew Hancock, has spent the last 16 years working as a coach in the USA College system after leaving Australia on a swimming scholarship in his late teens. Andrew was awarded 'Conference Coach of the Year' three times during his five years as Head Coach at the University of Western Florida. 

Andrew is supported by a team of outstanding coaches and instructors, including: 

  • Miss Christie Sofatzis is currently acting as Head Coach and will continue in this role until  a new Head Coach is appointed.   
  • Mrs Mariana Mandache: An Olympic IM and Butterfly swimmer, Mariana is a European Gold level coach, with twenty years' coaching experience in Europe, Turkey and New Zealand. She has won a number of Coach of the Year awards from both National federations and clubs in that time.
  • Mr Sam Woodfield  Being a competitive swimmer himself, Sam is an avid sportsman who understands the training needs of all swimmers and strives to get the best results for each student. Currently studying IT, Sam continues to give back to his swimming community.  Sam has represented the State for swimming and is a qualified Bronze level coach.

All swimmers intending to compete at club meets are expected to be registered with our Emmanuel College Swimming Club. Registration forms are available online at www.emmanuelswimming.org.au.