Each squad at Stirling Swimming is allocated a lead coach, who is responsible for delivering the training for that squad. The Head Coach, Kerry Wood, is in overall charge of the coaching arrangements for the Club and is also the coach for the Stirling Integrated Performance Squad (SIPS). Age-Group Coach, Angela McCowan, is responsible for the administration and development of the STAR-Fish pre-Club programme.
It is club policy to provide swimmers with regular feedback on their performance. In addition, if anyone needs to discuss a swimming-related issue in more detail, please contact the relevant squad coach or the Head Coach. Contact should normally be made by email after which a meeting can be arranged if required. Please note this is not usually at poolside when the coach is busy coaching!
Head Coach: Kerry Wood
Kerry Wood (nee Martin) has been one of Scotland's top swimmers in recent years and developed through the junior ranks at Stirling Amateur Swimming Club. Kerry held the long and short course Scottish records for the 50m and 100m butterfly for eight years and was Scottish champion in these events 1995 - 2003. Kerry first represented Great Britain at the 1993 European Sprint Championships before going on to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and Manchester in 2002. As a coach, Kerry has coached swimmers to Scottish and British Age Group medals and disability swimmers to European and World Championship Medals. She was also selected as a coach for the GB Paralympic team in London 2012.
Angela has been coaching since 2008 and has recently completed an MSc in Sports Coaching at Stirling University. She is in the process of working towards her UKCC level 3 qualification As well as coaching for the club, Angela is Head Coach for Central Sporting Partnership’s Disability Regional squad and is one of the coaches for the Scottish National Disability squad. Angela has been one of Scotland’s top Disability swimmers, representing Scotland from the age of ten and progressed through to senior level. She was a member of the World Class Potential Programme from 2003 – 2007, and first competed for Great Britain in 2005 in Germany. In 2006, she travelled to South Africa as part of the GB World Championships team, where she swam the 200 IM and broke the British Record for the 400m freestyle for her classification.
Angela is responsible for the Stirling Swimming's Summer Camp.
Andrew came up through the ranks of Stirling Swimming, and was a regular competitor at West District and Scottish National Championships on behalf of the Club. He is trained as a lifeguard and holds UKCC Level 2 coaching qualifications, and is currently in his final year of a Sports Studies degree at Stirling University.
Andrew has particular responsibility for the Grand Prix events