Greg Ient (Head Coach)
“I started my career in swimming at another North Yorkshire based club, Thirsk White Horse Swim Team (THWST), where I trained under some very dedicated and quality coaches that took me to Yorkshires, NER’s and Nationals by the age of 15. THWST did me great favours in the sport and introduced me to my passion of swimming. THWST were a dominant force to be reckoned with especially in league and county based competitions which regularly saw medals and podium finishes.
Throughout the time being coached I started to get myself involved helping on poolside and passing on advice and technique to those who were aspiring to be the next best. I was introduced to numerous poolside helpers and coaches who helped guide me into the role of coaching and teaching in the sport from the age of 13. When I turned 16 the club invested in me to become a swimming teacher, which opened a new avenue in my swimming career.
From becoming a swimming teacher at Hambleton Leisure Centre, I developed skills and a reputation that saw me make the jump once again to helping on poolside but this time at Northallerton ASC after taking a break from coaching. Working for the council and clubs in the past 6 years it has allowed me to see how the transition of swimmers should be developed for the long term. I am now a Level 2 Swimming Teacher and Level 3 Swimming Coach.
Northumbria University, studying Sports Coaching Bsc(Hons), has enlightened me into the use of models or practice and research informed coaching. This has allowed me to start to guide the coaching team at Northallerton ASC into modern day practice that allows for optimal performance and enjoyment at the same time. My philosophy as a coach has also changed while studying after reviewing current drop-out and burn-out rates across sports in this country. Research informed practice is now a high priority of mine for coach education in the area. I am currently working between the Allertonshire School and Northallerton College as part of the support team working mainly in PE and Sixth form activities.
I currently coach based on the following philosophy developed through 9 years of working in both teaching and coaching environments;
‘Success is for the long term benefits and rewards, therefore it is essential that athletes are progressed according to ability and age considering making their training enjoyable and purposeful’
I see my role at Northallerton ASC as a developing one, the club has moved forward from where it was in 2009/10, the coaching team now needs mentoring and training as it prepares for the next big venture in the clubs history. Its links with the Moors Swim Squad and other local teams grows as does its reputation within the area. The next task is continuing the massive retention the club has and improving both its participation and performance aspirations.
If you wish to contact me please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org I am more than happy to answer an questions you may have”
- Development Squad
- Whole Club Overseeing Planning and Development
- Development Squad Training and Periodization
- Coach Education
- Coach Mentoring
- Moors League of Swimming Clubs Chairman
- Health and Safety
- Degree in Sports Coaching Bsc(Hons)
- ASA UKCC Level 3 Coaching Swimming
- ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Swimming
- CYQ Level 2 Gym Based Instructing
- CYQ Level 3 Nutrition and Weight Management
- CYQ Level 3 Sports Conditioning
- UKCC Level 1 Gymnastics
- UKCC Safeguarding Children
- UKCC Coaching Disabled Athletes in Sport
- ASA/IOS Coach License (Current)
- Level 3 Award in Education and Training
- RLSS NPLQ
- RLSS NPLQ TA
- RLSS Lifesaving/NRASTAC TA
- RLSS FAW and eFAW tutor
- CIMSPA Pool Plant Operators