Meet our YDSC Coaching Team

Meet our fantastic Coaching Team who support our swimmers to achieve their full potential and help them have a little fun on the way.

All of our coaches are trained to the highest standards, are fully qualified, and all have up to date DBS (CRB) police checks. This page is here to give you and your children a better idea of their personalities as well as a little background information about each of them.

Head Coach – Ian Angell

Ian is the head coach of YDSC and became the club’s full-time coach in May 2018. He is a Level 3 SE Senior Swimming Coach and a Level 2 Open Water Coach.

Ian started his swimming career as an assistant teacher with Frome in 1995 before moving to Yorkshire and completing his swimming teacher qualification working in Harrogate. Whilst there he completed his Club coach qualification and became head coach of Thirsk Swimming Club in 2004. After some time overseas he worked as Head Coach at Street and Wellington clubs before coming to Yeovil. He also has a diploma in sports psychology and has recently completed his senior coach qualification and is a trainer assessor for the Royal Lifesaving Society.

Head Coach Ian Angell

Assistant Head Coach – Paul Perry

Paul is our lead coach for Development squads and in early 2022 was promoted to Assistant Head Coach. He is a Level 2 SE Swimming Coach.

Paul is a former swimmer of YDSC. For 12yrs as a swimmer, he reached County level consistently throughout his time with the club. His biggest achievement was a Silver in the U/14 400m I.M. at Somerset County’s back in 1991.

Paul started his Coaching journey back in 2012 when his daughter Natasha joined YDSC at the tender age of 5. With a strong passion for swimming, he started helping the YDSC Learn to Swim program and went onto take a Level 1 Teaching Assistant course in 2013.

He found a strong passion for teaching, coaching, reviving praise & seeing improvements in the swimmers. This helped to give him the motivation to progress as a qualified Level 1 Swimming Assistant Coach and then within the same year qualify as a Level 2 Swimming Coach as well as both Level 1 & Level 2 Team Manager qualifications.

Paul helps to organise and assist in running the teams for the Southern Junior League and Arena League competitions, as well as other swim meets and has been known to don the ‘Santa’ outfit at our YDSC Christmas Open Meet!

On top of the above, he has also been a Somerset County Pathway Coach and one of his most rewarding moments was coaching five swimmers to reach the Somerset County Pathway Camp in 2019 with all of those swimmers reaching the finals and placing with medals respectively.

Assistant Head Coach Paul Perry

Lead Coach – Mark Ovens

Mark is our lead coach for the Skills squad. He is a Level 2 SE Swimming Coach. He is also a Level 2 Team Manager. Alongside this, he is also a certified J1 official.

Mark was a swimmer for Taunton Dean swimming club, where he swam for 8 years competing up to county level. He joined YDSC in 2016 as a poolside helper once a week but has since increased his time poolside and moved throughout the squads

He completed his Level 1 coaching qualification a few years later and has continued to complete qualifications and CPD courses since. This includes the ASA young volunteers programme, for which he was selected as a finalist for the young volunteer of the year awards in 2019.

During the last few years with YDSC he has Piloted a programme for Swim England Southwest between YDSC and Oxley Sports centre Learn to Swim programme as well as starting our own event called Dual in the pool. Each year he helps organise and run the teams for the southern junior league competitions, as well as other swim meets.

Lead Coach Mark Ovens

Lead Coach – Ben Card

Ben is our lead coach for our Potential squad.

He joined YDSC when he was 9 years old. He swam for the club competitively for several years and was part of the Swim-Mark Network which gave him the opportunity to swim with Taunton Deane Swim Club. This helped him go to British Nationals as part of a relay team. One of Ben’s biggest achievements as a swimmer was winning a Bronze at the ASA/Swim England South West Regionals for the 1500m.

He started volunteering on the poolside with younger squads when he was 13 achieving a Young Volunteer award and carried on helping younger swimmers achieve better skills and better results. 

When he did his Level 1 Teaching award, he started volunteering for the YDSC Learn to Swim programme teaching children at the very start of their swimming careers to have the comfortability in the water and the skills to later join the club’s competitive programme. He then started coaching at higher levels of ability and worked with children in every squad before being made the Lead Coach of Potential and then completing the Level 1 SE Assistant Swimming Coach certificate.

Lead Coach Ben Card

Lead Coach – Michelle Harries

Michelle is our lead coach for the Mini Skills Squad. Michelle is a Level 2 Swimming Teacher and Level 2 SE Swimming Coach and has been volunteering with YDSC since her son and daughter started swimming with the club in 2012.  Michelle loves teaching and coaching, especially the younger swimmers, she get’s so much enjoyment seeing the children progressing through the stages and is always very proud to see YDSC swimmers competing at Counties, Regionals, and Nationals.

Lead Coach Michelle Harries

Coach – Emma Hussey

Emma is one of our very own talented coaches. She coaches in the Potential squads and is a mum of two, with one swimming in the YDSC team. She is also a qualified judge so if she’s not coaching you will usually see her at the swim meets dressed in white with her stopwatch at hand.

Coach Emma Hussey

Coach – Sharon Card

Sharon is a Level 1 SE Assistant Coach who coaches with the skills squad. She is mum of two and both sons are part of the YDSC club. One of her son’s Ben coaches the Potential squad and the other son swims with the club.

Sharon also has the honour of being the YDSC swimming club president and is our figurehead both within and outside of the club.

Coach Sharon Card

Coach – Emma Stacey

Emma first joined YDSC many years ago in 2015, she then left for a few years but found her way back following Covid lockdowns where she has since happily settled into the Performance Squad. Emma is a happy approachable team member who you can always go to for a chat. You can normally spot Emma with a big smile on her face at competitions or poolside at Oxley where she coaches with the younger squads, is a lifeguard and most recently has become a swim teacher!