Steven McQuillan   Head  Coach

Level 3 Swim Ireland Senior Coach,  UKSCA Strength & Conditioning, REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer, British Weightlifting L2 Coach

Steven joined COB in May 2017 . He has long been involved in swimming in Ulster and Ireland at the top level and is a professional coach with 12 years experience.

As a swimmer he represented and captained Ulster and Ireland, winning over 20 National Championship titles; he was Head coach of Invictus and Alliance Swimming Clubs; and at his strength and conditioning facility, Crossfit Castrum, he and his team of coaches trains many of Ulster & Ireland’s top swimmers- as well as a number of our own swimmers. Previously Stephen was a full time athlete competing at World level as an Elite Athlete. Steven loves all things fitness related, cooking and nutrition.


Iain Chisholm   Age Group Squad Coach

Level 1 Teaching Aquatics, Level 1 Coaching Swimming, NRASTC Lifesaving Award

Iain is an ex-Irish National Squad member and still holds multiple Ulster and Irish relay records. He has won a number Ulster and Irish Championships and has been a British Youth Finalist, with success coming in events such as 100 & 200 freestyle, 200 butterfly and 100 and 200 IM. Swimming has allowed Iain to travel within Europe to multiple National Training Camps and to compete in FINA World Cup meets against some of the best in the world.

Iain has been a member of City of Belfast for upwards of 17 years, where he has trained and competed before coaching. He took a break from swimming in 2011/12 to live and work in America for a year and on his return took up a coaching position here in September 2013.

He works as a Civil Engineer in Belfast.

Outside of swimming Iain played waterpolo for Ulster Schools and enjoys all forms of outdoor pursuits including surfing, wakeboarding, fishing and camping.


Eimear Brown Junior 2 Squad Coach

Level 2 Teaching Aquatics, Level 2 Coaching Swimming, NRASTC Life Saving Award

Eimear has been coaching since 2009, she is an ex-Irish National Squad member and was an Ulster Breaststroke Champion. Eimear also took on the role as Programme Director of Straight2swimming from the beginning of September 2014 and is extremely passionate about this project. She completed a degree in Sports Science in 2013 and hopes to go on to study to be a P.E teacher. She also has an obsession with Converse trainers.


Rebecca Foreman Junior 3 Squad Coach

Level 1 Teaching Aquatics, Level 1 Coaching Swimming, NPLQ Lifeguard

Rebecca is an ex-Ulster Squad member who competed for City of Belfast during her time as a competitive swimmer, she has qualified for numerous Irish senior finals in events such as 50 and 100 Freestyle, and 50 and 100 Butterfly  She started coaching in April 2013, and from September 2014 also assists Eimear in the Straight2swimming project.

Rebecca was also an all-Ireland Netball champion in 2010. She is an avid Ulster Rugby fan and can often be found at Ravenhill on a Friday night. She is currently completing a degree in psychology with the hope to direct her further education towards sports psychology.


Mark Angus Performance Squad Coach

 Swim Ireland Level 2 Coach, Swim Ireland Level 2 Teacher, National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, National Beach Lifeguard Qualification

Mark has been coaching since 2009 and joined the City of Belfast team in Sept 2015. As a coach he has coached swimmers through to regional and national level.  As a swimmer he  swam at National level and represented Ulster.

He has also: Represented the Irish Triathlon Junior Squad; represented  Northern Ireland at the lifesaving Commonwealth Championships in Canberra, Australia 2013 and also represented  Great Britain lifesaving squad internationally on multiple occasions at international and world level competitions.

As well as being passionate about swim coaching he Mark is a very busy man away from the pool – his interests include  Crossfit, triathlon, ultra-distance running and Olympic weightlifting! Mark is a gradate from  Queens with a BSc in Finance.

Dara Hamill

Dara Hamill Junior 1 Squad Coach

Level 2 Teaching Aquatics, Level 2 Coaching Swimming

Dara joined our coaching team at the end of 2014 having previously worked at Lisburn City Swimming Club as Learn-to-Swim instructor from 2008-2010.

She studied Law at Cambridge University and during her time there captained Christ’s College Swimming team and represented the university in both swimming and waterpolo.

Outside of swimming Dara has just started a job as a Project Manager for IT company Concentrix.  She also has a passion for charity work and manages a new sports education charity called “The Rickshaw Sports Project”. Through this charity, in 2013, she assembled a team of students from her university and delivered a specifically designed sports programme to over 200 children across India and Nepal. She hopes to continue work like this in the future.


Stephen McKay  Coach

 Level 2 coaching Swimming, NRASTC Lifesaving Award, St. Johns Ambulance First Aid Award

Stephen Has been a coach at City of Belfast since 2012. He is a former Ulster and Irish Schools Swimming Champion, a former RLSS Ulster and Irish Junior Lifesaving Champion and a former triathlete at Olympian Triathlon Club competing at a national level.

More recently he has been a medallist at the 2012 and 2013 Ulster Masters Swimming Championships.

Outside of swimming Stephen was a successful GAA Minor, winning 3 County Armagh Gaelic Football Championships. He also currently coaches at ST. Brigids GAC.


Sean Androulakis  Teacher

STA Level 2- Aquatics Teaching

STA Level 2- Aquatics Teaching (Special Needs)

Sean moved from Crete to Northern Ireland last year. He is a Sport Science graduate from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, specializing in Swimming and Special Needs Education.

After swimming competitively for nearly 12 years in his home town, he has coached for the Swimming Club of Heraklion, Crete as well as for Panionios Swimming Club, Athens. Sean has worked with children with special needs in Athens, for over 3 years.

Prior to working for our club he was a Presidential Guard (Evzonas) for 8 months in Athens. This September he’s planning on doing an MSc in “Sports and Exercise Nutrition” at Ulster University.

You will spot Sean from a distance as he is 6′ 9″. Sean works with our Development and Junior squads.


Gavin McGuken Teacher

Level 2 ASA Teacher

Gavin is former competitive swimmer and coach with Cookstown SC and has also coached more recently as a full time swim teacher in Dubai. Gavin is also a keen rugby player for Harlequins RFC. Gavin joined City of Belfast this season and currently coaches our Junior 1 squad.