Our Coaches

Barry Tindall – Head Coach

Barry is a qualified Level 3 coach who has been involved at MSC for 15 years.  Qualified to the old ASA Club Coach L3 in 2007 & upgraded this to the UKCC L3 in 2011, Barry became Head Coach at MSC in 2008.  Barry was part of the initial Nottinghamshire Talented Coaches programme in 2010 & assisted Mansfield NOVA development coach for 6 years.  This wealth of experience has helped produce many National swimmers over the years.  Barry’s coaching philosophy revolves around treating people with respect, & getting them to positively believe in what they can do as opposed to worrying about what they can’t do.

What got you into coaching and why Mansfield Swimming Club. My children were swimming for MSC & I liked to get involved with their activities – I am also a Level 2 Gymnastics Coach as a result.

Favourite thing about being a coach. Developing youngsters in a positive way!

Favourite swimming stroke. Why pick 1 when you can have all 4!!

Favourite food. Italian.

Favourite television programme. 8 out of 10 cats

Dave Baguley

What got you into coaching and why Mansfield Swimming Club. As a parent I was asked to help to see what I thought and since then moved onto coach level 2, timekeeper, judge level 2, president of the club and a coach at Nova county squad for the past 8 yrs or so. Not bad for someone who learnt to swim at 25.

Favourite thing about being a coach. To see a child achieve as much as they can and see they grow into fine young adults and be able to say I played a very small part in that.

Favourite swimming stroke. Breaststroke because it is the most technical and both my children are pretty good at it.

Favourite food. Love Italian and Chinese food.

Favourite television programme. Top Gear, A League of their own and Only Fools and Horses.

Dave O’Keefe

What got you into coaching and why Mansfield Swimming Club. Having been involved in sport all my life, decided to give something back by coaching and the sport I chose was Swimming, always warm sometimes wet! My son’s were both swimming at the time and still do.

Favourite thing about being a coach. I really enjoy the interaction with the swimmers and really pleased to see them progress their swimming and develop as individuals.

Favourite swimming stroke. No favourite stroke. Fly is not natural but looks fantastic when done technically correct.

Favourite food. Like most food so no favourite food as such, just do not want to see a fish on my plate with head and tail, that is just wrong. Maybe fish and chips from Frenchs fish and chips shop in Wells-Next-The-Sea, they are brill.

Favourite television programme. Enjoy watching Crime Dramas along with Pro-cycling (spend too many hours watching cycling) and of course Swimming.

Rob Broadfoot

What got you into coaching and why Mansfield Swimming Club. I got into coaching because I used to swim competitively and I wanted to continue to be involved within the sport. I am a keen fitness fanatic and enjoy working with young swimmers to ensure they continue to enjoy keeping fit, both in the present and future.

Favourite thing about being a coach. Is seeing the swimmers develop and improve from the small pool all the way through to competitive swimming. I also like the random and funny conversations that I have with swimmers.

Favourite swimming stroke. My favourite stroke is breaststroke.

Favourite food. My favourite food is Italian but I also love eggs.

Favourite television programme. My favourite TV programmes are all sporting events, especially Rugby League (if I can say that)


Grahame Hempsall                                                          


Keith Shaw

I have always enjoyed swimming and started with Mansfield Swimming Club when my children began with the club 30+ years ago.
I went on to complete a preliminary teachers, full teachers and preliminary club coaches course. I also used to officiate at Galas as a qualified timekeeper, judge and starter. After a break I then started coaching again when my grandchildren joined the Club.

Favourite aspect about being a coach: Hopefully helping the swimmers to improve their strokes and technique and watching them progress.

Favourite stroke: Breaststroke

Favourite food: I enjoy all types of food and love trying anything new.<p) <p=””> Favourite TV programmes :I especially like TV dramas, Sporting Events and Have I got news for you.

Rob Cummings