The Coaching team
Dave Brayer: Head Coach (BTF Level 3)
My aim is to help people reach their goals and enjoy the sport of triathlon. I have focused
more specifically on swimming as it tends to be the biggest area holding people back. I also
coach at a number of other clubs across other sports to keep me up to date with new thinking
and widen my coaching expertise. I completed the 3 day Swim Smooth Coach Education Course (Loughborough) and follow the Swim Smooth coaching philosophy.
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Numerous, including a sub 2:20 at Blithfield Olympic.
Worst Tri Moment: Barton Marina Sprint in June. A huge thunderstorm with hailstones
and high winds, the air temperature dropped to 7 degrees. I froze on the bike, the hailstones
were like needles in my arms and face. My fingers were so numb I couldn’t get my bike helmet
off in T2 and for the whole run I couldn’t feel my feet. Post race, hypothermia was rife in the
Waterfront. Hot chocolate was the greatest after race drink I have ever had.
Something you might not know: After running the Tamworth 10k in 2008 I had to walk / jog the last 4k due to a reoccurring knee injury. On a visit to a local sports injury specialist I found
out I have flat feet! I now wear orthotics – biomechanics solved.
Warren Simms: BTF Triathlon Coach
Aim: As an enabler for MVH Triathletes to achieve more and stretch further, delivered through the following principles:
Equality: Continue to build a culture that recognises and supports individual abilities.
- Increase the access to greater coaching knowledge from within MVH and through working with other clubs, coaches and volunteers.
- Supporting triathletes in setting realistic development targets to achieve
- their own performance objectives.
- Our direction is easily understood and relevant
- Identifying what coaches are needed and making it accessible to all participants
- Delivered with a positive focus on safety, a participant centred approach, to have fun.
- Volunteering: Embracing a culture of asking people to get involved, nurturing and supporting our coaches. Volunteer and professional
Member since: 2007
Favorite Triathlon distance: Ironman
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Competing in an Ironman, challenging myself both physically and mentally. One of my most memorable life achievements.
Steve Herriman – BTF Triathlon Coach
I have been taking part in cycle racing since I was a schoolboy and fancied a new challenge, so in 2008 I learnt to swim and started (painfully) running.
I enjoyed Triathlon so much I completed Ironman Regensburg in 2011 which was one of the most memorable things I have ever done. I now love passing on my experience and knowledge to people new to Triathlon and I obtained my Level 2 Triathlon Coaching qualification in 2013.
Member since: 2008
Favorite Triathlon distance: Olympic & Half Ironman
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Completing Ironman Regensburg
Sarah Clark – BTF Triathlon Coach
Favorite Triathlon distance: – it changes…
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Crossing the line in Antwerp 70.3, smashing my PB and being oooh sooo happy!
Phil Harrison – BTF Triathlon coach
I have taken part in many sports over the years but have settled on Triathlon and enjoy the variation of training the three disciplines bring, particularly cycling and open water swimming.
I obtained my Level 2 Triathlon coaching qualification in 2013 and really enjoy helping others achieve their potential across the three sports with MVH Tri Club.
Member since: 2008
Favourite Triathlon distance: Olympic
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Completing Ironman Nice in 2009.
Steve Lindridge – BTF Triathlon coach
Lynn Nesbitt – BTF Triathlon coach
Aim – To encourage and support triathletes of all ages and abilities.
Favorite Triathlon distance:
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Competing for GB in Spain 2011. Completing Outlaw half in 2014 and IM Staffordshire 70.3 in 2015
James Hooley – ASA Assistant Swim Teacher
Took an interest in triathlon after over a decade of laziness. Having been a sprint swimmer as a child and playing rugby throughout my teenage years, the transition to endurance sport has been an unnatural but rewarding challenge.
I obtained my ASA qualification in 1997 whilst teaching lifesaving & swimming with the Ripley RASCALS. My teaching/coaching experience was on hold for many years but I am now really enjoying helping all members with their skills and confidence in the water.
Member since: 2012
Favourite Triathlon distance: Not widely marketed as yet…..it involves a really long swim, a 40km bike and a 400metre run!
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Crossing the finish line at IM Staffs 70.3.
Additional Swim Support Coaches for 2016/17 – See update here
Martin Hurdman – Lead Swim Coach 2017 season
Jason Jones – BTF Coach
Hilary Johnson – BTF Coach
Chris Keegan – BTF coach /ASA swim teacher