New Coaching team for Dolphins

Chris White

It is with regret that we announce the retirement of the Dolphins head coach, Chris White, who is leaving the swimming pool after nearly 20 years of service.

Chris has been ever present since 1999, starting as a lifeguard and working his way up to pool manager. In recent years, Chris has reduced his hours to focus on training the top swimmers at the pool with great success.

A full tribute to Chris’s contribution to the success of Shirley Pool can be read here.

Chris has made no secret of his desire to work with senior swimmers and increase his experience of coaching, having worked with younger swimmers for so long. He is due to take up a position with the senior squad of a competitive club in February.

“I’ve put in a good shift at Shirley Pool which has been a real success story. They are a fantastic group of swimmers and I would like to thank everyone for their support and wish all at the pool the very best for the future.”

Swimmers, staff and management are all grateful for his years of dedication and wish him every success in the future.

Matt Heathcock

GB & Dolphins coach Matt Heathcock

Great Britain coach Matt Heathcock began coaching the Southampton Dolphins last month alongside Chris, Clodagh, Rob and Collette. Having coached at the highest level of swimming, Matt is returning to his roots and hometown of Southampton to continue coaching.

He will lead the new and existing coaches of the Dolphins in an exciting redevelopment of the club structure that will see a clear pathway defined for the talented swimmers from the swim school to the International stage.


Shirley Pool remains committed to teaching and coaching children and providing every opportunity to fulfil potential through Southampton Dolphins Swimming Club.