Head Coach and Head of Recruitment
Ian joined the University of St Andrews as Director of Water Polo in 2007. He had extensive international career playing for Scotland and Great Britain, including competing for GB in three consecutive European Championship Finals and earning 2 National Player of the year titles. Ian has continued his success as a coach and in addition to his Head Coach duties at the University of St Andrews he is also the Head Coach of the Great Britain Junior Women’s Team and previous Head Coach of the Scottish Men’s National Team and Scottish Universities Men’s Team. After 12 consecutive winning seasons at St Andrews, including the National Championship in 2019, two BUCS Premier League titles, two BUCS Trophy titles, six final four appearances at the BUCS Finals and 3 Scottish Cup wins, Ian continues to strive to make St Andrews the top Water Polo University programme in the UK. Ian is a current Board Director at Scottish Swimming and a member of the Scottish Water Polo Committee.
Alison joined our coaching staff in 2016, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience; she has been a Level 2 Swim coach for over 30 years, coaching Step Rock and the Fife Area Squad. Alison is a fully qualified Scottish Swimming judge and starter and certified in First Aid. As well as swimming, Alison helps out with the organisational side of running the club and has worked at St Andrews’ Athletic Union for 21 years. The team is extremely lucky to have Alison on the coaching staff because of her extensive coaching experience and all round great personality!
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Allan has worked within the University’s Department of Sport and Exercise for several years now and brings a wealth of practical training experience to the table. Having competed in several different sports (including football, kickboxing and triathlon) he understands what it takes to compete at a high level.Over the years Allan has picked up many fitness qualifications and has several years experience working as a Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor, before moving into a more sports performance based role. Allan has been an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC), with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008 and continues to attend all the workshop and conferences available, to ensure he remains at the cutting edge of applied research. As well as his work for the University, Allan also works part-time with the Scottish Institute of Sport, as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as working with Dundee United Football Club – providing both field based, and gym based strength and conditioning support.