Head Coach Profile

Head Coach – Alan Cardwell

Alan Cardwell

Alan has been coaching at senior levels most of his adult life in the business environment. His specialism in lean sigma techniques have taken him all over the world working on projects to improve business performance. Alan’s process engineering background is a big factor in his thinking in that ‘All work is a process’ and that ‘what gets measured gets done’ and these principles are directly applicable to improving sporting as well as business performance.

 Alan is still a competitive triathlete having been involved with the sport since 1993 and his knowledge of racing is both deep and insightful. Having worked with some of the UK’s top triathlon coaches, Alan understands the benefits and pitfalls of having a coach.

Triathlon coaching was a happy accident with the development of first Lanark Multisport, then Fusion Triathlon Club and ultimately Lanark Triathlon Club. The club needed coaching resource and it seemed obvious that Alan should assist the then head coach. As head coach at Lanark, Alan has designed and delivered literally thousands of sessions over the last few years ensuring that anyone who is willing to participate fully enjoys triathlon to the full and improves.

 2 years ago Alan was selected to take part in a Swim Smooth coaches education course that has seen him become a real swim geek and enthusiast. October saw Alan travel to the Swim smooth base in Perth, Western Australia to take part in 2 weeks of fully immersive coach education – paving the way for accreditation and Swim Smooth certified status in March of 2013.

 2010 saw Alan undertake his first 1-2-1 coaching assignment and gradually athletes have asked for help with the current squad of 12 being prepared for the coming season. The squad is a real mix – girls and guys at different levels from novice, wanna be IM, experienced IM to Age group world championship medallists.

 As a coach, the continual theme is that the more you think you know, the more you realise you have to learn, so this is simply the beginning and Alan looks forward to continue learning and helping people live their dreams in sport.

2 Responses to Head Coach Profile

  • Hey Alan,

    All the best with this venture. If there is anything at all, and I mean at all that I can help you succeed with, just let me know and I’ll drop everything and come running, well walking.

    I really hope this all goes well for you. Your talent is endless and you will get the support from athletes across Scotland and beyond.

    Best Wishes
    The Fat one

  • Matthew Hartley says:

    Alan is quite simply an Inspiration. His boundless energy and enthusiasm in your relationship with him manifest themselves so well that you barely know how he gets so much done with apparently so little information. He simply loves a challenge and will not stop until he has a solution – determination, tenacity and overall desire to succeed are palpable from the first time you meet him.

    Congratulations on the Swimsmooth coach status Alan



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