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Head coach, Taylor Smith 

Assistant Coach, Tejas Nayar(Junior Squad, National Squad)

Development Coach, Ruvini Fransisco (White Squad, Senior Squad)

Development Coach, Jennifer Dayrit (Black Squad and Learn to Swim Co-ordinator)

Development Coach, Katia Fisenko 

Assistant Coach, Andrew "A.J." Fell  (JAG Squad, Green Squad, Black Squad)

Assistant Coach, Lim Boon San (JAG Squad)

Assistant Coach, Elon (Swim For Speed Squad)

Assistant Coach, Meredith Novack (JAG Squad, Junior Squad, White Squad)


Development Assistant Coaches

TBC for 2019/2020

Head Coach - Taylor Smith


Taylor Smith joined UWCSEA East in 2012 bringing with him many years of experience in both swim teaching and coaching at the highest level.  A former Scottish International swimmer, he helped to build one of the most successful private learn to swim programmes in the UK.  A programme which has since produced Commonwealth medalists, World Championship and Olympic Team members.  Taylor has worked as Director of Swimming in Asian International schools for many years and has been instrumental in the recent success of the UWCSEA Dragons swimmming programme.  The Dragons have won every international school title in Singapore and are the reigning SEASAC Champions, a title which they retained from 2013.  In a very short space of time the swim programme has produced Singapore National champions, SEASAC record holders, Scottish age group medalists, British/Australian Age Group and World Cup qualifiers.  Taylor hopes to use recent success as a building block for the swimming team at UWC and believes doing so will be down to the coaches.  Smith is confident that the coaching team at East have the experience to rival any programme in the world, which is what they intend to do.


Assistant Coach - Tejas Nayar (Junior Squad, National Squad)


Tejas has won several Indian National level medals in swimming and is audaciously passionate about the sport! He ranked Number 1 in Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching Course conducted by National Institute of sports (NIS), India. Tejas has a string of coaching certifications to his name, the most imminent one being a "Diploma in Coaching" from Australian Sports Academy (ASA). He has also been honoured a certificate of completion for Level 3 course by American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). On the educational front he holds a Graduate Degree in Business Administration.  His coaching began in Bangalore, India where he has trained children from the ages of 6 till 15 and also helped them win regional level contests. He moved to Kuwait and has been a part of the Elite Swimming Team and has been instrumental in bringing about a lot of victories to his students.  Being a competitive swimmer himself he is passionate about coaching & developing swimmers of different ability levels. He is keen to improve their technique, fitness and thus their performance in the water. He takes this opportunity of working with UWCSEA as a challenge and aims to develop quality swimmers and hone their skills.

Development Coach - Ruvini Fransico (White Squad, Senior Squad)


Ruvini joins the Dragons with over 15 years of coaching experience ranging from Learn to Swim and development, through to National level athlete development. Coming from Manila, Ruvini is a former National level swimmer and fell in love with the sport during his years in secondary school.  A passion for both swimming and teaching allowed Vinie to pursue a career as a swimming coach after graduating from college. He is a WSCA certified level 2 coach.  Ruvini has been workig in the International school fraternity for the past 3 years and in Singapore for 8 years. He aims to share his knowledge and expertise with White Squad and will also be involved with the Junior Plus and Senior Squads.

Development Coach - Jennifer Dayrit (Black Squad, Learn to Swim Co-ordinator)


Coming from the Philippines, Jennifer Dayrit is a former elite swimmer winning several gold medals from national championships. She was a member of the National swim squad and holds the age record for a number of backstroke events.  Jennifer has a bachelors degree in Physical Education and was a swimming instructor at Brent International School Manila for 7 years.  She has taught children of all grade levels the joy of swimming, and has coached competitive swimmers as well. Jennifer moved from Brent to take a role at Raffles Town Club Swimming, where she was the Aquatic Director for 5 years. Jennifer is very honored to be part of the UWCSEA East Dragons and is looking forward to share her swimming passion with the Team. 


Assistant Coach - Katia Fisenko 


Katia hails from Ukraine, and is a former Ukrainian National team swimmer. She competed and meddled at numerous National and European championships in the 200 and 400 freestyle events. Katia was at the National University of Ukraine swimming team and was National University Games champion for 3 years running (2013,2014,2015). She has bachelor degree in of Sports and Physical Education and was previously coaching in Kyiv at the Sport School for 3 years. Katia has experience of teaching and working with children of all ages from babies to national team members. She moved in Singapore in 2017, and began working with the St. Andrew’s School, where she coached learn to swim to competitive level athletes. Katia is very excited and looking forward to be part of the team here at UWC East! 


Assistant Coach - Andrew "A.J." Fell (JAG Squad, Green Squad, Black Squad)


Born and brought up in South Africa, A.J. has been involved in swimming from age seven. In his twenty-three years of swimming he has been a regional champion in three states, represented his country twice and was placed 29th   in the world at the peak of his swimming career.  A.J. began coaching 14 years ago and has been involved with all levels of swimmers from toddlers to internationally recognized elite athletes including Olympic gold medal winners and World Record holders.  His coaching career started in South Africa where he worked at 3 high profile clubs. In Kenya A.J. opened his own company and worked as a Consultant / Swimming Coach for various international schools in the region. In The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he had a very dynamic role in the managing, consulting and implementation of national programmes for the Olympic committee. He is constantly looking for holistic approaches to develop future athletes into champions of the sport and Life!  A.J. stated "It is great to be a part of a community at UWCSEA that shares my same vision as, swimming is my heart, my soul and my passion"

Assistant Coach - Lim Boon San (JAG Squad)

Assistant Coach - Elon (Swim for Speed Squad)

Assistant Coach - Meredith Novack  (JAG Squad, Junior Squad, White Squad)

An American open water swimming stand out and former professional triathlete, Meredith brings a wealth of knowledge to the squad as both a competitor and coach.  Meredith is an internationally recognised adventure swimmer and has a World Record in Channel Swimming.  She represented the United States at the World University Games and had the honour of being voted on USA Triathlon's Athlete Advisory Council.  Meredith has coached college, club and Masters swimming for more than 14 years.  She has shared the pool deck as a coach with respected camps and teams including the University of Texas, Harvard, North Dakota, Fort Lauderdale Aquatics and the University of Hawaii.  She has helped guide swimmers and triathletes to more than 100 National Titles.  
A master motivator, Meredith has spoken on sport in Europe, Australia, South America, Asia and the U.S.A.  She loves bringing out the best in people and helping them reach their next level!