NZL Swim Management Team

NZL Swim & Phoenix Aquatics have a wealth of experience in their Management Team. From young swimmers just starting out through to Olympic level competitors, we can provide the perfect combination of technical expertise and practical know-how to optimise the performance of every swimmer

David Lyles

Director and Head Coach

David Lyles has been an International swim coach for Great Britain, China and New Zealand and has a wealth of experience coaching club and age group swimmers through to senior and International athletes.

He has been a Head Coach at club, University and National training centre level as well as being Head Coach to a professional provincial team in China. After starting coaching whilst still at University, David took his first coaching job in 1989 and in 1992, qualified his first swimmer on an Olympic team – a feat he repeated at 6 consecutive Olympics between 1992 – 2012.

Having started at club level, David was given the opportunity to help set up and develop a new scheme at the University of Bath in South West England in 1997. With a brand new facility and the ability to attract top swimmers, it was not long before the centre was home to the first British Swimming National training centre.

After coaching 20 International swimmers and producing finalists at both the Sydney and Athens Olympics, a unique opportunity arose to coach in China. Working for the Shanghai sports bureau, David was selected to lead the Shanghai provincial team in 2007, a move that saw Shanghai named as top team at the Chinese National Championships every year from 2008-2012. Success came quickly, and aside from his team duties, Coach Lyles achieved a 100% success record, with all 9 of his swimmers gaining selection for either World or Olympic teams between 2010 -2012.

With 7 swimmers coached onto the China team for the home World Championships in Shanghai 2011 and 5 swimmers selected for the 2012 London Olympics, David Lyles was a constant member of one of the worlds’ biggest and strongest swim teams.

With 7 medals from 5 different swimmers at World Championships (2010 + 2011) and Olympic Games it seemed as if the mission was completed and so a new challenge was required which saw David take up a position with Swimming New Zealand.

As head coach to the NZ National training centre, David oversaw a transitional period where a number of promising youth swimmers moved to Auckland with almost immediate success; several were selected for the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, winning 2 medals in the process. At the same time, the more established senior members of the squad broke over 10 New Zealand national records as well as the first World Record by a Kiwi swimmer for a number of years. In addition, New Zealand swimmers won Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the first World Championship medals in the pool for a generation in 2013.

David was proud to serve as New Zealand coach at the 2013 & 2014 World Championships as well as the 2014 Pan Pacific Games, and 2014 & 2018 Commonwealth Games.

As Director of NZL Swim and Director of Coaching for Phoenix Aquatics, David’s goal is to help coaches and swimmers improve standards of swimming performance by providing them with the very best in swim coaching. In just a few years, a number of swimmers have gained International recognition whilst training with the NZL Swim scheme including competing at the World Championships, World University Games and Commonwealth Games.


Bridget Maher

Aquatics Manager

Bridget has been involved in swimming for most of her life as both a competitor, teacher and coach. She excelled in distance races and made finals at the New Zealand Senior Championships every year from 2008-2015. She also won medals at National level both in the pool and on the Open Water circuit.

Her domestic prowess led her to represent New Zealand at the Hong Kong Open Water World Cup and the Oceania Championships in 2014.

Bridget holds a Certificate in International Sports Studies as well as a Bachelor in Sport & Exercise (Coaching) and is a Bronze Level accredited Swimming New Zealand coach.

Bridget has worked for NZL Swim since they opened in 2016 and played a pivotal role in the development of both the squad system and the Phoenix Aquatics club.

She brings a wealth of experience, passion and knowledge to her workouts and lessons and works at all levels from Improver lessons to competitive Age Group squads and Masters’ swimming.


Luke Hadfield

Senior Swim Teacher

A former club swimmer, Luke has a real passion for working with young children and helping them develop to the best of their ability, whether that be in the pool or classroom. After completing an Early Childhood Education course at University, he has been heavily involved in childhood and youth work having worked across a range of areas supporting young people. Formerly an assistant in the Special Needs Department at Northcote College, Luke has been a swim teacher since 2013 and joined NZL Swim at its inception in 2016.

He works across both Learn to Swim & Junior Squads bringing a range of experiences to the job. Luke holds qualifications in Basic first aid, Child protection, pool safety & supervision and OSCAR behaviour guidance. He also has the Swimming NZ Swim Teacher certificate with an additional qualification in teaching children with special needs.

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