USC Spartans coach (Olympic squad) and Australian Team Coach for the Rio Olympics
Chris Mooney has been fostering the talent of young swimmers for two decades and will travel to the Rio Olympics as part of the Australian swimming team’s official coaching staff.
The national finalist swimmer was taking a break from the sport in 1996 when his former coach, the legendary Dennis Cotterell, asked him to help out coaching his Gold Coast squad for a few sessions each week. Eventually, his assistant role with Cotterell turned into a new career in coaching.
In 2002, Chris moved with his family to Honolulu take up a role at the University of Hawaii. He returned to Australia in 2006, where he had a successful seven-year stretch at Caboolture’s Australian Crawl before moving on to Indooroopilly Swimming Club.
Chris was appointed to his current role as head coach of USC’s High Performance Swimming Squad in April 2015. He was followed to USC by several of his Indooroopilly charges, including Jake Packard, Leah Neale and Taylor McKeown, who he has coached since she was nine. In the past year, the squad has grown to include talented swimmers from the Sunshine Coast and beyond.
Rio will be Chris’s first Olympics as a member of Australia’s official coaching staff. He said he puts the success of the Spartans squad down to a culture based on mutual accountability, positive staff-swimmer relations, and trusting the training processes.