Our Coaches

Shaping our Generation


Our passionate coaching team, led by Richard Scarce brings both a high level of coaching expertise and dedication to all the Club’s swimmers. This team and their energy, enthusiasm and knowledge has created an enviable team culture and is the driving force behind who we are.



Richard Scarce – Head Coach

Richard joined Miami in May 2021 and is a current Australian Dolphin Coach with responsibility for a number of Australian Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games swimmers. Richard is a SAL platinum-level coach who has been a resident on the Gold Coast throughout his coaching career. Most recently, Richard led the development and growth of Bond University Swimming Club over 6 years and prior to that at Palm Beach Currumbin and Southport pools.

Paul Crosswell – Age National Squad Coach

Paul Crosswell joined the Miami coaching team in September 2022 and is an Advanced License Coach with close to 15 years of experience in coaching athletes from junior to senior levels.  Paul was the Head and High-Performance Coach at Hobart Aquatic for close to 10 years and was responsible for the progression and performance of over 200 swimmers.  During this time, Paul placed several athletes on Australian Junior World and Pan Pac teams, as well as on Australia A teams and most recently the ‘Duel in the Pool’ team.  Paul has had consistent success at National Age and Open levels, placing numerous athletes into finals and on to podiums.   Paul has also been involved with numerous National Flippers Camps.  Having managed a Learn to Swim Centre in addition to his coaching duties, Paul is well versed in developing athlete pathways right through from Learn to Swim to High Performance.

Raelene Ryan – Head Coach Age and Open Water programs

Gold level licensed Coach Raelene joined Miami Swimming Club in 1997 as the National Age coach and has helped many of her swimmers to State and National medals. Raelene took over as Head Coach from Denis Cotterell in 2016.
Raelene has travelled with teams as Head Coach for Swimming QLD, the Fisher and Paykel Queensland Development Squad, and Swimming Australia Junior Dolphins Open Water team.
She has also acted as Manager on numerous International Teams including the PAN PAC team (Victoria, Canada & Irvine, USA), World Youth Games and the World Cup (Singapore).
Raelene was also appointed as a coach to the Commonwealth Youth Games Team (Pune, India).

Laura Matthews – State Development Squad Coach

Laura joined the Miami coaching team in 2021 and is experienced beyond her years, gaining strong experience under good coaches at St Rita’s in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast Grammar and St Andrew’s on the Sunshine Coast.  In her time at Miami, we have seen her swimmers achieve strong improvements and attain medals at club state and school national levels.

Mark Jordan –Junior, Bronze & Adult Squad Coach

Mark Jordan has been with Rackley Swimming since early 2018. Mark has over 15 years of coaching experience and has Australia ASCTA Silver (“Advanced”) and America ASCA Level 4 Coaching Accreditations.

Mark had extensive coaching experience in America prior to moving to Australia in 2017. He was the Head Coach of a club in Washington State for 6 years. Prior to his coaching in Washington, Mark was a development coach for 5 years at a high-level program in California, working with Juniors to Silver level athletes. Mark was an elite level swimmer in America and trained with World Record Holders and Olympians while swimming in high school and college. He loves swimming, still training, and competing, regularly in pool and open water.


Provider Partners

Miami Swimming Club coaches are employed by Rackleys Swimming and provide Miami Swimming Club with tailored swimming programs for each squad and individual swimmer.

City Venue Management (CVM) is the facility manager of the Miami Aquatic Centre. CVM is contracted by City of Gold Coast (CoGC) to manage the facility and provide support for Miami Swimming Club.