SwimSwam’s 2018 Swammy Award winner for Oceania Coach of the Year Dean Boxall has proven he has a special connection with his athletes and possesses the ability to conjure the best performances out of the elite talent prolific on his St. Peters Western squad.
Boxall slid into the head coaching role at St. Peters when former head coach Michael Bohl moved on to Griffith University, giving Boxall the lead role at the storied club that Olympic medalist Mitch Larkin and speedsters Jack Cartwright and Clyde Lewis also call home.
Another big name under Boxall’s tutelage is teenager Ariarne Titmus, the Tasmanian titan who accomplished a historic feat at the 2019 world Championships by beating American icon Katie Ledecky in the 400m freestyle. Conquering Ledecky with a winning time of 3:58.76 to the American’s 3:59.97 in Gwangju, Titmus became the only woman to have ever beaten Ledecky in a distance event at a major international competition.
Regarded as an unconventional coach among the Aussie green and gold, Boxall says in the vignette above that he views ‘coaching as an art form.’ The 41-year-old says that it’s all about ‘trying to get the best out of people, people who are aspiring to be the best.’
Titmus attests to Boxall’s effectiveness, stating, “he knows exactly what to do to get the best out of me.”
Hear more about the intense, yet effective bond between Coach Boxall and Titmus in the video, courtesy of Swimming Australia.