London Roar of ISL Name Coaching Team, Captains for 2019 Season

The London Roar of the International Swimming League (ISL) have announced 5 coaches and 6 captains for the inaugural 2019 season of the league. The 5-member coaching team (with out an appointed ‘head coach’) is significantly bigger than those we’ve seen announced by the American teams, which have thus far put forward 2-or-3 member staffs.

Balazs VirthFred VergnouxPeter BishopMelanie Marshall, and David Lush are the ‘coaching team’ for the London Roar. Each has current athletes who are members of the team:

  • Balazs Virth – coach to London Roar team member Boglarka Kapas. Virth has also coached Olympic champions Daniel Gyurta and Eva Risztov, among many other internationals.
  • Fred Vergnoux – coach to 28-year old Mireia Belmonte, an Olympic gold medalist. Vergnoux is currently is based at the National Training Centre in Barcelona where he is National Head Coach. He is also a former head coach of the British Olympic Team.
  • Peter Bishop – head coach of the South Australian Sports Institute and coach of Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers. Also coached Hayden Stoeckel to Olympic medals and Matthew Cowdrey to legendary status with 23 Paralympic medals, including 13 golds.
  • Melanie Marshall – coach to Olympic and World breaststroke champion Adam Peaty along with his London Roar team mate Sarah Vasey. Marshall has been awarded British Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year 4 years running and currently coaches at Loughborough.
  • David Lush – former coach to Olympic medallist Emily Seebohm, who recently moved to train with Michael Bohl. Lush is also the coach of current London Roar swimmer Minna Atherton.

The team has also named 6 swimmers as co-captains, with different athletes picking up the torch for different meets. Having a roster loaded with Olympic champions, it made sense for the team to spread out its captaincies for different events, but the Roar are also expected to be hit hard when the British team goes to a training camp in Arizona, making the rotating captaincy a necessity as well.

The Roar are scheduled to compete in Lewisville, Texas on October 19th & 20th; Budapest, Hungary on October 26th & 27th, and London on November 23rd & 24th. See the full 2019 schedule here.

Full London Roar for the 2019 ISL Season:

Men Women
Kyle Chalmers Minna Atherton
Alex Graham Holly Barratt
James Guy Mireia Belmonte
Yuri Kisil Bronte Campbell
Finlay Knox Cate Campbell
Vini Lanza Jess Hansen
Cameron McEvoy Holly Hibbott
Adam Peaty Boglarka Kapas
Kirill Prigoda Emma McKeon
Duncan Scott Taylor McKeown
Elijah Winnington
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor
Matthew Wilson Jeanette Ottesen
Christian Diener Sydney Pickrem
Sarah Vasey
Marie Wattel

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4 years ago

is Prince Chalmers ready to roar, or is he still out of the water?

4 years ago

David Lush is also coach of London Roar member Minna Atherton

4 years ago

Do they have a male backstroker? London’s male medley has some real potential.

Reply to  Thomas
4 years ago

Christian Diener looks like the only one

Bo Swims
Reply to  FLSwimmer
4 years ago

Finlay Knox is a well rounded IMer. He is only 18 and swam a 52.7 SCM at Ontario Jr International last December while he was still 17. He just moved from his club coach to HPCO. He might get put in that role…

Chris Ritter
4 years ago

If you don’t know much about Fred – he’s a great and insightful coach. Really enjoyed having him on the Swim Coaches Base Podcast –

4 years ago

Any idea why a team would need so many coaches? It just seems like these teams will spend so little time together that any actual coaching is likely to be minimal.

Reply to  Troyy
4 years ago

Wel it’s a networking opportunity as well.. get to learn new tricks of the trade from each other

They will have a kick ass mixed relay though with Duncan Scott and Kyle chalmers and Campbell sisters onboard

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