Coach Profiles 

HEAD Coaches and business directors

Mat TippetT

Nickname: Matty

D.O.B: 21 December, 1972

Place of Birth: Sunshine, Melbourne

Academic Background:

  • Bachelor of Art, Sport Administration (VUT)

  • Master Practitioner Neuro Linguistic Programming

  • MBA (Swinburne University)

  • Level 2 Triathlon Coach

  • Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach

Coaching Highlights:

  •  “20 years of coaching”

  • Coach of multiple Professional Triathletes

  • Coach of over 400 individual IM finishes and 100 first timers

  • Coach of Australian, Asia Pacific, Oceania and World Champions.  


Career Highlights (Pro and AG):

  • Busselton Ironman, 17th overall

  • Busselton Ironman, 3rd in AG

  • Half Ironman Yeppoon 3rd overall, Tasmania 5th overall

  • Swim course record Busselton

Dr Chris Stathis

Nickname: Staph (as in the bacteria)

D.O.B: 16 March 1968

Place of Birth: Coburg, Melbourne

Academic Background:

  • Bachelor of Science (Melbourne Universoty)

  • Master of Applied Science (Victoria University)

  • PhD (Victoria University)

Coaching Highlights:

  • ACSTA Silver License (Performance Coach)

  • Owner and Manager of Elite Swimming

  • Owner and Manager of Essendon District Aquatic

Darren Franken

Nickname: Daz

D.O.B: 20 September, 1968

Place of Birth: Geelong

Academic Background:

  • Advanced Certificate in Automotive Development

  • Level 1 Triathlon Coach

Coaching highlights:

  • Coached 70.3 AG World Champion​

  • Coached Multiple athletes to Ironman 70.3 AG world championships

  • Coached Multiple athletes to World Long course Championships

  • Coached Multiple athletes to Ironman World Championships (Hawaii)

Career Highlights (Pro and AG):

  • Busselton Ironman 8th, Ironman Japan 6th, Ironman China 16th

  • Northern Territory long course 2nd

  • Cairns Half Ironman 2nd, Yeppoon 3rd, Gold Coast 4th, Tasmania 6th



Nickname: Manda Pants

Place of Birth: Leongatha, VIC

Academic Background:

  • Level 1 Triathlon Coach

Career Highlights: (Current)

  • Ironman Asia Pacific Championships Cairns 2018 - 8th Professional female

  • Ironman 70.3 Taupo 2018 - 5th Professional female

  • Ironman Dublin 2017 - 3rd Professional female

  • Ironman 70.3 Pescara 2017 - 5th Professional female

Stephanie Demestichas

Nickname: Stephy D

D.O.B: 26 August, 1994

Place of Birth: Melbourne

Academic Background:

  • Bachelor of Creative Arts, Visual Arts (Deakin University)

  • Level One Triathlon Coaching Course  

Career Highlights (Elite & Pro):

  • Ironman 70.3 Geelong 2016 – 15th Professional female

  • Ironman 70.3 Ballarat 2016 – 11th Professional female

  • Challenge Shepparton 70.3 2016 – 7th Professional female

  • Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney 2019 – 8th Professional female

  • Ironman 70.3 Geelong 2020 – 12th Professional female

Program coach

corey webster
Junior program Coach

Nickname: Corza

D.O.B: 09 November, 2000

Place of Birth: Carlton, Melbourne

Academic Background:

  • Studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science – Sports Practice (VU)

  • Foundation level triathlon coach

Career Highlights:

  • 2019 Australian World Champs 15-19 AG team

Swim coaches

Marcus Blake
advisory swim coach

Nickname: Cus / Marco

D.O.B: 28 December, 1993

Place of Birth: Sunshine, Melbourne

Academic Background:

  • ASCTA Bronze Licensed Swim Coach

  • Currently Completing a Double degree Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Commerce

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • ACT Certificate of Secondary Education (with Honours)

Dom Scholtes
head swim coach

Nickname: The Big D

D.O.B: 13 September, 1994

Place of Birth:  Melbourne

Academic Background:

  • ASCTA Bronze Licensed Swim Coach

  • Bachelor Exercise Science and Sport Performance

  • 6 Years High Performance Swim Coaching

Career Highlights:

  • Top 20 in Australia 50m Freestyle and Breaststroke

  • 100m Breaststroke PB 1.03.24

  • 100m Free PB 52.18

  • 200m Free PB 1.56.94

  • 400m Free PB 4.07.3

  • Competed Commonwealth Games/Olympic Games/World Championship Trials



Raeghleigh Harris

Academic Background:

  • Honors Degree in Human Movement/Sports Management

  • Certified Triathlon Coach in Australia and the USA

Mitchell Reiss

Academic Background:

  • BS in Kinesiology

  • USAT Level 1 and

  • ASCA Level 2 Coach

Mike Davis

Academic Background:

  • USAT Level 1 Certified coach