Coaches

Ivan Bunakov Aquatics Director

Coach Ivan Bunakov joined Nexus in 2014, aiming to build the strongest competitive swimming community in Singapore. Combining his decade worth of experience in teaching and competitive coaching in various countries and his background as a programme developer, he has provided Nexus with a successful and vibrant swimming curriculum. In a short time, the program has produced many Singapore National Age Group (SNAG) medalists, ACSIS medalists and record holders, and has ranked Nexus in the top division of international schools. Coach Bunakov has also extended the Elite Swim Programme that has grown impressively and delivered many high performance athletes.

His extensive coaching experience in the international field, and the achievements of his athletes in swimming, have also helped him to receive the highest coaching certification of Level 5 from the American Swimming Coach Association (ASCA). Whilst coaching in Qatar, Coach Bunakov was an assistant coach for Kimiko Raheem who represented Sri Lanka in Rio 2016 and Sam Dailey who represented Great Britain in many international events and broke many national age group records. Working at Nexus, Coach Bunakov has had the opportunity of bringing his swimmers to European Junior Championships and FINA World Cup events.

Coach Bunakov’s philosophy: Swimming is another tool which helps me to build up outstanding young people with great self-confidence, values and passion. In his free time, Coach Bunakov enjoys fishing and playing with his two boys over the weekends.

Adrian Ong Competitive Coach

Coach Adrian Ong has had more than 18 years of experience developing swimmers to competitive level and holds the National Coaching Accreditation Program (NCAP) Level 3 certificate for theory and technical. He has also been awarded by the Singapore Swimming Association with a FINA Level 2 certificate and is a qualified deep water workout instructor from Mississippi State University. Being a registered Master swimming coach with the National Registry of Coaches and member of the American Swim Coaches Association, he joined our Nexus Swim Team in 2017. His passion is to support his swimmers to their fullest swimming potential with a fun and innovative approach. 

Dhill Lee Competitive Coach

Coach Dhill was a member of the Philippine National Team between 2004 and 2014. He is a butterfly specialist swimmer who had competed in many international events. Dhill’s best achievements are the finals of the FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha 2014, bronze medal at the South East Asian Games in 2011, winner of multiple medals and record holder at the Arafura Games 2011 in Australia.

Coach Dhill has produced a number of Junior National swimmers who represented the Philippines at the SEA Age Group Championships between 2011 and 2019.

 
Larisa Mogutova Developmental Coach

Coach Larisa is one of Nexus' key contributors to the school's rapidly growing swimming programme and is currently leading the Primary swimming curriculum. Her energy and background as a former national swimmer have inspired many young learners to pursue the sport. Her accreditation with American Swimming Coaches Association provides her with a clear understanding of the LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) standards and the importance of being passionate for the sport. As a mother of two, Larisa believes that learning swimming through play and guided discovery is the best for our little swimmers. She was a member of the Russian National Team from 2003 to 2008 and her best achievements include 5th Place in the FINA World Cup 2006, 1st place in the LEN Olympic Days of Europe 2003 held in Paris, Junior European Record as a member of the Russian Relay Team, 3rd place in the Junior European Championship 2004 held in Budapest.