Head of Sport – Jesse McInnes
As College Head of Sport, Jesse McInnes oversees one of the largest school sports programs in Australia including over 3000 students in the Associated Public Schools competition. Jesse is passionate about sport education and providing an exceptional experience for all students in the sporting field.
Jesse has held numerous senior management roles most recently as Head of Middle School at Wesley College. Prior to joining Wesley College, Jesse led several school sporting departments as well as being a professional cricket coach. He has taught Physical Education in schools for 20 years and has a thorough understanding of the APS system and sporting pathways for students.
Tim began as Head Coach of Athletics and Cross-Country in 2009. Tim has coached the Girls First Athletics team and Girls First Cross-Country team to seven consecutive APS Premierships respectively and the Boys First Cross-Country team to three consecutive APS Premierships.
Other achievements include:
- Athletics Australia National Distance Coordinator, 2006 to 2012
- Australian Team Coach at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships for four years.
- Australian Team Distance Coach at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Osaka (2007), Berlin (2009) and the Beijing Olympics (2008)
- he represented Australia at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Düsseldorf (1977) and Madrid (1981)
- former junior Australian 1500 metre record holder and national junior 1500 metre champion.
Michelle began as Head Coach of Badminton in 2003. She has more than 40 years’ experience as a player, coach, administrator and educator. Michelle coached the Girls Firsts team to Wesley’s APS Badminton Premiership in 2019 and 2003.
Other achievements include:
- member of the Australian Badminton squad
- represented Victoria for 10 years at Junior and Open level
- winner of five Australian junior titles, four Victorian junior titles and one Victorian open title.
Lori Chizik began as Head Coach of Basketball in 2002.
- national Basketball team assistant coach at the Rio Olympics (2016) winning bronze and at the 2014 World Championships in Turkey
- Australian U17 team assistant coach competing in the World Championships in Czech Republic (2013)
- Head Coach in the Women's National Basketball League
- first female to coach in the National Basketball League
- basketball commentator for the ABC for 10 years on the WNBL game of the week
- played her university basketball in Canada and represented Canada on the international stage.
Michael Beer is the Head Coach of Cricket. Michael has been at Wesley College since 2015, working as a specialist coach in the cricket program and as a teacher at the St Kilda Road Campus during 2018. He is a left-arm orthodox spin bowler.
- former Australian Test cricketer
- Victorian and West Australian Sheffield Shield player
- former Big Bash League player with the Melbourne Stars.
Brent Thiele is the Head Coach of Football and First XVIII Coach and Senior VCE Physical Education teacher at Wesley College. Brent is a passionate and experienced coach who prides himself on developing and caring for his students.
- Strength, Conditioning and Development Coach for the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup
- AFL Victoria coach since 2009
- Under 17 AFL State Futures Head Coach
- High-Performance Level 3 accredited AFL coach.
Clare Whittam began as Head Coach of Gymnastics in 2004 and has also coached diving and softball. Clare played softball and baseball at state and national levels from 1996 to 2010, but her coaching passion is for gymnastics, which she strongly believes provides a great grounding for all sports.
Lachlan Anderson began as Head Coach of Hockey in 2009. He coached the Boys Firsts Hockey team between 2002 and 2008 and taught Physical and Health Education as well as Psychology at Wesley from 2009 to 2016.
- current Victorian Under 21 team coach
- coach of the Men’s VIS team in 2015 and 2016
- coach of the Victorian Under 18 team in 2012 and 2013
- played for five years in the Australian Hockey League, Australia's premier national domestic hockey competition
- General Manager of High Performance Hockey Victoria since 2016.
Marg Molina is a Wesley netball icon and has been Head Coach of Netball since 1993. Marg is an experienced educator and coach who is highly regarded nationally and international in the sport of netball.
- Australian National team manager, taking the Diamonds to Commonwealth Games silver in Melbourne (2006) and Delhi (2010) and Netball World Cup titles in Auckland (2007) and Singapore (2011)
- played 14 Tests as goal shooter in the national team to win the 1971 Netball World Cup in Kingston, Jamaica, and the 1975 Netball World Cup in Auckland.
Jaime Fernandez has been Head Coach of Rowing at Wesley since 2009.
- three-time Olympian and a member of the silver medal-winning Men's VIII at the Sydney Olympics (2000)
- Head Coach of Rowing Australia’s national Junior, Under 21 and Under 23 teams
- Rowing Australia board member, Chair of Rowing Australia's Athletes Commission and Head of Coaching Development during the London Olympics
- Australian Olympic Committee Rowing Team Leader for the Rio Olympics (2016)
- Rowing Australia’s Deputy High-Performance Director since 2012 with oversight of the High-Performance Pathway Program, and Rowing Australia's strategy for Australian athletes studying in the United States.
Darren has been the Head Coach of Soccer since 2013.
- international coach for Manchester United Soccer Schools from 2004 to 2007, coaching in Hong Kong, Dubai, the United States and the United Kingdom
- head Coach for the Victorian Girls team in 2011 and 2012, and awarded the Assistant All Star Coach in 2011 and the All Star Head Coach in 2012
- head Coach for the National Training Centre and interim Head Coach of Melbourne Victory in the W-League in 2012.
Joanne Paez has been the Head Coach of Softball since 2010.
- coached Victorian junior and senior state teams from 1999 to 2008
- specialist coach of Victorian Under 16, Under 19 and Under 23 teams
- represented Australia from 1971 to 1982 as a pitcher.
Janine Bates became Head Coach of Swimming in 2019 and has been at Wesley College since 1997 as a Physical and Health Education and Mathematics teacher. Janine led the Girls APS Swimming Team to nine Premierships from 1992 to 1995, 1997 and 2012 to 2015. Her success in the APS Competition was rewarded by her selection as Girls APS Representative Swimming Team Coach in 2018.
- competed in swimming at state and national levels and was a Victorian state age record holder in 1987
- represented Victoria and the Australian Country Water Polo Team.
Lauren Breadmore joined Wesley as Head Coach of Tennis in 2018. Lauren is also the CEO of XSOAR Perform, a Melbourne-based peak performance company. XSOAR partners with Wesley to deliver extra-curricular tennis programs including a High-Performance Tennis Program. In 2019 Lauren led the Wesley Girls Firsts Tennis team to the premiership.
- 20-year career as a professional tennis player, athlete mentor, high performance coach and a Board Member of the Australian Davis Cup Tennis Foundation
- competed on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and International Tennis Federation professional tennis circuits for 10 years in more than 50 countries
- played in five Grand Slams at the Australian Open and reached career-high rankings of number one in Victoria, four in Australia and 221 in the WTA.
Kelly joined Wesley College as Head Coach of Volleyball in 2019.
- Kelly is currently the starting setter for the Australian Women’s National Volleyball team and has been a part of the national program for the past 3 seasons.
- attended university on scholarship in the US where she captained Parkland College to a straight set National Championship completing 57-0
- awarded a full scholarship to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 program at the University of Tennessee
- Kelly played for the Melbourne University Blues volleyball team in the Australian Volleyball League and claimed gold in the 2018 championship
- permanent Head Coach at the Greater Melbourne Volleyball Academy, coaching both junior youth and top age athletes.
Sean joined Wesley as Head Coach of Water Polo in 2019. At Wesley, Sean aims to develop and deliver a water polo strategy that encourages progression from engagement and participation through to highly competitive and enjoyable gameplay.
- represented the state in an U12 Victorian team and several U14, U16 and U18 Club Nationals tournaments, and for the Victorian U20s State Team at age 16
- selected as co-captain for the APS Representative team in 2016
- currently plays for Richmond Tigers in the State League 1 competition
- coached and managed teams ranging from metro-U14s through to U18 Club Nationals and now focuses primarily on delivering Richmond’s Junior Academy program.