YSF Swimming

 YSF Swimming

John M. Spire


Director of Competitive Aquatics & Head Coach

John M. Spire serves as Director of Competitive Aquatics for the YMCA of South Florida and is the Head Coach of YSF Barracudas Swim Club.

Mr. Spire has been involved in aquatics either as a swimmer, parent, and/or coach for over 40 years.

As a competitive swimmer, he is one of the few individuals who was named an All American Swimmer in high school, college (NCAA) and masters swimming. Mr. Spire has held swimming records from the Florida Gold Coast (Age Group) to World FINA (Masters).

In addition to serving as Head Coach for the YMCA Barracudas (YSF), Mr. Spire is Head Coach for Cypress Bay High School, in Weston, Florida. Since joining the Cypress Bay coaching staff the swim team has participated in every State Championship series meets and were 2005 Boys State Champs and runner-up in 2007.

In YSF’s first year of having an aquatics program, Mr. Spire had two swimmers qualify for the YMCA National Championships. One of his swimmers finished 10th place in the 100 yard Butterfly. In the history of the YMCA Nationals this was the first time that a South Florida team and swimmer attended and swam in the finals. Mr. Spire has coached numerous All Americans, Junior Olympians, and Junior & Senior National Qualifiers. In addition, 2014 one of YSF’s Swimmers qualified and swam in FINA World Short Course Championship in Doha, Qatar.

Mr. Spire is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is a certified swim coach with USA Swimming, and YMCA of the USA and a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA).

Marc Gallet


Lead Swim Coach - Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center

Marc Gallet serves as the Lead Swim Coach for the YSF Barracudas Swim Club at the Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center.

Mr. Gallet has been involved in swimming almost his entire life.   He started swimming as an age group swimmer and received with a swim scholarship with Broward Community College (Broward College).                  .

Mr. Gallet has been involved with the YMCA for over 20 years and served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Hollywood YMCA for approximately 15 years. In 2009, he was asked to take over the swim coaching duties at Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center.  Between 2009 and 2014, he has coached the Greater Hollywood YMCA swim team to numerous South Florida Recreational League Championships.  Many of his swimmers have broken records in the league that still stand today. In 2014, the South Florida Recreational Swim League named Marc R. Gallet - “Coach of the Year”.

In 2015, a new era was started at the Greater Hollywood YMCA with the swim program joining the YSF Barracudas and USA Swimming. With Mr. Gallet’s leadership the combined teams placed third (3rd) in the 2015 YMCA Florida State Championship Swim Meet.

Mr. Gallet, in addition to his YMCA duties, is also the head swimming coach at Chaminade-Madonna Preparatory High School.

Mr. Gallet graduated from the University of Florida in 1982 with a degree in Business Administration.  He is a certified swim coach with USA Swimming, YMCA of the USA and a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA).       

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