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Coaches & Directors
We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.
Coaching Staff

John Clay Parnell

Head Coach

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Head Coach Clay Parnell coaches Senior 1 & 2 and one of the Age Group training groups and oversees all aspects of Patriot Aquatics. With over 35 years of coaching experience and over 15 more of competitive experience as a swimmer, Clay is able to draw from a wealth of background in relation to swimmers of all ages.

Over the years Coach Parnell has kept this program going under circumstances that would have ended the career of most coaches. Under the most limiting of circumstances he was able to continue to produce outstanding performances from the state record holders to nationally ranked competitors.

Coach Parnell is originally from Ft. Myers , FL and attended the  Bolles School in Jacksonville for six years before earning a scholarship to Auburn University . Coach Parnell graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Business Management. 

Coach Parnell draws from his experience as a swimmer under many prestigious coaches including Randy and Eddie Reese of the University of Florida & Texas , both Olympic Coaches.

Over the years Coach Parnell has received the Florida Swimming Senior Coach of the Year, Florida High School Coach of the year, Southeast coach of the year and 1990 was nominated with 7 others for the National High School Coach of the year. Coach Parnell has served as the President of the Florida Swim Coaches Association and on the Florida Swimming Board of Directors.

Csaba Gercsak

Gold Group Coach

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Jill Rhein

Blue Group Coach

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Jill, a former Patriot Aquatics and Lk Brantley High School All American and State Champion swimmer, has been coaching with us since 2010. Jill brings a lot of energy to her coaching , and works with all of our training groups.

Steve Metzdorf

Red Group Coach

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Jill Rhein

Stars & Stripes Group Coach

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Jill, a former Patriot Aquatics and Lk Brantley High School All American and State Champion swimmer, has been coaching with us since 2010. Jill brings a lot of energy to her coaching , and works with all of our training groups.

John Clay Parnell

White Group Coach

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Head Coach Clay Parnell coaches Senior 1 & 2 and one of the Age Group training groups and oversees all aspects of Patriot Aquatics. With over 35 years of coaching experience and over 15 more of competitive experience as a swimmer, Clay is able to draw from a wealth of background in relation to swimmers of all ages.

Over the years Coach Parnell has kept this program going under circumstances that would have ended the career of most coaches. Under the most limiting of circumstances he was able to continue to produce outstanding performances from the state record holders to nationally ranked competitors.

Coach Parnell is originally from Ft. Myers , FL and attended the  Bolles School in Jacksonville for six years before earning a scholarship to Auburn University . Coach Parnell graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Business Management. 

Coach Parnell draws from his experience as a swimmer under many prestigious coaches including Randy and Eddie Reese of the University of Florida & Texas , both Olympic Coaches.

Over the years Coach Parnell has received the Florida Swimming Senior Coach of the Year, Florida High School Coach of the year, Southeast coach of the year and 1990 was nominated with 7 others for the National High School Coach of the year. Coach Parnell has served as the President of the Florida Swim Coaches Association and on the Florida Swimming Board of Directors.