John Clay Parnell
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.