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 our head coach.

Coaching Staff

John Clay Parnell

Head Coach


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.

Scott Caron

Head Age Group Coach


Scott, a native of Largo , Florida , comes to us from the North Central Florida YMCA, where he was the Aquatic’s Director and head swim coach. With his 16 years coaching experience he has gained an American Swim Coach Association (ASCA) Level 4 certification and is a past president of the Florida Swim Coaches Association (FSCA). In 2001 Scott was USA Swimming select distance camp assistant coach and in 2002 received the ASCA Award of Excellence. In 2003 he was as speaker at the Eastern Coaches Clinic. 

Some of the achievements of Scott’s swimmers include: 4th place girls finish at the YMCA national championships, 7 USA Swimming Academic All-Americans, over 20 college swimmers, 7 high school All-Americans, 2 Florida Swimmers of the Year, 12 Junior National Qualifiers, State Record Holders, YMCA National Record Holder in 5 events, and 2004 Olympic Trial Qualifier. 

Scott coaches our  Gold group with an emphasis on creating a competitive training environment with a keen eye on stroke technique. He is married to Thuy with 2 children, Grace & Hunter.

Jill Rhein



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.