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Coaching Staff

Frank Holleman

Head Coach

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For the last 20 YEARS, SAST has been under direction of Head Coach and Club Director Frank Holleman. Coach Holleman came to SAST in August of 1996. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Coach Holleman began his coaching career in the summer of 1981 as Summer League coach for the FORT CAROLINE CLUB FLYING FISH SWIM TEAM OF THE RIVER CITY SWIM LEAGUE. Over the next 6 years, Coach Holleman spent his summers as a summer league coach for The BAKER COUNTY BULLETS OF MACCLENNY, FL.  AND DEERWOOD GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB IN JACKSONVILLE, while his fall and winters were spent pursuing a degree in professional physical education from the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. 
 
 In the fall of 1987, Coach Holleman became the head swim coach at his alma mater, TERRY PARKER HIGH SCHOOL and held this position for the next five seasons. During this period, Coach Holleman became first associated with SAST and served as a Novice/Age group assistant under Head Coach DAVE WILLIAMS. In September of 1992, Coach Holleman became the head coach of the NAVY JAX SWIM TEAM located at NAS JAX. He held this position until December of 1995. After a brief retirement from coaching, Holleman returned to the Saint Augustine area in the summer of 1996 to take over SAST and also serve as Head Coach for Boys and Girls Swimming at Saint Augustine HIGH SCHOOL. Some of Coach Holleman's achievements over the last 20 years: 
 
• Two Time Florida Star Conference Coach of the Year 1995, 1996.   • Qualified over 50 plus swimmers to local LSC, Sectional and Zone Championships. Qualified two swimmers to USA Swimming Junior National in 2014 and 2015.  • Coached two FHSAA State Champions and two NISCA High School All Americans in the 50 plus year history of St. Augustine High School.   • Qualified over 40 plus swimmers to FHSAA Finals including 13 state finalists and two State Champion and two High School All Americans.  • USA Swimming expert for the Vietnam National Team 2012 -2015. Has participated as a member of the Vietnam National coaching staff of the 2012 Asian Championships in Dubai, UAE, and 2013 World Swimming Championship in Barcelona, Spain and 2013 SEA Games in Nyi Pa Taw, Myanmar.  • 2016 recipient of “Pursuing Victory with Honor” Jeff Holt Coach of the Year Award for St. Augustine High School presented by the St.  Johns County School District.

 

Email: swimaugustine@msn.com

 

 

Coach Burgess

Palencia Head Coach

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We are excited to announce Greg Burgess as the new Head Coach for the St. Augustine Cyclones Palencia site! Greg Burgess comes to the team with a wealth of swimming successes and coaching experience. Coach Greg Burgess is an Olympic medalist and a former  All American competitive swimmer. He swam for Bolles High School and later the University of Florida in Gainesville. While in college he set four American records: two in the 200-meter IM and two in the 400-meter IM and was a four-time NCAA champion in the same two events. Coach Greg Burgess is also a two time Olympian representing the US in 1992 and 1996. He won a silver medal in the 200 IM in 1992. 

Burgess joined the US Marine Corps in 1997 where he served two tours of duty in Iraq. Greg has served as an assistant coach for the Amberjax Episcopal Swim team. In 2013, Greg was the head coach for the West Carteret High School in North Carolina. He also coached the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment Swim Team.

Melissa Harmon

Developmental Swim Coach

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Melissa's swimming career began at the age of four when she competed with her first summer league team. While her love for swimming grew, she graduated to competing with the Clearwater Aquatic Club (CAT) which led to swimming in college at Gardner Webb University. While at GWU, Melissa was an NCAA Div. II national champion in the 1,650 yd. freestyle. Other achievements include being a two time Div.II  All American and All Southern States Honors in 2000 and 2001. She was also honored with being inducted into the Gardner Webb Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

During her swimming years, Melissa had the opportunity to coach the Countryside Country Club summer league in 2000; the West Florida Lightning Aquatics in the summer of 2001; and Boiling Springs Hammerheads while attending college in 2000 - 2001. In 2003 she coached with the Orlando YMCA and in 2005 with the Makos Aquatic Club of Gainesville summer league.  She was also an assistant coach with the Palencia Piranhas in 2015-2016.
 
Melissa has been married for 14 years and has three wonderful children, Luke, Ella, and Eden. Her love and passion for swimming remains strong and she looks forward to teaching, guiding, and encouraging each swimmer she has the privilege of coaching.