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.
Erin E Shanahan
Assistant Coach - Pre-Senior
An ASCA Level 2 certified coach, Erin has been an invaluable member of the PPS coaching team since 2014. Erin began swimming at age seven and swam D1 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she was named team captain her senior year. After graduating in 2001, Erin became a high school teacher and started her coaching career. She has held assistant and lead group coaching positions at a number of swim clubs and high schools in the New England LSC. In addition to coaching for PPSC, Erin teaches high school English at Kennebunk High School and is mom to four children.
Assistant Coach - Age Group II
Coach Lauren started swimming at the age of 5 with the YMCA of Lewiston Maine. She has always loved being near and in water and trained and competed with PPSC, the Portland YMCA, and Deering High School. Earning her BS in Biology from University of Southern Maine, she worked many years in the field of pharmacy, but felt that something was missing. So, she went back to her first love of water and now works for the City of Portland Aquatics Division as the Aquatic Leader. Lauren and her husband live in Limington with their two dogs and three cats.
Assistant Coach - Futures
Colleen helps coach our Age Group I swimmers and is also the Aquatic Supervisor for the City of Portland. Her past coaching positions include: Head Coach of KVYMCA Stingrays, Assistant Coach for Seacoast Swim Club, Co-Head Coach for TCST, Head Coach for West Roxbury/Roslindale YMCA and Assistant Coach for Leatherstocking Swim Team. Colleen's competitive swimming experience includes: Leatherstocking Swim Team as an age-grouper; St. Michael's College as a DII student and swimmer; and continues to compete as a member of Maine Masters Swim Club. Colleen lives in Lewiston with her husband and two children.
Jennifer Marie Delmonte
Assistant Coach - Age Group I
Jen has been a member of the Portland Porpoise coaching staff for 20 years! She became an assistant coach in the fall of 2000 and was head coach from 2005-2008. Since then, Jen has been working with our Age Group 1 swimmers. As a Level 1 certified swim coach, Jen feels "it's important to encourage all children to learn to swim through competitive swimming". She shares her love of the sport with her three children, two of whom hold Maine Swimming (MESI) records. In spring 2020, Jen received the ConocoPhillips Outstanding Service Award by Maine Swimming in honor of her 20 years of dedication to the sport.
Erin Anne Gagnon
Assistant Coach - Futures
Ben was one of those kids that never wanted to leave the water, and spent entire summer days at the local swimming pools where he grew up. Having moved from Seoul, Korea to Philadelphia, New York, Vermont, Oregon, San Francisco, and now Portland, ME, swimming has been central to Ben's life ever since he can remember. After earning a BA in English Literature at San Francisco State University, Ben took on the role of managing pools for several years at aquatic facilities in California and Oregon. As an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor Trainer, Ben is passionate about drowning prevention and strives to promote the benefits swimming has to offer on our physical, mental, and communal well-being.