Leanne P Gravel
Head Coach and Team Owner Southern
Maine Aquatic Club 2014 - present.
Former Head Coach Coastal Maine and assistant coach Westbrook Seals
ASCA Level 5 certified for education.
ASCA Level 4 certified for performance.
ASCA Coach of the year for Maine Swimming in 2004 and
Assistant Coach for the 2006 Eastern Zone Select Camp in Annapolis,
Assistant Coach for the 2010 National Select Camp at the Olympic
Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Maine Swimming Board of Directors - Finance Chair - 2016
Maine Swimming Board of Directors - Senior Vice Chair - 2008 -
Maine Swimming Board of Directors - Age Group Chair - 2005 - 2007.
Representative at the Eastern Zone meetings in Florida 2010 -
Maine's delegate at the USA
Swimming National Convention in California, 2013.
Maine's representative at the Western Safe Sport meetings in
Denver, Colorado 2013.
Helped over 45 athletes reach the Sectional, Grand
Prix, Junior National and Senior National levels.
Assisted over 55 athletes get recruited to Division I
Helped another 40+ athletes attend and swim at Division II/III, Ivy
League, and Nescac schools and secured thousands and thousands
of dollars towards their college education.
Produced 7 USA Scholastic All-Americans.
Leanne raised 4 children who all
went on to Division I swim programs. Involved in competitive
swimming for over 40 years, Leanne has established the first
Coach-owned USA team in Southern Maine. Strongly encouraged
and supported by her athletes and families, Leanne is thrilled
about the future of swimming in Maine. She plans to embrace and
guide those families with youngsters looking to take advantage of
all that USA competitive swimming has to offer. Having taught early
on as a Red Cross Swim instructor, Leanne enjoys guiding the very
young and novice athlete all the way up to the Nationally ranked
athlete. Devoted to coaching children of all levels, Leanne holds a
BA in Child Development and Classical Civilization from Connecticut
College and has earned all credits for her MA in Teaching Latin and
Classical Humanities from Boston University.
Frederick W Homans
Assistant Coach and co-founder Southern Maine Aquatic Club
2014 - present
Former assistant coach Penobscot Bay and Coastal Maine
Former Masters Coach at Penobscot Bay, Maine 2008 -
Former Masters Coach in Coronado, CA 1988 -
Maine Swimming Board of Directors - Finance Chair
- 2011 - 2014
Maine Swimming Board of Directors - Admin Vice Chair 2014
Maine Swimming Board
Member - 2016 2010
Maine Swimming Hall of
Fame Inductee 2009
2 X #1 World Rankings as Masters Swimmer,
Competed in German National Team Championships 1983, 1984
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1980 - BA in
2-Time Olympic Trial Qualifier, 1976, 1980
Most Valuable Swimmer at UNC, 1979
NCAA Division 1 All-American at University of North
Co-Captain 2 years and 6 team records at UNC
Co-Captain US Olympic Committee Elite Training Camp,
Co-Captain at USOC Sportsfest, 1979
National Athlete Rep to AAU Conventions
Earned full 4 year swimming scholarship to the University
of North Carolina
Participated in 9 AAU National Short and Long Course
Deerfield Academy - 1976 - 10-time All American, 5 New
Bangor Y Swimmer- 1966 -73 Multiple state state records
Fritz has been involved in competitive swimming
for almost 50 years and is the father of 2 children who also swim
competitively. After a corporate career of almost 30 years
specializing in government contracts in the food and nutrition
industry, Fritz rose to the level of VP of sales and marketing.
During his business career before returning to Maine, Fritz lived
in North Carolina, Southern California, Texas, Connecticut, and
Europe where he continued to swim and coach when time allowed.
Fritz continues to enjoy giving back to swimming
by coaching and supporting his children as they navigate
through the world of age
group and collegiate swimming.
James Michael Gravel
at Central Maine Medical Center 2016 -
and Lifeguard Portland Country Club 2010
and Lifeguard Safety Educators of Maine 2008 -
Division I athlete and scholarship
recipient - LaSalle University 2011
Captain, LaSalle University Men's
Swimming 2013 - 2015
Senior National Qualifier 200
Captain, Coastal Maine Aquatics 2010 -
Multiple State Record Holder - Maine
Swimming 2002 - 2011
Multiple School Record Holder -
Scarborough High School 2008 - 2011
Sectional and Grand Prix qualifier 2008 -
A recent graduate of Division 1 LaSalle
University's School of Nursing, Kip was team captain both his
junior and senior years. As a team leader, Kip also qualified
for Senior Nationals in the 200 IM and specialized in both the 200
and 400 IM's as well as the sprint and middle distance freestyle
and backstroke. A Scarborough High School graduate and former
Maine Swimming member, Kip set many school and state records
for both SHS and MSI. Involved in competitive swimming for 17
years, Kip is thrilled to be back in Maine and hopes to give
back all that he has learned and experienced over the years
as an age group swimmer and then a Division 1 athlete to
the swimmers of Southern Maine Aquatic Club. Assisting with
all levels, SMAC athletes will benefit greatly from Kip's magnetic
approachability, leadership on the pool deck, and
close attention to detailed technique in the
Robert E Gravel
Assistant Coach Southern Maine Aquatic Club 2014 - present
Pine State Senior Technician 2014 - present
Former Assistant Coach Coastal Maine Aquatics 2013-2014
Division I athlete and scholarship recipient - LaSalle University 2010 - 2012
Eastern Zone Select Camp participant - Annapolis, Maryland, 2006
Captain, Coastal Maine Aquatics 2009 - 2010
Multiple State Record Holder - Maine Swimming 2002 - 2010
Multiple School Record Holder - Scarborough High School 2008 - 2010
Maine State High School Record Holder 2010
Swimmer of the Meet - High School State Championships 2010
Bowdoin Open First Place Male Finisher 2007, 2008
Sectional and Grand Prix qualifier 2006 - 2012
Robby has been involved in competitive swimming for 18 years. Always interested in the technical aspects of strokes from an early age, Robby contributes mechanical expertise as well as excitement, enthusiasm, and racing experience. Robby is excited to help us launch Southern Maine Aquatic Club.
Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Zack has over 10
years of experience being a fitness and biomechanics expert.
He holds a degree in Sports Medicine from the University of
Southern Maine. Along with his degree and teaching Zack has
done at the University of Southern Maine, he possesses additional
prestigious certifications such as Functional Movement
Screen, Sport and Exercise Nutritionist, and USA Weightlifting
level 1. Zack enjoys sports of all kinds and the biomechanics
and patterns that are involved with them. Having a background
in athletics and sports has helped Zack apply his knowledge first
hand. The field of fitness and performance is ever changing
and evolving which allows Zack to continue to learn and grow.
In turn, Zack's athletes become durable, stronger, and
possess greater, more sound movement patterns.
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