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Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Leanne P Gravel

Head Coach

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Leanne Gravel 
Head Coach and Team Owner Southern Maine Aquatic Club 2014 - present. 
Former Head Coach Coastal Maine and assistant coach Westbrook Seals 2000-2014.
ASCA Level 5 certified for education. 
ASCA Level 4 certified for performance. 
ASCA Coach of the year for Maine Swimming in 2004 and 2006. 
Assistant Coach for the 2006 Eastern Zone Select Camp in Annapolis, Maryland. 
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 - 2016. 
Maine Swimming Board of Directors - Age Group Chair - 2005 - 2007.  
Representative at the Eastern Zone meetings in Florida 2010 - 2015. 

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 programs. 
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

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Fritz Homans ­

Assistant Coach and co-founder Southern Maine Aquatic Club 2014 - present

Former assistant coach Penobscot Bay and Coastal Maine 2007-2014

Former Masters Coach at Penobscot Bay, Maine 2008 - 2010

Former Masters Coach in Coronado, CA 1988 - 1990

Maine Swimming Board of Directors - Finance Chair  - 2011 - 2014

Maine Swimming Board of Directors - Admin Vice Chair 2014 - 2016

Maine Swimming Board Member - 2016 2010

Maine Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee 2009

2 X #1 World Rankings as Masters Swimmer, 2008

Competed in German National Team Championships 1983, 1984 SSG Erlangen

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1980 - BA in Business

2-Time Olympic Trial Qualifier, 1976, 1980

Most Valuable Swimmer at UNC, 1979

NCAA Division 1 All-American at University of North Carolina

Co-Captain 2 years and 6 team records at UNC

Co-Captain US Olympic Committee Elite Training Camp, 1979

Co-Captain at USOC Sportsfest, 1979

National Athlete Rep to AAU Conventions 1978-1980

Earned full 4 year swimming scholarship to the University of North Carolina

Participated in 9 AAU National Short and Long Course Championships

Deerfield Academy - 1976 - 10-time All American, 5 New England Records

Bangor Y Swimmer- 1966 -73 Multiple state state records and championships

 

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

Assistant Coach

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Kip Gravel

RN at Central Maine Medical Center 2016 - Present

Swim Teacher and Lifeguard Portland Country Club 2010 - 2015 

Swim Teacher and Lifeguard Safety Educators of Maine 2008 - 2011

Division I athlete and scholarship recipient - LaSalle University  2011 - 2015

Captain, LaSalle University Men's Swimming 2013 - 2015

Senior National Qualifier 200 IM   2015

Captain, Coastal Maine Aquatics 2010 - 2011

Multiple State Record Holder - Maine Swimming 2002 - 2011

Multiple School Record Holder - Scarborough High School 2008 - 2011

Sectional and Grand Prix qualifier 2008 - 2013 

 

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 water.   

Robert E Gravel

Assistant Coach

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Robby 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. 

Zack Davies

Strength Coach

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Zack Davies

A Certified 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.

“Fitness and wellness are not a trend they are a lifestyle! Be healthy and well.”

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