Head Coach / CEO
Head Coach Phil Kraus joined GPAC beginning with the short course season in the Fall of 2007 and is an ASCA Level 4 certified coach for USA Swimming and an ASCA Level 3 certified coach for NCAA DI Swimming. He also is a US Masters Level 2 certified coach.
Since joining GPAC Coach Kraus has helped guide 6 swimmers to Senior National Time Standards, 16 swimmers to Junior National Time Standards and 29 swimmers to Senior Sectionals Time Standards. Eight GPAC athletes have also been named to USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-America Teams, onto the Open Water SES Zone Team and numerous athletes to the SES Zone Team. Additionally, Kraus was selected to coach at USA Swimming's Zone Select Camp in the Spring of 2010 and as the Southeastern Swimming Coach of the year in 2015.
Coach Kraus’ most recent position prior to joining GPAC was as Assistant Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach at the University of South Carolina. Kraus coached for eight years at the collegiate level and during that time, Coach Kraus’ college athletes achieved a high measure of success. All told, 19 All-Conference competitors, 17 individual Conference event winners, 8 NCAA Qualifiers, 3 Olympic Trial Qualifiers, 5 All-Americans, 8 Academic All-conference selections and 5 Academic All-Americans have called Phil their coach.
Coach Kraus is a native of Indiana and is a graduate of Ball State University where, among his academic and athletic achievements, he was a four-year letterman on the men’s swimming and diving team. His undergraduate degree is in secondary education, with a minor in Aquatics: Teaching/Coaching. He has also served as a camp counselor/swim coach at several swim camps including Huskie Swim Camps (Northern Illinois University), Total Performance Swim Camps (Kenyon College), Swim with the Stars Swim Camps and Auburn Tigers Swim Camps under the tutelage of David Marsh (Multi-time Olympic Coach and Head Coach of SwimMAC).
Coach Phil is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Southeastern Swimming serving as the General Chair. He has served on the Board of Directors of Pensacola Sports, an organization that fosters and encourages sports in the Northwest Florida Region, since 2012 and is currently the vice-chair of events. Kraus also serves on the Board of Directors of SEASTARS Aquatics, a local non-profit swim team who serves economically, physically and mentally challenged individuals. Additionally, Phil is one of the co-founders of Water and Youth Safety Pensacola Inc, a non-profit organization that holds Water Safety Day events for 2nd grade students in Escambia County.
Coach Kraus, his wife Anne and their son, Kouper, reside in Pensacola and are excited and proud to be a part GPAC.
- Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club ~ Head Coach & Chief Executive Officer ~ 2007-Present
- University of South Carolina ~ Assistant Men’s & Women’s Swim Coach ~ 2005-2007
- Swim with the Stars Swim Camp (Emory University) ~ Counselor & Coach ~ 2005
- Total Performance Swim Camp (Kenyon College) ~ Counselor & Coach ~ 2002 & 2003
- Miami University ~ Assistant Women's Swim Coach ~ 2001-2005
- Auburn Tiger Swim Camp ~ Counselor & Coach ~ 2001-2005 & 2007
- Northern Illinois University ~ Assistant Men's & Women's Swim Coach ~ 1999-2001
- Lebanon High School ~ Head Swim Coach & Dive Coach ~ 1998-1999
- Woodland Country Club ~ Assistant Coach ~ 1993 & 1994, Head Swim Coach ~ 1995-1999
- Lebanon Middle School ~ Head Swim Coach & Dive Coach ~ 1998
- Delta Middle School ~ Head Swim Coach ~ 1997
- Muncie Northside Middle School ~ Volunteer Dive Coach ~ 1996
- Greenfield Central High School ~ Volunteer Swim Coach ~ 1995
- Pendleton Swim Club ~ Assistant Swim Coach ~ 1991 & 1995
Head Age Group Coach
Coach Greg Johnson began
his GPAC career in September 2010. During his time in
Pensacola, he has made a huge impact on the GPAC program. He
has had numerous Southeastern Swimming and Age Group Sectional
Qualifiers. One of his athletes was named to the Open Water
Zone Camp in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Another
swimmer finished in the Top 10 nationally in the summer of
2014. Coach Greg was also the Head Zone Coach for
Southeastern Swimming in the summer of 2015 and assistant coach in
2016. Greg also serves as a member of the Board of Directors
for Southeastern Swimming since the Fall of 2015 as the
Diversity and Inclusion Chair.
Prior to GPAC he had 7
years of professional coaching experience, the first four as
an assistant with the North Carolina Aquatic Club and UNC. At NCAC,
Coach Greg was the assistant Senior coach, working primarily with
13-15-year-olds. In addition, he assisted UNC with the middle
distance group, and butterfly/backstroke groups under the tutelage
of Randy Erlenbach and the legendary Frank Comfort. In his years in
Chapel Hill, Coach Greg assisted with and developed NCAA
qualifiers, ACC Champions, 4 Senior National qualifiers, 8 Junior
National qualifiers and dozens of sectional qualifiers, as
well as multiple state qualifiers, and North
Carolina state champions. Greg also coached four summers
at UNC Swimming camp.
From 2007-2010 he served
as the Head Coach of Carter Center Aquatics and North Cross
School in Roanoke, Virginia. In his tenure he producing
several state champions, Junior National qualifiers and his first
U.S. Open qualifier. He also implemented a SwimAmerica
learn-to-swim program at North Cross and is a certified Program
Coach Greg currently has
Level 3 certification from the American Swim Coaches
Coach Greg grew up in North Carolina and is a graduate of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a B.A. degree
in Journalism & Mass Communication with a concentration in
Public Relations. Coach Greg also was a 4-year letter winner for
the Tar Heels from 1998 to 2002 where he specialized in Distance
Free and the Butterfly and was a 2002 ACC finalist in the
200-yd Butterfly. Prior to his professional career, Coach Greg cut
his teeth coaching several different summer league teams in both
his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC and in Chapel Hill.
Coach Greg, his wife, Samantha, and sons, Oliver and
Everett enjoy weekends away from the pool by taking trips to
the beach and camping at Ft. Pickens in their 1986 VW Westfalia
Roland Gregory Davis
Assistant Swim Coach
Coach Davis joins
the GPAC coaching staff in the fall of 2017, is a ASCA Level 5
certified coach and has served on the Board of Directors of
Southeastern Swimming as the Senior Vice Chair.
most recent position prior to joining GPAC was as the Head Coach
and CEO of the City of Mobile Swim Association. Greg also
served as the Head Age Group Coach with CMSA when he first arrived
in Mobile. CMSA was named a bronze medal or a silver medal
club under USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program each year
he coached at the club. He has also held coaching positions
with Swim Kauai Aquatics in Hawaii, San Jose State University and
Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics.
During his coaching
career Coach Davis’s swimmers have achieved at a high
level. His athletes have been USA Swimming National
Champions, over 75 have achieved NAG Top 10 Times, there have been
Olympic Trials Qualifiers, Senior & Junior National Qualifiers,
Junior National Champions, LSC Champions, LSC Individual &
Relay Record Holders, USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans, High
School State Champions, NISCA High School All-Americans, and USA
Swimming Open Water National Qualifiers. Several athletes have been
selected to attend training camps including USA Swimming's National
Junior Team Camp, National Select Camp, Zone Select Camp, and
Diversity Select Camp.
For his efforts
Coach Greg has been named to the National Junior Team Coaches list
and served on the National Junior Team Camp Coaching Staff.
He also served as a coach for USA Swimming National Select
Camp and on a USA Swimming Southern Zone Select Camp. He was
named as a Coach of Excellence in 2014 by ASCA and was selected the
Southeastern Swimming Senior Coach of the Year in
Greg hails from
Palo Alto California and graduated from the University of
California at Davis where he majored in Exercise Physiology and
minored in Sports Psychology. He grew up swimming and was a
High School All-American, School record holder, USS Junior National
Finalist, USA Senior National Qualifier, NCAA Finalist and
married and lives with his wife Chelle, along with their
four children (Russell, Michael, Peyton and Ella
Assistant Age Group Coach
Coach Alex Gillespie
coaches the White, Blue, and Green Groups as well as Masters
style brings out the best in his swimmers and he has a distinct
talent for instilling a love and appreciation for the sport in even
his youngest athletes. He provides a strong foundation for
his swimmers to move up and become successful southeast conference
age group competitors.
brings a wealth of knowledge to his athletes as a former GPAC
swimmer himself. During his competitive tenure with GPAC, Alex was
a two-time Southeastern Champion in the 100 meter
breaststroke. He was also a state high school finalist,
Junior National Qualifier, and earned a place on the Florida State
All-Star Team in his junior and senior years. He was a NCAA
Division I Mid-Major Scholarship Swimmer for the University of
Louisiana in Monroe.
Alex and his
wife, Allison, reside in Pace. Their son AJ was born in June
Assistant Senior Coach
Coach Kevin started coaching with GPAC in
the Summer of 2013.
Coach Kevin has been a Physical Education teacher
at R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School since 2001. He coached youth
soccer for nine years and received multiple soccer coaching
certifications. He also has previous coaching experience with
Milestone Aquatic Club when they had their own
While in Erie, Pennsylvania, he gained coaching
experiences with the McDowell Trojans High School Swimming and
Diving team, the Learn to Swim Program, and swam there with the
Master’s team. In Edinboro, PA he taught swim classes for
homeschool students. Kevin has earned three degrees with a Physical
Education BS, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; a Physical
Education MS, University of West Florida; and a Physical Education
Ed.S. and Coaching Graduate Certificate, Florida State University.
is presently enrolled in the Ed.D. Program in
Physical Education & Health at UWF.
Coach Kevin has a Level 2 Certification from the
American Swim Coaches Association.
Coach Kevin and his wife, Sarah, reside in
Pensacola with their three children, Kobi, Korbin and Kiley. The
Menser trio all compete with GPAC and train at
Assistant Swim Coach
Jade started with GPAC in the summer of 2017. Jade is a
marine biology and Spanish student at the University of West
Florida. She swam competitively for 15 years for Sunkist Swim
Team in MS, Blackhawk Area Swim Team in IA, and the UWF Argos.
in distance and IM events, becoming a state finalist,
sectionals qualifier, and earning Academic All Conference for
UWF's team. In coaching, Jade hopes to instill the same love for
swimming that her coaches have instilled in her. Technique and
drill work are my favorite aspects to build a swimmers' feel for
the water and help with
Assistant Swim Coach
Coach Emily started with GPAC in the Spring
of 2018. Emily has been competitively swimming since the age
of four. As a Florida native she was a USA Swimming Scholastic
All-American (2010-2014), a two-time FHSAA Individual State
Champion (100 breaststroke: 2012, 2014 ), a Junior National
Champion (200 breaststroke: 2014), a USA Junior Pan Pacific Bronze
Medalist (200 breaststroke: 2014), a World Championship Trials
Qualifier (2013) and a USA Olympic Trials Qualifier (2012). Upon
graduating from high school, Emily chose to swim for a Division I
program at The University of Michigan where she achieved a
full-scholarship. She became a University of Michigan all time
school record holder (100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 and 400 medley
relay), a four-year letterman winner, a three-time BIG Ten
Champion, and an NCAA All-American Honorable Mention. Emily also
attended Olympic Trials and World Championship Trials for the
second time in her career in 2016 and 2017.
Emily graduated from the University of Michigan
with an undergraduate degree in The Program in the Environment and
dual minors in Sustainability and History of Art. In addition, she
achieved 2017 and 2018 Academic All-Big Ten Awards and 2015-2018
University of Michigan Academic Achievement Awards.
Supplementary to Emily’s background as a
student-athlete, she also has experience coaching with the
University of Michigan/Wolverine Competitive Swim Clinics
(2015-2018) where she helped adolescent swimmers learn technical
efficiency, stroke development, and fostered a team-building
Coach Andrew began
coaching with GPAC in the fall of 2012. Coach Hancock
moved to Pensacola to be the Head Womens's Coach for the University
of West Florida Argonauts. His full coaching biography can
be found on the the Argos website.
Swim School Director
Jordyn has lead our
Swim School Program since the Fall of 2017.
Jordyn pursued competitive swimming until the end of Middle
School. She swam for GPAC for about 7 years and then
Brown Barge Middle school team for 3. Swimming is her favorite
sport and freestyle is her favorite stroke. Jordyn is currently a
dual enrollment student at Pensacola State College.
She will be graduating from High School from PSC with my
general AA at the same time as her HS class of 2018. Upon
graduation she plans on staying in Pensacola to further pursue
her schooling. Jordyn's first job was with GPAC as
a swim school instructor and she has taught all
levels of swim school. However she enjoyed instructing
intermediate the most as she feels that it leans towards skill and
Prior to coming to work
for GPAC, Kami worked as an Adult Program Assistant for the
University of Florida in their EFNEP program,
the nutrition education program of the U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) & the National Institute of Food &
Agriculture (NIFA). Kami holds a B.S. in Children’s
Ministries with a minor in Business from Baptist Bible College,
Kami and her husband
Marcus, reside in Pensacola with their son Fox.