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If you have questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Kami Faulkner (Office Manager) or Philip Kraus (Head Coach).

Coaching Staff

Philip Kraus

Head Coach / CEO

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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.

Coaching Career:
- 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

Greg Johnson

Head Age Group Coach

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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 Director.

Coach Greg currently has Level 3 certification from the American Swim Coaches Association.

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 bus.

Roland Gregory Davis

Assistant Swim Coach

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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.

Coach Davis’ 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 2012.

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 NCAA All-American.

Greg is married and lives with his wife Chelle, along with their four children (Russell, Michael, Peyton and Ella Grace).

Alex Gillespie

Assistant Age Group Coach

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Coach Alex Gillespie coaches the White, Blue, and Green Groups as well as Masters practices.

Alex’s coaching 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.

Coach Alex 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 2013.

Kevin Menser

Assistant Senior Coach

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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 program.

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.   He 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 UWF. 

Jade Jacobs

Assistant Swim Coach

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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. She specialized 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 injury prevention. 

Emily Kopas

Assistant Swim Coach

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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 atmosphere.

 

Andrew Hancock

Masters Coach

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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.  

Jordyn Hill

Swim School Director

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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 technique. 

Kami Faulkner

Office Manager

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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, Springfield Missouri. 
 
Kami and her husband Marcus, reside in Pensacola with their son Fox.