John Smith, Head Coach John Smith, Head Coach


John joined the Seals in the summer of 2005. Before the Seals he was Head Coach at the Lynchburg VA YMCA where he sent two swimmers to Sectionals and six swimmers to the YMCA Nationals. In 2001 John received the co-Coach of the Year Award from Western Albermarle High School in Virginia, eventually becoming Head Coach. Before that, John was the coach for the Charlottesville YMCA Aquatic Club where he had two top-16 age group swimmers.

In addition to coaching the Seals, John has been the Head Coach of the Catherine McAuley Women's Swimming Team for the past five years. In 2007-2008, the McAuley Lions were Class B State Champions.

From 1986 to 1995 John swam for the Lynchburg VA YMCA where he was a YMCA National swimmer. He also qualified for the Junior Nationals in 1995.

John's coaching philosophy focuses on technique. He strongly believes that you should learn to swim correctly before you learn to swim fast! To that end, John brings a very strong technical background to the team.

In 2019, John was named Maine Swimming's Head Coach of the Year.

When John is not focusing on the Seals' swimming technique, he enjoys playing disc golf and stamp collecting.


Keli Gillespie, Asst. Coach Keli Gillespie, Assistant Coach


Keli Gillespie started her 16 year swimming career here at the Westbrook Seals when she was 5 years old. She attended Falmouth High School, where she and her teammates won 4 consecutive state championships. Keli graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she studied English Literature. At UNH, Keli was a member of two record setting relay teams and was team Captain from 2009 to 2011. Her favorite event is the 100 freestyle. Keli is very excited about sharing her love of competitive swimming with younger athletes. 

When Keli is not at the pool, she is the Marketing & Sales Director at Casco Federal Credit Union. She enjoys reading, traveling and going to concerts!


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