Coaches

Matt Montgomery, Head Coach.
Matt has been on the DEFY coaching staff since 1998. He has been the Head Coach since 2000. He coached the Ellsworth High School Team from 1998-2002. Matt was named the Maine State YMCA Coach of the Year in 2010, 2013 and 2016. Before moving to Maine, Matt coached for the Blue Marlin Swim Team of St. Croix, USVI and the Carderock Springs Cudas in Bethesda, MD. He is currently the Safe Sport Chair of Maine Swimming and serves on various committees. Matt is also the Branch Executive Director for the Blue Hill YMCA.

 

Brian Townsend, Assistant Coach

Brian grew up swimming and working at the Bath Area Family YMCA *(LRSC) where he first started coaching. In 1998, he started the Stripers swim team at the Casco Bay YMCA. He later went to the Cape Cod YMCA in 2000 where he helped rebuild the swim team program. Brian also Coached the Barnstable High School Swim Team from 2003-2005. In 2005, he took the position as Head Coach at the Wareham YMCA, (part of YMCA Southcoast) where he started the Riptides Swim Team. In 2009, he and his wife decided to move back to Maine where he became the Aquatics Director at the Casco Bay YMCA and coach of the Yarmouth High School and Middle School teams. in 2014 he and his wife decided to move to Blue Hill where he has worked as a self-employed carpenter and property manager for several estates in the area. Brian is also the Down East Family YMCA's Regional Aquatics Director.

 

Jim Goodman, Assistant Coach.
Jim has been with DEFY since 2006. He is also the Ellsworth High School Head Swim Coach and was Penobscot Valley Conference Coach of the year in, 2016, 2018, 2019, and Class B Coach of the year in 2013 and 2016. In 2020, Jim was selected as the Maine State Coach of the Year for Boys Swimming and Diving by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.  Jim was an age-group, high school, and college swimmer, and is active with Maine Masters Swimming.  He helps coordinate the YMCA Swim Lesson Programs.

 

Swim Lesson program at DEFY. 

 

Zach Cravens, Assistant Coach.
Zach is a DEFY graduate who competed for 4 years at the University of Maine, Orono. Zach was an assistant Zones Coach for Maine Swimming in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and was named Maine Swimming's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014.

 

 

 

 


Fiona Allen, Junior Coach.

Kristy Barry, Junior Coach.