Florida Swimming
Level 1

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Mel Nash Head Coach


Mel's innovative and individualized coaching has produced champion swimmers at every level of the sport. His experience at the international level as both swimmer and coach brings the highest level of professional coaching to North Florida Swimming. As a coach, Mel Nash has produced Olympians, USA National Champions, Pan-American and Goodwill Games Gold Medalists, Junior National Champions, 80+ All Americans and a Top Ten NCAA Division I Collegiate team at Texas A&M University where he was Head Coach for 25 years. Mel’s athletes have competed in six of the last seven Olympic Games beginning with his first Olympic swimmer in 1984.((Mel’s club swimming experience is extensive. He founded and directed Aggie Swim Club in Texas, orchestrating a growth from eight swimmers to 270. In 2006, in Orlando, Mel and his wife, assistant coach Carol Nash, started Swim Orlando beginning with 26 swimmers and building it to over 2Coach Mel’s swimming resume displays excellence at every level of the sport. Mel has had swimmers and students compete in 6 out of the last 7 Olympics. As an athlete he was World Champion, USA National Champion, NCAA Champion and he won the Pan-American Games 100 Backstroke as a 16-year-old high school student. Mel was the Head Coach at Texas A&M University for 25 years where he built a Top Ten NCAA team, had 80-plus All-Americans and produced USA National Champions, as well as Pan-American and Goodwill Games Gold Medalists. Most of these athletes were “unknowns” before swimming for Mel. Recognized for his technical expertise and training methods, he has transformed swimmers’ strokes for his entire career. Mel currently has students who fly in from around the world to work with him including swimmers from New Zealand, Great Britain, Brazil, Canada, and Venezuela and all over the United States.

Mel’s club swimming experience is extensive. He founded and directed Aggie Swim Club in Texas, orchestrating a growth from eight swimmers to 270. In 2006, in Orlando, Mel and his wife, assistant coach Carol Nash, started Swim Orlando beginning with 26 swimmers and building it to over 200.

Mel brings his expertise and wealth of knowledge and experience to North Florida Swimming to implement an age appropriate training regimen where young swimmers are developed safely and correctly to enable them to reach their full potential and develop a love for the sport of swimming.

North Florida Swimming is proud to have a coach of Mel Nash's caliber here in Jacksonville to lead their team!




Carol Nash Head Age Group Coach




Carol has been involved in swimming since she competed for and was later Head Coach of her summer league team in Indiana. She majored in Music/Theatre/Dance at Indiana University and continues to perform, but she never lost her interest in Aquatics, performing in synchronized swimming, and later working as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Texas A&M University. She and her husband, Mel, started Aggie Swim Club in College Station, Texas with 8 members and grew the team to over 270. Carol was Director and Co-Founder of the highly successful Aggie Swim Camp growing it from 27 first year campers to over 650 in their last year. After leaving Texas, they formed SwimFASTER Productions in Orlando, which quickly met with success. After a year, the Central Florida YMCA asked Carol and Mel to form a swim team in the I-Drive Aquatic Center. They started Swim Orlando with 26 swimmers and engineered its growth to over 180 in less than a year. Carol has experience coaching all levels and can walk on deck and coach any group. She is a specialist at helping new swimmers, from small children to teens, feel welcome and capable in the new environment of a competitive swim team. Athletes she has introduced to the sport have gone on to be high school All-Americans, College Scholarship athletes, and National Qualifiers. Carol fills the position that every swim team should have: an experienced coach who cares more about the long-term development and success of the swimmer than her own personal accolades. We are very fortunate to have Carol Nash on our staff.

Erin Crabtree Assistant Coach


Coach Erin’s swimmers have finaled in JO Championship events (now FLAGS); and have competed at the Florida High School State Championship as well as at YMCA Nationals. She was the head coach of the Cypress Creek High School swim team near Orlando and assistant coach/business administrator for Swim Orlando. In Jacksonville, she coached at Bishop Kenny, and now is the Head Coach at Paxon SAS HS.  As a high school swimmer, Erin qualified for three years for High School States. She swam her first year in college at Florida Atlantic University, and then graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in business management. After a few years working in the business world, Erin returned to her love of swimming first as a Masters swimmer and then as a coach. For eleven years she has coached and studied under the direction of Mel Nash and is thrilled to be in Jacksonville with North Florida Swimming. A true asset to our great staff of coaches, Coach Erin is attentive and excellent at correcting technique and training swimmers.

Coach Erin is also involved in FL Swimming, and has served as team manager, area rep and is on the Diversity and Inclusion committee.  She is an ASCA Level 2 Coach. 

In Jacksonville, Erin is the head coach for Paxon SAS HS, Kirby Smith Middle, and Deerwood Torpedoes summer league.  She has also worked with the Navy Wounded Warrior swimmers.  

Dennis Kauffman Assistant Coach

We are pleased to announce Dennis Kauffman to our staff of coaches!

Dennis is a Jacksonville native, and began his swimming career at the age of 7, for Beaches Aquatics.  He swam for Fletcher High School, and returned to coach at Beaches from 2009-2011.  Dennis enjoys working with all of the age groups, and mostly works with our Red, Blue and Green I groups.  

Brittany Kauffman Assistant Coach

Brittany is a native of Pennsylvania and has been swimming since she was 12 years old. She is a 7 time All-American and National Qualifier for Clarion University where she specialized in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events. While earning her Master’s degree at Duquesne University, she was named the Assistant Swim Coach for the Division 1 team. There, she worked mainly with the sprint groups and developed their dryland and strength and conditioning programs.  Brittany will be filling in where she is needed and help with the dryland program. She is excited to join NFS because she “believes a strong foundation with proper technique is paramount for the development of a swimmer and this team really strives for that.” When off the pool deck, Brittany is an Academic Advisor for the University of North Florida, enjoys spending time with her husband, Coach Dennis and their pup, Loki.

Kaitlin Chiang Assistant Coach
Teagan King Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Mark Watson President, Board of Directors
Mel Nash Vice President, Board of Directors