Our coaching philosophy is to provide an atmosphere that promotes individual and team development through a commitment to hard work, goal setting, personal achievement, self-discipline, and team spirit.

Swimmers who wish to engage in other extracurricular activities are encouraged to do so. We believe in developing well-rounded individuals and recognize that family activities and academic achievement are considered higher priorities than swimming. Goal setting is an important part of our development of swimmers. We try to make sure that swimmers understand that their goals should be closely associated with the amount of time they are willing to spend working towards those goals.

We strive to challenge each swimmer to be their best. While swimmers develop at different rates, swimmers of different ages require different types of training, regardless of their speed or experience. Our goal is to develop a lifelong love for the sport of swimming for all of our athletes. We look at the big picture for each swimmer. We work to provide the foundation for swimmers to find success at this level and beyond. In the past 15 years, more than 80% of our graduating seniors have gone on to swim at the collegiate level.

As with any other endeavor, swimmers will get from swimming what they are willing to put in. We will work with the swimmers to help set short-term and long-term goals consistent with the amount of time they are able to give to swimming. 


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 with his wife Jessica, Matt coached for the Blue Marlin Swim Team of St. Croix, USVI and the Carderock Springs Cudas in Bethesda, MD.

He has served as the Age Group Chair and Safe Sport Chair of Maine Swimming and serves on various committees. When Matt isn't on deck he is working as the Branch Executive Director for the Blue Hill YMCA.

Matt's children, Ella & Ryder, swim for the Dolphins.


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 moved to Blue Hill where he works 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 program at DEFY. 



Zach Cravens, Assistant Coach

Zach is a DEFY and Ellsworth High School 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.

When Zach isn't on deck or building houses, he can be found sailing, kayaking, or hiking along the coast.