Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Gavin Spake Head Coach/Dir. of Competitive Swimming

My name is Benjamin Gavin Spake. I am originally from Lexington North Carolina. I was a competitive swimmer from the age of 5 through the age of 21. During my career I won 6 high school state championships and 3 conference team championships with UNCW. In 2011 I began working as an assistant coach for the Cape Fear Aquatic Club(CFAC) at the Wilmington Family YMCA. After 2 years as an assistant at CFAC I was given the head coaching job. In 2016 I accepted a job as the Head Age Group Coach with the Raleigh Swimming Association(RSA) in Raleigh North Carolina. While there I had the opportunity to coach numerous state and sectional champions. I also coached one swimmer to 2 national records as well as being the first 12 & under female swimmer in history to break :54 in the 100 butterfly. I moved back to Wilmington the summer of 2019 to be the pool manager and associate head swim coach at the Country Club of Landfall. I spent a short time back at the Cape Fear Aquatic Club before accepting the Head Coaching job for the Gators. I am happy to be apart of such a great program and I’m excited to watch our team grow.

Nikolas Boehmer Assistant Coach
 Coach Nick Boehmer has been with the Gators since 2018. He began swimming at a young age and has loved the water ever since. He swam competitively for a number of years in Pennsylvania.  He moved to North Carolina in 2002 to attend graduate school at Duke University.  Nick is a physical therapist and practices locally in Southport. Nick has a wife Stephanie and they have triplets Jakob, Oliver and Opal Grey who are all on the Gators. He enjoys seeing the development of his own children and is excited to promote the love, skill and competitiveness of the sport with the other members of the Gators and surrounding community.
Samuel Spake Assistant Coach


Samuel Job Spake, or Job, has practically been raised in a swimming pool. Competitive swimming has always been an ever-enduring facet of his life, beginning with summer-league competition as part of Reeds Swim Club, as both a swimmer and/or coach since the age of four. Job has competed for WSY (now Tyde) MASC in Concord (defunct), and RACY in Salisbury. At the high school level, Job competed for West Davidson High School, qualifying for States all four years and making All-Conference for three of his four years. Additionally, Job swam one season with the Division III swimming program at Norwich University, in which he competed at the 2012 Greater North Atlantic Conference and contributed to the team's victory at the meet. Since then, Job has dedicated himself to coaching at the summer-league level, coaching with Reeds Swim Club as well as Sapona Ridge Country Club. He is excited to join the Gators and continue to grow the sport of swimming in Brunswick County. 

Board of Directors
Julie Long President
Scott Caron Vice President
Cully Jackson Treasurer
Lesley Williams Member at Large
Christie Rabon Member at Large