GREATER PENSACOLA AQUATIC CLUB

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Greg Johnson Head Coach

Coach Greg Johnson began his GPAC career in September 2010.  Until the Fall of 2018 Coach Johnson served as the Head Age Group Coach but now serves GPAC at the Head Coach.   During his time in Pensacola, he has made a huge impact on the GPAC age group program by producing numerous Southeastern Swimming and Age Group Sectional champions, along with dozens of championship qualifiers.  He has had athletes named to the Open Water Zone Camp in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and he has also guided two swimmers to post top-5 national reportable times in 2014 and 2018.  Coach Greg was named the head coach for Southeastern Swimming zone team in the summer of 2015 and assistant coach in 2016.  Greg serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Southeastern Swimming since the Fall of 2015 as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair.

Prior to GPAC, he had 7 years of professional coaching experience; the first four as an assistant with North Carolina Aquatic Club and the University of North Carolina. At NCAC, Coach Greg was the assistant senior coach, working primarily with 13-15-year-olds. In addition, he assisted UNC with the middle distance group, and butterfly/backstroke groups under the tutelage of Randy Erlenbach and the legendary Frank Comfort. In his years in Chapel Hill, Coach Greg assisted with and developed NCAA qualifiers, ACC Champions, 4 Senior National qualifiers, 8 Junior National qualifiers and dozens of sectional qualifiers, as well as multiple state qualifiers, and North Carolina state champions. Greg also coached four summers at UNC Swimming camp.

From 2007-2010 he served as the head coach of Carter Center Aquatics and North Cross School in Roanoke, Virginia. In his tenure he producing several state champions, Junior National qualifiers and his first U.S. Open qualifier. He also implemented a SwimAmerica learn-to-swim program at North Cross and is a certified Program Director.

Coach Greg currently has Level 3 certification from the American Swim Coaches Association.

Coach Greg grew up in North Carolina and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a B.A. degree in Journalism & Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. Coach Greg also was a 4-year letter winner for the Tar Heels from 1998 to 2002 where he specialized in Distance Free and the Butterfly and was a 2002 ACC finalist in the 200-yd Butterfly. Prior to his professional career, Coach Greg cut his teeth coaching several different summer league teams in both his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC and in Chapel Hill.

Coach Greg, along with his wife Samantha and sons Oliver and Everett, reside in Pace, FL and enjoy weekends away from the pool by taking trips to the beach and camping in their 1986 VW Westfalia Vanagon. He also enjoys live music and hopes one day to be a contestant on The Price is Right.

Alex Gillespie UWF Lead Age Group Coach

Coach Alex Gillespie began coaching GPAC in the Fall of 2005.

Coach Gillespie coaches the White, Blue, Green and Junior Groups at The University of West Florida and is an Assistant Senior Coach.

Alex’s coaching style brings out the best in his swimmers and he has a distinct talent for instilling a love and appreciation for the sport in even his youngest athletes.  He provides a strong foundation for his swimmers to move up and become successful southeast conference age group competitors.

Coach Alex brings a wealth of knowledge to his athletes as a former GPAC swimmer himself. During his competitive tenure with GPAC, Alex was a two-time Southeastern Champion in the 100 meter breaststroke.  He was also a state high school finalist, Junior National Qualifier, and earned a place on the Florida State All-Star Team in his junior and senior years.  He was a NCAA Division I Mid-Major Scholarship Swimmer for the University of Louisiana in Monroe. 

Alex and his wife, Allison, and their son AJ reside in Pace. 

Nathan Smith PSC Lead Age Group Coach

Coach Nathan Smith is from Knoxville, TN and grew up swimming for Pilot Aquatic Club.  He continued his career at Kenyon College, where he was a member of several D3 NCAA Championship teams and a honorable mention All-American.  

 
Coach Nathan started is coaching career as a graduate assistant at DePauw University from 2011-2012 and continued it as the head coach at Juniata College from 2012-2019 where his teams produced conference individual and relay champions for the first time in the school's history.  While coaching at Juniata College, he also coached with the Huntingdon Community Center Swim team and developed his passion for working with younger swimmers.  
 
As a swimmer, Coach Nathan prefers the longest events possible.  As a coach, he likes every event.  Outside of the pool, Coach Nathan is an avid music fan.  
Kevin Menser Assistant Senior Coach

Coach Kevin started coaching with GPAC in the Summer of 2013.

Coach Kevin has been a Physical Education teacher at R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School since 2001. He coached youth soccer for nine years and received multiple soccer coaching certifications. He also has previous coaching experience with Milestone Aquatic Club when they had their own program.

While in Erie, Pennsylvania, he gained coaching experiences with the McDowell Trojans High School Swimming and Diving team, the Learn to Swim Program, and swam there with the Master’s team. In Edinboro, PA he taught swim classes for homeschool students. Kevin has earned three degrees with a Physical Education BS, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; a Physical Education MS, University of West Florida; and a Physical Education Ed.S. and Coaching Graduate Certificate, Florida State University.   He is presently enrolled in the Ed.D. Program in Physical Education & Health at UWF.  Coach Kevin has a Level 2 Certification from the American Swim Coaches Association.

Coach Kevin and his wife, Sarah, reside in Pensacola with their three children, Kobi, Korbin and Kiley. The Menser trio all compete with GPAC and train at UWF. 

Pat Briggs Assistant Age Group Coach

Coach Pat Briggs Joined GPAC in the Summer of 2018.  He has 53 years of coaching experience under his belt and although he is “retired” he loves to stay active in the sport.  Prior to GPAC was the head coach of Jackson County Aquatic Club in Michigian for 18 years.  Some of Coach Pat's accomplishments and coaching stops are listed below. 

  • Coach Briggs is a Level IV American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)/USA Swimming Coach. He is also a member of the Michigan (MISCA) ;and the National (NISCA) Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.
  • Coach Briggs was awarded the MISCA Zone 7 Girls Coach of the Year in 2010 and MISCA Zone 7 Boys Zone Coach of the Year 2004.
  • He has coached several Olympians and many Olympic Trial swimmers.
  • He was also on the Board of Directors for Florida Swimming for 6yrs.
  • Some of Briggs accomplishments include:
  • Coached 8 national top 10 age group swimmers
  • Coached over 30 All America High School swimmers
  • Received the Matt Mann swimming coach award 2015
  • Received 12 conference coach of the year awards
  • His proudest accomplishments are his 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grand children

Coach Briggs coaching stops

  • 2000-2018 Jackson, MI, JCAC ~ Head Coach
  • 1990-1999 Sylva, NC, JCST ~ Head Coach
  • 1983-1990 Charlotte, NC, ATOM ~ Head Age Group Coach
  • 1976-1983 Venice/Fort Myers [VAY and SFSA] ~ Head Coach
  • 1968-1976 Port Huron, Michigan, Blue Water Swim Team AAU ~ Started Team--Head Coach
  • 1965-1968 Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, AAU Team, Asst. Coach
Daniel Dullien Assistant Age Group Coach

Coach Daniel Dullen began working with GPAC in Jnaury of 2019.

Coach Dan is from California and he began swimming competitively at the age of 8 years old.  He was a state qualifer his Junior and Senior Year in High School and he also played Water Polo.  Coach Dan went to Riverside Community College where he became an All-American swimmer in the 200 IM, the 400 IM and while swimming the Breaststroke leg of the 400 Medley Relay.

Coach Dan began coaching with his club team, the Palm Springs Piranhas.  His next coaching stop was in Peoria, AZ with Triolgy, first as a Masters coach then with the summer league program.

Coach Dan then joined the Navy in 2010 as a Search and Rescue Swimmer, training right here in Pensacola.  During his 6 years he helps his peers become certified by creating swim sets to help them pas theri proficiency requirements.

Coach Dullien then returned to the deck as a coach for Lifetime Fitness for 2 years prior to moving to Pensacola.  He now resides in Pace.

Alyssa Rogers Assistant Age Group Coach

Coach Alyssa started coaching with GPAC in the Summer of 2019.

Alyssa swam competitively starting at five years old. Originally from Ohio, Alyssa competed for SPY swim team located in her hometown of Springfield, Ohio. She graduated from Kenton Ridge High School with 4 relay records and went on to swim at Wilmington College for 2 seasons under Trip Breen adding her name to another 3 relay records.

She is finishing her undergraduate degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of West Florida and will graduate this coming December. Alyssa will then pursue her master’s and doctoral degree at the University of Western States in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Emily Kopas Assistant Swim Coach

Coach Emily started with GPAC in the Spring of 2018.  Emily has been competitively swimming since the age of four. As a Florida native she was a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American (2010-2014), a two-time FHSAA Individual State Champion (100 breaststroke: 2012, 2014 ), a Junior National Champion (200 breaststroke: 2014), a USA Junior Pan Pacific Bronze Medalist (200 breaststroke: 2014), a World Championship Trials Qualifier (2013) and a USA Olympic Trials Qualifier (2012). Upon graduating from high school, Emily chose to swim for a Division I program at The University of Michigan where she achieved a full-scholarship. She became a University of Michigan all time school record holder (100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 and 400 medley relay), a four-year letterman winner, a three-time BIG Ten Champion, and an NCAA All-American Honorable Mention. Emily also attended Olympic Trials and World Championship Trials for the second time in her career in 2016 and 2017.

Emily graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in The Program in the Environment and dual minors in Sustainability and History of Art. In addition, she achieved 2017 and 2018 Academic All-Big Ten Awards and 2015-2018 University of Michigan Academic Achievement Awards.

Supplementary to Emily’s background as a student-athlete, she also has experience coaching with the University of Michigan/Wolverine Competitive Swim Clinics (2015-2018) where she helped adolescent swimmers learn technical efficiency, stroke development, and fostered a team-building atmosphere.

 
Mia Nonnenberg Masters Coach

Mia Nonnenberg began with GPAC in the Fall of 2019.  She serves as our Masters Coach at UWF and she also served at the Graduate Assistant Coach for the UWF Lady Argos.    Mia is from Scranton, PA and graduated from Alabama in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Communication Studies.   

Over the last year she has volunteered with the Men’s and Women’s Team at Alabama while working with the local club team, Crimson Tide Aquatics.

During her time at Alabama she was named captain her Junior and Senior year.  She was a Scholar All-American and an All-America for her NCAA performances.   In the summer of 2016 Mia competed at the US Olympic Trials finishing in 13th place in the 400 IM, 19th in the 200 Fly and 28th in the 200 IM.  She owns 2 school records and had the 1650 record upon graduation.

Jordyn Hill Office Manager & Swim School Director

Jordyn started as at the GPAc Office Manager and Bookkeeper in August of 2019.

She has lead our Swim School Program since the Fall of 2017.  Jordyn pursued competitive swimming until the end of Middle School.  She swam for GPAC for about 7 years and then Brown Barge Middle school team for 3. Swimming is her favorite sport and freestyle is her favorite stroke. Jordyn is currently a dual enrollment student at Pensacola State College.  She graduating from High School and from PSC with my general AA at the same time as her HS class of 2018.  Jordyn is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing.  Jordyn's first job was with GPAC as a swim school instructor and she has taught all levels of swim school.  However she enjoyed instructing intermediate the most as she feels that it leans towards skill and technique. 

Philip Kraus Chief Executive Officer

Phil Kraus joined GPAC beginning with the short course season in the Fall of 2007.  Kraus served the the capacity of Head Coach and CEO from 2007 to 2018.  In the Fall of 2018 Kraus became the Head Coach for the University of West Florida  and now serves GPAC as the CEO. He is an ASCA Level 4 certified coach for USA Swimming and an ASCA Level 3 certified coach for NCAA DI Swimming.  He also is a US Masters Level 2 certified coach.


As the Head Coach, Coach Kraus helped guide 6 swimmers to Senior National Time Standards, 16 swimmers to Junior National Time Standards and 29 swimmers to Senior Sectionals Time Standards. Eight GPAC athletes have also been named to USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-America Teams, onto the Open Water SES Zone Team and numerous athletes to the SES Zone Team. Additionally, Kraus was selected to coach at USA Swimming's Zone Select Camp in the Spring of 2010 and as the Southeastern Swimming Coach of the year in 2015.

Coach Kraus’ most recent position prior to joining GPAC was as Assistant Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach at the University of South Carolina. Kraus coached for eight years at the collegiate level and during that time, Coach Kraus’ college athletes achieved a high measure of success. All told, 19 All-Conference competitors, 17 individual Conference event winners, 8 NCAA Qualifiers, 3 Olympic Trial Qualifiers, 5 All-Americans, 8 Academic All-conference selections and 5 Academic All-Americans have called Phil their coach.

Coach Kraus is a native of Indiana and is a graduate of Ball State University where, among his academic and athletic achievements, he was a four-year letterman on the men’s swimming and diving team.  His undergraduate degree is in secondary education, with a minor in Aquatics: Teaching/Coaching.  He has also served as a camp counselor/swim coach at several swim camps including Huskie Swim Camps (Northern Illinois University), Total Performance Swim Camps (Kenyon College), Swim with the Stars Swim Camps and  Auburn Tigers Swim Camps under the tutelage of David Marsh (Multi-time Olympic Coach and Head Coach of SwimMAC).

Coach Phil is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Southeastern Swimming serving as the General Chair.  He served on the Board of Directors of Pensacola Sports, an organization that fosters and encourages sports in the Northwest Florida Region, between 2012 and 2018 in various capacities including the Vice President of Finance andthe Vice President of Events..  Kraus serves on the Board of Directors of SEASTARS Aquatics, a local non-profit swim team who serves economically, physically and mentally challenged individuals.  Additionally, Phil is one of the co-founders of Water and Youth Safety Pensacola Inc, a non-profit organization that holds Water Safety Day events for 2nd grade students in Escambia County.

Coach Kraus, his wife Anne and their son, Kouper, reside in Pensacola and are excited and proud to be a part GPAC.

Coaching Career:
-
Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club ~ Chief Executive Officer ~ 2018-Present
- Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club ~ Head Coach & Chief Executive Officer ~ 2007-2018
- University of South Carolina ~ Assistant Men’s & Women’s Swim Coach ~ 2005-2007
- Swim with the Stars Swim Camp (Emory University) ~ Counselor & Coach ~ 2005
- Total Performance Swim Camp (Kenyon College) ~ Counselor & Coach ~ 2002 & 2003
- Miami University ~ Assistant Women's Swim Coach ~ 2001-2005
- Auburn Tiger Swim Camp ~ Counselor & Coach ~ 2001-2005 & 2007
- Northern Illinois University ~ Assistant Men's & Women's Swim Coach ~ 1999-2001
- Lebanon High School ~ Head Swim Coach & Dive Coach ~ 1998-1999
- Woodland Country Club ~ Assistant Coach ~ 1993 & 1994, Head Swim Coach ~ 1995-1999
- Lebanon Middle School ~ Head Swim Coach & Dive Coach ~ 1998
- Delta Middle School ~ Head Swim Coach ~ 1997
- Muncie Northside Middle School ~ Volunteer Dive Coach ~ 1996
- Greenfield Central High School ~ Volunteer Swim Coach ~ 1995
- Pendleton Swim Club ~ Assistant Swim Coach ~ 1991 & 1995

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