Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Greg Johnson Head Coach & Chief Executive Officer

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 served as a member of the Board of Directors for Southeastern Swimming from 2015-2019 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.

Nathan Smith Head 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 and restarted the men's swim team.  While coaching at Juniata College, he also coached with the Huntingdon Community Center Swim team and developed his passion for working with younger swimmers.  
Coaching with GPAC since 2019, Nathan has coached swimmers who have set 20+ team records.  He has coached several SES Championship winners, a two-time SES age group high point winner, a top-10 nationally ranked swimmer, and two SES Zones Team qualifiers.
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 and ice cream fan.  
Logan Cale Lead Site Coach UWF

Coach Logan Cale is from Marion, VA  and grew up swimming with LASO swim team. Coach Logan went on to swim 4 years at Roanoke College where he was apart of the 2021 ODAC Chamionship Team in his final year. 

While attending Roanoke College Coach Logan met his wife Rachel Freshamn year and was married the day after they graduated, Rachel is an officer in the Navy in the aviation program. Coach Logan studied Health and Exercise Science while attending Roanoke College.

Coach Logan started his coaching career in 2021 where he was an assistant coach for the VABR Riptides Club Team in Salem, VA. Coach Logan assisted with and developed 8 Y-National Qualifiers in multiple events and relays and dozens of age group qualifiers.  

Later in the fall Coach Logan would go on to be an assistant coach for the Men's & Women's Swim Team at Roanoke College while still being an assistant coach for VABR. Coach Logan assisted and developed a CSCAA All-American, 16 All ODAC Team Selections, 6 ODAC Champions, and 14 2022 VASID ALL STATE memebers. 

As a swimmer, Coach Logan enjoys Backstroke and Freestyle. As a coach, he enjoys every event. Outside of swimming, Coach Logan enjoys going to the beach with his wife Rachel, playing golf, and his favorite food is pizza. 


Alex Gillespie Assistant Age Group Coach

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

Coach Alex is an assistant coach with the White, Blue, Green and Flex Groups at The University of West Florida..

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. 

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. 

Pace Clark Assistant Age Group Coach

Coach Pace is now in his third season with GPAC, assisting the age group program at Pensacola State College. 

Pace Clark is a backstroke and butterfly specialist from Memphis, Tenn. Pace was a Tennessee state champion as well as a high school All-American in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke at Memphis University School. Pace was a stand-out swimmer at University of Georgia where he majored in History and Management.  

Back in his hometown of Memphis, Clark swam for the Memphis Tiger Swim Club coached by Louis Demetriades. He was the second-ranked recruit out of the state of Tennessee in the 2013 recruiting class, and he had the seventh-fastest 100m butterfly time in the class. As a Bulldog Clark has excelled particularly in the 200 butterfly – he owns the sixth fastest time in Georgia history in the event. Although he’s a football fan, Clark is a loyal fan of his hometown basketball team, the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kelley McHugh Assistant Coach
Jordyn Hill 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. 

Christina Luciano Office Administrator

Christina started with the club as a parent and has moved behind the scenes using her skills as both a member of the club and parent to help others in the office. 

Philip Kraus Assistant Coach

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 Served as the CEO until through late Fall of 2021. 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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