Head Coach, ASCA Level 5
Don Gibb brings 32
years of collegiate and club coaching experience to NTC Aquatics.
He has served as the Head Coach at Florida State University, the
University of South Carolina, and Daytona State College as well as
assisting at the University of Florida, Florida State, and the
University of Kentucky. Don was twice named Atlantic Coast
Conference (ACC) Coach-of-the-Year while at FSU (1995, 1998) and
led the ‘Noles to their only top ten NCAA finish in the
The two Division 1
programs Gibb led, accumulated a number of accolades. Over 112
school records were broken and he coached three NCAA individual
champions and two runners-up. Gibb directed his athletes to 20
All-America distinctions, 38 individual conference titles, four
"Swimmer of the Year" honors', while 69 swimmers earned NCAA
A Gibb led squad is
equally impressive in the classroom. In 2006, South Carolina's
women's team earned the top team grade point average in the nation
with a cumulative number of 3.606.
swimmers have won titles at Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals and
at the U.S. Open. On the international level, Gibb has guided
fourteen Olympians including an Olympic finalist at the 1996
Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has also led swimmers to qualify for
the Pan Pacific Games, Pan American Games, Maccabiah Games and
the World Championships as well as medalists in the
Gibb got his start as an
age grouper at age 12 at Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club where he
swam for Olympic Coach and current Texas A & M Women’s
Head Coach, Steve Bultman. He began his collegiate career at
Daytona Beach Community College where he swam from 1979-81 under
Bud Farmer. Don then went on to swim at the University of Florida
under Olympic Coach, Randy Reese, where he became an SEC, NCAA, and
U.S. Swimming champion during his time in
Gibb graduated from the
University of Florida with a degree in Psychology. He enjoys
fishing, golf, and spending time with his family. Gibb and his
wife, Gena, have adopted four children, Sarah, Emily, Hannah, and
son, Dylan. They also have a grandson, Kaysen.
The Don Gibb
- 1979 4A State runner-up
in 100 Freestyle
- 1981 NJCAA "Swimmer of
- Five-time NCAA Division
- 1982 SEC Champion 100
- 1983 SEC and NCAA Team
- Co-American Record
Holder 4x100m Free Relay
- Top 25 World Ranking
1981-1983 100m Freestyle
- 1986 Masters National
Champion (25-29) 100yd Freestyle
- 2003 NJCAA Hall of Fame
- The Donald Gibb
Award at the University of
Florida is given annually to a
male and female Gator swimmer who performs above and beyond
- Head Coach, NTC
- Head Coach, Daytona
State College, 2011-2013;
- Assistant Coach,
University of Kentucky, 2009-2010;
- Head Coach, St. Edwards
School in Vero Beach, 2007-2009;
- Head Coach, University
of South Carolina, 1999-2007;
- Head Coach, Florida
State University, 1994-1999;
- Assistant Coach, Florida
State University, 1992-1994;
- Assistant Coach,
University of Florida, 1987-1992; Florida Aquatic Swim Team/Holmes
- Head Age Group Coach,
Nashville Aquatic Club 1985-1987. Head Masters Coach, Nashville
Head Age Group Coach, ASCA Level 3
Coach Bill moved to Clermont in 2001 for the purpose of opening the aquatic facility at the National Training Center in Clermont. He served as the facility’s first aquatic coordinator during which time he started the aquatic programming and the NTC’s competitive swim program, serving as Head Coach. Originally from Ocala, he began his career in swimming at the age of 10 with the Ocala Swim Club. He competed on the state and national level with OSC and continued in college at Furman University and later with several masters swim programs. He completed his education in Tallahassee at Florida State with a bachelor’s in Recreation and a graduate degree in Movement Science. It was during this time that he officially began his coaching career with the TALY Dolphins at the local YMCA. Since that time, Coach Bill has founded two USS club teams, coached for two other club teams, served as head coach for three different high school teams and coached masters swimmers and competitive triathletes.
In addition to coaching, Coach Bill has worked in the fields of fitness, recreation/sport management, and sport performance for more than 20 years. He served as aquatic and sports director for two different YMCA’s and the aquatic coordinator at the NTC. Coach Bill previously worked as an instructor in the undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science program for UCF at the South Lake campus, and now teaches physical education at Imagine South Lake Charter School. He is married to Debbie and has three daughters, Brittany, Chelsea and Maddie and two grandchildren. He enjoys swimming, running, triathlon, and SUP. Coach Bill is our Head Age Group Coach.
Assistant Coach, ASCA Level 2
Coach Rene was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and she is one of six children. She grew up in Cincinnati and then moved to Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of her high school years. Coach James began her swimming career at the early age of 5 years and have continued through college and at the masters level. She has competed at the national level in age group, college, and masters swimming. She was awarded a swimming scholarship at Daytona Beach Community College and then Florida Atlantic University, where she received All American status during her collegiate years. Prior to graduating Florida Atlantic University, she began her coaching career in South Florida. Her coaching career includes not only USS club teams but masters and high school coaching as well. In Central Florida, she has coached Lake Aquatics, a program very successful during her tenure.
Coach James has worked in the field of parks and recreation management for 20 years specializing in aquatic management. Her second career has been teaching for Lake County Schools, including working for Lake Minneola High School as both an Assistant Athletic Director and Head Swim Coach for many years. Coach Rene is currently an Assistant Principal at South Lake High School, and coaches our Gold group.
Haleigh K Smith
Assistant Coach, ASCA Level 1
Coach Haleigh comes to the NTC from Mobile, AL. Growing up, she started competitive swimming at age 7 with the City of Mobile Swim Association. It was under this club team that she learned all of the positive influences the sport of swimming could have on a younger child. Haleigh swam at the local and national level representing CMSA until she graduated from high school. She also claimed several personal and team Alabama state championships during her high school career swimming for St. Paul’s Episcopal School. After high school, Coach Haleigh continued her swimming career at the University of Kentucky. As a Kentucky Wildcat, she competed in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) meet every year of her collegiate career.
Coach Haleigh developed a passion for teaching the sport of swimming from a very young age. She has taught swimming lessons and coached with summer league teams for over 10 years. Haleigh swam under several very influential coaches that were both performance and technique oriented. She hopes to transfer all that she has learned both inside and outside of the pool to the next generation of NTC swimmers.
Coach Haleigh moved to Florida to pursue her Masters in Accounting as well as her CPA certification. She lives in the Winter Garden area with her husband Justin, who was a diver for the Kentucky Wildcats. Along with coaching, she also works as the Financial Manager for an international non- profit organization that is based out of the Orlando area.
Karen has lived in Central Florida since 1995, after having children she found that drowning was the number 1 cause of accidental death in children 4 and under. While researching swim and survival programs for her son, she discovered her passion for teaching children the life saving skills of ISR Self-Rescue lessons. Karen became an Infant Swimming Resource Instructor in 2007, since being certified she has taught more than 500 children to survive and families about the many layers of drowning prevention. She also does FREE Water Safety Presentations for preschools, Moms groups, elementary schools and events. Teaching communities about how to prevent drownings is as important as the swimming lessons themselves.
For 4 years I lead the Safe Start Team for the YMCA where they teach over 1000 children each year ISR Self-Rescue skills. I have worked with the Dr. Phillips Rotary to implement the Josh the Otter program. Over 1200 school age children were read the Josh the Otter story and given the book to take home. I have been a guest speaker for Orange County Public Schools and participated in the yearly Teach In. I'm excited the National Training Center has committed to our mission that Not One More Child Drowns!!
Assistant Coach, ASCA Level 2
Coach Trey joined the NTC Aquatics Staff in the summer of 2017. An Edmond,Oklahoma native, Trey is a 2008 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Safety and Physical Education. He went on to earn his Master's Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012 earning a degree in Counseling. A career educator, Coach Trey has been teaching at the Elementary, Junior and Senior High School levels since 2009. He has also completed certification in Special Education. His coaching experience includes both the school and club level, most recently as the Head Coach of the Leesburg Titans and Leesburg High School. His experience in Oklahoma included sharing the deck with NCAA and Olympic Champion, Josh Davis, at the American Energy Swim Club. He has been involved in Special Olympics since 1998 as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has been a Disney cast member since 2006. He and his wife, Lorena (also and educator), have a daughter Brooklyn. They reside in Minneola.
Assistant Coach, ASCA Level 1
Gina is a lifelong educator and is currently a Spanish language
teacher at Montverde Academy. A 1992 graduate of the University of
Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Business Administration, she also
earned her Master's Degree in Education from DePaul University in
Chicago, Illinois in 1999.
Coach Gina's teaching experience is comprehensive. She serves as
the World Languages Department Chair at Montverde Academy and
maintains teaching licenses in both Florida and Illinois for
Spanish grades K-12.
In the sports world, Coach Gina is a current member of the NTC
Masters Swim Team, serves as Regatta Director & Leadership Team
Member for the Lake County Rowing Association, and is a Board
Member of the Coral Springs Aquacades Synchronized Swimming
In addition to her competitive swimming responsibilities, Coach
Gina is also a USA Synchronized Swimming Coach and a Level 2 USA
She works alongside Coach Trey leading the Blue and Bronze