Don Gibb brings 30 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 school's history.
The two programs Gibb led accumulated a number of accolades. Over 112 school records were broken and he coached three NCAA 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 qualifying marks.
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.
Domestically, his 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 and the World Championships. Additionally, his swimmers have been medalists in the Commonwealth Games.
Gibb got his start as an age grouper at age 12 in Pensacola 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. (His wife Gena (McKinney), also attended DBCC and was a member of the 1981 Women’s NJCAA National Championship team). 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 Gainesville.
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 (24), Emily (18), Hannah (16) and son, Dylan (8). They also have a grandson, Kaysen (2).
The Don Gibb File
High School Education: J.M. Tate (Gonzalez, FL), 1979.
College Education: B.S. Psychology, University of Florida.
- 1979 4A State runner-up in 100 Freestyle.
- 1981 NJCAA "Swimmer of the Year" honors'
- Five-time NCAA Division I All-American
- SEC Champion 100 freestyle
- 1983 SEC and NCAA Team Champions
- 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 Inductee
- The Donald Gibb Award is given annually to a male and female Gator swimmer who performs above and beyond expectation at the University of Florida.
- 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 Lumber Gators;
- Head Age Group Coach, Nashville Aquatic Club 1985-1987. Head Masters Coach
Head Age Group Coach
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. Currently, Coach Bill is an instructor in the undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science program for UCF at the South Lake campus. He is excited to be back on deck and working with the team. 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 and Head Masters Coach.
Head Developmental Coach
Coach Daphne brings a strong influence in all areas of aquatics to the NTC and our various programs. Her rich background in water safety, learn to swim, and competitive swimming give her a unique perspective into what it takes to succeed in the pool. Her combined experience with all age groups, an effective communication style, and a sincere passion for the sport of swimming, make Coach Daphne an integral part of our coaching staff and the success of our overall program. In additional to leading our developmental athletes with NTC Aquatics, she also directs our lifeguard staff, teaches water safety, and maintains a presence in the Greater South Lake Community at various public functions promoting swimming and water safety. She currently coaches the Novice and Bronze groups.
Coach Daphne started swimming at the age of 5 for the Wellington Yahoos Swim Team. She was the Team Captain of the Royal Palm Beach High School swim team all 4 years of High School and still holds numerous School Records. After High School, Coach Daphne competed in sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. She is a USA Swimming Certified Swim Coach as well as an ASCA Level 2 Certified Swim Coach. She previously coached for a couple of teams in South Florida where she developed numerous swimmers from beginners up to Junior Olympic qualifiers as well as Florida Gold Coast LSC All Star qualifiers.
Coach Daphne earned a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic Universityin Boca Raton where she studied Journalism and was a member of the Owls marching band. She is also a professional photographer and avid equestrian. She was married to her husband, Steve Wiley, on March 8, 2015. They reside in Clermont.
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
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. For the
upcoming school year, she will be teaching science at the new
high school, Lake Minneola High, as well as coaching the swim
team. Coach Rene works with Age Group 3.
Haleigh K Smith
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.