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 school's history.
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 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 as well as 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. 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, Emily, Hannah, and son, Dylan. They also have a grandson, Kaysen.
The Don Gibb File
- 1979 4A State runner-up in 100 Freestyle
- 1981 NJCAA "Swimmer of the Year"
- Five-time NCAA Division I All-American
- 1982 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. 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.
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 runs American Red Cross certification courses, 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 Blue 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 is married to her husband, Steve Wiley, and 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 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
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.
Mateo De Angulo
Mateo De Angulo, a native of Cali, Colombia and 2012 graduate of Florida State University, had an exceptional and storied swimming career. He was the 2010 NJCAA Swimmer of the Year signifying the best all- around Junior College swimmer in the nation representing Indian River State College. His success at IRSC caught the attention of the Seminoles and soon afterward he enrolled at F.S.U.
During his stint in Tallahassee, Mateo amassed numerous accolades at both the intercollegiate level and on the world stage. As a Seminole, he was named 2011-12 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Swimmer of the Year and went on to final at the NCAA Championships that same season. His times of 8:54.22 (1000 split), and 14:42.77 (1650 free) remain F.S.U. school records to this day.
Internationally, he has amassed several Colombian National Records, competed in the South American Championships, the Pan American Games, and four World Championships.
In 2012, he realized his lifelong goal of representing his country and competing in the Olympic Games in London, England. His long course performances include: 3:51.38 (400m Free), 8:05.39 (800m Free), and 15:24.27 (1500m Free).
His coaching career began on the campus of Florida State University where he was a volunteer assistant for the Seminoles and coached their resident club team, Club Seminole, which included both Age Group and Masters swimmers. Coach Mateo will be working with our Silver and Masters groups.
Mateo and his girlfriend, Maria, reside in Winter Garden.
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!!