The 2019 Class of Inductees for the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame!
Congratulations to these great coaches and a huge thank you from the Coaching Community for all they have done to serve their communities and move our sport forward!
Join us in honoring them on Thursday evening, Sept. 5 at the Annual ASCA Awards Dinner in Dallas!
Coach John Mattos
John graduated from Colorado State University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He was an All-American swimmer for CSU finishing 3rd and 5th in the 100/200 back at the 1969 NCAA D-I Championships and 7th and 5th in 1970. He was also and Honorable Mention All-American in 1969 in Water Polo. He came back to CSU and finished his college education in 1975 with his Teacher Certification in English. He was immediately hired at Fort Collin’s Poudre High School as an English teacher and coached both the girls and boys HS swimming teams. John began his swim coaching career in 1973 when he was hired as the head age group coach for the Southern California Aquatics swim team. When he returned to Colorado in the mid 70’s to get his teaching degree, he was hired as the head coach of the Fort Collins Tideriders (currently known as the Fort Collins Area Swim Team – FAST). John actually fell in love with working with young people during the summer of 1968 when his seasonal beach lifeguard duties at the City of Huntington Beach were changed from Beach Guard to Junior Lifeguard Instructor. Training young 12 and under boys and girls to be comfortable in the ocean and then learning ocean life saving skills propelled John into a very long teaching and coaching career.
In 1980 John was hired to coach the Colorado State Women’s Swimming and Diving Team and he remained their head coach for 31 years. He retired in July of 2011. Mattos had over 200 career dual meet wins. He guided the Rams to 77 individual conference titles, 2 District VII regional team titles, 5 High Country Athletic Conference championships, 2 Western Athletic Conference titles and 1 Mountain West Conference regular season team championship. He was named HCAC’s Coach of the Year 3 times, the WAC Coach of the Year twice and the MWC Coach of the Year once. In 1994 his team finished 12th at the NCAA Division I Championships as legendary swimmer, Amy Van Dyken, became the first CSU swimmer to win an NCAA individual event championship while setting a new NCAA and US record in the 50 yard Freestyle. Amy earned Swimmer of the Year honors for her efforts at that championship meet and Mattos was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year by his peers. Amy went on to become the first woman from the USA to win 4 Gold Medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA and Mattos helped guide her to 2 more Gold’s at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
John was selected as an assistant coach to the US (long course) World Championship swimming team that competed in Rome, Italy in 1994. He was later named an assistant to the 2004 US (short course) World Championship team that competed at the Conseco Events Center in Indianapolis. He was inducted into CSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in November of 2005. In Oct. of 2016 John received yet another honor, this one was as a recipient of CSU’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award. A very high honor for the man who was in the midst of his retirement trying to keep a low profile.
John was a longtime member of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and the American Swimming Coaches Association. He achieved Distinguished Coach Awards, Master Coach Awards and the Richard E. Steadman Award. He has spoken at the American Swimming Coaches Association, College Swimming Coaches Association of America and the Mexican Swimming annual coaches conventions. He has also presented at USA Swimming sponsored symposiums around the country to educate young up and coming swim coaches.
Along with wife, Connie, Mattos has lived in Fort Collins since 1975. They have a 25 year old daughter, Marissa Valorie, who graduated from Fossil Ridge HS where she was elected the girls swim team captain her senior year.
Coach Kathy McKee
With SwimMAC Coach McKee guided pre-competitive swimmers all the way up to the national level – including swimmers named to the USA National Junior Team; awarded opportunity to serve as coach for 2007 National Junior Team. Three time Georgia Age Group Coach of the Year recipient and Phillips Outstanding Service Award Recipient. With NCAC Coach McKee Coached swimmers to numerous team and state records, including one National Junior team member. Honored as the North Carolina Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in 2014. With Dynamo Coach McKee helped develop many great national level swimmers including Mary Ellen Blanchard, Carlton Bruner and Eric Wunderlich. Has served on numerous committees with USA Swimming, North Carolina Swimming and Georgia Swimming, served on ASCA Board for six years; spoken at the World Clinic numerous times as well as US and international clinics.
Coach Mike Parratto
HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE
Head Swimming Coach, Riptide Swim Team Apple Valley, Minnesota 2012-present
Head Swimming Coach, Lawrence Swim Team Lawrence, Indiana 2010-2012
Head Swimming Coach, Seacoast Swimming Dover, New Hampshire 1984-2010
USA TEAMS AND CAMPS
USA National Team Coach 1987-2006 and 2015-2019
USA Assistant Coach, Pan Pacific Team 2018 Tokyo, Japan
USA Assistant Coach, World Junior Team 2017 Indianapolis, IN
USA Olympic Team, Advisory Coach 1992 Barcelona, Spain
USA Olympic Team Camp 1992 Colorado Springs, CO
USA Coach, International Distance Camp 1991 Honolulu, HI
USA Coach, USA National Junior Team 1993 Paris, France
USA Coach, National Team Distance Camp 1994 Colorado Springs, CO
USA Coach, USA National Junior Team 2006 Melbourne, Australia
USA Coach, USA National Junior Team Camp 2018 Colorado Springs, CO
USA Coach, USA Butterfly Summit Camp 2018 Colorado Springs, CO
Head Coach, USA Olympic Festival 1991 Los Angeles, CA
Head Coach, Girls Silver Select Camp 1991 Colorado Springs, CO
Assistant Coach, Boys Bronze Select Camp 1990 Colorado Springs, CO
Head Coach, Girls Gold Select Camp 1999 Colorado Springs, CO
ASCA World Clinic Speaker 5 Clinics
ASCA New England Swimming AG Coach of the Year 2003
ASCA Level 5 Coach / Age Group and Senior
Olympic International Operations Committee 1992-2000
New England Swimming Board Member 1986-2010
New England Swimming Senior Chair many years
New England Swimming Coaches Rep many years
Minnesota Swimming Senior Committee 2012-present
Minnesota Swimming Competitive Excellence Committee 2016-present
Coach Maureen Sheehan
Maureen has been a mainstay of swimming and coaching In Illinois for 40 years now, and has produced USA Team Members and Olympians as their formative years coach. In addition to an incredible record of team success. She is now battling a serious Illness and we wish her all the best in that battle, and she is in our prayers daily. Her positive influence in the lives of countless athletes stands as a huge contribution to our sport, far in excess of her considerable competitive coaching success. Coach Mo was a unanimous selection by ASCA Board of Directors.