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 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.
Coach Jim Ellis
For nearly 50 years, Coach Ellis’ leadership has provided and developed competitive swimming opportunities to a diverse and inclusive community of children, challenging them to meet their potential and bringing to fruition in them his acronym for what once was known as the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and translate it into his values of: PRIDE, DETERMINATION AND RESILIENCE. As the movie Pride recounts, Ellis took a job in an impoverished neighborhood and founded the P.D.R. (Philadelphia Department of Recreation) Swim Team, based at the Marcus Foster Recreation Center in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, in 1971.
Ove the past 36 years, Ellis has been introducing competitive swimming to inner city youth and their families. His coaching and mentoring has provided a healthy and stimulating environment in which the young athletes can grow and compete. Through travel to vatious competitions, the program exposes swimmers to other parts of the country and different lifestyles. Today, P.D.R. is a nationally recognized competitive swim team, the nation’s best predominately African-American team, and has become a model for urban swim programs around the country. Over a hundred of his swimmers have attended college on swimming scholarships.
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
MIKE PARRATTO – BIO
Coach Mike Parratto was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he began his swimming career at the Philadelphia Aquatic Club. While at PAC, Mike swam for Don Sonia, Bruce Wigo, Paul Bergen, and Mike Burton, all of whom impacted his coaching philosophy. Mike’s swimming experience was additionally influenced by many of the great coaches in the area at the time, such as Frank Keefe, Bob Mattson, George Breen, Jack Simon, and Dick Shoulberg.
Mike swam at Eastern Illinois University for Coach Ray Padovan where he earned a B.A. in Communication and Journalism. After graduating, Mike worked for a time in the field of sports media, but found himself gravitating towards coaching. From 1980 to 1984, Mike coached in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Massachusetts.
In the fall of 1984, Mike was hired as the head coach of the Seacoast Swimming Association in Dover, New Hampshire. Under his guidance, Seacoast became one of the dominant teams in New England Swimming. While at Seacoast, he developed many Junior National, Senior National, and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.
Mike’s most accomplished athletes to date have been Jenny Thompson and Regan Smith.
Jenny Thompson, a four-time Olympian and World Record Holder, is one of the most decorated swimmers in history earning 12 Olympic medals, including eight gold medals from the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. Jenny began swimming with Mike at Seacoast Swimming as a 12 year old. She earned her first international medals at the age of 14 at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. Jenny broke her first World Record at the 1992 Olympic Trials in the 100 meter freestyle.
Regan Smith, 17 years old, is a three-time USA Swimming National Team member and currently the Junior World and World Record holder in the 100- and 200-meter backstrokes. Regan is also the current American Record holder in the 200-yard backstroke. At 15, she was a Team USA 2017 World Championship finalist in Budapest. She earned her first international medal at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. Regan was on the 2019 World Championship Team in Gwangju, South Korea where she won two gold medals.
Fun Fact…Jenny Thompson broke Mary T. Meagher’s legendary 1981 100 meter butterfly World Record in 1999 and Regan Smith broke Mary T.’s long standing (37 years) 15-16 National Age Group Record in the 200 yard butterfly in 2018.
Mike is married to Amy Ayres Parratto since 1989. Mike and Amy have coached together since 1984 in New Hampshire, Indiana and Minnesota. They have two daughters – Melissa (28) a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she swam all four years and Jessica (25) a graduate of Indiana University and a 2016 Rio Olympian in platform and platform synchro diving. Both were captains of their college teams.