Lee County/FGCU Aquatics Center
The FGCU/Lee County Aquatics Complex opened in 2004 and serves as the home to the eight time CCSA Champion FGCU Women's Swimming and Diving Team. Read More
FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh named Dave Rollins, who most recently served as the associate head mens swimming coach at The Ohio State University, the new head coach of FGCU swimming & diving on Aug. 31, 2016.
Rollins brings 10 years of coaching experience at the club, high school and collegiate levels with him as he becomes the second head coach in program history. A standout collegiate athlete in his own right, Rollins was a nine-time NCAA All-American and national champion as a member of the University of Arizona swimming & diving team from 2002-06.
Rollins inherits a FGCU program that has won seven of the last eight CCSA Championships and advanced swimmers to the NCAA Championships in each of the last five seasons – finishing in a program and Mid-Major best 26th place in 2015. A season ago, the Eagles tied a program record with 12 dual-meet wins and earned victories against four ranked programs en route to achieving its highest ranking in program history at No. 19.
In four seasons with the Buckeyes, Rollins worked in multiple capacities including serving as the recruiting coordinator and director of operations to go along with his coaching duties. Promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach of the mens team in April 2016, he helped lead Ohio State to four consecutive top-three finishes at the Big Ten Championships, including a runner-up finish in 2015, as well as four straight top-18 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Continued…..
Melissa Steele enters her first season as an assistant coach for the FGCU Swimming & Diving program in 2017-18.
Steele joins the Green and Blue after spending the last three seasons at the University of Arkansas, where she served two seasons as a graduate assistant under head coach Sean Schimel before being promoted to an assistant coach under newly hired coach Neil Harper.
During her time at Arkansas, Steele assisted with on-deck coaching as well as administrative duties that included team travel, meals, equipment inventory and recruiting activities. A total of eight school records were broken under Steele’s guidance, and she helped 10 swimmers advance to the NCAA Championships in her three seasons with the program.
Most notably, Steele helped Nikki Daniels earn All-American Honorable Mention honors in the 100 breast at the 2015 NCAA Championships and saw Anna Mayfield become the first swimmer in program history to qualify for four straight NCAA meets. Additionally, she coached Jessie Garrison to 2016 Olympic Trials qualifying marks in the 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM.
Additionally, during her graduate assistantship with the Razorbacks, Steele earned her Master’s Degree in Sport and Recreation Management in May 2016 and was named the program’s Most Outstanding Master’s Student.
Prior to Arkansas, Steele served as an assistant age group coach for the Bolles School Sharks in her hometown of Jacksonville, Fla., from 2013-14. She also served as a camp counselor from 2012-14 at the University of Texas Longhorns Swim Camps. With both the Sharks and Longhorns, Steele had the opportunity to work with numerous Olympic and U.S. Junior National Team coaches as well as Olympic athletes.
Steele graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville in 2012. A four-year letterwinner with the Cardinals, she earned Big East All-Academic Team honors following each season and helped Louisville to a Big East Championship in both 2011 and 2012. Capping off her career, Steele ranked third all-time in the 1,650 free and sixth in the 200 fly and was named the teams Most Improved Swimmer for the 2011-2012 season.
Former USC All-American Amanda Melnick joined the FGCU swimming and diving program as an assistant coach on Aug. 12, 2014.
In her third season with the Green and Blue, Melnick was named the Interim Head Coach in July 2016 prior to the hire of the new Head Coach, Dave Rollins, in September 2017. In that traditional period, Melnick played a large role in keeping the 2016-2017 recruiting class and returning roster in tact. That season she helped the Eagles to another CCSA title, 8th overall for the program, and representation at NCAAs. That year FGCU returned another relay qualification to the national championships, and she was the only coach to be with the program during both relay qualifications and point scoring swims in 2015 and 2017.
Most recently, Melnick helped lead the Eagles to its seventh CCSA Championship in a span of eight years as they claimed the crown in record fashion, tallying a record total of 1,670 points and defeating runner-up Liberty by 312 points. Additionally, the program set 12 school records, achieved its highest ranking in program history as they were tabbed No. 19 by CollegeSwimming.com and saw individuals advance to the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight season.
Melnick helped led the Eagles to one of the programs most successful seasons in 2014-15 when they finished in a mid-major best 26th at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Also, the Eagles earned 37.5 points in the championship meet, surpassing its previous high of 22 points recorded in 2014.
Previously, Melnick served as a volunteer Director of Operations for the Ohio State womens team for the 2013-14 season, Melnicks new role with the Green and Blue marks her first full-time coaching position with a Division-I program.
Since graduating from USC in 2012 with a Bachelors in Human Performance, Melnick has been working on her Masters degree in education and coaching full-time in her hometown, Cincinnati. Splitting time between two programs, Melnick acted as the associate head coach at Mason High School and as an assistant coach with both the Mason Manta Rays age group and National programs, as well as the co-head coach of the Masters team.
After spending the first two years of her collegiate career at Indiana, Smith transferred to USC, where she won a total of nine All-American awards and served as co-captain during her final season.
During Melnicks tenure with the Trojans, the program claimed back-to-back third-place finishes at the NCAA Championship. Attending the 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 NCAA Championships, Melnicks best accomplishments came during her senior year where she placed 15th in the 500 yard-freestyle (4:40.59), 13th in the 200-yard butterfly (1:56.32) and anchored the 800-yard freestyle relay to place fourth with a 6:59.12, which remains as the fastest in Trojan history.
In addition to her coaching work, Melnick has served as a contributing author for SwimSwam.com. Publishing over a dozen features, her most popular have been through her “Coachs Eye” series, where she breaks down a single race from some of swimmings most notable athletes for a more statistical insight.
After the 2016-2017 FGCU season, Melnick resigned from her position as assistant coach, to relocate to Saint Petersburg, Florida to be with her then boyfriend, Zack Melnick. Melnick went into the classroom and worked at Title I schools with 3rd grade Failure Prevention students (STARS classroom) and K-2nd grade Emotional Behavior Disorder students. At her time in the classroom, Melnick helped record some of the highest test scores to date for both of those student demographics. In addition, she is always completing her Masters (online) in Teaching/Education from University of Southern California.
In the late winter of 2017, Melnick then accepted a position at University of South Florida to work as an Assistant Academic Advisor for the Football team. She assist student-athletes with their academic coursework, to ensure academic success. In addition, she aides academically high risk student-athletes to stay on track for NCAA eligibility and on-time graduation rates.
Melnick was just recently married to Zack, on May 5th, 2018. While her last name has changed from Smith to Melnick, her love for camp has not. This summer will be her fourth summer with FGCU swim camps!
Eichenlaub joins us for his 2nd season as an Eagle Swim Camp counselor after spending the past year as the volunteer assistant coach with the FGCU women’s team, helping guide them to their 9th CCSA championship in 10 years. Additionally, Jack has coached collegiately at Miami University (OH), Nova Southeastern University, and Bloomsburg University. He currently coaches for the Gulf Coast Swim Team as their Head Site Coach in Bonita Springs. Eichenlaub earned an undergraduate degree in communication studies from Bloomsburg University in 2014 and was captain of the Huskies swim team his senior year. Jack is also pursuing a master’s degree in college student affairs from Nova Southeastern.
Pieter Ritz, a former collegiate swimmer at Cleveland State, just finished his third season as an assistant swimming coach at the University of Cincinnati. He also serves as the head recruiting coordinator for the Bearcats.
This past season the Bearcats won the Men’s Swimming & Diving American Athletic Conference Championship, and won the runner-up trophy for the Women’s Swimming & Diving American Athletic Conference Championship.
Ritz’s first season in Clifton ended in record fashion as his assistance in the development of the program resulted in 34 program Top-10 times, 14 NCAA B cuts, 11 school records, five individual AAC titles, one NCAA zone qualifier and one NCAA A cut. There also were a record 18 new school record holders, with 15 of those record holders returning for the 2016-2017 season.
Ritz also led the Bearcats to academic success, ending the year with a cumulative 3.401 team GPA. In total, 46 athletes were nominated to UC’s honor roll, 31 of which also were on the Dean’s List. Additionally, 36 individuals earned a spot on The American All-Academic Team and four earned NCAA Academic All-America titles.
Ritz continually works as the Site Director for the USA Swimming Central Zone Select Camp, and worked as a Technical Adviser for the Cayman Island Swimming Federation in 2016 for their developmental camp. Ritz also has been lead coach for the South Carolina Zone Select Camp and the South Carolina Diversity Select Camp.
Ritz arrived at UC following one season as the volunteer assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast University. During his time at FGCU, the Lady Eagles were crowned conference champions in 2015 and qualified seven women to the NCAA Championship Meet. The 200 medley relay also received All-America status with their top-A finish. While at FGCU, he worked the Eagle Swim Camp in the summer of 2015.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Ritz served as the FGCU meet coordinator, working with Hy-Tek and Meet Manager to coordinate home meets and meet entries. Additionally, he served as an assistant age group coach and assistant senior coach for the Gulf Coast Swim Team in Fort Myers, Florida.
Prior to his time in Florida, Ritz was a graduate assistant coach at Henderson State University where he oversaw recruiting and managed the scholarship budget. During his two seasons at Henderson State, the program sent a total of six student-athletes to the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Fort Myers, Florida, native graduated from Cleveland State in 2012 with a degree in communication and film. Ritz was a four-year letter winner for the Vikings, where he earned the Men’s Swimming Leadership Award his senior season. He also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for three years, and was a part of the Academic Athletic Achievement program from 2009-2012.
He earned his Master’s in Sport Administration at Henderson State University in 2014, placing on the Dean’s List all four semesters. Ritz also was the recipient of the 2014 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Jean Freeman Scholarship
Caroline Keefe Rollins
Eagle Swim Camps are committed to bringing the finest aquatic experience to each athlete attending. Towards that end, Caroline Keefe Rollins plays an integral role in the development and implementation of each event. And when you take a look at her credentials, you can understand why. Caroline has been a dedicated educator, successful coach, effective athletic administrator and an individual committed to family.
Following graduation from the University of Arizona, Caroline taught in Arizona and Ohio, she coached with the Cincinnati Marlins and was part of the staff that earned multiple Ohio championships. As the manager of the U of A National Championship team, she worked in a variety of roles including the summer camp operations.
Married to FGCU head coach Dave Rollins, they have two children (Alice & Elliot) who can be seen pool side on a regular basis. When Caroline says “we have a family atmosphere at our camps”, she means it. The daughter of two coaches, she knows how important a great environment is to the satisfaction and development of each camper. Oh and by the way, if you ask her nicely, she may sing to you. Caroline performed at Carnegie Hall while in high school
“Get your wings up and please join us”, concluded Caroline.