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.
Former USC All-American Amanda Smith joined the FGCU swimming and diving program as an assistant coach on Aug. 12, 2014.
Now entering her third season with the Green and Blue, Smith was named the interim head coach in July 2016 following the departure of six-time CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd and played a large role in keeping the 2016-17 recruiting class intact during the transition period.
Most recently, Smith 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.
Smith 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, Smith served as a volunteer Director of Operations for the Ohio State womens team for the 2013-14 season, Smiths 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, Smith has been working on her Masters degree in education and coaching full-time in her hometown, Cincinnati. Splitting time between two programs, Smith 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 Smiths 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, Smiths 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, Smith 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.
Eichenlaub spent this past season at Miami University as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for both the mens and womens swim programs. He guided the distance group to 8 top eight finishes and 11 top sixteen finishes at this years MAC Championships. Eichenlaub was also responsible for the 2017 recruiting class, signing 9 men and 5 women during the early signing period.
Before Miami, Jack spent two season as graduate assistant with Nova Southeastern Universitys mens and womens swim programs. At NSU he primarily worked with the mid-distance and distance freestylers, in addition to handling numerous other day-to-day operations within the program. Eichenlaub helped the mens team to a fourth-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Division II Championships and the womens team to a Sunshine State Conference title and fourth-place finish at NCAAs in 2015.
Prior to his time at NSU, Eichenlaub was a volunteer assistant coach at Bloomsburg University where he helped guide the Huskies to 23 new team records and numerous additions to the programs all-time top ten list. His coaching experience began when he was the head coach at Sunny Willow Swim Club. Eichenlaub earned an undergraduate degree in communication studies from Bloomsburg University in 2014 and was captain of the Huskies swim team his senior year. Currently, Jack is pursuing a masters degree in college student affairs from Nova Southeastern.
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.
Coming off another record-breaking season in his first year with the program, FGCU head coach Dave Rollins has announced the addition of assistant coach Melissa Steele who recently began her tenure with the Eagles.
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 Neil Harper before being promoted to an assistant coach last June.