Jim Kelly, an Illinois native, took over CVST Head Coaching duties in January, 1989. Prior to this he was the CVST Head Age Group Coach from May, 1986, and in 1988 was named the Florida Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. Jim has also served on the Florida Swimming Board of Directors, where he was General Chairman (1999-2003) and is currwently General Chairman (2010-Present). In the past, he has also served as the Age Group Chairman from 1989 to 1992, and again from 1993-1995. He has also served as a member of the United States Swimming Board of Directors, as the USA Swimming Southern Zone Coach Director (1999-2003), the National Records Chairman and is currently on the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations Committee . Jim was also the USA Swimming Southern Age Group Chairman from September 1994 to September 1999.
Prior to his affiliation with CVST he was the Assistant Head Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams at the University of Tampa. While at UT, the programs enjoyed much success including a 3rd place finish for the Men’s Team in 1985 and a 2nd place finish for the Women’s team in 1986 at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships.
As Head Coach, Jim oversees all aspects of the Carrollwood Program.