2018-08-31 / Community

Coastal Maine Aquatics has new head coach

Marcel Da Ponte Marcel Da Ponte Coastal Maine Aquatics, a USA Swimming youth club that trains at both the Cape Elizabeth High School and South Portland Community Center pools, has hired Marcel Da Ponte to be its next head coach. A graduate of Ball State University in Indiana, where he was a member of the varsity swim team, Da Ponte began his career coaching in his native South Africa, before moving with his family to the United States. Most recently, he served as head coach of Northwest Arkansas Aquatics, a 240-member USA Swimming club based in

Bentonville, Arkansas.

Da Ponte officially joined the club on Aug. 1. DaPonte succeeds Matt Vogel, the two-time Olympic gold medalist who is retiring from full-time coaching after a 37-year coaching career, the last three with Coastal Maine Aquatics. “My family and I are absolutely elated to have arrived in Maine, and with (Coastal Maine Aquatics) specifically,” Da Ponte said. “I would like to thank everyone involved in the job search process for their tireless efforts to make this a reality. I look forward to ensuring that CMA continues to be a place where swimmers can thrive, personally, athletically and emotionally.” “All of us at (Coastal Maine Aquatics) are thrilled to have Marcel and his family join us,” said board President Mike Mahoney. “He brings to the team a fantastic combination of coaching expertise and wonderful enthusiasm for the sport of swimming. We would like to thank Coach Vogel for his many contributions to (Coastal Maine Aquatics) as head coach and wish him the best in retirement.”

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