Funeral Service Information for Coach Kelley Allen

by Garrett McCaffrey 3

November 01st, 2012 Club, News

This post is from the Tampa Bay Aquatics Coaching Staff in response to the tragic death of their coach Kelley Allen who was murdered last weekend. You can read more about it in this story form the Tampa Bay Times.
It is with deep sadness that Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY) announces the loss of one of our beloved coaches, Kelley Allen.Kelley coached TBAY at the Westchase Community Swimming pool.  Kelley put his heart and soul into swimmers of all ages for over 20 years in the state of Florida.  His positive attitude and passion for excellence has touched the hearts of many swimmers all over the state of Florida.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his friends, the families of Westchase swimming and to all the Florida coaches who had the pleasure of coaching side by side with Kelley Allen.

His tragic loss will be felt by the entire TBAY family.

TBAY Coaching Staff

Please note the date of Kelley Allen’s funeral.  

Date: November 13th 

Church: Prince of Peace Church

Address: 702 Valley Forge Blvd, Sun City Center, 33573 (813) 634-2328

Time: 11AM

Candle Light Vigil

The candle light vigil is on Sunday November 11th   most likely to be held at the Westchase Swim Center, or due to a larger than expected turn-out possibly in the Westchase park. Times not yet confirmed as possibly 5pm-7pm seems to be what we are planning for.


We have secured a large movie screen to show a slide show of pictures along with a microphone system to allow anyone the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings during this event. We are putting together a billboard to give Kelley’s Mother that everyone can sign at the candle light event. If you have any pictures of Kelley and the swim team, please email them to me.


We also are putting together a banner with pictures of Kelley and the swim team to used at the November 17th swim event. ( I do believe this is the correct date ) I will confirm the date with the swim team.


I will have more information in the next several days. Stay strong and make plans to attend both events to support the family and to show respect and admiration to our truly missed Coach.

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3 Comments on "Funeral Service Information for Coach Kelley Allen"

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Jennifer Kloos-Steinberg

We will miss Coach Kelley Allen! He taught our daughter so much!
Our condolences to his family & friends.
He was a one of a kind swimming Coach!!
Such a tragedy!

Jose Crescimbeni

Coach Kelley is basically the reason why I am who I am today as a swimmer and as a person. Coach Kelley guided me through my childhood to dedicate myself to the talent that I has and to focus on the opportunities that were given to me. He ignited everyone into the world of swimming. I am more than certain I would have never reached all my accomplishments without his guidance. A big loss to my family but we will forever be grateful for him and will always be in our hearts!

Jabari ,Zuri and Jahzara Ramsey

Coach Kelley was the best coach in the world to us. We will always keep him in our hearts.


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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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