To the Allen Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Kelley. I met Kelley in Daytona as a teammate and I was fortunate to be his roommate along with Billy. Three young "kids" as college freshman. I remember Kelley to be a fun loving kid with such a good outlook on things and he had one of the best laughs...infectious. I often tell a story of Kelley swimming in the ocean for the first time. His grin from ear to ear as he ran toward the water and he couldn't seem to get enough. I am happy to hear he loved what he did and so many people were fortunate to have been touched by him. RIP.
I am just hearing about this tragic death and would like to offer my sincere condolences. Kelley and I swam together at Georgia Southern. What a nice guy he was and loved to have a good time. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Six months later and Kelley is still a strong presence. I suspect he always will be. Today my daughter Bruna got to the wall in 4th and I could hear Kelley telling her: "hit the wall hard, hit it hard!". She left the wall in 1st and won. With KAH2O written with a marker in her hand. As she always does.
May God give you all love and comfort. I'm sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Mr. Allen.
We will truly miss Coach Kelley. Julianne and I saw him at a TBAY meet a couple of weeks ago and were recalling our fun times swimming way back when, and he told me you are still competing. He was very proud of you!! Kelley was my first masters coach and coached both of my children at CAT. We all loved him so much and are so grateful for his special contribution to our lives and the lives of all of his swimmers.
May his memory be eternal.
Love, the Tsagaris Family-Jean, John, Julianne and Stephen
To the Allen family,
As I read all of the kind words about Kelley, I am proud and sad – proud to have known Kelley and sad that he has been taken. I write this to you because I want all of you to know how much Kelley means to my family – the Maurer family.
We met “Tall Panther” during his college swimming days when Billy and Panther were roommates. From the time they met, Billy and Panther were inseparable, and that is how Panther became such a huge part of the Maurer household. As I clearly recall, he was quiet and sweet. He never had anything bad to say about anybody. He was a good boy and we loved him. He was a part of us so much that we called him our adopted brother, and we took that responsibility very seriously. Mom considered him another son; our home was always open to him.
After their time swimming in Daytona, the boys went to Georgia Southern, and that is where they met Jody. Then there were three – Billy, Panther, and Jody. The boys wrapped up in Georgia and moved back to Florida where they continued their friendship. Perhaps to the Allen's dismay, Panther fell in love with Florida and Friends fell in love with Panther, so he stayed.
On behalf of my entire family, we are truly sorry for your tremendous loss. We will always love Panther and consider him a part of our family.
With much love,
Marilyn Maurer (Reid)
Our hearts are broken by the tragic loss of Kelley who was a coach and friend to my family for the past 15 years. Our prayers are with his family, friends and the entire swimming community that mourns his loss. He will have a special place in our hearts forever.
Mary, Jim, James, Jonathan & Jenna Taddeo
I shared the same swimming pool and coach with Kelly in the early days in Bettenforf, Iowa. The only difference between his deadpan delivery of a joke or a "motivational message" for a fellow swimmer, was a slight Impish Grin at the conclusion of his joke. In the words of Coach Fatchett, "Lead, Follow, or get out of the way" (in stronger terms). In the time that I spent with him in the pool, on the decks, in the "bull pens", or traveling to meets, he employed this philosophy every day; mostly leading. So saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to the entire Allen family and to all those whose life he touched.
Dear Aunt Jean, Scott, and Lynn,
My heart goes out to you in sorrow. We have been praying for you. I am reminded by all of "his kids" that I too was a student in one of his classes back in Iowa. He truly was a great teacher, friend, and cousin. I know he is in God's Hands watching out for all of us.
May God Bless and Keep you always.
Carrie (Sherrill), Baer, Michael, and Grant Bechtel
Thank you for imparting life lessons and giving us a solid competitive swimming foundation. We will always remember your positive voice of encouragement, in and out of the water, your passion for the sport, your interesting stories especially about surfing and your nicknames for us. We will always love you and miss you dearly. You will live on in our hearts.
We've had the honor of having our children coached by you for 3 years. Our children loved competitive swimming because of your dedication and love for the sport. You were a great role model and often told them that swimming was a journey. The lessons you gave in the pool were always applicable to "dry land". We remember how you liked Starbucks coffee in the mornings, your interesting stories and how you would pace up and down the pool encouraging the swimmers to swim during practice and meets. You lived for your swimmers. You were a huge part of our children's lives. You are missed dearly and will always be remembered.
To Jean, Scott and Lynn,I never got to meet Kelley, but I have great admiration and respect for all he did for "his kids". You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. Aunt Jackie & Uncle Terry.
A prayer for your family:
As the rain first falls and it flows away,
first you'll feel and then forget your pain.
Now your heart it feels like an open wound;
once so full of life and joy now an empty room.
God's eye is on the sparrow and sees your darkest night;
you will not be left comfortless, for you are God's delight.
To Kelley's Family, Our family grew up poolside with Coach Kelley as we mirrored Kelley's time at CAT, at Prep and at Westchase. That's a lot of shared water and deck time! Kelley was the same passionate coach with all his kids. Always positive, always encouraging and with boundless energy. KAh20 lives on in our heart and minds! May the grace of God be with you all as you endure the tragedy of Kelley's passing and the beauty that was his life.
Along with many others, we are finding it very difficult to come to terms with the loss of Coach Kelley. With no other relatives here in Florida, he became a much loved and important role model to our son Harrison. Thank you Coach Kelley for being such an inspirational and caring mentor to all of our children.
MAY GOD COMFORT THE ENTIRE ALLEN FAMILY WITH THE LOSS OF KELLEY.I KNOW THAT NO WORDS RIGHT NOW CAN BE COMFORTING .THATS WHY WE PUT IT IN GODS HANDS.VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.
Kelley came to Westchase at a time when we needed him the most. He won the hearts of everyone with his dedication and diligence on deck. He was proud of his swimmers and called them "His Kids" and likewise his kids were proud to have him as their coach. We thank the Lord for the time we got to have him with our children and know that he has made an immense positive impact on their lives. Rest in Peace Kelley. We will miss him. Love, Lauren, Austin, Rachel and Trae Sellers
Coach Kelley We always loved seeing you on deck with all your swimmers. Your dedication to life was so immense, sincere, and so much fun to see and be part of. You inspired all of us with your enthusiasm and caring. I cannot find he right words to express how sad I feel, but only know we were honored and privileged to know you. We love you and will always miss you.
Jim and Lisa Damaske
Kelly was a great friend of mine and my family. I haven't seen Kelly in long time but his influence on my life as a young child will never be forgotten. He taught me to love the water and is the reason I ever became a surfer. To me, Kelly was the cool older surfer dude that I wanted to emulate. Thank you for everything Kelly! You will be missed. RIP.
The swimming world lossed a great coach, man, friend and mentor. Kelley's hopes and dreams will live on with all those that he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family and his swimming family during this rough time. God Bless...
My condolences to the entire Allen family. I am so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Mr. Allen. Isaiah 40:1
Although there are no words one can say to ease the pain of your loss, we pray you find comfort in the warm memories you share of Coach Kelley. He touched so many young lives and will live on in those he touched. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kasey Carroll and family
Truly a great man and a coach. You will be missed dearly.
Coach Kelley was one of the nicest coaches I have had the opportunity to meet. He was always very nice to my children when we swam for TBAY and when we moved to BSAC. It didn't matter to him what club you swam with, it just mattered that you swam well. He always sang "Today's Tom Sawyer" to my son replacing it with Jon Sawyer whenever he got on the blocks during warm-ups. He never spoke an unkind word to any swimmer, even if they had a horrible swim. He would always find something positive. The swimming community has lost a wonderful coach. RIP Coach Kelley.
Dear Coach Kelley
Thanks for everything that you did for us. You coached us for four years and we thought you were the best coach in the world. We appreciated your patience with us when it was cold in the winter, and we enjoyed your jokes and funny stories at practice and at the meets. You encouraged us to do our best always, in and out of the water. You gave us nicknames that we will keep forever.
We will remember you forever and miss you so much.
Jabari, Zuri and Jahzara Ramsey
Coach Kelley, you were simply THE BEST!
I feel extremely privileged that my three children had the opportunity to be coached by you for the past four years. I will always be grateful to you for giving them the absolute best solid swimming foundation that they could ever have.
You were a huge part of their lives and we will keep you forever in our hearts. We loved you dearly, and will miss you very much.
I din't know Kelley personally, but what I did know was that he was a great coach, amazing with the kids, and an inspiration to me as a coach. I truly admired his style and enthusiasm. I will miss seeing him on the pool deck. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
My daughter and I are greatly saddened by Coach Kelley's sudden death. He was a supportive coach to her and many others at CAT. Always improving their swimming and keeping it fun. Kelley was affectionately dubbed the surfer dude coach. Our deepest sympathy to all his family.
Coach Kelley was our daughters swim coach at WestChase!! He was such a great Coach, motivator & an inspiration to all the swimmers! His determination and attitude is irreplaceable!! We have lost a terrific Coach & man! RIP Coach Kelley! You will be missed forever!!
I want to thank everybody for the wonderful words about Kelley. Water was his passion. He loved all the kids he coached over the years. He always bragged about "his kids". We always enjoyed hearing him talk about you all. Thank you - Lynn Allen
We will always remember you and your family in our prayers. Such a loss of a wonderful young man. You made your parents proud. i.know you're in heaven with the best.
Thank you for kind remarks, it is nice to know other people shared my opinion of Kelley. I always knew he was a good coach and a nice guy. He loved to coach and loved all of the kids.
Thank you again - Coach Kelley's Mom
Coach Kelley was my inspiration and motivation for many years when I was a young swimmer. He cared deeply for all the kids and made coaching them his life. I can't believe such a terrible thing could have happened to such an genuine person. He will remain in our hearts and will be missed forever.
Coach Kelley was a gift to many swimmers in the TBAY Program.May you always water and shade. God Bless.
There are no words for a senselss act toward a wonderful member of the Westchase community. He will be missed beyond words, as he was such a mentor and inspiration to many, many people. God bless them.
Coach Kelley, you touched the lives of 3 generations of Brieds, you will be truly missed. The swimming world will be unable to replace your dedication, hard work, caring ways & your love of the sport & of the swimmers. Rest in Peace Kelley.
I know him for many years in the swimming competitions that I went with my daughter and I like the way he coaches his team is a big lost we don,t belong to his team but have admiration for him our deepest condolences for relatives and team members we gone miss him at the pool.The peace of the Lord be in your hearts. The Delgado Family TBay Brandon
Regarding Coach Kelly,
Nothing but Props for his dedication to his swimmers and his family. it was always great to see him at swim meets. He will be sorely missed in the Community. May God have mercy on his Soul.
You were one of the best coaches and individuals I have met. You will be missed
All out love goes out to Lynn, Scott and Jean. I am glad that Kelley touch so many young people and made a difference in lives of others. Be proud of the son that he was. Love you so much. Aunt Kit
You were a great friend, you will be sorely missed
To a wonderful man that seemed to truly care about those around him. From what I have read he touched many children in a positive encouraging way. God bless and my prayers to the family.
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Coach Kelley's family. Coach Kelley was a blessing to my children. His kind way, enthusiastic personality, and dedication to his swimmers positively impacted all who knew him. The world could use more people like Coach Kelley. He will be greatly missed and remembered. Thank you, Coach, for being you.
Coach Kelly was such an inspiration to so many young kids and always found a kind word no matter how the swim went because it was more than that....it was teamwork and perseverance and always striving to be your best! Thank you! May your family find peace in your memories.
Loved seeing you on deck Coach Kelley. You will be missed
To the Family of Coach Kelley Allen, Please accept our deepest sympathies. Coach Kelley was not only a fine, enthusiastic coach, but a kind heart. He understood his individual swimmers and taught his swimmers the value of working toward goals while having fun. He will be missed.
A man that was truly admired and respected. Someone who cared and helped children to be the best that they could be. You will truly be missed here on earth, by all those that crossed your path in life. A new shining star has been added to the Lord's Celestial Kingdom. Rest in Peace and God Bless!
Our family has been blessed to have Kelley be our swim coach for the last 5 years. He was a good and kind man and this is such a tragedy. We will miss you and know that our swimmers will always hear your voice in their hearts.
coach kelley, you were an amazing swim coach and you really made swimming fun. i loved every minute of your practices and you always inspired me to be the best i could be...in and out of the pool. the things you taught me went beyond swimming. you taught me important life lessons like never giving up and always striving to be better. it's funny. i was just thinking about you the other day. i was at my twin sisters' first districts meet and i saw a tall, lanky guy in a red polo and i was instantly reminded of you. i will miss you, think of you always, and never forget you! love always, maria lovera
Coach Kelley, thank you for your tireless commitment to swimming and especially to your swimmers at TBAY at Westchase. You are respected, admired, and loved. Your legacy swims on with every child you have coached. We will miss you dearly. Rest in peace. Love, Maddie, Ally, Jean, and Marty Strasen