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Published On: Wed, Oct 31st, 2012

Kelley Allen, murdered swim coach, remembered as a role model

A Tampa swimming coach, who was murdered by his girlfriend’s son, is being honored and remembered as a role model and inspiring mentor.

Kelley Allen

“[Kelley Allen] was the best coach I have ever had,” student Ally Strasen wrote to 10 News. “He believed in me and all of his swimmers even when no one else did. He was so determined – he lived for us. He lived at the pool. Even when he had blood clots in his leg and he was told to stay off his feet, he was pacing up and down the pool, encouraging us to swim faster, stronger.”

“He made me love the sport of swimming again,” student Caroline Ryals also told WTSP. “He was always smiling. He gave me courage to reach higher and to try any event my heart desired. His kind heart inspired a whole generation of swimmers.”

Allen was shot with his girlfriend, Imari Shibata, Sunday morning by her son Benjamin Bishop, who immediately called 911, confessed to the crimes and told police it was over a disagreement about getting a job.

He entered their room with a 12-gauge shotgun and killed them both.

The boy/man, age 18, was off of his medication and has a history of violence towards his mother.

From Tampa Bay Aquatics website:

Kelley Allen, Head Coach of the Westchase Branch: Coach Kelley Allen has been coaching in the Bay area for well over a decade now, and has a solid list of accomplishments. As well as earning his ASCA Level 4 Certification, he was named to the Florida Swimming Zone Team Staff in ’04 and ’06 He was nominated for Florida Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in ’03. Kelley has coached numerous Jr. Olympic Champs and Jr. Olympic High Point winners and was a member of the staff of two Fl Swimming Jr Olympic Championship Teams. With a proven track record of developing young swimmers Coach Kelley looks forward to another decade of fast swimming at Tampa Bay Aquatics.

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