Camp Staff

Our staff collectively brings more than 40 years of collegiate coaching experience to the table, along with more than 20 years of camp directing experience. We have coached collegiate champions and record holders, and have used our knowledge to refine and create a unique learning environment that focuses on stroke and skill development combined with training and racing skill implementation.

Our staff is led by:

Ben Delia, Camp Director


sdimqodcyvb4x7buNow in his seventh year at the helm of the Franklin & Marshall program, Coach Delia’s swimmers have enjoyed much success. Since Ben’s arrival in Lancaster, Diplomat swimmers have earned 45 All-Conference selections, broken 55 school records, achieved 47 NCAA B-Cut performances, and won 17 conference gold medals. F&M has also produced 8 top-3 team finishes, 8 conference record performances, and 3 All-American performances.



Melissa Gates, Lead Instructor
mhgigemlz7vkuzq8Coach Gates is in her second year as the assistant swimming coach at Franklin & Marshall College. Prior to her time at F&M, Coach Gates spent time as the head girls coach at Immaculate Heart HS in Los Angeles. An elite swimmer, she was a 2-time Olympic Trials competitor, a 10-time Division II All-American, and a 3-time Division II national champion as a sprinter at California U. of PA.



In recent years, our coaching staff has included coaches from:

Franklin & Marshall College
Hamilton College
SUNY Cortland
Gettysburg College
Washington College
Susquehanna University
University of Mary Washington
Catholic University
Providence College
Bryant University
St. Rose College
Adelphi University