Masters Coaches


Marty Hendrick is a Level 4 USMS Certified Coach.  He has been coaching at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, home of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, full time since 2005, initially as the Head Masters Coach of FLA Masters (FLAQ) and since January 2012 with Swim Fort Lauderdale Masters (SFTL).  Marty’s experience as a USMS coach includes winning six National Club Championships; 2010 USMS Summer Nationals in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2014 USMS Summer Nationals, College Park, MD, 2015 USMS Summer Nationals, Cleveland, OH, 2016 USMS Summer Nationals in Portland, OR, 2017 USMS Summer Nationals in Minneapolis, MN and 2021 Summer Nationals, Cleveland, OH. For the past 18 consecutive years (excluding 2020), his clubs have participated in every USMS National Championship and placed each year in the Top 10 in at least one of the USMS National Championships.

In his tenure coaching Masters Swimmers, Marty has coached 63 USMS Individual All- Americans, 170 USMS Relay All-Americans with over 230 Individual National Championship swims.  His teams have also achieved success at the International level by winning two IGLA Small Team Titles in 2008 and 2011 as well as a Top 10 performance at the 2009 Pan American Championships in Vera Cruz, Mexico.  His club, Swim Fort Lauderdale Masters was recognized as the 2015 U.S. Masters Club of the Year.

In 2015 Marty was recognized with the Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of The Year Award.   He was also awarded the 2011 USMS Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award.  He was selected to be an Honorary Speaker at the 2014 American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) World Wide Conference. In addition, Marty has served as a US Masters Convention Delegate, a member of the USMS Coaches Committee.  He is currently the Chair of the Florida Gold Coast LMSC and is a member of the Diversity Task Force for US Masters Swimming.  

As a USMS Swimmer, Marty has multiple Masters FINA World Top 10 rankings, 52 individual and 82 relay USMS National Top 10 rankings.  He currently holds the USMS National record as a member of the 4 X 10,000 relay (Mixed 55+ Age Group.)

Marty was inducted into the Broward County (FL) Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.


Blake Woodrow, Masters Coach, is a certified USMS Level 1 Coach. Blake graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2018. 

Before coaching at SFTL, Blake swam (distance freestyle) for 16 years competitively earning many accomplishments along the way. Some of which include:

  • Over 10 Top 10 finishes in USA Swimming (3x National Champion) during his Age Group Career
  • 2x SSC Conference Champions for Men's Swimming
  • 4x NCAA D2 National Championship qualifier
  • 8x NCAA D2 All-American honorable mention
  • 2x NCAA Academic All-American
  • 1x NCAA D2 All-American Athlete (1650 Freestyle). 

Following his college career, Blake Woodrow was a volunteer coach at Nova Southeastern before eventually joining SFTL as a full-time coach in 2019.

FGC Swimming Admin Official; American Red Cross Lifeguard certified.


Michael Averett, Age Group Yellow 1 & 2 Coach / Masters Coach, is a certified USA Swimming ASCA Level 2 Coach as well as a certified Master's Level 2 Coach, with over 25 years of experience in the sport of competitive swimming.

Graduated from Florida State University in 2005; Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Sport Management / Graduated from Pine Crest High School (Fort Lauderdale) in 2001.

Team Captain of the Pine Crest High School Swim Team, 2000-2001; High School Swimming State Champion in the 100 Butterfly, 2001; Senior Nationals Qualifier; Atlantic Coast Conference Swimmer of the Week Honors, 2004; Team Captain of the Florida State Swim Team, 2004-2005; Golden Nole Award Winner, 2004-2005; Golden Torch Award Winner, 2004-2005; Pine Crest High School, Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, 2010.

1 year as Team Manager / Assistant Coach with the Florida State Swim Team in Tallahassee, FL; 2.5 years as Head Age Group Coach / Assistant Swim Camp Director at Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 2.5 years as Head Age Group Coach with Ft. Lauderdale Aquatics in Boca Raton, FL; 8 years with Swim Fort Lauderdale

FGC All-Star Age Group Coach in 2010, 2014, & 2016; FGC All-Star Head Coach in 2017 & 2018; FGC Board Member (Safe Sport) 2015-2020; Certified Florida Gold Coast Swimming Admin Official

CPR, Water Safety Training, & First Aid Certified

Linda Larson, Masters Coach, is a certified USMS level 3 Coach.

Martin Torres, Masters Coach, is a certified USMS level 2 Coach.