Martin County Swimming has been teaching children of all ages to swim competitively since 1973.  Four head coaches have led the team over the years, including founding coach Gary Shelt (1973 to 1980); coach Dick Wells (1980 to 1995) ; coach Jim  McCombs  (1995 to 2020)  and current coach Mark Corley.

 

Mark Corley -  Head Coach & Senior Group Coach

Coach Corley has been a professional coach since 1984. He is certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association as an ASCA Level 5 coach. By attaining Level 5 status, Coach Corley has demonstrated education, experience and achievement. As a Level 5 coach, this places him in the top 3-5% of competitive swimming coaches in the USA(ASCA certifies coaches; levels 1-5, with 5 being the highest level attainable). In 2007, he had the honor of being selected Iowa Swimming Coach of the year. He has coached individuals and relays that were ranked in the USA Swimming National Age Group Top 16. Individuals, relays, finalists and champion at USA Swimming Junior National Championships. Individuals and relays qualified for USA Swimming National Championships. He has also coached USA Olympic Trials qualifiers. Coach Corley has coached numerous Iowa All-Star teams and Iowa Zone teams, both as an assistant and as a head coach. He held several board positions for the Iowa Swimming LSC through the years. Technical Planning chair, Senior chair, Junior Coach Rep and Senior Coach Rep. He also served as President, Vice President and "At Large" rep to the Iowa Swim Coaches Association. In addition to his 30+ years of club coaching, he coached High School teams for four (4) years, and a college team for five (5) years. At Corley's college team, he produced the schools' first NCAA National Championship qualifier and All American. He also has coached numerous High School individual and relay All Americans. His 2007 West Des Moines Valley Girls High School team scored the most points in the history of the Iowa Girls State Swim Meet, and the 200 Free Relay swam to (at the time) the 3rd fastest time in the history of United States High School swimming. Coach Corley has been an active triathlete since 1984. He has well over 125 triathlon finishes, including eight Ironman Triathlons, with only one DNF (bike crash - separated shoulder). Coach Corley swam competitively for over 14 years, beginning as a youth and finishing as a college swimmer.

 

Daniel Hartley - Juniors and Masters Coach

Born and raised in Jensen Beach, Florida, Coach Hartley joined Martin County Aquatics (now Martin County Swimming) at the age of 5 and was on the team until he left for college at age 18. During his days of Age Group swimming he was able to be a part of many FGC All-Star and Zone teams, and still holds numerous MART team records. During his high school career, he was a State Champion for Jensen Beach High School in the 50 Free and 100 Fly. After high school he was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to Indian River State College. For his two years there he was NJCAA National champion in 50 Free, 50, 100, 200 Back, along with many relays, and the team won the National Championship both years. After his two years at IRSC, he received a scholarship to Keiser University where In the NAIA National Championships he was runner up in 100 and 200 back. After his swimming career was over, he was able to get a coaching job in Pueblo, Colorado at Pueblo South High School as the Head High school swim coach, I also was an assistant coach for the USA Swimming club team (Pueblo Swim Club) and he also ran the Master's swim program as well. Coach Hartley coached in Colorado for three years. He has returned home and is excited more than ever to be back home in Florida where it all started.

 

Barbara Proctor - Age Group Coach

Coach Proctor believes that swimming is an important skill and sport, so when she realized there was no swimming program available for the kids at the Naval Air Station in Keflavik, Iceland where she was stationed with her husband, she started a Learn to Swim Program.  In time, she was able to assist in setting up a base Swim Team for military families, who swam against the local Icelandic swim teams.  When the Proctor family’s tour in Iceland ended, she moved back to Maine with her family.  While teaching at the YMCA, the University of New England recruited Coach Proctor to run their entire swim program, which she did for six years.  She began coaching when her oldest child began swimming at age 6, so she has been coaching and teaching swimming for over 10 years.  Coach Proctor loves to watch the kids get better and better in the pool!

 

Amy Wells Martin – Bronze Group Coach

Coach Martin (daughter of Coach Dick Wells). Is a Martin County HS alum and swam for MCHS. She swam for IRSC, and then swam at the University of Southern Mississippi (where she had a class with Brett Favre – LOL!) Coach Amy is specialized in Breaststroke in college, achieving All American status. She began teaching swimming in our pool at the age of 14. After college, she has kept involved in the sport. She has directed aquatic facilities, YMCA programs, developing PE programs for schools, and more! She continues to swim on her own, as well as teaching private swim lessons for ages 18 months thru adults. She married her college sweetheart and have three daughters, two of which attended MCHS. One daughter swam all four years for County. She is happy to be back on the pool deck impacting the lives of young people and teaching them about this awesome sport!