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

Jim  McCombs - Seniors Head Coach

Coach  McCombs graduated from the Milford Area Senior High School in New Hampshire in 1977.  Coach  McCombs competed in club swimming and also with the U.S. Army, making the 1980 Olympic Trial Cuts in the 100, 200, 500, and 1650 Freestyle.  Unfortunately, the USA boycotted the 1980 Olympics.  His 30+ year coaching career has taken him from New Hampshire to Georgia and Florida.  Coach  McCombs has been the Head Coach of Martin County Swimming since 1995 and also serves as the Head Coach of the Martin County High School Swim Team.  Currently, Coach Jim also serves on the Florida Gold Coast Swimming LSC Board of Directors as the General Chairman.

Gordon Laing, Jr. - Juniors Swim Coach

Coach Laing was a member of the swim team at North Plainfield High School in New Jersey.  He has over 15 years coaching experience and has been Martin County Swimming Juniors Coach since 2002.  Coach Laing also serves as the Martin County High School Swim Team Assistant Coach.

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!

Dick Landrum- Asst Junior Coach

Coach Landrum swam at Ft. Lauderdale High School and for two years at The University of the South, Sewanee, TN.   He kept up his swimming through 6 ½ years in the Navy and has competed in dozens of triathlons and ocean swims as well as a marathon.   Coach Landrum has been a volunteer coach for South Fork High School, for Martin County High School since 2016, and as a Junior Coach for Martin County Swimming since 2016.  He has been swimming with the Masters’ groups at the Coach Dick Wells Training Center since 1986, currently under Coach Laing’s program.

Amy Martin - Preteam Coach