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.

 

Gordon Liang - Juniors and Masters Coach

Coach Laing was a member of the swim team at North Plainfield High School in New Jersey.  Coach Laing swam competively for 4 years with FGC Masters. He has over 20 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 and Pre-team 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 Wells Martin – Pre-team 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!