October 8, 2002

Dallas coach earns U.S. Masters Swimming

United States Masters Swimming (USMS) has named Jim Montgomery, head coach and co-owner of the Dallas Aquatic Masters, the 2002 Speedo / USMS Coach of the Year.

USMS, a national organization that provides structured workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for adults age 18 and over, selected Montgomery for the award for his work in coaching more than 5,000 adult swimmers, ranging from 19 to 88 years of age, since he established Dallas Aquatic Masters (then known as the Lone Star Masters Swim Club), in 1981. Lone Star/Dallas Aquatic Masters has won six USMS National Team Championships during its 22-year tenure. Montgomery also has coached 23 All-American Masters Swimmers since 1993, resulting in 124 number-one swims in the USMS National Top Ten.

Montgomery also is the aquatics director and head varsity swim coach at Greenhill School in Dallas, positions he has held since 1998. Prior to that time, he was director of the Baylor Aquatic Center in Dallas, for which he was responsible for the design and start-up. The Dallas facility was the first built with a primary focus on adult fitness swimming and aquatic medical programming and research.

Montgomery began coaching to complement an outstanding personal swimming career. He has held 10 world records and won nine world championships, 14 Masters world championships, 14 national titles and eight NCAA titles. As a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team, Montgomery won three gold medals and one bronze medal, and was the first man to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle.

A native of Madison, Wisc., Montgomery holds a bachelor