Gary Hall, Sr., Technical Director and Head Coach
Since retiring in 2006 as a physician and moving with his wife Mary, to Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Dr. Gary Hall has now dedicated his life to coaching technique and training methods to children, masters, fitness and health swimmers, triathletes and others at The Race Club Camps. He brings his science background, knowledge and experience in stroke mechanics and a strong passion for swimming to offer an unsurpassed quality of teaching at The Race Club. Swimmers of all ages and abilities come from around the world to learn from and be inspired by Gary Hall Sr. and give themselves the lifetime gift of swimming.
“Hall is probably the best collegiate swimmer in the world and he has done everything in his career … Gary is just as valuable as Mark Spitz ever was … . But even more than that, he has given us academic acceptability. Gary’s accomplishments have helped tremendously in making people realize Indiana University is such a good academic school.” – “Doc” James Counsilman testimony to Gary Hall, Sr. at their final NCAA Championships.
Halls’ record is one of amazing successes. Gary has held 10 world records. In both 1969 and 1970 he was named World Swimmer of the Year. In the 1970 NCAA Championship, he alone scored a record 56 and half points. He was a leader as Captain of the Indiana University team that in his senior year won it’s 6th straight NCAA Championship.
Gary was also elected by all of the United States Olympic athletes to carry the American Flag leading the Olympic Team into the Opening Ceremonies at the 1976 Montreal, Canada Games, the only USA swimmer ever selected for that honor.
Amy Hall, Managing Director and Assistant Coach
Amy Hall, the second of six Hall children, is the Managing Director for The Race Club. As an accomplished athlete, she received a swimming scholarship from the University of Arizona and graduated with an Art History degree in 1999. Besides swimming, Amy has a passion for design and has created a well-known line of handbags, called AmyKathryn, carried by many celebrities. She also designed The Race Club duffel bag.
Having run her own business for many years, Amy brings extensive organizational skills to our Club. She will coordinate your camp schedule, recommend appropriate accommodations and discuss all of the optional programs, services and merchandise available to you during your visit.
Amy will become your go-to person when you are here at The Race Club for all questions and concerns. She will help make your stay here in the Keys most enjoyable! Based in Los Angeles, she coaches private sessions and does consultation.
Richard was an All-American swimmer from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated in 2003 from the University of California at Berkeley. His swimming experience and training included some of the most renowned swimming coaches in the world, Mike Bottom, Rick DeMont and Pierre Lafontaine. After graduating, Richard spent several years in New York City studying video and music. He also taught swimming and studied the successful learn-to-swim methods used by the Imagine Swim School.
Today, Richard directs the video production for The Race Club and has released three successful DVD’s, The Three Styles of Freestyle, Fundamentals of Fast Swimming and Life Is Worth Swimming. When not producing new videos, he travels the globe coaching, introducing other countries and programs to The Race Club’s five disciplines and teaching philosophy. Based in Los Angeles, he coaches private sessions and does consultation. Richard also takes care of his dog Lemmy, who is quite a handful.
Mary Hall, Manager, Accountant and Mother of The Race Club
Mary is mother of 6 children and wife of Gary Hall, Sr. She grew up in a swimming family and was a breaststroker and freestyler. Her brother was an Olympian. She grew up going to Islamorada from Cincinnati and fell in love with The Keys at an early age. Gary Sr. spied Mary through a telephoto lens camera at a swim meet and it was love love at first sight. The rest is history.
Mary has managed The Race Club since it’s inception and is the driving force behind all things Race Club. As you can imagine, she is the glue that holds all of the family and family business together. You will find her on deck at The Race Club camps to answer all of your questions and to talk with parents, family and friends of the campers. Of everyone, she knows the most about swimming and The Race Club.
When Mary is not working on business management, accounting and all the Race Club merchandise behind her desk and in the home warehouse, she loves to go out on the boat and be on the water. She also loves being around all of her children, her 3 grandchildren and her dog, Goose.
Paige McMahan, Coaching Intern and Business Assistant
Paige is a recent graduate of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University and is now our coaching intern at The Race Club. Paige helps with all things on deck while you are here. She has a passion for supporting and coaching athletes and swimmers. She is interested in learning new techniques to improve performance in swimmers. Paige has studied sport psychology for helping athletes in even more aspects of their sports. We’re excited about the energy and talent she will bring to our team in 2014.
Paige has been swimming since she was five, has completed a few triathlons and mud runs and played club water polo in college. She is very comfortable in the water. Paige also loves animals, reading, Krav Maga, music, and spending the day by the water!
Nico Messer, Website Specialist
Nicolas graduated in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been in the sport of swimming for over 17 years as a competitive athlete and coach for all levels. Nico served as a technical advisor to athletes that competed in the 2008 Olympics. As the first Race Club member, Nico has remained dedicated to our mission. Through his passion for our sport, he continues to realize more than ever before that “Life is Worth Swimming”. Nico now coaches in his native land of Switzerland and travels the world training his swimmers.