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 does private consultation and clinics.
Richard Hall, Director of Video Production and Assistant Coach
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. Based in Los Angeles, he does private consultation and clinics.
Maria Diego, the fifth of the Hall kids, was a National Team qualifier, All American, and state champion in high school swimming and later went on to swim for the University of Southern California before retiring in 2001. She trained under the direction of coaches such as Pierre Lafontaine, the former CEO and National Team head coach of Swimming Canada, and Mark Schubert, the former USA Swimming National Team head coach. Maria spent several years teaching swim lessons in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California and worked with The Race Club from its earlier days in 2003-2004. For the past ten years, Maria has been living between Miami Beach, Florida and Cancun, Mexico and recently moved back to Florida to dedicate more of her efforts to The Race Club philosophy.
Today, Maria’s focus is on the marketing and public relations of The Race Club, as well as assisting in coaching, nutritional counseling, and organizing special events and clinics for The Race Club. She’ll be around on the pool deck with her two-year-old daughter, Adele, to help answer any questions or doubts that parents might have regarding anything from what their child is doing in the pool at the moment, to what they should be eating between sessions.
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 14 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”.