Angelo Martins

Angelo began swimming in Connecticut for the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club. As a young swimmer, he enjoyed tough practices, travel meets, and team camaraderie. In 1993 he won Sportsmanship of the Year, and in 1994 he was named Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club. During his final years as a high school swimmer, Angelo trained to be a coach and began giving swim lessons at the Boys and Girls Club and local YMCA.

Angelo attended Arizona State University and earned his B.A. in Elementary Education in 2001. While at ASU Angelo worked for the Phoenix Zoo. Angelo left the zoo to begin student teaching in 2000. He was hired by Gilbert Public Schools immediately after completing his student teaching, and has been at the same school since.

Angelo began his coaching career in the fall of 1996 at the Tempe YMCA. Although he only expected to assist on a volunteer basis, Angelo found himself accepting the role of head coach and team leader within a few months of being on deck. Angelo was a key factor in growing the team, leading his team to 4 YMCA Championship victories, and later helped the young team join Arizona Swimming. In his time at the YMCA, Angelo was active in helping young swimmers to realize their potential as young competitive athletes and strong community leaders. He has coached numerous individuals of all ages to become State, Far Western, Zone, and Sectional Champions, all along promoting a strong family tie, meaningful and healthy practices, and an emphasis on proper technique and long term swimming goals. Angelo’s swimmers have gone on to swim for big colleges (two recently graduated from U of A, both of which have school records), compete at Olympic Trials, and qualify to train in National Select Camps.

Coaching has taken so many turns for Angelo, as life often does, and he has loved every minute of it, and grown as a coach through every twist and turn. He is very excited to come full circle in his coaching career, and put his heart and soul back into getting young athletes excited about competitive swimming. He also very glad to be spending more time with his son, Jack, who you will definitely see in, out, and around the pool too. Angelo received his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. When away from his students and swimmers, Angelo enjoys spending time with his son, hiking Arizona, reading, painting, and hopes to publish a book someday.

Arizona Swimming Level 3 USA Swimming