Ron Manganiello and Jana Davis Martin
Ron Manganiello and Jana Davis Martin

South Fork High School Swimming Expects Good Things

By Charles Roberts

Head Swim Coach Jana Davis Martin begins her swim coaching career back at South Fork High School, the school she swam at and graduated from. Jana is a first year teacher at South Fork in the position of Support Facilitator.

While swimming in a Masters Swim Program, she was told of the opening for a South Fork swim coach by Jim McCombs, the Martin County High School coach. Turned out it was a good fit for her.

Jana said there are no tryouts for the swim team. Anyone who wants to join the team can do so. On Freshman Orientation Night, she met with several freshman who joined the team. Swimmers on last year’s team got the word out also to help building the team even more.

Coach Martin commented that Jana brings a “love for the sport” and a commitment to be the Head Swim Coach ideally for a long time. The team currentlyconsists of seven or eight club swimmers. Jana said this is a change from when she swam in high school.

“Having club swimmers puts our team on solid ground to start the season,” Jana said. She added that club swimmers at the grade school and middle school levels that are in the South Fork district can look forward to her being their high school coach.

Meanwhile, assistant Coach Ron Manganiello has also been very helpful in Jana’s making the transition to head coach. She said, “He knows the kids and is a great asset.”

Overall Jana expects good things for her South Fork swimmers and team for 2015.

Photo credit: Charles Roberts